Metro raises dividend, reports Q1 profit and sales up from year ago

MONTREAL – Metro Inc. raised its quarterly dividend as it reported a profit of $231.1 million in its latest quarter, up from $207.7 million in the same quarter a year earlier.

The grocery and drugstore retailer says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 30.25 cents per share, up from 27.5 cents per share.

The increased payment to shareholders came as Metro reported a profit of 97 cents per diluted share for the 12-weeks ended Dec. 17, up from 85 cents per diluted share a year earlier.

Sales in what was the first quarter of the company’s 2023 financial year totalled $4.67 billion, up from nearly $4.32 billion a year ago.

The increase in sales came as food same-store sales rose 7.5 per cent compared with a year ago. Pharmacy same-store sales gained 7.7 per cent compared with a year ago with a 6.5 per cent increase in prescription drug and a 10.2 per cent gain in front-store sales.

On an adjusted basis, Metro says it earned $1.00 per diluted share, up from an adjusted profit of 88 cents per diluted share a year earlier.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2023.

Companies in this story: (TSX:MRU)

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