The Global Pandemic of COVID-19 prompted an increase in food and hygiene purchases at many supermarket chains. Despite the pandemic, Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) sales have also increased and are likely to remain strong. For this to happen, several conditions must be met.
The sales of Kroger have increased 10% in the past quarter. An e-commerce platform that was rapidly evolving as well as popular brands sold in stationery stores drove growth. Consequently, Kroger’s LFL sales for FY 2020 increased nearly five times their forecasts and were nearly 14 % higher year over year. Many Kroger customers remain loyal even after the pandemic ends and social restrictions are lifted because Kroger rates customer satisfaction as very high.
The first three quarters of 2020 saw Kroger’s operating income increase to $2.9 billion, representing 2.9% of sales, from $1.7 billion, representing 2% of sales in the same period last year. Increased e-commerce efficiency could boost this metric.
Further, Kroger continued to reduce its debt and accumulate cash during the pandemic. Among the growth, drivers are the rehabilitation of stationery stores and the online platform’s improvement, which have been allocated part of the funds. Also, Kroger will distribute a 13% increase in dividends to its shareholders in the last quarter as part of its reinvestment efforts.
This has resulted in Kroger improving several of its indicators in the past quarters simultaneously, which set the foundation for stability over the medium term.
The Kroger Co. (KR) most recently publicly disclosed its earnings results on 12/03/2020. The organization posted $0.71 earnings per share (EPS) during the three-month period, which was $0.04 higher than the consensus estimate of $0.67. The company experienced a positive return on equity of 31.20% and a positive net margin of 2.30%. The Kroger Co. reported revenue of $122.29B during the last year. During the year-ago, the company reported $0.57 EPS. Analysts forecast that The Kroger Co. will report EPS of $3.36 for the current fiscal year.
This Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) stock has increased in value 5.67% in the year-to-date period, growing by 1.05% in the most recent trading session. The stock’s performance over the past year has plateaued at about 18.00%. Compared to this, the stock is up 5.67% so far this year and 0.69 percent over the trailing 3-month period. Looking at the company’s weekly performance, its performance over the past month has been up 1.27%.