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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 : 6/10

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Cash to Debt 0.12
WMT's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
80% of the 375 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. WMT: 0.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
WMT' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.06  Med: 0.14 Max: 0.21
Current: 0.12
0.06
0.21
Equity to Asset 0.38
WMT's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
58% of the 370 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.42 vs. WMT: 0.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
WMT' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.34  Med: 0.39 Max: 0.43
Current: 0.38
0.34
0.43
Interest Coverage 9.89
WMT's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
66% of the 389 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.20 vs. WMT: 9.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
WMT' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.46  Med: 11.38 Max: 12.33
Current: 9.89
9.46
12.33
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 4.27
M-Score: -2.76
WACC vs ROIC
3.06%
13.52%
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 : 7/10

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Operating margin (%) 4.79
WMT's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 377 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. WMT: 4.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
WMT' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.79  Med: 5.84 Max: 6.05
Current: 4.79
4.79
6.05
Net-margin (%) 2.98
WMT's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 377 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. WMT: 2.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
WMT' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.98  Med: 3.37 Max: 3.89
Current: 2.98
2.98
3.89
ROE (%) 18.56
WMT's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 371 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 8.43 vs. WMT: 18.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
WMT' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 18.15  Med: 20.88 Max: 23.58
Current: 18.56
18.15
23.58
ROA (%) 7.17
WMT's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 378 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.49 vs. WMT: 7.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
WMT' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.17  Med: 8.14 Max: 9.34
Current: 7.17
7.17
9.34
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 20.06
WMT's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 377 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 14.53 vs. WMT: 20.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
WMT' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 20.06  Med: 24.38 Max: 24.99
Current: 20.06
20.06
24.99
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 2.70
WMT's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
59% of the 320 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.10 vs. WMT: 2.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
WMT' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.7  Med: 11.5 Max: 17.8
Current: 2.7
2.7
17.8
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -0.90
WMT's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
70% of the 289 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.80 vs. WMT: -0.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
WMT' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.9  Med: 10.8 Max: 21.2
Current: -0.9
-0.9
21.2
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -3.00
WMT's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
68% of the 258 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. WMT: -3.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
WMT' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3  Med: 10.7 Max: 21.8
Current: -3
-3
21.8
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Guru Trades

Q4 2015

WMT Guru Trades in Q4 2015

Arnold Van Den Berg 150 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 1,000,000 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 48,587 sh (New)
Ken Fisher 251,770 sh (+128.25%)
Joel Greenblatt 867,518 sh (+54.83%)
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund 2,807,500 sh (+45.84%)
Richard Snow 667,600 sh (+11.61%)
Charles Brandes 123,012 sh (+8.48%)
Mario Gabelli 74,935 sh (+1.43%)
Dodge & Cox 30,936,193 sh (+0.13%)
Yacktman Fund 1,500,000 sh (unchged)
John Hussman 2,000 sh (unchged)
Bill Gates 11,603,000 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 750,000 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones 76,300 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones 56,700 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 56,185,293 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
David Dreman Sold Out
Tom Gayner Sold Out
John Rogers 234,168 sh (-0.02%)
Tweedy Browne 971,888 sh (-0.19%)
Jeff Auxier 91,342 sh (-0.33%)
First Eagle Investment 2,587,621 sh (-0.94%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 3,553,671 sh (-2.21%)
Mairs and Power 8,172 sh (-2.27%)
Donald Yacktman 1,876,066 sh (-2.65%)
Richard Pzena 6,145,803 sh (-2.82%)
Ruane Cunniff 2,100,532 sh (-3.41%)
Tom Russo 18,774 sh (-3.59%)
John Buckingham 77,850 sh (-4.29%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 348,120 sh (-6.89%)
NWQ Managers 836,251 sh (-8.19%)
Pioneer Investments 335,324 sh (-20.70%)
Jeremy Grantham 5,708,696 sh (-23.36%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 4,771,345 sh (-71.63%)
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Q1 2016

