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Sysco Beats Wall Street Estimates as it Reports Q4 and FY 2016 Financials

Sysco Beats Wall Street Estimates as it Reports Q4 and FY 2016 Financials

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Sysco has released an impressive Q4 and fiscal year 2016 financial report early this week, not only beating Wall Street’s estimates on earnings, but also increasing sales by double-digits on a year-over-year basis.

Bill DeLaney, Chief Executive Officer, Sysco“I am very pleased with our performance during fiscal 2016, as we made significant progress toward our three-year plan financial objectives,” said Bill DeLaney, Sysco’s Chief Executive Officer, in a statement with the report. “During the year, we had strong local case growth, improved our gross profit, managed expenses well, and drove increased operating income. Looking forward, we remain highly focused on supporting the success of our customers, profitably growing our business, and achieving the objectives of our three-year plan.”

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Prior to the financial announcement, Nasdaq analysts had estimated the company's non-GAAP earnings per share to reach 60 cents. Sysco reached 64 cents per share, with the win boosting its shares by 5% in pre-market trading, Nasdaq reports. By 1 PM EST on Monday, stocks had leveled out to near even, hitting $52.17.

Other highlights from Sysco’s Q4 and fiscal year 2016 included:

  • Q4 Sales increased 10.0% to $13.6 billion
  • Q4 Gross profit increased 12.7% to $2.5 billion; gross margin increased 44 basis points to 18.3%
  • Q4 Operating income increased 351.9% to $547 million; adjusted operating income increased 23.4% to $628 million
  • Q4 Earnings Per Share increased $0.26 to $0.38; adjusted EPS increased $0.12 to $0.64
  • Fiscal 2016 Sales increased 3.5% to $50.4 billion
  • Fiscal 2016 Gross profit increased 5.7% to $9.0 billion
  • Fiscal Year Operating income increased 50.5% to $1.9 billion; adjusted operating income increased 12.1% to $2.0 billion
  • Fiscal Year Earnings Per Share increased $0.49 to $1.64; adjusted EPS increased $0.26 to $2.10

With Sysco and US Foods having had abandoned plans for a proposed merger, Sysco recently closed a $3.1 billion acquisition of U.K. distributor Brakes. This reportedly grew sales by 10% to reach $13.6 billion.

How will fiscal year 2017 look for a thus far thriving Sysco? Deli Market News will update you as the year goes by.