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Walgreen Co (NYSE:WAG)
Net-Net Working Capital Per Share
\$-9.08 (As of Aug. 2014)

In calculating the Net-Net Working Capital (NNWC), Benjamin Graham assumed that a companys accounts receivable is only worth 75% its value, its inventory is only worth 50% of its value, but its liabilities have to be paid in full. In addition, Graham believed that preferred stock belongs on the liability side of the balance sheet, not as part of capital and surplus. This is a conservative way of estimating the companys value.

Walgreen Co's net-net working capital per share for the quarter that ended in Aug. 2014 was \$-9.08.

Definition

Walgreen Co's Net-Net Working Capital (NNWC) per share for the fiscal year that ended in Aug. 2014 is calculated as

 Net-Net Working Capital Per Share (A: Aug. 2014 ) = (Cash And Cash Equivalents + 0.75 * Acct. Receivable + 0.5 * Inventory - Total Liabilities - Preferred Stock) / Shares Outstanding = (2646 + 0.75 * 3218 + 0.5 * 6076 - 16725 - 0) / 950.39 = -9.08

Walgreen Co's Net-Net Working Capital (NNWC) per share for the quarter that ended in Aug. 2014 is calculated as

 Net-Net Working Capital Per Share (Q: Aug. 2014 ) = (Cash And Cash Equivalents + 0.75 * Acct. Receivable + 0.5 * Inventory - Total Liabilities - Preferred Stock) / Shares Outstanding = (2646 + 0.75 * 3218 + 0.5 * 6076 - 16725 - 0) / 950.39 = -9.08

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

In calculating the Net-Net Working Capital (NNWC), Benjamin Graham assumed that a companys accounts receivable is only worth 75% its value, its inventory is only worth 50% of its value, but its liabilities have to be paid in full.

In addition, Graham believed that preferred stock belongs on the liability side of the balance sheet, not as part of capital and surplus. In "Security Analysis", preferred stock is dubbed "an imperfect creditorship position" that is best placed on the balance sheet alongside funded debt.

This is a conservative way of estimating the companys value.

Explanation

One research study, covering the years 1970 through 1983 showed that portfolios picked at the beginning of each year, and held for one year, returned 29.4 percent, on average, over the 13-year period, compared to 11.5 percent for the S&P 500 Index. Other studies of Grahams strategy produced similar results.

Benjamin Graham looked for companies whose market values were less than two-thirds of their net-net value. They are collected under our Net-Net screener. GuruFocus also publishes a monthly Net-Net newsletter.

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Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Walgreen Co Annual Data

 Aug05 Aug06 Aug07 Aug08 Aug09 Aug10 Aug11 Aug12 Aug13 Aug14 NNWC -0.79 -1.10 -2.91 -3.61 -2.95 -4.76 -5.80 -9.33 -9.00 -9.08

Walgreen Co Quarterly Data

 May12 Aug12 Nov12 Feb13 May13 Aug13 Nov13 Feb14 May14 Aug14 NNWC -5.76 -9.33 -9.98 -9.15 -9.11 -9.00 -10.09 -9.26 -8.74 -9.08
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