WMT Guru Trades in Q1 2016

David Dreman 12,240 sh (New)
Jim Simons 7,800 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 525,000 sh (+980.54%)
Ken Fisher 278,412 sh (+10.58%)
Richard Snow 716,695 sh (+7.35%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 4,857,126 sh (+1.80%)
First Eagle Investment 2,607,983 sh (+0.79%)
Charles Brandes 123,481 sh (+0.38%)
NWQ Managers 837,729 sh (+0.18%)
Arnold Van Den Berg 150 sh (unchged)
John Hussman 2,000 sh (unchged)
Bill Gates 11,603,000 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones 45,400 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones 47,100 sh (unchged)
John Rogers Sold Out
Tweedy Browne 969,396 sh (-0.26%)
Jeff Auxier 91,042 sh (-0.33%)
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund 2,794,400 sh (-0.47%)
Tom Russo 18,674 sh (-0.53%)
John Buckingham 77,236 sh (-0.79%)
Warren Buffett 55,235,863 sh (-1.69%)
Mario Gabelli 73,375 sh (-2.08%)
Dodge & Cox 30,270,241 sh (-2.15%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 334,165 sh (-4.01%)
Ruane Cunniff 1,969,373 sh (-6.24%)
Richard Pzena 5,714,764 sh (-7.01%)
Mairs and Power 7,472 sh (-8.57%)
Donald Yacktman 1,652,346 sh (-11.92%)
Yacktman Fund 1,300,000 sh (-13.33%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 3,034,527 sh (-14.61%)
Jeremy Grantham 4,763,064 sh (-16.56%)
Joel Greenblatt 543,457 sh (-37.35%)
Pioneer Investments 195,871 sh (-41.59%)
Steven Cohen 100,000 sh (-90.00%)
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Q2 2016

WMT Guru Trades in Q2 2016

Jim Simons 697,100 sh (+8837.18%)
Ken Fisher 4,930,805 sh (+1671.05%)
Pioneer Investments 441,375 sh (+125.34%)
Tom Russo 26,675 sh (+42.85%)
John Buckingham 78,655 sh (+1.84%)
John Hussman 2,000 sh (unchged)
David Dreman 12,240 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones 42,100 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones 50,700 sh (unchged)
Bill Gates 11,603,000 sh (unchged)
Arnold Van Den Berg Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
First Eagle Investment 2,607,241 sh (-0.03%)
Jeff Auxier 90,967 sh (-0.08%)
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund 2,790,800 sh (-0.13%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 332,901 sh (-0.38%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,928,647 sh (-3.49%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 4,650,031 sh (-4.26%)
Charles Brandes 117,954 sh (-4.48%)
Mairs and Power 7,037 sh (-5.82%)
Mario Gabelli 69,075 sh (-5.86%)
Richard Pzena 5,368,914 sh (-6.05%)
Dodge & Cox 28,228,423 sh (-6.75%)
Richard Snow 663,174 sh (-7.47%)
Joel Greenblatt 479,998 sh (-11.68%)
Ruane Cunniff 1,666,115 sh (-15.40%)
Donald Yacktman 1,209,684 sh (-26.79%)
Warren Buffett 40,226,402 sh (-27.17%)
Yacktman Fund 900,000 sh (-30.77%)
NWQ Managers 497,706 sh (-40.59%)
Steven Cohen 50,000 sh (-50.00%)
Tweedy Browne 309,149 sh (-68.11%)
Jeremy Grantham 918,630 sh (-80.71%)
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Q3 2016

WMT Guru Trades in Q3 2016

Ray Dalio 90,100 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 39,093 sh (New)
John Hussman 102,000 sh (+5000.00%)
Jim Simons 2,794,500 sh (+300.88%)
Steven Cohen 100,000 sh (+100.00%)
Joel Greenblatt 623,713 sh (+29.94%)
Ken Fisher 5,051,125 sh (+2.44%)
Pioneer Investments 447,283 sh (+1.34%)
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund 2,790,800 sh (unchged)
David Dreman 12,240 sh (unchged)
Bill Gates 11,603,000 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates 15,000 sh (unchged)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 329,265 sh (-1.09%)
John Buckingham 77,659 sh (-1.27%)
Jeff Auxier 89,067 sh (-2.09%)
Richard Pzena 5,216,832 sh (-2.83%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,829,847 sh (-3.37%)
Mario Gabelli 65,700 sh (-4.89%)
Charles Brandes 111,890 sh (-5.14%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 4,392,193 sh (-5.54%)
Richard Snow 607,722 sh (-8.36%)
Donald Yacktman 1,096,927 sh (-9.32%)
Yacktman Fund 800,000 sh (-11.11%)
Tom Russo 22,775 sh (-14.62%)
Tweedy Browne 263,389 sh (-14.80%)
Dodge & Cox 22,893,958 sh (-18.90%)
Mairs and Power 5,157 sh (-26.72%)
Ruane Cunniff 895,823 sh (-46.23%)
First Eagle Investment 1,137,416 sh (-56.37%)
Warren Buffett 12,971,574 sh (-67.75%)
Jeremy Grantham 274,141 sh (-70.16%)
NWQ Managers 56,997 sh (-88.55%)
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Business Description

