Wal-Mart Stores Inc

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WMT : NYSE : Services
$74.78 -0.16 | -0.21%
Today's Range: 74.42 - 75.4
Avg. Daily Volume: 8906700.0
04/24/17 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

WAL-MART STORES 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. Even though sales increased, the net income has decreased. WAL-MART STORES INC has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.19 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity decreased from the same period a year ago, despite already having very weak liquidity to begin with. This would indicate deteriorating cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only decreasing by 3.41% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the near future.

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Income Statement Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)130936.0129667.0
EBITDA ($mil)9298.09106.0
EBIT ($mil)6592.06675.0
Net Income ($mil)3757.04574.0

Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)6867.08705.0
Total Assets ($mil)198825.0199581.0
Total Debt ($mil)45938.050034.0
Equity ($mil)77798.080546.0

Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin27.4227.07
EBITDA Margin7.17.02
Operating Margin5.035.15
Sales Turnover2.442.42
Return on Assets6.867.36
Return on Equity17.5318.24
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio0.860.93
Interest Expense594.0576.0
Interest Coverage11.111.59

Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)3048.03162.0
Div / share0.50.49
Book value / share25.5225.47
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume8941028.08655535.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 22.08 for the Food & Staples Retailing industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 24.92. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.93 indicates valuation on par with the S&P 500 average of 2.99 and a discount versus the industry average of 3.72. The current price-to-sales ratio is well below the S&P 500 average and is also below the industry average, indicating a discount. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, WAL-MART STORES INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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WMT 17.04 Peers 22.08   WMT 7.23 Peers 9.68

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

WMT 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.

WMT is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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WMT 16.44 Peers 19.10   WMT NM Peers 2.26

Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.

WMT is trading at a valuation on par with 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.

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

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  Earnings Growth
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WMT 2.93 Peers 3.72   WMT -3.94 Peers 4.75

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.

WMT is trading at a discount to its peers.


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

However, WMT 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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WMT 0.47 Peers 0.55   WMT 0.66 Peers 0.67

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.

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


Average. Comparing a company's sales growth to its industry helps to determine if the company is adding or losing market share.

WMT is keeping pace with its peers on the basis of sales growth.



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