Best Buy Reports Better-Than-Expected Third Quarter Results

“Our teams delivered another strong quarter of top- and bottom-line growth,” said Corie Barry, Best Buy CEO. “We are delivering on our purpose to enrich lives through technology by providing customers the products and solutions they want and need, combined with fast and convenient fulfillment. We are excited about our progress and opportunities as we execute on our Building the New Blue strategy, designed to develop deeper relationships with our customers and uniquely position us over the long term.”

Barry continued, “In the near term, we are excited about our holiday plans. Our teams have once again put together a best-in-class assortment, prepared an amazing set of deals and ensured we have great inventory availability. Customers ordering online will get free next-day delivery on thousands of items all season long with no membership or minimum purchase required. They can also choose to pick up their products in a store within an hour of placing their order.”

Barry concluded, “I want to thank our employees for the strong execution in the third quarter, and in advance for all your hard work this week and throughout the holidays. Whether you work in one of our stores, spend your time making house calls to our customers’ homes or work in a distribution center or the corporate office, you are a critical part of what makes Best Buy so special.”

Best Buy CFO Matt Bilunas commented, “The updated FY20 guidance we are providing today reiterates our prior revenue expectations and raises the non-GAAP EPS range to reflect the strong Q3 profitability as well as improved expectations for Q4. Our outlook continues to include our best estimate of the impact of tariffs on goods from China, both implemented and planned.”

Domestic revenue of $8.96 billion increased 2.4% versus last year. The increase was driven by comparable sales growth of 2.0% and revenue from GreatCall, Inc. (“GreatCall”), which was acquired in Q3 FY19, partially offset by the loss of revenue from store closures in the past year.

The largest comparable sales growth drivers were appliances, headphones, tablets, services and computing. These drivers were partially offset by declines in the gaming and home theater categories.

Domestic online revenue of $1.40 billion increased 15.0% on a comparable basis primarily due to higher average order values. As a percentage of total Domestic revenue, online revenue increased approximately 180 basis points to 15.6% versus 13.8% last year.

Domestic gross profit rate was 24.3% versus 24.4% last year. The gross profit rate decrease of approximately 10 basis points was primarily driven by mix into lower-margin products, partially offset by the impact of GreatCall’s higher gross profit rate.
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