Ulta Beauty’s annual profit forecast misses estimates as costs climb

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Ulta Beauty’s annual profit: In extended trading on Thursday, Ulta Beauty’s shares fell 4.5% as the company predicted full-year profit below Wall Street projections due to impaired margins caused by elevated supply chain expenses and more promotions.



Consumers cut back on spending on discretionary items like hair care products and cosmetics despite the beauty retailer’s efforts to promote sales through high discounts. This is because they are tired of inflation.

Several businesses have noted an effect on profits as a result of retail shrink, which has been a growing problem for retailers in recent years. This happens when inventory is lost or damaged as a result of theft or breakage.

After reporting 15.0% in 2023, Ulta Beauty now forecasts an annual operating margin of 14.0% to 14.3%.

According to LSEG data, analysts had expected the firm to make $27 per share in adjusted earnings for the year, but the midpoint of that range was lower than that.

Its projected revenue for fiscal year 2024 is $11.7–11.8 billion, which is significantly higher than LSEG’s projection of $11.69 billion.

The cosmetics store’s profit for the quarter ending February 3 was $8.08 per share, higher than the $7.53 per share predicted by analysts.

Sales for the quarter came in at $3.6 billion, up 10% year-on-year, and above the $3.53 billion predicted by analysts.

Thursday saw the Illinois-based company’s shares reach an intra-day high of $565.44 before settling down. In 2024, the stock price increased by almost 15%.

Ethan Sullivan

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