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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 8/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.45
SPLS's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
53% of the 1083 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. SPLS: 0.45 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 3.48
Current: 0.45

0.16
3.48
Equity to Asset 0.55
SPLS's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
70% of the 1073 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. SPLS: 0.55 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 0.63
Current: 0.55

0.38
0.63
Interest Coverage 9.87
SPLS's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
56% of the 771 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 34.17 vs. SPLS: 9.87 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 3.14   Max: 40.39
Current: 9.87

3.14
40.39
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 4.35
M-Score: -2.59
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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Operating margin (%) 5.09
SPLS's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 1067 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 5.56 vs. SPLS: 5.09 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 2.09   Max: 8.06
Current: 5.09

2.09
8.06
Net-margin (%) 2.68
SPLS's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 1066 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 3.93 vs. SPLS: 2.68 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -0.86   Max: 5.36
Current: 2.68

-0.86
5.36
ROE (%) 10.11
SPLS's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 1049 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 9.28 vs. SPLS: 10.11 )
SPLS' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -3.44   Max: 19.39
Current: 10.11

-3.44
19.39
ROA (%) 5.55
SPLS's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 1065 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 4.71 vs. SPLS: 5.55 )
SPLS' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -1.72   Max: 11.6
Current: 5.55

-1.72
11.6
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 35.11
SPLS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 1066 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 20.96 vs. SPLS: 35.11 )
SPLS' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 15.01   Max: 66.53
Current: 35.11

15.01
66.53
Revenue Growth (%) 1.80
SPLS's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 786 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. SPLS: 1.80 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 1.5   Max: 26.9
Current: 1.8

1.5
26.9
EBITDA Growth (%) -4.50
SPLS's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 671 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 9.40 vs. SPLS: -4.50 )
SPLS' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -20.2   Max: 36.5
Current: -4.5

-20.2
36.5
EPS Growth (%) -4.30
SPLS's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 621 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 11.60 vs. SPLS: -4.30 )
SPLS' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -27.3   Max: 82.7
Current: -4.3

-27.3
82.7
» SPLS's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

SPLS Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Steven Cohen 41,305 sh (New)
Mark Hillman 98,525 sh (New)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 3,452,600 sh (+35.91%)
Chuck Royce 563,600 sh (+33.78%)
Jeremy Grantham 741,893 sh (+18.7%)
Joel Greenblatt 374,801 sh (+14.77%)
Diamond Hill Capital 727,420 sh (+7.93%)
Brian Rogers 13,250,000 sh (+1.92%)
John Buckingham 341,602 sh (+0.39%)
John Hussman 9,500 sh (unchged)
Eric Mindich 2,500,000 sh (unchged)
Yacktman Fund 2,000,000 sh (unchged)
Donald Yacktman 2,285,000 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Charles Brandes 567,133 sh (-0.06%)
Pioneer Investments 14,272 sh (-3%)
David Dreman 426,876 sh (-5.06%)
Richard Pzena 34,969,289 sh (-10.22%)
Arnold Van Den Berg 376,249 sh (-16.59%)
Robert Olstein 466,000 sh (-20.48%)
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Q3 2013

SPLS Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Diamond Hill Capital 7,897,713 sh (+985.72%)
Joel Greenblatt 489,644 sh (+30.64%)
Chuck Royce 621,100 sh (+10.2%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 3,738,000 sh (+8.27%)
John Buckingham 344,988 sh (+0.99%)
Yacktman Fund 2,000,000 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers 13,250,000 sh (unchged)
John Hussman 9,500 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Mark Hillman Sold Out
Donald Yacktman 2,280,000 sh (-0.22%)
Arnold Van Den Berg 368,894 sh (-1.95%)
Jeremy Grantham 722,405 sh (-2.63%)
Richard Pzena 32,431,464 sh (-7.26%)
Charles Brandes 486,290 sh (-14.25%)
Pioneer Investments 11,954 sh (-16.24%)
Robert Olstein 361,000 sh (-22.53%)
David Dreman 186,133 sh (-56.4%)
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Q4 2013

SPLS Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 27,936 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 256,440 sh (New)
Eric Mindich 1,925,000 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 31,206 sh (New)
Jim Simons 344,837 sh (New)
First Pacific Advisors 376,900 sh (New)
John Hussman 19,500 sh (+105.26%)
Charles Brandes 509,872 sh (+4.85%)
Diamond Hill Capital 8,027,619 sh (+1.64%)
Brian Rogers 13,250,000 sh (unchged)
Robert Olstein 361,000 sh (unchged)
Donald Yacktman 2,280,000 sh (unchged)
Yacktman Fund 2,000,000 sh (unchged)
Arnold Van Den Berg Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham 712,187 sh (-1.41%)
John Buckingham 340,048 sh (-1.43%)
Chuck Royce 576,000 sh (-7.26%)
Richard Pzena 29,738,968 sh (-8.3%)
Pioneer Investments 10,733 sh (-10.21%)
David Dreman 110,271 sh (-40.76%)
Joel Greenblatt 213,491 sh (-56.4%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,232,900 sh (-67.02%)
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Q1 2014

SPLS Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 100,493 sh (New)
Brian Rogers 13,250,000 sh (unchged)
Yacktman Fund 2,000,000 sh (unchged)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with SPLS

