$AZO (AutoZone, Inc.)

$AZO {{ '2015-09-22T14:28:28+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$AZO's US retail business expanded in 2015 with the opening of another 157 net new stores. Commercial business continues to gain traction, growing sales 12.9% for the year with 296 net new programs.

$AZO {{ '2017-12-19T12:54:14+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AZO, a retailer of automotive parts, said Jim Griffith will retire as SVP of Store Operations and Customer Satisfaction early next year. Jim has held several positions in store operations since joining the company in 1987. He had spent seven years leading the Store Development team.

$AZO {{ '2017-12-06T20:07:05+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$AZO expects gross margin rates to be more positively than give or take 10 basis points in 3-4 years. The company continues to believe that there are opportunities for $AZO to expand gross margin. As $AZO continues to increase some of its direct import initiatives, that will help reduce some of the company's acquisition costs.

$AZO {{ '2017-12-06T19:59:58+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

Regarding Brazil, $AZO continues to operate 14 stores. $AZO's plans are to grow to about 25 total stores by the end of FY18. $AZO's performance continues to improve and gives the company optimism about the long-term future of this market. If success is proven, this market has the potential to be much larger than Mexico.

$AZO {{ '2017-12-06T19:57:48+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$AZO's Mexico stores continued to perform well. $AZO opened 5 new stores during 1Q18 ending the quarter with 529 stores. $AZO expect to open about 40 new stores in FY18. $AZO said Mexico's business was challenged throughout 2016 and 2017 by a weakening peso foreign exchange rate relative to the U.S. dollar.

$AZO {{ '2017-12-05T14:49:12+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$AZO AutoZone, Inc. Earnings AlphaGraphic: Q1 2018 Highlights

$AZO {{ '2017-12-05T12:22:16+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

During 1Q18, $AZO opened 16 new stores, relocated one store, and closed one store in the U.S., and opened five new stores in Mexico.  As of Nov. 18, 2017, the company had 5,480 stores in 50 states in the U.S., the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, 529 stores in Mexico, 26 IMC branches, and 14 stores in Brazil for a total count of 6,049.

$AZO {{ '2017-12-05T12:22:05+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AZO said the 1Q18 results included unprecedented impacts to its operations from natural disasters. The after-effects of these disasters aided $AZO's sales by an estimated 50-60 basis points for 1Q18 and the total losses from these storms were $9MM resulting in a net negative impact to EPS of about $0.07.

$AZO {{ '2017-12-05T12:21:49+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AZO reported a rise in 1Q18 earnings driven by higher sales and a rise in merchandise margins. Net income rose to $281MM or $10.00 per share from $278MM or $9.36 per share last year. Sales grew 4.9% to $2.59Bil. Adjusted EPS increased to $9.96 from $9.33. Domestic same store sales, or sales for stores open at least one year, increased 2.3%.

$AZO {{ '2017-09-20T13:23:05+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

Encouraged by the sales increase from mega hubs, $AZO opened two new mega hubs during 4Q17, with 16 in operation. The company expects to open about 10 more mega hubs in FY18.

$AZO {{ '2017-09-20T13:22:03+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

During 4Q17, $AZO witnessed an improvement in its web traffic, ship-to-home sales and commercial online orders. The company's buy-online pickup-in-store also continued to grow fairly rapidly. When compared to its in-store, $AZO expects these channels to grow materially faster.

$AZO {{ '2017-09-19T13:37:26+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$AZO AutoZone Earnings AlphaGraph: Q4 2017 Highlights

$AZO {{ '2017-09-19T12:04:08+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

During 4Q17, $AZO opened 84 new stores and relocated one store in the U.S., opened 25 new stores in Mexico, and five in Brazil.  As of August 26, 2017, the Company had 5,465 stores in 50 states in the U.S., the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, 524 stores in Mexico, 26 IMC branches, and 14 stores in Brazil for a total count of 6,029.

$AZO {{ '2017-09-19T11:59:35+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Automotive retailer $AZO reported 3.3% increase in its 4Q17 net sales to $3.5Bil. Net income was up 1.7% to $433.9MM, or $15.27 per share, compared to $426.7MM,or $14.30 per share during the prior year period. This was mainly due to the adoption of the new accounting standard. Domestic same store sales rose 1%.

$AZO {{ '2017-05-23T15:25:59+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$AZO stated that the core base business continues to do well. On a local currency basis, the business continues to perform strong. From an FX impact on the EPS growth rate, it was probably a little less than 1%.

$AZO {{ '2017-05-23T15:10:20+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$AZO said as it increased its investment profile, the sales got weaker. Going forward, the company will change its cost structure where possible. $AZO believes there are some opportunities to decrease the multiple frequency of deliveries that were rolled out over the past few years.

$AZO {{ '2017-05-23T14:40:45+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$AZO opened one additional mega hub location in 3Q17 and currently has 14 in operation. The company is working on the development of future sites and expects to open two more in 4Q17 with a handful under development. $AZO is developing two new distribution centers in Washington and Florida and expects each of these to cost about $60MM in capital.

$AZO {{ '2017-05-23T14:32:25+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

In 3Q17, $AZO’s maintenance category did not perform well. The maintenance category’s challenges were created during the tax refund delay and only gradually improved as the quarter progressed. The company expects this category to improve its performance during 4Q17. The commercial business expanded by 3.6% while opening 56 net new programs.

$AZO {{ '2017-05-23T14:21:13+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$AZO decided to accelerate some investments in its business. The company is investing at an increased rate in inventory and Capex, with two new distribution centers under construction. $AZO opened a second distribution center in Mexico in the fall. The company increased its Opex as part of its frequent delivery and megahub efforts.

$AZO {{ '2017-05-23T11:38:57+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

During 3Q17, $AZO opened 35 new stores and relocated two stores in the U.S., opened eight new stores in Mexico, and none in Brazil.  As of May 6, 2017, AutoZone had a total of 5,915 stores. Inventory rose 7.3% over the same period last year, driven by new stores and increased product placement.

$AZO {{ '2017-05-23T11:36:30+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

With same-store sales declining 0.8% in 3Q17, $AZO posted a 1.3% rise in net income of $331.7MM on a 1.0% hike in net sales to $2.6Bil. Diluted EPS was $11.44 vs. $10.77. Higher supply chain costs associated with current year inventory initiatives and higher inventory shrink results pushed the gross profit, as a percentage of sales, down to 52.6%.

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