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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

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

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Cash & Debt
Operating Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow
Operating Cash Flow & Net Income

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Guru Trades

Q4 2016

WFM Guru Trades in Q4 2016

Caxton Associates 520,000 sh (New)
George Soros 327,800 sh (New)
Jim Simons 181,648 sh (+133.48%)
Mario Gabelli 336,921 sh (+21.82%)
Jerome Dodson 575,000 sh (unchged)
George Soros 367,500 sh (unchged)
John Hussman 4,500 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Frank Sands 11,668,823 sh (-1.95%)
Ken Fisher 355,826 sh (-5.01%)
Pioneer Investments 882,260 sh (-8.36%)
Steven Cohen 521,600 sh (-69.79%)
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Q1 2017

WFM Guru Trades in Q1 2017

Joel Greenblatt 11,191 sh (New)
Jana Partners 14,274,582 sh (New)
Jim Simons 1,588,848 sh (+774.69%)
Mario Gabelli 338,821 sh (+0.56%)
Frank Sands 11,679,023 sh (+0.09%)
Steven Cohen 35,600 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates 100,000 sh (unchged)
Jerome Dodson 575,000 sh (unchged)
Jana Partners 2,810,000 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Ken Fisher 333,452 sh (-6.29%)
Steven Cohen 433,577 sh (-16.88%)
Pioneer Investments 709,713 sh (-19.56%)
George Soros 253,400 sh (-22.70%)
John Hussman 1,500 sh (-66.67%)
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Q2 2017

WFM Guru Trades in Q2 2017

Jeremy Grantham 625,600 sh (New)
Caxton Associates 5,000 sh (New)
John Hussman 101,500 sh (+6666.67%)
Jana Partners 23,274,830 sh (+63.05%)
Jim Simons 2,461,148 sh (+54.90%)
Mario Gabelli 426,871 sh (+25.99%)
Ken Fisher 336,222 sh (+0.83%)
Frank Sands 11,695,989 sh (+0.15%)
George Soros 50,000 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 275,000 sh (unchged)
Alan Fournier 250,000 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
Jerome Dodson 190,000 sh (-66.96%)
George Soros 35,000 sh (-86.19%)
Steven Cohen 26,900 sh (-93.80%)
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Q3 2017

WFM Guru Trades in Q3 2017

John Hussman Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Ken Fisher Sold Out
Frank Sands Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Mario Gabelli Sold Out
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
George Soros Sold Out
Jerome Dodson Sold Out
Jana Partners Sold Out
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with NAS:WFM

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Ken Fisher 2017-09-30 Sold Out 0.02%$41.67 - $42.1 $ 41.990%0
Mario Gabelli 2017-09-30 Sold Out 0.11%$41.67 - $42.1 $ 41.990%0
George Soros 2017-09-30 Sold Out 0.03%$41.67 - $42.1 $ 41.990%0
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Business Description

Industry: Retail - Defensive » Grocery Stores    NAICS: 445110    SIC: 5411
Traded in other countries:WFM.Germany, WFM.Mexico, WFM.Switzerland, 0R04.UK,
Headquarter Location:USA
Whole Foods Market Inc is a certified and one of the leading retailer of natural and organic foods. It operates from over 400 stores across the US, Canada, and UK offering natural and organic food supplies from its supermarkets.

Whole Foods Market is the world's leading retailer of natural and organic foods by units and is the first certified organic grocer in the United States. Whole Foods' only operating segment consists of natural and organic foods supermarkets. As of fiscal 2016, the company had 456 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The average store size is about 39,000 square feet. About 15% of the company's sales were derived from the sale of private-label products. The company announced a pending acquisition by Amazon in June 2017.

Guru Investment Theses on Whole Foods Market Inc

Mario Gabelli Comments on Whole Foods Market - Aug 15, 2017

Whole Foods Market, Inc.(0.4%)(WFM–$42.11–NASDAQ)(NASDAQ:WFM) is an Austin, Texas based supermarket chain that offers organic food products. Whole Foods Market agreed on June 16, 2017, to be acquired by Amazon for $42 per share in cash which valued the company at $13.7 billion. The transaction requires shareholder and regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the second half of 2017.

From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)'s second quarter 2017 Gabelli ABC Fund commentary.

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Jerome Dodson Comments on Whole Foods - Jul 25, 2017

Our best performer was Whole Foods (NASDAQ:WFM), a leading retailer of organic and natural foods, whose stock soared 41.7% from $29.72 to $42.11, adding 51 basis points to the Fund’s return. The stock jumped in April after activist investor Jana Partners (Trades, Portfolio) took a nearly 9% stake in the company. Jana demanded management accelerate its turnaround or sell the company. The latter occurred in June, when Amazon announced it would acquire Whole Foods for $42 per share, or $13.7 billion.

From Jerome Dodson (Trades, Portfolio)'s second quarter 2017 Parnassus Fund commentary.

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Dividend & Buy Back

Dividend Yield % 1.42
WFM's Dividend Yield % is ranked lower than
61% of the 497 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.93 vs. WFM: 1.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield % only.
WFM' s Dividend Yield % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0 Max: 1.42
Current: 1.42
Dividend Payout Ratio 0.49
WFM's Dividend Payout Ratio is ranked lower than
54% of the 294 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.32 vs. WFM: 0.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout Ratio only.
WFM' s Dividend Payout Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0 Max: 0.49
Current: 0.49
Forward Dividend Yield % 1.71
WFM's Forward Dividend Yield % is ranked lower than
61% of the 470 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.22 vs. WFM: 1.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield % only.
5-Year Yield-on-Cost % 1.42
WFM's 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % is ranked higher than
67% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.97 vs. WFM: 1.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % only.
WFM' s 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0 Max: 0
Current: 1.42

Valuation & Return


More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $15,877.00
EPS (TTM) $ 1.22
52-Week Range $27.67 - 43.84
Shares Outstanding (Mil)320.25

Analyst Estimate

Sep17 Sep18 Sep19
Revenue (Mil $) 15,924 16,395 17,088
EBIT (Mil $) 720 737 722
EBITDA (Mil $) 1,271 1,320 1,314
EPS ($) 1.33 1.46 1.32
EPS without NRI ($) 1.33 1.46 1.32
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
Dividends per Share ($) 0.62 0.68 0.68

Piotroski F-Score Details

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Positive ROAN
Positive CFROAN
Higher ROA yoyN
Lower Leverage yoyN
Higher Current Ratio yoyN
Less Shares Outstanding yoyN
Higher Gross Margin yoyN
Higher Asset Turnover yoyN

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