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Arnold Van Den Berg 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.53%$14.44 - $16.18 $ 11.91-24%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Reduce -56.4%0.13%$14.44 - $16.18 $ 11.91-24%213491
David Dreman 2013-12-31 Reduce -40.76%0.1%$14.44 - $16.18 $ 11.91-24%110271
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 New Buy0.03%$14.44 - $16.18 $ 11.91-24%256440
John Hussman 2013-12-31 Add 105.26%0.01%$14.44 - $16.18 $ 11.91-24%19500
David Dreman 2013-09-30 Reduce -56.4%0.1%$13.83 - $17.24 $ 11.91-24%186133
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Add 30.64%0.05%$13.83 - $17.24 $ 11.91-24%489644
Ray Dalio 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.02%$12.4 - $16.48 $ 11.91-17%0
John Hussman 2013-03-31 Reduce -99.37%0.45%$11.4 - $14.65 $ 11.91-8%9500
Yacktman Focused Fund 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.36%$11.4 - $14.65 $ 11.91-8%0
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 Reduce -92.4%0.22%$11.4 - $14.65 $ 11.91-8%155896
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Guru Investment Theses on Staples Inc

Diamond Hill Capital Comments on Staples - Jan 15, 2014

We initiated a new position in office products retailer Staples, Inc. (SPLS). Our view is that the company has a market leading position, the ability to generate strong free cash flow, and a strong balance sheet. Additionally, strategic initiatives to close stores and focus efforts on driving sales online and industry consolidation further support our thesis.

From Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio) Large Cap Fund third quarter 2013 commentary.

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Diamond Hill Comments on Staples Inc. - Oct 23, 2012

Office products retailer Staples, Inc. (SPLS) reported disappointing second quarter results. Subsequently, analysts lowered Staples' future revenue and earnings estimates based on the belief that Staples' problems are ongoing, a view which we do not share. We believe Staples' stock offers a compelling return given the company's plan to reduce operating expenses and restructure its business lines.

From Diamond Hill Capital's Third Quarter Small-Mid Cap Fund Commentary.


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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 12.50
SPLS's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
81% of the 887 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 17.80 vs. SPLS: 12.50 )
SPLS' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.16   Max: 30.48
Current: 12.5

8.16
30.48
P/B 1.28
SPLS's P/B is ranked higher than
68% of the 1036 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.71 vs. SPLS: 1.28 )
SPLS' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.09   Max: 4.34
Current: 1.28

1.09
4.34
P/S 0.34
SPLS's P/S is ranked higher than
77% of the 1107 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.74 vs. SPLS: 0.34 )
SPLS' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.31   Max: 1.3
Current: 0.34

0.31
1.3
PFCF 10.73
SPLS's PFCF is ranked higher than
81% of the 593 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 19.33 vs. SPLS: 10.73 )
SPLS' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.38   Max: 37.28
Current: 10.73

6.38
37.28
EV-to-EBIT 7.16
SPLS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
84% of the 968 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 13.34 vs. SPLS: 7.16 )
SPLS' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.4   Max: 28
Current: 7.16

5.4
28
Shiller P/E 12.33
SPLS's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
83% of the 541 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 20.92 vs. SPLS: 12.33 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.22   Max: 45.18
Current: 12.33

8.22
45.18

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 4.03
SPLS's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
84% of the 745 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. SPLS: 4.03 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 4.25
Current: 4.03

0.38
4.25
Dividend Payout 0.45
SPLS's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
52% of the 633 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.33 vs. SPLS: 0.45 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.15   Max: 0.51
Current: 0.45

0.15
0.51
Dividend growth (3y) 10.10
SPLS's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
76% of the 392 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 8.70 vs. SPLS: 10.10 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 29.7
Current: 10.1

0
29.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 6.44
SPLS's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
86% of the 770 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.31 vs. SPLS: 6.44 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.61   Max: 6.84
Current: 6.44

0.61
6.84
Share Buyback Rate 3.20
SPLS's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
92% of the 655 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: -0.60 vs. SPLS: 3.20 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 3.2   Max: -11.9
Current: 3.2

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 3.12
SPLS's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
57% of the 937 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. SPLS: 3.12 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 3.45   Max: 10.49
Current: 3.12

3.45
10.49
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.49
SPLS's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
93% of the 551 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. SPLS: 0.49 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 20.89
Current: 0.49

0.54
20.89
Price/Median PS Value 0.46
SPLS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
95% of the 1015 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. SPLS: 0.46 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.51   Max: 2.54
Current: 0.46

0.51
2.54
Price/Graham Number 1.24
SPLS's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
65% of the 775 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. SPLS: 1.24 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.34   Max: 5.36
Current: 1.24

1.34
5.36
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 14.00
SPLS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
85% of the 983 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 7.40 vs. SPLS: 14.00 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3.6   Max: 18.4
Current: 14

3.6
18.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 1.93
SPLS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
62% of the 727 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 10.63 vs. SPLS: 1.93 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -1.3   Max: 27.2
Current: 1.93

-1.3
27.2

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Specialty Retail
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Traded in other countries:STP.Germany
Staples, Inc is a Delaware corporation incorporated in 1986. It operates as an office products company. The Company's three reportable segments are North American Delivery, North American Retail and International Operations. The North American Delivery segment consists of the U.S. and Canadian businesses that sell and deliver office products and services directly to customers and businesses and includes Staples Advantage, Staples.com and Quill.com. The North American Retail segment consists of the U.S. and Canadian businesses that operate stores that sell office products and services. The International Operations segment consists of business units that operate stores and that sells and delivers office products and services directly to customers in 24 countries in Europe, Australia, South America and Asia. The Company sells a variety of office supplies and services, office machines and related products, computers and related products and office furniture. The Company compete with high-volume office supply providers, including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Lyreco; as well as mass merchants such as Walmart, Target and Tesco; warehouse clubs such as Costco; computer and electronics retail stores such as Best Buy; specialty technology stores such as Apple; copy and print businesses such as FedEx Office; online retailers such as Amazon.com; and other discount retailers. The Company's business is subject to federal, state, local and international laws, rules and regulations.

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