Whole Foods Market Inc

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WFM : NASDAQ : Services
$32.04 | %
Today's Range: 31.47 - 32.17
Avg. Daily Volume: 5245100.0
12/09/16 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

WHOLE FOODS MARKET INC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2016 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown its sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, and although its growth in net income has outpaced the industry average, its revenue growth has not. WHOLE FOODS MARKET INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.82 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year, indicating improving cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has decreased by 14.46% 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 Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)3497.03438.0
EBITDA ($mil)277.0277.0
EBIT ($mil)155.0169.0
Net Income ($mil)88.057.0

Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)852.0519.0
Total Assets ($mil)6341.05741.0
Total Debt ($mil)1051.065.0
Equity ($mil)3224.03769.0

Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin37.6337.64
EBITDA Margin7.928.05
Operating Margin4.434.92
Sales Turnover2.482.68
Return on Assets7.999.33
Return on Equity15.7214.22
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio1.471.23
Interest Expense11.00.0
Interest Coverage14.090.0

Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)318.3348.9
Div / share0.140.13
Book value / share10.1310.8
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume5533003.06017744.0


HOLD. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 21.97 for the Food & Staples Retailing industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.45. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.01 indicates valuation on par with the S&P 500 average of 2.82 and a discount versus the industry average of 3.69. The current price-to-sales ratio is well below the S&P 500 average, but above the industry average. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, WHOLE FOODS MARKET INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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WFM 19.68 Peers 21.97   WFM 8.70 Peers 9.91

Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.

WFM is trading at a discount to its peers.


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.

WFM is trading at a discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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WFM 20.33 Peers 18.44   WFM NM Peers 1.82

Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.

WFM is trading at a premium 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.

WFM's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.

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  Earnings Growth
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WFM 3.01 Peers 3.69   WFM 4.02 Peers 1.24

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.

WFM is trading at a discount to its peers.


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

WFM is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.

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  Sales Growth
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WFM 0.62 Peers 0.54   WFM 2.17 Peers 3.05

Premium. 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.

WFM is trading at a premium to its industry on this measurement.


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

WFM significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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