Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) is trading down on Tuesday after reporting weaker-than-expected sales for its fiscal fourth quarter.
The stock is taking a hit because the retailer cited a tight labour market, supply disruptions, and inflation as it issued conservative guidance as well.
Home Depot is now calling for about a 5.0% decline in its per-share earnings this year, while sales it said will likely remain unchanged versus 2022. In comparison, Street had anticipated a 0.1% and a 0.4% increase, respectively. According to Brian Nagel – Senior Analyst at Oppenheimer:
Initial 2023 guidance looks a bit soft that’s reflecting a more challenged backdrop. But HD is a very smart company. They understand how to guide where they can deliver and beat the guidance. There’s an air of conservatism here.
Peer Walmart also reported quarterly earnings today as Invezz posted HERE.
Also on Tuesday, Home Depot announced a 10% increase in its quarterly dividend to $2.09 per share. On CNBC’s “Squawk Box”, Nagel also said:
The concern is that the home improvement market is slowing. We’re seeing a post-pandemic normalisation. [But] HD has an extraordinarily strong balance sheet. So, it’s easy for them to fund that dividend.
The Oppenheimer analyst recommends that investors buy Home Depot stock on the weakness. His $400 price objective suggests a close to 35% upside from here.
According to Home Depot, it will spend $1.0 billion to offer a raise to its hourly workers. Oppenheimer’s Nagel added:
That signals they’re still having a difficult time getting employees. So, that’s a further signal of a tight labour market, at least in this segment of the economy.
Home Depot stock is now down 5.0% for the year.
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