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Walgreen Profit Falls 55% on Express Scripts Fallout

But its fourth-quarter profit still topped estimates


Walgreen (NYSE:WAG) announced on Friday that it earned $353 million during its fiscal fourth quarter, down 55% compared to $792 million in the same period last year. Adjusted EPS was 63 cents, beating Wall Street, which had anticipated 55 cents a share, Bloomberg noted.

For the quarter, revenue declined to $17.1 billion, down 5% from $18 billion last year.

Walgreen Completes $438M Purchase of 144-Store Chain
Walgreen Completes $438M Purchase of 144-Store Chain

Company officials said that the quarter’s earnings were hit by charges relating to its purchase of a 45% stake in Swiss pharmacy chain Alliance Boots, its first overseas acquisition, and higher inventory costs.

The Alliance Boots deal resulted in a charge of 9 cents per share against earnings, while inventory costs amounted to charge of 10 cents per share.

For fiscal 2012, Walgreen reported income of $2.13 billion and revenue of $71.63 billion.

Sales during the quarter continued to feel the impact of the end of its relationship with Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX). The loss of Express Scripts caused some customers to migrate to rivals, including CVS Caremark (NYSE:CVS) and Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD).

However, the two company’s have since re-established their business relationship, which commenced again this month.

Shares of Walgreen slipped more than 1% in Friday morning trading.

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