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Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT)
P/B Ratio
3.51 (As of Today)

As of today, Wal-Mart Stores Inc's share price is $86.17. Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Book Value per Share for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2014 was $24.55. Hence, Wal-Mart Stores Inc's P/B Ratio of today is 3.51.

WMT' s 10-Year P/B Ratio Range
Min: 2.54   Max: 5.94
Current: 3.5

2.54
5.94

During the past 13 years, Wal-Mart Stores Inc's highest P/B Ratio was 5.94. The lowest was 2.54. And the median was 3.25.

WMT's P/B Ratiois ranked higher than
63% of the 589 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. WMT: 3.50 )

During the past 12 months, Wal-Mart Stores Inc's average Book Value Per Share Growth Rate was 8.50% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Book Value Per Share Growth Rate was 6.60% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Book Value Per Share Growth Rate was 6.60% per year. During the past 10 years, the average Book Value Per Share Growth Rate was 8.20% per year.

During the past 13 years, the highest 3-Year average Book Value Per Share Growth Rate of Wal-Mart Stores Inc was 19.60% per year. The lowest was 6.60% per year. And the median was 12.70% per year.


Definition

Wal-Mart Stores Inc's P/B ratio for today is calculated as follows:

P/B Ratio=Share Price/Book Value per Share (Q: Oct. 2014)
=86.17/24.55
=3.51

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

It can also be calculated from the numbers for the whole company:

A closely related ratio is called Price-to-Tangible-Book Ratio. The difference between Price-to-Tangible-Book Ratio and Price-to-Book Ratio is that book value other than intangibles are used in the calculation.


Explanation

Unlike valuation ratios relative to the earning power such as P/E ratio, P/S ratio or Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow ratio, the Price-to-Book Ratio measures the valuation of the stock relative to the underlying asset of the company.

The Price-to-Book Ratio works the best for the businesses that earn most of their profit from their assets, e.g. banks and insurance companies.


Be Aware

Some businesses have very light assets, such as software companies or insurance agencies. The Price-to-Book Ratio does not work well for these companies. Some companies even have negative equity, so the Price-to-Book Ratio cannot be applied to them.


Related Terms

Book Value per Share, Market Cap, Total Equity, Preferred Stock, P/E ratio, P/S ratio, Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow ratio, Price-to-Tangible-Book Ratio


Historical Data

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

Wal-Mart Stores Inc Annual Data

Jan05Jan06Jan07Jan08Jan09Jan10Jan11Jan12Jan13Jan14
pb 4.523.633.233.202.852.872.882.943.043.17

Wal-Mart Stores Inc Quarterly Data

Jul12Oct12Jan13Apr13Jul13Oct13Jan14Apr14Jul14Oct14
pb 3.573.413.043.643.553.393.173.523.103.11
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