Sprouts Farmers Market stock climbs to 3-month high on upbeat guidance

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Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM) stock climbed to a 3-month high on Thursday after the grocery chain operator raised its 2022 profit and comparable sales guidance.

SFM expects 2022 adj. EPS of $2.18-$2.26 vs. consensus estimate of $2.15. Prior outlook was at the low end of $2.14-$2.24.

Comparable store sales growth is expected to be 1-2% vs. decline 6.7% in 2021. Prior outlook was at the low end of 0-2%.

Net sales are projected to be ~$6.34B-6.41B, up 4-5% Y/Y, vs. consensus estimate of $6.34B.

SFM expects Q3 adj. EPS of $0.49-$0.53 vs. consensus estimate of $0.51,while comparable store sales growth is estimated to be 1-2%.

“We expect to continue to pass through product input costs and expect a slight increase in gross margins for the full year relative to last year,” said CFO Chip Molloy in a post-earnings call.

SFM reported Q2 GAAP EPS of $0.57 vs. $0.52. Revenue rose 5.3% Y/Y to $1.6B, driven by increase in comparable store sales (up 2%) and new stores opened.

Shares of SFM gained 3.9% YTD and ~31% in the last 1 year.