Why Sysco Is One of Monday's Big Earnings Winners

Sysco Corp. (NYSE: SYY) released its fiscal fourth-quarter financial results before the markets opened on Monday. The company said that it had $0.94 in earnings per share (EPS) and $15.32 billion in revenue, while with consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters had called for $0.93 in EPS and revenue of $15.3 billion. In the same period of last year, Sysco said it had EPS of $0.72 and $14.42 billion in revenue.

During the most recent quarter, U.S. Foodservice operations generated sales of $10.4 billion, an increase of 6.1% year over year, with a gross profit of $2.1 billion. International Foodservice operations had $2.9 billion in net sales, an increase of 7.9%, with a gross profit of $639 million.

Fiscal 2018 marked the completion of Sysco’s initial three-year plan. Throughout the course of the three-year plan, the company accelerated local case growth by 3.0%, achieved adjusted gross profit a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2%, and managed adjusted operating expense CAGR to 2.2%.

The company did not offer any guidance for the fiscal first quarter in the report. However, the consensus estimates call for $0.91 in EPS and $15.37 billion in revenue for the quarter.

Tom Bene, Sysco’s president and CEO, commented:

Overall, I am pleased with our performance in fiscal 2018, which culminated in the successful delivery of our initial three-year plan, including the achievement of our adjusted operating income growth target. As we head into fiscal 2019, we remain confident in our ability to profitably grow the business and accomplish our objectives.

Shares of Sysco were last seen up about 6% at $72.82, with a consensus analyst price target of $67.23 and a 52-week trading range of $50.05 to $74.05.