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Staples Inc (NAS:SPLS)
Total Assets
$7,510 Mil (As of Apr. 2017)

Staples Inc's total assets for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2017 was $7,510 Mil.

During the past 12 months, Staples Inc's average Total Assets Growth Rate was -47.60% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Total Assets Growth Rate was -12.60% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Total Assets Growth Rate was -8.80% per year. During the past 10 years, the average Total Assets Growth Rate was -0.30% per year.

During the past 13 years, Staples Inc's highest 3-Year average Total Assets Growth Rate was 78.50%. The lowest was -12.60%. And the median was 17.00%.

Total Assets is connected with Return on Assets (ROA). Staples Inc's annualized Return on Assets (ROA) for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2017 was -41.32%. Total Assets is also linked to revenue through asset turnover. Staples Inc's asset turnover for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2017 was 0.53.


Definition

Total assets are all the assets a company owns.

From the capital sources of the assets, some of the assets are funded through shareholder’s paid in capital and retained earnings of the business. Others are funded through borrowed money.

Staples Inc's Total Assets for the fiscal year that ended in Jan. 2017 is calculated as

Total Assets=Total Current Assets+Total Long Term Assets
=Total Current Assets+(Net PPE+Intangibles+Other Long-Term Assets)
=5231+(1147+1495+398)
=8,271

Total Assets=Total Shareholder’s Equity (A: Jan. 2017 )+Total Liabilities (A: Jan. 2017 )
=3688+4583
=8,271

Staples Inc's Total Assets for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2017 is calculated as

Total Assets=Total Current Assets+Total Long Term Assets
=Total Current Assets+(Net PPE+Intangibles+Other Long-Term Assets)
=4585+(1071+1460+394)
=7,510

Total Assets=Total Shareholder’s Equity (Q: Apr. 2017 )+Total Liabilities (Q: Apr. 2017 )
=3360+4150
=7,510

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


Explanation

Total Assets is connected with Return on Assets.

Staples Inc's annualized Return on Assets (ROA) for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2017 is

ROA=Net Income (Q: Apr. 2017 )/( (Total Assets (Q: Jan. 2017 )+Total Assets (Q: Apr. 2017 ))/ 2 )
=-3260/( (8271+7510)/ 2 )
=-3260/7890.5
=-41.32 %

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

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.

Total Assets is linked to total revenue through Asset Turnover.

Staples Inc's Asset Turnover for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2017 is

Asset Turnover
=Sales/Average Total Assets
=Revenue (Q: Apr. 2017 )/( (Total Assets (Q: Jan. 2017 )+Total Assets (Q: Apr. 2017 ))/ 2 )
=4149/( (8271+7510)/ 2 )
=4149/7890.5
=0.53

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

Therefore, if a company grows its assets faster than its sales, the asset turnover will decline. This might be a warning sign for the business.


Related Terms

Return on Assets, Assets Turnover, Net Income, Revenue, Total Current Assets, Net PPE, Intangibles, Other Long-Term Assets, Total Shareholder’s Equity, Total Liability


Historical Data

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

Staples Inc Annual Data

Jan08Jan09Jan10Jan11Jan12Jan13Jan14Jan15Jan16Jan17
Total Assets 9,03613,07313,71713,91213,43112,28011,17510,30810,1728,271

Staples Inc Quarterly Data

Jan15Apr15Jul15Oct15Jan16Apr16Jul16Oct16Jan17Apr17
Total Assets 10,30810,43810,32610,31810,17212,8159,4839,3878,2717,510
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