Industry: Retail - Defensive » Discount Stores
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc operates retail stores in various formats under various banners. Its operations comprise of three reportable business segments, Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam's Club in three categories retail, wholesale and others.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc is a Delaware corporation was incorporated in October 1969. The Company operates retail stores located throughout the U.S., Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Central America, Chile, China, India, Japan, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Its operations comprise three reportable business segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam's Club. The Walmart U.S. segment includes the Company's mass merchant concept in the U.S., operating under the Walmart or Wal-Mart brand, as well as walmart.com. Walmart U.S. does business in six strategic merchandise units namely, Grocery, Entertainment, Health and wellness, Hardlines, Apparel and Home. The Walmart International segment consists of the Company's operations outside of the U.S., and includes numerous formats divided into three categories: retail, wholesale and other. These categories consist of numerous formats, including supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, including Sam's Clubs, cash & carry, home improvement, specialty electronics, restaurants, apparel stores, drug stores and convenience stores, as well as digital retail. The Sam's Club segment includes the warehouse membership clubs in the U.S., as well as samsclub.com. Walmart U.S. segment's purchases of merchandise were shipped through its 137 distribution facilities, which are located strategically throughout the U.S. The remaining merchandise it purchased was shipped directly from suppliers. It utilizes a total of 176 distribution facilities located in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Central America, Chile, China, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Through these facilities, it processes and distributes both imported and domestic products to the operating units of the Walmart International segment. The main focus of Sam's Club's distribution operations is on cross-docking merchandise, while stored inventory is minimized. Cross-docking is a distribution process under which shipments are directly transferred from inbound to outbound trailers. Shipments typically spend less than 24 hours in a cross-dock facility, and sometimes less than an hour. The Walmart U.S. segment competes with a variety of local and national chains in the supermarket, discount, grocery, department, dollar, drug, variety and specialty stores, supercenter-type stores, hypermarkets, internet-based retailers and catalog businesses. It also competes with others for desirable sites for new retail units. The Walmart International segment competes with a variety of local, national and chains in the supermarket, discount, grocery, department, drug, variety and specialty stores, supercenter-type stores, hypermarkets, wholesale clubs, internet-based retailers and catalog businesses in each of the countries in which it operates. Sam's Club competes with other warehouse clubs including Costco Wholesale and BJ's Wholesale Club, as well as with discount retailers, retail and wholesale grocers, general merchandise wh

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Ruane Cunniff Comments on Walmart - Oct 13, 2016

We reduced our holding in Walmart (NYSE:WMT) during the quarter, and exited the stock in early October. Over our 11-year holding period, Walmart generated a positive total shareholder return but modestly underperformed the S&P 500 Index. Walmart remains a formidable company, but over the past decade its dominance has waned. International expansion has never generated good returns for shareholders, while Walmart has struggled to develop a winning e-commerce strategy. We think higher wages for its entry level workers, continued growth at Amazon and the need to invest heavily in e-commerce will put pressure on Walmart’s earnings over the next few years.

From Ruane Cunniff (Trades, Portfolio)'s Sequoia Fund third quarter 2016 letter to shareholders.

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Walmart and the Importance of Capacity to Reinvest - Oct 08, 2015

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) is owned by many value investors, or at least has been on many value investor’s target list. I’ve followed Walmart, studied the history of the business as well as the stock and admired Sam Walton for what he achieved. At this point, while the stock looks cheap, it lacks one important characteristic of a compounding machine – capacity to reinvest. In my previous article, I posted my notes on Chuck Akre (Trades, Portfolio)’s interview on Wealth Track where he talked about what he calls the compounding machines. When answering the question of why not favor dividends-paying companies, Akre offered the following insight:



“Our goal is to compound our capital. There is no free lunch. Management only has three to four choices to do with all the free cash they generate. They can pay dividends, they can buy back stocks, they can invest back in the business or they can acquire other business. In order to compound their capital, the most efficient way is to invest in their own business or other businesses where they earn above average rate of return. If they pay dividends, they no longer have the dividend to do that. So it’s a marginally less efficient way for us to compound our capital.”



