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Kohl's Corp (NYSE:KSS)
Asset Turnover
0.32 (As of Oct. 2016)

Asset Turnover measures how quickly a company turns over its asset through sales. It is calculated as Revenue divided by Average Total Assets. Kohl's Corp's Revenue for the three months ended in Oct. 2016 was \$4,327 Mil. Kohl's Corp's Average Total Assets for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 was \$13,718 Mil. Therefore, Kohl's Corp's asset turnover for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 was 0.32.

Asset Turnover is linked to Return on Equity (ROE) through Du Pont Formula. Kohl's Corp's annualized Return on Equity (ROE) for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 was 11.32%. It is also linked to Return on Assets (ROA) through Du Pont Formula. Kohl's Corp's annualized Return on Assets (ROA) for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 was 4.26%.

Definition

Asset Turnover measures how quickly a company turns over its asset through sales.

Kohl's Corp's Asset Turnover for the fiscal year that ended in Jan. 2016 is calculated as

 Asset Turnover = Sales / Average Total Assets = Revenue (A: Jan. 2016 ) / ( (Total Assets (A: Jan. 2015 ) + Total Assets (A: Jan. 2016 )) / 2 ) = 19204 / ( (14333 + 13606) / 2 ) = 19204 / 13969.5 = 1.37

Kohl's Corp's Asset Turnover for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 is calculated as

 Asset Turnover = Sales / Average Total Assets = Revenue (Q: Oct. 2016 ) / ( (Total Assets (Q: Jul. 2016 ) + Total Assets (Q: Oct. 2016 )) / 2 ) = 4327 / ( (13360 + 14076) / 2 ) = 4327 / 13718 = 0.32

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

Companies with low profit margins tend to have high asset turnover, while those with high profit margins have low asset turnover. Companies in the retail industry tend to have a very high turnover ratio.

Explanation

Asset Turnover is linked to Return on Equity (ROE) through Du Pont Formula.

Kohl's Corp's annulized Return on Equity (ROE) for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 is

 Return on Equity (ROE) (Q: Oct. 2016 ) = Net Income / Average Shareholder Equity = 584 / 5161 = (Net Income / Revenue) * (Revenue / Average Total Assets) * (Average Total Assets / Average Equity) = (584 / 17308) * (17308 / 13718) * (13718 / 5161) = Net Profit Margin * Asset Turnover * Leverage Ratio = 3.37 % * 1.2617 * 2.658 = Return on Assets * Leverage Ratio = 4.26 % * 2.658 = 11.32 %

Note: The Net Income data used here is four times the quarterly (Oct. 2016) net income data. The Revenue data used here is four times the quarterly (Oct. 2016) revenue data.

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

It is also linked to Return on Assets (ROA) through Du Pont Formula:

Kohl's Corp's annulized Return on Assets (ROA) for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2016 is

 Return on Assets (ROA) (Q: Oct. 2016 ) = Net Income / Average Total Assets = 584 / 13718 = (Net Income / Revenue) * (Revenue / Average Total Assets) = (584 / 17308) * (17308 / 13718) = Net Profit Margin * Asset Turnover = 3.37 % * 1.2617 = 4.26 %

Note: The Net Income data used here is four times the quarterly (Oct. 2016) net income data. The Revenue data used here is four times the quarterly (Oct. 2016) revenue data.

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

Be Aware

In the article Joining The Dark Side: Pirates, Spies and Short Sellers, James Montier reported that In their US sample covering the period 1968-2003, Cooper et al find that firms with low asset growth outperformed firms with high asset growth by an astounding 20% p.a. equally weighted. Even when controlling for market, size and style, low asset growth firms outperformed high asset growth firms by 13% p.a. Therefore a company with fast asset growth may underperform.

Therefore, it is a good sign if a company's asset turnover is consistent or even increases. If a company's asset grows faster than sales, its asset turnover will decline, which can be a warning sign.

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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.

Kohl's Corp Annual Data

 Jan07 Jan08 Jan09 Jan10 Jan11 Jan12 Jan13 Jan14 Jan15 Jan16 turnover 1.72 1.68 1.50 1.33 1.31 1.36 1.37 1.35 1.33 1.38

Kohl's Corp Quarterly Data

 Jul14 Oct14 Jan15 Apr15 Jul15 Oct15 Jan16 Apr16 Jul16 Oct16 turnover 0.30 0.30 0.43 0.29 0.30 0.30 0.45 0.30 0.31 0.32
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