Wal-Mart Q1 Results Summary

Tyler Durden's picture

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silvertrain's picture

 Largest Income return in history..My Wal-mart has been a ghost town over the last month with long lines at the return counter..

Whizbang's picture

-1.6 billion cash flow?! Holy crap

Cursive's picture

Wow.  That is really bad for the retail bottom-feeder king.  I guess we can expect more layoffs, right?

Agent P's picture

It's FCF...CFO was positive, albeit way down from Q1'09 ($973M vs. $3.6B).  92% of the y/y CFO decline was due to inventory restocking (remember that in Q1'09 retailers were caught with their pants down with excess inventory, WMT was no exception with positive cash flow from inventory liquidations in Q1'09 & Q2'09).  Throw in capex of $2.6B for store remodelings, etc. and presto, you get negative FCF.  It's not a big deal.

Samsonov's picture

Spin: Consumers, newly confident and ready to spend, return to spendthrift ways and abandon discount stores.

Cursive's picture

+1  They are losing customers to JWN!

cossack55's picture

I certainly hope this does not negatively impact my accummulation of worthless Chinese crap.

pan-the-ist's picture

This is good news right, it's because people have started spending their money at small business ... right?  Shopping local and spending more than at Walmart to help the economy.  Sounds bullish to me ;)

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

Walmart is signal that the W is here..did you see those building permit #'s? feeling really good about my short ETF's.

JohnKing's picture

Wal-Mart and Office Depot pretty much tell the story of US economy. Green shoots!

trillion_dollar_deficit's picture

TD, I think it would be interesting for you to start discussing the video game NPD data. If there's anything that throws cold water on the "retail comeback" argument its that. There's been several consecutive months of -20% to -25% declines in revenue y-o-y.

Sniper's picture

I don't know the video game industry that well but aren't comps volatile due to the new releases each period (GTA 4, Call of Duty, etc.)?

trillion_dollar_deficit's picture

True to a certain extent. But, barring the release of the games you mentioned above, the y-o-y comparisons should be relatively good.

Mark McGoldrick's picture

Look at Goldman.  Ever so steadily approaching its 52 week low. 

vote_libertarian_party's picture

....aaaaand the buy buy buy bots love massive negative cash flow (WMT up 4%)

 

who du thunk it?

Crummy's picture

Wal-Mart's profit margin is wholly dependent on the strength of the dollar vs foreign currency and is thus equally unsound.

Gloppie's picture

I noticed that Walmart has been shuffeling gondolas and offers waaayyy less choice than before. The two that I go to are usually empty with long lines because not enough registers are opened.