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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

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.56
SPLS's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
64% of the 1455 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. SPLS: 0.56 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 3.48
Current: 0.56

0.18
3.48
Equity to Asset 0.51
SPLS's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
74% of the 1381 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. SPLS: 0.51 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.42   Max: 0.63
Current: 0.51

0.42
0.63
Interest Coverage 6.31
SPLS's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
54% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 31.83 vs. SPLS: 6.31 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 3.14   Max: 40.39
Current: 6.31

3.14
40.39
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 4.71
M-Score: -2.92
WACC vs ROIC
11.88%
3.30%
WACC
ROIC
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 : 6/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 1.38
SPLS's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 1455 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 4.62 vs. SPLS: 1.38 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 1.38   Max: 8.06
Current: 1.38

1.38
8.06
Net-margin (%) 0.60
SPLS's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 1455 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 3.04 vs. SPLS: 0.60 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -0.86   Max: 5.36
Current: 0.6

-0.86
5.36
ROE (%) 2.27
SPLS's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 1435 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 9.24 vs. SPLS: 2.27 )
SPLS' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -3.21   Max: 21.08
Current: 2.27

-3.21
21.08
ROA (%) 1.21
SPLS's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 1459 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 4.00 vs. SPLS: 1.21 )
SPLS' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -1.64   Max: 12.07
Current: 1.21

-1.64
12.07
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 9.68
SPLS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 1455 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 16.90 vs. SPLS: 9.68 )
SPLS' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 9.67   Max: 69.71
Current: 9.68

9.67
69.71
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -0.20
SPLS's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 1191 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. SPLS: -0.20 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -0.2   Max: 21.7
Current: -0.2

-0.2
21.7
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -26.20
SPLS's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 1007 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. SPLS: -26.20 )
SPLS' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -26.2   Max: 27.7
Current: -26.2

-26.2
27.7
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -46.90
SPLS's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 919 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 6.10 vs. SPLS: -46.90 )
SPLS' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -46.9   Max: 82.7
Current: -46.9

-46.9
82.7
» SPLS's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

SPLS Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Pioneer Investments 14,250 sh (New)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 7,357,500 sh (+332.95%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 213,228 sh (+112.18%)
Diamond Hill Capital 2,201,291 sh (+76.65%)
Chuck Royce 784,000 sh (+25.76%)
Paul Tudor Jones 69,400 sh (+6.61%)
Brian Rogers 14,000,000 sh (+5.66%)
Richard Pzena 32,759,270 sh (+2.75%)
John Buckingham 357,280 sh (+2.25%)
Yacktman Fund 2,000,000 sh (unchged)
Donald Yacktman 2,275,000 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon 212,500 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 2,035,852 sh (-0.06%)
Charles Brandes 566,328 sh (-1.26%)
David Dreman 138,183 sh (-24.27%)
John Hussman 9,750 sh (-50.00%)
Ray Dalio 252,058 sh (-53.87%)
Jeremy Grantham 13,100 sh (-95.91%)
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Q3 2014

SPLS Guru Trades in Q3 2014

CI Can Am Small Cap 317,800 sh (New)
Diamond Hill Capital 2,545,786 sh (+15.65%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 219,208 sh (+2.80%)
Brian Rogers 14,250,000 sh (+1.79%)
Richard Pzena 33,308,825 sh (+1.68%)
John Hussman 9,750 sh (unchged)
Donald Yacktman 2,275,000 sh (unchged)
Yacktman Fund 2,000,000 sh (unchged)
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Chuck Royce Sold Out
Charles Brandes 564,322 sh (-0.35%)
David Dreman 136,878 sh (-0.94%)
John Buckingham 347,678 sh (-2.69%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 6,427,918 sh (-12.63%)
Paul Tudor Jones 22,300 sh (-67.87%)
Ray Dalio 57,820 sh (-77.06%)
Joel Greenblatt 55,072 sh (-97.29%)
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Q4 2014

SPLS Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Steven Cohen 337,600 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 122,795 sh (+450.65%)
Yacktman Fund 2,000,000 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers 14,250,000 sh (unchged)
Donald Yacktman 2,275,000 sh (unchged)
John Hussman Sold Out
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
David Dreman 136,607 sh (-0.20%)
John Buckingham 339,967 sh (-2.22%)
Diamond Hill Capital 2,413,816 sh (-5.18%)
Joel Greenblatt 50,476 sh (-8.35%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 5,725,618 sh (-10.93%)
Charles Brandes 440,274 sh (-21.98%)
Richard Pzena 25,452,479 sh (-23.59%)
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Q1 2015

SPLS Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Brian Rogers 14,250,000 sh (unchged)
Yacktman Fund 2,000,000 sh (unchged)
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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.

