Luxury department store chain Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) reported results ahead of analysts' expectations in Q2 FY2023, with revenue down 7.89% year on year to $3.77 billion. The company also reconfirmed its full-year revenue and EPS guidance, which were both in line with analysts' estimates. Nordstrom made a GAAP profit of $137 million, improving from its profit of $126 million in the same quarter last year.
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Nordstrom (JWN) Q2 FY2023 Highlights:
- Revenue: $3.77 billion vs analyst estimates of $3.69 billion (2.31% beat)
- EPS: $0.84 vs analyst estimates of $0.49 (70% beat)
- Free Cash Flow of $301 million, up from $67 million in the same quarter last year
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 36.9%, in line with the same quarter last year
- Store Locations: 351 at quarter end, decreasing by 6 over the last 12 months
"We've worked hard to improve our operating model, and our solid results reflect the continued progress we made against our top priorities to improve Nordstrom Rack performance, increase inventory productivity and deliver efficiencies through supply chain optimization," said Erik Nordstrom, chief executive officer of Nordstrom,
Known for its exceptional customer service that features a ‘no questions asked’ return policy, Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) is a high-end department store chain.
Department stores emerged in the 19th century to provide customers with a wide variety of merchandise under one roof, offering a convenient and luxurious shopping experience. They played an important role in the history of American retail and urbanization, and prior to department stores, retailers tended to sell narrow specialty and niche items. But what was once new is now old, and department stores are somewhat considered a relic of the past. They are being attacked from multiple angles–stagnant foot traffic at malls where they’ve served as anchors; more nimble off-price and fast-fashion retailers; and e-commerce-first competitors not burdened by large physical footprints.
Nordstrom is larger than most consumer retail companies and benefits from economies of scale, giving it an edge over its competitors.
As you can see below, the company's revenue has declined over the last four years, dropping 1.19% annually as its store count has shrunk.
This quarter, Nordstrom's revenue fell 7.89% year on year to $3.77 billion but beat Wall Street's estimates by 2.31%. Looking ahead, the Wall Street analysts covering the company expect revenue to remain relatively flat over the next 12 months.
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Number of Stores
A retailer's store count is a crucial factor influencing how much it can sell, and store growth is a critical driver of how quickly its sales can grow.
When a retailer like Nordstrom keeps its store footprint steady, it usually means that demand is stable and it's focused on improving its operational efficiency to increase profitability. Nordstrom's store count shrank by 6 locations, or 1.68%, over the last 12 months to 351 total retail locations in the most recently reported quarter.
Taking a step back, the company has kept its physical footprint more or less flat over the last two years while other consumer retail businesses have opted for growth. A flat store base means that revenue growth must come from increased e-commerce sales or higher foot traffic and sales per customer at existing stores.
Key Takeaways from Nordstrom's Q2 Results
With a market capitalization of $2.84 billion, Nordstrom is among smaller companies, but its $885 million cash balance and positive free cash flow over the last 12 months give us confidence that it has the resources needed to pursue a high-growth business strategy.
We were impressed by how significantly Nordstrom blew past analysts' EPS expectations this quarter. We were also glad it beat Wall Street's revenue estimates. That really stood out as a positive in these results and the company seems to be on the right track. The stock is up 2.58% after reporting and currently trades at $17.24 per share.
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