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Lowe's Companies Inc (NYSE:LOW)
Total Inventories
\$10,990 Mil (As of Oct. 2016)

Lowe's Companies Inc's total inventories for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 was \$10,990 Mil. Lowe's Companies Inc's average total inventories from the quarter that ended in Jul. 2016 to the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 was \$10,797 Mil.

In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, inventory is only considered worth half of its book value. Lowe's Companies Inc's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 was \$-22,193 Mil.

Inventory can be measured by days sales of inventory (DSI). Lowe's Companies Inc's days sales of inventory (DSI) for the three months ended in Oct. 2016 was 62.60.

Days inventory indicates the number of days of goods in sales that a company has in the inventory. Lowe's Companies Inc's days inventory for the three months ended in Oct. 2016 was 95.36.

Inventory turnover measures how fast the company turns over its inventory within a year. Lowe's Companies Inc's inventory turnover for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 was 0.96.

Inventory to revenue ratio determines the ability of a company to manage their inventory levels. It measures the percentage of Inventories the company currently has on hand to support the current amount of Revenue. Lowe's Companies Inc's inventory to revenue ratio for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 was 0.69.

Definition

Total Inventories includes the raw materials, work-in-process goods and completely finished goods of a company. It is a portion of a companys current assets.

Explanation

Inventory control is an important part of business operation. If a company does not have enough inventory, it may not be able to meet customers required delivery time. If it has too much inventory, the cost of holding the inventory can be high.

1. In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, inventory is only considered worth half of its book value.

Lowe's Companies Inc's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 is

 Liquidation value (Q: Oct. 2016 ) = Cash and Cash Equivalents - Total Liabilities + (0.75 * Account Receivable) + (0.5 * Inventory) = 1083 - 28771 + 0.75 * 0 + 0.5 * 10990 = -22,193

2. Inventory can be measured by Days Sales of Inventory (DSI).

Lowe's Companies Inc's Days Sales of Inventory for the three months ended in Oct. 2016 is

 Days Sales of Inventory (DSI) = Average Inventory (Q: Oct. 2016 ) / Revenue (Q: Oct. 2016 ) * Days in Period = 10797 / 15739 * 365 / 4 = 62.60

3. Days Inventory indicates the number of days of goods in sales that a company has in the inventory.

Lowe's Companies Inc's Days Inventory for the three months ended in Oct. 2016 is calculated as:

 Days Inventory = Average Inventory (Q: Oct. 2016 ) / Cost of Goods Sold (Q: Oct. 2016 ) * Days in Period = 10797 / 10332 * 365 / 4 = 95.36

4. Inventory Turnover measures how fast the company turns over its inventory within a year.

Lowe's Companies Inc's Inventory Turnover for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 is calculated as

 Inventory Turnover = Cost of Goods Sold (Q: Oct. 2016 ) / Average Inventory (Q: Oct. 2016 ) = 10332 / 10797 = 0.96

5. Inventory to Revenue determines the ability of a company to manage their inventory levels. It measures the percentage of Inventories the company currently has on hand to support the current amount of Revenue.

Lowe's Companies Inc's Inventory to Revenue for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 is calculated as

 Inventory to Revenue = Average Inventory (Q: Oct. 2016 ) / Revenue (Q: Oct. 2016 ) = 10797 / 15739 = 0.69

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Be Aware

Manufacturers with durable competitive advantages have the advantage that the products they sell do not change, and therefore will never become obsolete. Buffett likes this advantage.

When identifying manufacturers with durable competitive advantage, look for inventory and net earnings that rise correspondingly. This indicates that the company is finding profitable ways to increase sales which called for an increase in inventory.

Manufacturers with inventories that spike up and down are indicative of competitive industries subject to boom and bust.

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Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Lowe's Companies Inc Annual Data

 Jan07 Jan08 Jan09 Jan10 Jan11 Jan12 Jan13 Jan14 Jan15 Jan16 Inventory 7,144 7,611 8,209 8,249 8,321 8,355 8,600 9,127 8,911 9,458

Lowe's Companies Inc Quarterly Data

 Jul14 Oct14 Jan15 Apr15 Jul15 Oct15 Jan16 Apr16 Jul16 Oct16 Inventory 9,315 9,762 8,911 10,614 9,704 10,434 9,458 11,055 10,604 10,990
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