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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 75.50
SPLS's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
56% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 32.00 vs. SPLS: 75.50 )
SPLS' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.16   Max: 83.07
Current: 75.5

8.16
83.07
Forward P/E 16.81
SPLS's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
78% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 43.29 vs. SPLS: 16.81 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 77.30
SPLS's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
64% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 30.90 vs. SPLS: 77.30 )
SPLS' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 8.1   Max: 397.03
Current: 77.3

8.1
397.03
P/B 2.00
SPLS's P/B is ranked higher than
68% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.58 vs. SPLS: 2.00 )
SPLS' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.09   Max: 4.34
Current: 2

1.09
4.34
P/S 0.46
SPLS's P/S is ranked higher than
74% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.96 vs. SPLS: 0.46 )
SPLS' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.31   Max: 1.3
Current: 0.46

0.31
1.3
PFCF 15.00
SPLS's PFCF is ranked higher than
84% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 81.83 vs. SPLS: 15.00 )
SPLS' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.38   Max: 37.28
Current: 15

6.38
37.28
POCF 10.08
SPLS's POCF is ranked higher than
83% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 18.70 vs. SPLS: 10.08 )
SPLS' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 4.93   Max: 18.52
Current: 10.08

4.93
18.52
EV-to-EBIT 34.28
SPLS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
64% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 20.57 vs. SPLS: 34.28 )
SPLS' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.4   Max: 38.2
Current: 34.28

5.4
38.2
Shiller P/E 20.10
SPLS's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
84% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 278.65 vs. SPLS: 20.10 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.22   Max: 45.18
Current: 20.1

8.22
45.18
Current Ratio 1.57
SPLS's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
71% of the 1393 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.57 vs. SPLS: 1.57 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.2   Max: 2.2
Current: 1.57

1.2
2.2
Quick Ratio 0.92
SPLS's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
72% of the 1393 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.87 vs. SPLS: 0.92 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 1.03
Current: 0.92

0.4
1.03
Days Inventory 51.17
SPLS's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
85% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 100.98 vs. SPLS: 51.17 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 47.83   Max: 85.36
Current: 51.17

47.83
85.36
Days Sales Outstanding 31.28
SPLS's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
70% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 27.12 vs. SPLS: 31.28 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 10.19   Max: 31.28
Current: 31.28

10.19
31.28

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 2.99
SPLS's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
71% of the 1019 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.84 vs. SPLS: 2.99 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 4.47
Current: 2.99

0.38
4.47
Dividend Payout 2.29
SPLS's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
74% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. SPLS: 2.29 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.15   Max: 2.29
Current: 2.29

0.15
2.29
Dividend growth (3y) 6.30
SPLS's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
73% of the 713 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 8.00 vs. SPLS: 6.30 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 29.7
Current: 6.3

0
29.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.49
SPLS's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
79% of the 1041 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.14 vs. SPLS: 4.49 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 6.69
Current: 4.49

0.57
6.69
Share Buyback Rate 2.80
SPLS's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
91% of the 873 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: -0.30 vs. SPLS: 2.80 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 3.2   Max: -8.8
Current: 2.8

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 4.50
SPLS's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
58% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 4.10 vs. SPLS: 4.50 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 2.98   Max: 38.14
Current: 4.5

2.98
38.14
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.70
SPLS's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
93% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 8.70 vs. SPLS: 0.70 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 20.89
Current: 0.7

0.54
20.89
Price/Median PS Value 0.70
SPLS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
90% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. SPLS: 0.70 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.58   Max: 2.91
Current: 0.7

0.58
2.91
Price/Graham Number 3.90
SPLS's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
64% of the 1607 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. SPLS: 3.90 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.34   Max: 5.39
Current: 3.9

1.34
5.39
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 3.00
SPLS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
53% of the 1430 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. SPLS: 3.00 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.6   Max: 18.4
Current: 3

2.6
18.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -4.54
SPLS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
60% of the 921 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 8.73 vs. SPLS: -4.54 )
SPLS' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -5.2   Max: 27.8
Current: -4.54

-5.2
27.8

Analyst Estimate

Jan16 Jan17 Jan18
Revenue(Mil) 21,902 21,562 21,866
EPS($) 0.95 0.88 0.99
EPS without NRI($) 0.95 0.88 0.99

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Specialty Retail
Compare:TSCO, AMZN, EBAY, FIVE, AZO » details
Traded in other countries:STP.Germany, SPLS.Switzerland,
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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