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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.

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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.

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Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Specialty Retail    NAICS: 453210    SIC: 5943
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Traded in other countries:SPLS.Argentina, SPLS.Chile, STP.Germany, SPLS.Switzerland,
Headquarter Location:USA
Staples Inc is a provider of products and services such as easy to use websites and mobile platforms, retail and online shopping experience and a range of print and marketing and technology services that serve the needs of business customers.

Staples is an American retailer with online and delivery capabilities. Staples offers products in categories: technology, facilities and breakroom, furniture, safety, medical, copy and print, and Staples EasyTech services. Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. The company divides its business into three segments: North American stores and online, North American commercial, and international operations. The product offering includes Staples, Quill, and other proprietary branded products. Staples' product price points are generally low.

Guru Investment Theses on Staples Inc

GoodHaven Funds Comments on Staples - Jan 27, 2017

Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) was forced to call off its merger with rival Office Depot due to anti-trust issues, but still retains a significant scale advantage in its core business. The company has struggled in recent years in response to changes in technology and retail trends, but appears to be approaching an inflection point where growth may begin to resume – something we are watching carefully. Hewlett Packard Enterprise successfully completed one divestiture and announced two others – all have helped to move shares higher in 2016. During the year, we bought shares of Verizon when its stock price weakened in response to a forecast of flat growth for a year or two. Over time, we expect the wireless business will remain incredibly stable, wireless spectrum will be a valuable asset, and the company will have significant embedded pricing power.





From Larry Pitkowski's GoodHaven Fund 2016 annual letter.



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Dividend Yield % 4.69
SPLS's Dividend Yield % is ranked higher than
80% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.29 vs. SPLS: 4.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield % only.
SPLS' s Dividend Yield % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0 Max: 4.69
Current: 4.69
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4.69
Forward Dividend Yield % 4.69
SPLS's Forward Dividend Yield % is ranked higher than
81% of the 1037 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.29 vs. SPLS: 4.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield % only.
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5-Year Yield-on-Cost % 4.69
SPLS's 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % is ranked higher than
71% of the 1055 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 3.12 vs. SPLS: 4.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % only.
SPLS' s 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0 Max: 4.69
Current: 4.69
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More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $16,448.00
EPS (TTM) $ -2.37
52-Week Range $7.24 - 10.25
Shares Outstanding (Mil)656.71

Analyst Estimate

Jan18 Jan19 Jan20
Revenue (Mil $) 17,399 17,012 16,971
EBIT (Mil $) 897 865 873
EBITDA (Mil $) 1,305 1,214 1,226
EPS ($) 0.86 0.86 0.87
EPS without NRI ($) 0.86 0.86 0.87
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
-1.00%
Dividends per Share ($) 0.47 0.48 0.48

Piotroski F-Score Details

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

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