|Bid||54.25 x 3200|
|Ask||54.32 x 800|
|Day's range||54.32 - 54.79|
|52-week range||49.03 - 74.94|
|Beta (5Y monthly)||0.90|
|PE ratio (TTM)||13.35|
|Earnings date||30 Mar 2020 - 05 Apr 2020|
|Forward dividend & yield||1.83 (3.36%)|
|Ex-dividend date||13 Nov 2019|
|1y target est||56.17|
Walgreens is supporting relief efforts in Puerto Rico as many communities work to recover in the aftermath of earthquakes that impacted the region last week.
Yahoo Finance speaks at length about the future of retail and the cloud business in an exclusive interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced participation in a fireside chat at the 38th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.
Last week, you might have seen that Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) released its quarterly result to the...
(Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp. is unveiling new cloud tools designed for retail customers, seeking to position itself as an alternative to Amazon.com Inc. and corporate software companies like Slack Technologies Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc.Microsoft is adding a feature to its Slack rival, the Teams corporate chat program, that lets store workers push a button to turn their mobile phones into walkie-talkies for in-store communications. In a speech on Jan. 12 at a retail industry event, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella plans to discuss how Ikea shifted more than 70,000 workers to Teams, using the service for meetings and chat. The home furnishing giant’s largest store, in Stockholm, also started using a scheduling feature to manage the shifts of 150 restaurant staffers.Ikea is also working with Microsoft to determine if Teams can play a role in its “store of the future” concepts. The Swedish company may put video screens in stores that use Teams to connect customers with kitchen design advisers, said Kenneth Lindegaard, an Ikea vice president. The company plans to have the rest of its 165,000-person workforce on Office 365 cloud software and Teams by the end of spring, although Ikea still has some smaller groups using Slack and Google’s G Suite, he said. Ikea also uses Microsoft’s Azure and Google Cloud, he said.The retail industry has been one of Microsoft’s most successful as the software maker tries to gain ground in cloud computing against market leader Amazon Web Services and lure more customers to its internet-based Office products. Some retailers are loath to work with e-commerce rival Amazon. Nadella and Google Cloud chief Thomas Kurian are set to speak next week at the annual show of the National Retail Federation, the biggest retail trade group, underscoring how significant the industry is to Amazon’s biggest cloud competitors. “A key part of our offering is that we partner and we don’t compete,” said Shelley Bransten, the vice president who oversees Microsoft’s work with retailers and consumer goods companies. But there are other benefits to working closely with retailers, she said in an interview. Some of the software products built for retailers will be useful for companies in other industries.For example, the walkie-talkie feature in Teams can help manufacturers, said Emma Williams, a Microsoft vice president who is charged with adding features to Office and Teams for use by customers in health care, retail, manufacturing and finance. Microsoft explained the new features in a blog post Thursday ahead of Nadella’s speech in New York, the CEO’s first appearance at the retail conference.Retail customers are also key to Microsoft’s competition with Salesforce, the leader in cloud-based customer relations software. Microsoft announced the official release of its Dynamics Commerce software for helping retailers manage inventory, scheduling, call centers, e-commerce sites and in-store operations. The company said outerwear maker Canada Goose Holdings Inc. has been using it. Microsoft also provided new details on how some previously announced Azure customers are working with its products. One year ago, Microsoft said Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. would begin using Azure and deploy Microsoft 365—a collection of software that includes Windows 10, Office cloud services and security and mobile-management software—to the pharmacy giant’s more than 380,000 workers. Now Walgreens will try Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 goggles for worker training and the drugstore chain also is using Microsoft products to anonymously track shoppers’ steps, in order to better plan store layouts. Microsoft is also targeting another lucrative Amazon business — digital advertising for products on retailers’ websites. In August, Microsoft acquired New York-based PromoteIQ, which helps companies like Kroger Co. and Kohl’s Corp. sell ads on their websites to companies who want prime placement for their goods. Nadella will announce Home Depot has also signed up for the service.To contact the author of this story: Dina Bass in Seattle at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Pollack at firstname.lastname@example.org, Jillian WardFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Sluggishness in Walgreens Boots' (WBA) Retail Pharmacy International segment and margin contractions put pressure on the bottom line during Q1.