He then talked about the requirements of a great business:



“The requirement for a great business for us has three components. First of all, we spend a lot of time trying to understand what’s causing this above average rate of return to occur. Is it getting better or worse? Secondly, we want to see a shareholder friendly management. Lastly, we look for a history of reinvesting the free cash flow as well as the opportunities to reinvest the free cash flow at above average rates. None of these is constant. Business models get better or worse. People’s behavior changes from time to time. The ability to reinvest varies from time to time.”



Walmart almost passes all the requirements. The company earns a very high return on equity, has a shareholder-friendly management and has a history of reinvesting the free cash flow. However, it lacks the most important ingredients of a compounding machine – the opportunity to reinvest the free cash flow at above average rates.



How do I know that? This is not perfect but a very simple yet effective way is to look at the statement of cash flows. Fifteen years ago, Walmart generated $9.6 billion operating cash flows that it can redeploy. Of this $9.6 billion, Walmart reinvested $8 billion, or almost 85%, in the business and returned only $1.2 billion, or 13%, to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. For the next few years until 2007, Walmart was able to reinvest most of the operating cash flows in the business and generate higher than average returns.



Things started to change in 2008 when Walmart only reinvested 70% of the operating cash flow in the business and returned the rest to the shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. The reinvest ratio has steadily declined from 85% in 2001 to 70% in 2007 and only 43% in 2015. Meanwhile, Walmart has been deploying capital in less efficient ways such as paying down debt and returning capital to shareholders. For instance, in 2011, Walmart returned a whopping $19 billion or almost 80% of operating cash flow to shareholders. In 2014, Walmart returned $13 billion, or almost 55%, of operating cash flow to shareholders.



With the reinvesting opportunities between 2001 and 2007 came faster revenue growth, earnings growth and the compounding of shareholders equity. Walmart revenue almost doubled and earnings more than tripled during those years. The lack of reinvesting opportunities since 2007 coincides with the much slower revenue growth and earnings growth, which ultimately translated into slower compounding of shareholders’ capital.



Some may cheer for Walmart’s management decision to return a massive amount of capital to shareholders and argue that it deserves a higher valuation. I think as long as the lack of reinvesting opportunities exists, Walmart deserves a low multiple.



I am not saying that Walmart is not a good investment from here. The risk of permanent loss of capital is low and the dividend yield may be attractive to income seekers. Personally I am much more willing to invest in businesses with higher multiples, lower dividend yield and much better reinvestment opportunities. In the future, Walmart may become a compounding machine again when it finds a way to rekindle its capacity to reinvest.



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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 15.30
WMT's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
68% of the 401 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.79 vs. WMT: 15.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
WMT' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.61  Med: 15.11 Max: 19.36
Current: 15.3
10.61
19.36
Forward P/E 16.23
WMT's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
63% of the 89 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 17.04 vs. WMT: 16.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 15.30
WMT's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
69% of the 322 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.66 vs. WMT: 15.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
WMT' s PE(NRI) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.28  Med: 15.15 Max: 18.69
Current: 15.3
11.28
18.69
Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) 9.55
WMT's Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) is ranked higher than
81% of the 207 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 21.40 vs. WMT: 9.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) only.
WMT' s Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.21  Med: 16.02 Max: 31.46
Current: 9.55
9.21
31.46
P/B 2.85
WMT's P/B is ranked lower than
65% of the 452 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.91 vs. WMT: 2.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
WMT' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.28  Med: 3.09 Max: 3.88
Current: 2.85
2.28
3.88
P/S 0.46
WMT's P/S is ranked higher than
54% of the 425 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.51 vs. WMT: 0.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
WMT' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.38  Med: 0.51 Max: 0.65
Current: 0.46
0.38
0.65
PFCF 10.52
WMT's PFCF is ranked higher than
77% of the 202 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 22.20 vs. WMT: 10.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
WMT' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.15  Med: 18.85 Max: 85.61
Current: 10.52
10.15
85.61
POCF 6.99
WMT's POCF is ranked higher than
74% of the 261 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 10.83 vs. WMT: 6.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
WMT' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.5  Med: 9.36 Max: 11.75
Current: 6.99
6.5
11.75
EV-to-EBIT 11.42
WMT's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
71% of the 422 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 15.20 vs. WMT: 11.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
WMT' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.7  Med: 10.8 Max: 12.7
Current: 11.42
8.7
12.7
EV-to-EBITDA 8.00
WMT's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
72% of the 434 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 11.57 vs. WMT: 8.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
WMT' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.6  Med: 8.1 Max: 10
Current: 8
6.6
10
PEG 5.00
WMT's PEG is ranked lower than
77% of the 163 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.12 vs. WMT: 5.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
WMT' s PEG Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.05  Med: 1.45 Max: 16.44
Current: 5
1.05
16.44
Shiller P/E 15.38
WMT's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
74% of the 82 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 22.92 vs. WMT: 15.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
WMT' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 12.97  Med: 19.09 Max: 25.79
Current: 15.38
12.97
25.79
Current Ratio 0.86
WMT's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
75% of the 363 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.22 vs. WMT: 0.86 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
WMT' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.8  Med: 0.89 Max: 1.64
Current: 0.86
0.8
1.64
Quick Ratio 0.18
WMT's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
95% of the 363 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.72 vs. WMT: 0.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
WMT' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.14  Med: 0.21 Max: 0.28
Current: 0.18
0.14
0.28
Days Inventory 47.17
WMT's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
60% of the 365 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 39.37 vs. WMT: 47.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
WMT' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 40  Med: 43.83 Max: 47.17
Current: 47.17
40
47.17
Days Sales Outstanding 4.03
WMT's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
74% of the 278 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 14.17 vs. WMT: 4.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
WMT' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.98  Med: 4.33 Max: 5.27
Current: 4.03
2.98
5.27
Days Payable 43.53
WMT's Days Payable is ranked lower than
53% of the 265 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 45.81 vs. WMT: 43.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
WMT' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 34.63  Med: 38.79 Max: 43.53
Current: 43.53
34.63
43.53

