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Wowie! Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) just had an outstanding earnings for their fiscal Q1.

Let’s go over the numbers. For Q1, they earned 72 cents per share. When the last earnings report came out, they told us to expect earnings to range between 58 cents and 61 cents per share. I knew that was low and in last week’s CWS Market Review, I said I was expecting a modest earnings of around 63 cents per share.

Turns out, I wasn’t optimistic enough. The shares are up about 2% after hours.

I also said that I was looking forward to Q2 guidance of 80 to 85 cents per share. They gave us guidance of 77 cents to 82 cents per share. So I was still in the ballpark.

This was just a great earnings report. The best news of all is that the company also revised their full-year forecast higher. The numbers here aren’t as clear. At the start of the year, BBBY told us to expect an earnings increase for the entire year of 10% to 15%. For 2010, they earned $3.07. In other words, that came to $3.38 to $3.53 per share. (Read earnings call transcript.)

Now BBBY has upped that full-year forecast to 15% to 20%. That translates to a range of $3.53 to $3.68 per share.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. today reported net earnings of $.72 per diluted share ($180.6 million) in the fiscal first quarter ended May 28, 2011, an increase of approximately 38% versus net earnings of $.52 per diluted share ($137.6 million) in the same quarter a year ago. Net sales for the fiscal first quarter of 2011 were approximately $2.110 billion, an increase of approximately 9.7% from net sales of approximately $1.923 billion reported in the fiscal first quarter of 2010. Comparable store sales in the fiscal first quarter of 2011 increased by approximately 7.0%, compared with an increase of approximately 8.4% in last year’s fiscal first quarter.

During the fiscal first quarter of 2011, the Company repurchased approximately $245 million of its common stock representing approximately 4.8 million shares. This included the completion of the $1 billion share repurchase program authorized in 2007. As of May 28, 2011, the balance remaining of the share repurchase program authorized in December 2010 was approximately $1.892 billion dollars.

The Company is now modeling net earnings per diluted share to be approximately $.77 to $.82 for the fiscal second quarter of 2011 and to increase by approximately 15% to 20% for all of fiscal 2011.

Here’s a look at BBBY’s quarterly numbers for the past few years:

Quarter Sales Gross Profit Operating Profit Net Profit EPS
May-99 $356,633 $146,214 $28,015 $17,883 $0.06
Aug-99 $451,715 $185,570 $53,580 $33,247 $0.12
Nov-00 $480,145 $196,784 $50,607 $31,707 $0.11
Feb-00 $569,012 $238,233 $77,138 $48,392 $0.17
May-00 $459,163 $187,293 $36,339 $23,364 $0.08
Aug-00 $589,381 $241,284 $70,009 $43,578 $0.15
Nov-01 $602,004 $246,080 $64,592 $40,665 $0.14
Feb-01 $746,107 $311,802 $101,898 $64,315 $0.22
May-01 $575,833 $234,959 $45,602 $30,007 $0.10
Aug-01 $713,636 $291,342 $84,672 $53,954 $0.18
Nov-02 $759,438 $311,030 $83,749 $52,964 $0.18
Feb-02 $879,055 $370,235 $132,077 $82,674 $0.28
May-02 $776,798 $318,362 $72,701 $46,299 $0.15
Aug-02 $903,044 $370,335 $119,687 $75,459 $0.25
Nov-03 $936,030 $386,224 $119,228 $75,112 $0.25
Feb-03 $1,049,292 $443,626 $168,441 $105,309 $0.35
May-03 $893,868 $367,180 $90,450 $57,508 $0.19
Aug-03 $1,111,445 $459,145 $155,867 $97,208 $0.32
Nov-04 $1,174,740 $486,987 $161,459 $100,506 $0.33
Feb-04 $1,297,928 $563,352 $231,567 $144,248 $0.47
May-04 $1,100,917 $456,774 $128,707 $82,049 $0.27
Aug-04 $1,273,960 $530,829 $189,108 $120,008 $0.39
Nov-05 $1,305,155 $548,152 $190,978 $121,927 $0.40
Feb-05 $1,467,646 $650,546 $283,621 $180,980 $0.59
May-05 $1,244,421 $520,781 $150,884 $98,903 $0.33
Aug-05 $1,431,182 $601,784 $217,877 $141,402 $0.47
Nov-06 $1,448,680 $615,363 $205,493 $134,620 $0.45
Feb-06 $1,685,279 $747,820 $304,917 $197,922 $0.67
May-06 $1,395,963 $590,098 $148,750 $100,431 $0.35
Aug-06 $1,607,239 $678,249 $219,622 $145,535 $0.51
Nov-07 $1,619,240 $704,073 $211,134 $142,436 $0.50
Feb-07 $1,994,987 $862,982 $309,895 $205,842 $0.72
May-07 $1,553,293 $646,109 $154,391 $104,647 $0.38
Aug-07 $1,767,716 $732,158 $211,037 $147,008 $0.55
Nov-08 $1,794,747 $747,866 $203,152 $138,232 $0.52
Feb-08 $1,933,186 $799,098 $259,442 $172,921 $0.66
May-08 $1,648,491 $656,000 $118,819 $76,777 $0.30
Aug-08 $1,853,892 $739,321 $187,421 $119,268 $0.46
Nov-08 $1,782,683 $692,857 $136,374 $87,700 $0.34
Feb-09 $1,923,274 $785,058 $231,282 $141,378 $0.55
May-09 $1,694,340 $666,818 $142,304 $87,172 $0.34
Aug-09 $1,914,909 $773,393 $222,031 $135,531 $0.52
Nov-09 $1,975,465 $812,412 $245,611 $151,288 $0.58
Feb-10 $2,244,079 $955,496 $370,741 $226,042 $0.86
May-10 $1,923,051 $775,036 $225,394 $137,553 $0.52
Aug-10 $2,136,730 $874,918 $296,902 $181,755 $0.70
Nov-10 $2,193,755 $896,508 $305,110 $188,574 $0.74
Feb-11 $2,504,967 $1,076,467 $461,052 $283,451 $1.12
May-11 $2,109,951 $857,572 $288,948 $180,578 $0.72

Disclosure: BBBY is part of the author's 2011 Buy List.

Source: An Outstanding Quarter for Bed Bath & Beyond