Staples Inc

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SPLS : NASDAQ : Services
$10.19 0.0 | 0.0%
Today's Range: 10.18 - 10.2
Avg. Daily Volume: 1.15415E7
08/21/17 - 2:55 PM ET

Financial Analysis

STAPLES INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, underperforming the average competitor within its industry. STAPLES INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.82 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The liquidity decreased from the same period a year ago, despite already having weak liquidity to begin with. This would indicate deteriorating cash flow.

At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has significantly decreased by 38.69% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the future.

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Income Statement Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)4149.04363.0
EBITDA ($mil)262.0299.0
EBIT ($mil)171.0186.0
Net Income ($mil)-815.041.0

Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)1290.0946.0
Total Assets ($mil)7510.012815.0
Total Debt ($mil)1047.03506.0
Equity ($mil)3360.05481.0

Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin27.9127.85
EBITDA Margin6.316.85
Operating Margin4.124.26
Sales Turnover2.41.57
Return on Assets-31.332.81
Return on Equity-12.326.93
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio1.441.59
Interest Expense10.042.0
Interest Coverage17.14.43

Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)653.17646.29
Div / share0.120.12
Book value / share5.148.48
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume1.1466162E76825683.0


HOLD. This stock’s P/E ratio is negative, making its value useless in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, only displaying that the company has negative earnings per share. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 1.98 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 3.02 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 22.92. The price-to-sales ratio is well below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, STAPLES INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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SPLS NM Peers 20.31   SPLS 7.29 Peers 12.98

Neutral. The absence of a valid P/E ratio happens when a stock can not be valued on the basis of a negative stream of earnings.

SPLS's P/E is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.


Discount. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

SPLS is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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SPLS 11.86 Peers 17.97   SPLS NA Peers 1.48

Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.

SPLS is trading at a significant discount to its peers.


Neutral. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

Ratio not available.

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  Earnings Growth
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SPLS 1.98 Peers 22.92   SPLS -203.38 Peers 11.22

Discount. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

SPLS is trading at a significant discount to its peers.


Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, SPLS is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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  Sales Growth
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SPLS 0.37 Peers 1.37   SPLS -10.56 Peers 5.72

Discount. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

SPLS is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.


Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

SPLS significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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