Dividend & Buy Back

vs
industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 2.82
WMT's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
68% of the 473 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.95 vs. WMT: 2.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
WMT' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.24  Med: 2.16 Max: 3.46
Current: 2.82
1.24
3.46
Dividend Payout 0.32
WMT's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
91% of the 290 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.32 vs. WMT: 0.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
WMT' s Dividend Payout Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.11  Med: 0.24 Max: 0.95
Current: 0.32
0.11
0.95
Dividend Growth (3y) 7.20
WMT's Dividend Growth (3y) is ranked higher than
54% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.40 vs. WMT: 7.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Growth (3y) only.
WMT' s Dividend Growth (3y) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.2  Med: 16.6 Max: 26
Current: 7.2
7.2
26
Forward Dividend Yield 2.83
WMT's Forward Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
63% of the 463 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. WMT: 2.83 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield only.
N/A
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.58
WMT's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
72% of the 500 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.89 vs. WMT: 4.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
WMT' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.02  Med: 3.51 Max: 5.62
Current: 4.58
2.02
5.62
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 1.60
WMT's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
82% of the 200 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: -0.60 vs. WMT: 1.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
WMT' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 1.7 Max: 4.7
Current: 1.6
0
4.7

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 3.66
WMT's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
66% of the 393 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.19 vs. WMT: 3.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
WMT' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.94  Med: 4.66 Max: 17.49
Current: 3.66
2.94
17.49
Price/Projected FCF 1.11
WMT's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
64% of the 269 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.46 vs. WMT: 1.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
WMT' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.92  Med: 1.81 Max: 6.14
Current: 1.11
0.92
6.14
Price/DCF (Earnings Based) 1.30
WMT's Price/DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked higher than
52% of the 63 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. WMT: 1.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Earnings Based) only.
N/A
Price/Median PS Value 0.90
WMT's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
72% of the 417 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. WMT: 0.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
WMT' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.75  Med: 1.14 Max: 3.22
Current: 0.9
0.75
3.22
Price/Graham Number 1.58
WMT's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
54% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.72 vs. WMT: 1.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
WMT' s Price/Graham Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.27  Med: 1.87 Max: 6.14
Current: 1.58
1.27
6.14
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 8.73
WMT's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 473 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. WMT: 8.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
WMT' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.9  Med: 9.2 Max: 11.5
Current: 8.73
7.9
11.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 6.99
WMT's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 228 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.35 vs. WMT: 6.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
WMT' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.99  Med: 13.7 Max: 16.2
Current: 6.99
6.99
16.2

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $484,604
EPS (TTM) $ 4.61
Beta0.08
Short Percentage of Float2.14%
52-Week Range $58.32 - 75.19
Shares Outstanding (Mil)3,093.26

Analyst Estimate

Jan17 Jan18 Jan19
Revenue (Mil $) 484,331 493,941 508,411
EPS ($) 4.34 4.36 4.52
EPS w/o NRI ($) 4.34 4.36 4.52
EPS Growth Rate
(3Y to 5Y Estimate)
3.01%
Dividends Per Share ($) 2.00 2.08 2.09
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