(Bloomberg) -- Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. hopes to be one of the survivors in the brutal shakeout that’s roiling the pharmacy sector. But it’s off to a slow start in 2020.The company’s shares fell the most in nine months on Wednesday after the drugstore giant posted first-quarter results that fell short of Wall Street expectations. The report deepened a slump that saw the retailer become the worst performer on the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 2019, when reports also emerged that Walgreens was considering a leveraged buyout.On a long conference call with analysts that focused on mundane details of cost cutting and pharmacy contracts -- even including comments by one executive on how LED lighting can save money -- Chief Executive Officer Stefano Pessina eventually came back to the bigger challenge facing Walgreens.“Not all the pharmacies will survive in the future,” Pessina said, without elaborating. The company could do a deal that would hide the broad problems afflicting the pharmacy sector in the short term. Instead, it’s focusing on the long term, Pessina said.Pessina, a multibillionaire who owns 16.5% of the company, and other executives made no mention on the call of the prospect that Walgreens could go private. In November, the chain was reported to be weighing a potential deal to go private that could be the largest LBO ever. Wall Street remains skeptical it will happen.“Everyone believes that a transaction like this would be extremely complicated and tough to pull off,” said Eric Coldwell, an analyst with Robert W. Baird & Co., in an email.In trading in New York, Walgreens shares dropped as much as 7.4%, the biggest intraday decline since April. In 2019, the stock fell 14%, compared with a gain of nearly 29% for the S&P 500 Index. The company has now given up most of the gains it made since early November, when news broke about the possible LBO.Intense ShakeoutSome industry researchers have projected that the number of U.S. pharmacies is likely to shrink by thousands in the coming years amid an intense shakeout. Giant insurers are pressuring pharmacies on margins, at the same time as Amazon.com Inc. and host of small digital startups are trying to lure away brick-and-mortar customers.“Pharmacies have been shuttering at a brisk pace -- small chains, grocers, independents,” said Coldwell. “Pharmacy is an extremely difficult marketplace.”Walgreens and rival CVS Health Corp. are able to help themselves somewhat, by acquiring the pharmacy customers of some of those closing stores and then transferring the prescriptions to their existing stores, he said.Walgreens itself has also closed stores. It disclosed plans in August to shut 200 U.S. locations on top of a previously announced cut of as many as 750 stores.Earnings DetailsAdjusted earnings were significantly below Wall Street expectations, while net income declined sharply.Profit margins in flagship U.S. pharmacy business were eroded by reimbursement pressure. Gross profit in that unit declined 5.2% year over year.Company affirmed its 2020 guidance for roughly flat earnings.To read more on Walgreens’ financial results, click here.To read the company’s news release, click here.To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Langreth in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Drew Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org, Mark Schoifet, Timothy AnnettFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Walgreens (WBA) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of -2.14% and -0.84%, respectively, for the quarter ended November 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, which ended November 30, 2019.
Boots’ retail sales in the three months to November were down 2.9 per cent amid a “very challenging” market, prompting the 170-year-old company to initiate a detailed review of its business. “We did have a rough quarter in retail and it really does come down to the market,” said James Kehoe, chief financial officer of parent group Walgreens Boots Alliance. Boots has already made one round of redundancies as it strives to reduce costs at its Nottingham headquarters by a fifth.
Today we're going to take a look at the well-established Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA). The company's...
While it’s now officially the new year the 2019-2020 flu season rolls on and is gaining traction according to the December Walgreens Flu Index® report. The December report shows increased activity compared to last month and last season in most states and markets, with Nebraska and Tennessee leading with the most instances of flu. In many places, the flu seemed to spike around Thanksgiving and holiday travel times. And even though the holiday season may be behind us, the flu season is not. Remember to protect yourself and loved ones from the flu – it’s not too late to get your flu shot!
Higher comparable pharmacy sales and expanded comparable prescription volume are likely to have aided growth in Walgreens Boots' (WBA) Retail Pharmacy USA during the first quarter of fiscal 2020.
Walgreens has earned the first enterprise-wide URAC accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy for its more than 300 Walgreens community-based specialty pharmacies located in the United States and Puerto Rico. This builds on Walgreens previous Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation for select locations granted by URAC in 2018. URAC is the nation’s leading independent health care accreditation authority, advancing health care quality through accreditation, measurement and innovation.
Walgreens (WBA) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.
Walgreens Boots' could use some Viagra after its latest results. The drugstore operator's quarterly profit plunged 25% and missed analysts' targets. The company sold more prescription drugs, but lower payments from insurers ate into its profits. Low reimbursement rates, coupled with disappointing performance at its British Boots unit and sluggish retail growth, have hammered its stock. It was the Dow's worst performer last year, sinking nearly 14%. That stock tumbled Wednesday- making it the day's biggest decliner on the Dow and S&P 500. The company explored going private last year. But Reuters sources say many private equity firms are reluctant, concerned about its business prospects and the challenges of financing a buyout.