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Whole Foods Market ROA %

: 6.46% (As of Jun. 2017)
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ROA % is calculated as Net Income divided by its average Total Assets over a certain period of time. Whole Foods Market's annualized Net Income for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2017 was $424 Mil. Whole Foods Market's average Total Assets over the quarter that ended in Jun. 2017 was $6,562 Mil. Therefore, Whole Foods Market's annualized ROA % for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2017 was 6.46%.


Whole Foods Market ROA % Historical Data

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

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Whole Foods Market Annual Data
Sep07 Sep08 Sep09 Sep10 Sep11 Sep12 Sep13 Sep14 Sep15 Sep16
ROA % Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 9.72 10.17 10.26 9.33 8.39

Whole Foods Market Quarterly Data
Sep12 Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17
ROA % Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 7.60 5.58 5.97 6.14 6.46

Competitive Comparison
* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap.


Whole Foods Market ROA % Distribution

* The bar in red indicates where Whole Foods Market's ROA % falls into.



Whole Foods Market ROA % Calculation

Whole Foods Market's annualized ROA % for the fiscal year that ended in Sep. 2016 is calculated as:

ROA %=Net Income (A: Sep. 2016 )/( (Total Assets (A: Sep. 2015 )+Total Assets (A: Sep. 2016 ))/ count )
=507/( (5741+6341)/ 2 )
=507/6041
=8.39 %

Whole Foods Market's annualized ROA % for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2017 is calculated as:

ROA %=Net Income (Q: Jun. 2017 )/( (Total Assets (Q: Mar. 2017 )+Total Assets (Q: Jun. 2017 ))/ count )
=424/( (6513+6610)/ 2 )
=424/6561.5
=6.46 %

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

In the calculation of annual ROA %, the net income of the last fiscal year and the average total assets over the fiscal year are used. In calculating the quarterly data, the Net Income data used here is four times the quarterly (Jun. 2017) net income data. ROA % is displayed in the 30-year financial page.


Whole Foods Market  (NAS:WFM) ROA % Explanation

ROA % measures the rate of return on the total assets (shareholder equity plus liabilities). It measures a firm's efficiency at generating profits from shareholders' equity plus its liabilities. ROA % shows how well a company uses what it has to generate earnings. ROA %s can vary drastically across industries. Therefore, ROA % should not be used to compare companies in different industries. For retailers, a ROA % of higher than 5% is expected. For example, Wal-Mart (WMT) has a ROA % of about 8% as of 2012. For banks, ROA % is close to their interest spread. A bank’s ROA % is typically well under 2%.

Similar to ROE, ROA % is affected by profit margins and asset turnover. This can be seen from the Du Pont Formula:

ROA %(Q: Jun. 2017 )
=Net Income/Total Assets
=424/6561.5
=(Net Income / Revenue)*(Revenue / Total Assets)
=(424 / 14900)*(14900 / 6561.5)
=Net Margin %*Asset Turnover
=2.85 %*2.2708
=6.46 %

Note: The Net Income data used here is four times the quarterly (Jun. 2017) net income data. The Revenue data used here is four times the quarterly (Jun. 2017) 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

Like ROE, ROA % is calculated with only 12 months data. Fluctuations in the company's earnings or business cycles can affect the ratio drastically. It is important to look at the ratio from a long term perspective. ROA % can be affected by events such as stock buyback or issuance, and by goodwill, a company's tax rate and its interest payment. ROA % may not reflect the true earning power of the assets. A more accurate measurement is ROC % (ROC).

Many analysts argue the higher return the better. Buffett states that really high ROA % may indicate vulnerability in the durability of the competitive advantage.

E.g. Raising $43b to take on KO is impossible, but $1.7b to take on Moody's is. Although Moody's ROA % and underlying economics is far superior to Coca Cola, the durability is far weaker because of lower entry cost.


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