Solid Comps Drive Tractor Supply Company In Q2

Tractor Supply Company reported a solid second quarter, with comparable store sales, revenues and income all increasing.

Net sales for the second quarter of 2018 increased 9.7% to $2.21 billion from $2.02 billion in the second quarter of 2017. Comparable store sales increased 5.6% compared to an increase of 2.2% in the prior year’s second quarter. The comparable store sales results included increases in comparable average ticket of 3.7% and transaction count of 1.8%. The increase in comparable store sales was primarily driven by broad-based strength in everyday merchandise, along with robust growth across spring and summer seasonal categories.

Net income increased 29% to $207.3 million from $160.6 million and diluted earnings per share increased 35.2% to $1.69 from $1.25 in the second quarter of 2017.

“We delivered a solid second quarter with broad-based strength across our merchandise categories and geographies. Our 5.6% comparable store sales increase was driven by continued execution of our OneTractor strategy and merchandising initiatives that drove both average ticket and transaction count increases for the quarter. Even with a delayed start to the spring season, we were able to capitalize on the selling season for many spring products as we managed our inventories effectively. Given our performance year to date, we are raising our full year guidance for 2018,” said Greg Sandfort, Tractor Supply’s CEO.