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Walgreens Boots Alliance WACC %

:3.53% (As of Today)
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As of today (2022-08-16), Walgreens Boots Alliance's weighted average cost of capital is 3.53%. Walgreens Boots Alliance's ROIC % is 3.00% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Walgreens Boots Alliance earns returns that do not match up to its cost of capital. It will destroy value as it grows.


Walgreens Boots Alliance WACC % Historical Data

The historical data trend for Walgreens Boots Alliance's WACC % can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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Walgreens Boots Alliance Annual Data
Trend Aug12 Aug13 Aug14 Aug15 Aug16 Aug17 Aug18 Aug19 Aug20 Aug21
WACC %
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 7.20 6.74 5.68 2.53 2.83

Walgreens Boots Alliance Quarterly Data
Aug17 Nov17 Feb18 May18 Aug18 Nov18 Feb19 May19 Aug19 Nov19 Feb20 May20 Aug20 Nov20 Feb21 May21 Aug21 Nov21 Feb22 May22
WACC % 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 3.31 2.83 3.19 3.09 2.83

Competitive Comparison

For the Pharmaceutical Retailers subindustry, Walgreens Boots Alliance's WACC %, along with its competitors' market caps and WACC % data, can be viewed below:

* 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. Note that "N/A" values will not show up in the chart.

   

Walgreens Boots Alliance WACC % Distribution

For the Healthcare Providers & Services industry and Healthcare sector, Walgreens Boots Alliance's WACC % distribution charts can be found below:

* The bar in red indicates where Walgreens Boots Alliance's WACC % falls into.



Walgreens Boots Alliance WACC % Calculation

The weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is the rate that a company is expected to pay on average to all its security holders to finance its assets. The WACC is commonly referred to as the firm's cost of capital. Generally speaking, a company's assets are financed by debt and equity. WACC is the average of the costs of these sources of financing, each of which is weighted by its respective use in the given situation. By taking a weighted average, we can see how much interest the company has to pay for every dollar it finances.

WACC=E/(E + D)*Cost of Equity+D/(E + D)*Cost of Debt*(1 - Tax Rate)

1. Weights:
Generally speaking, a company's assets are financed by debt and equity. We need to calculate the weight of equity and the weight of debt.
The market value of equity (E) is also called "Market Cap". As of today, Walgreens Boots Alliance's market capitalization (E) is $35862.329 Mil.
The market value of debt is typically difficult to calculate, therefore, GuruFocus uses book value of debt (D) to do the calculation. It is simplified by adding the latest two-year average Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation and Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation together. As of May. 2022, Walgreens Boots Alliance's latest two-year average Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $4594 Mil and its latest two-year average Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $31898 Mil. The total Book Value of Debt (D) is $36492 Mil.
a) weight of equity = E / (E + D) = 35862.329 / (35862.329 + 36492) = 0.4956
b) weight of debt = D / (E + D) = 36492 / (35862.329 + 36492) = 0.5044

2. Cost of Equity:
GuruFocus uses Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) to calculate the required rate of return. The formula is:
Cost of Equity = Risk-Free Rate of Return + Beta of Asset * (Expected Return of the Market - Risk-Free Rate of Return)
a) GuruFocus uses 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Rate as the risk-free rate. It is updated daily. The current risk-free rate is 2.85800000%. Please go to Economic Indicators page for more information. Please note that we use the 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Rate of the country/region where the company is headquartered. If the data for that country/region is not available, then we will use the 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Rate of the United States as default.
b) Beta is the sensitivity of the expected excess asset returns to the expected excess market returns. Walgreens Boots Alliance's beta is 0.52.
c) (Expected Return of the Market - Risk-Free Rate of Return) is also called market premium. GuruFocus requires market premium to be 6%.
Cost of Equity = 2.85800000% + 0.52 * 6% = 5.978%

3. Cost of Debt:
GuruFocus uses last fiscal year end Interest Expense divided by the latest two-year average debt to get the simplified cost of debt.
As of Aug. 2021, Walgreens Boots Alliance's interest expense (positive number) was $905 Mil. Its total Book Value of Debt (D) is $36492 Mil.
Cost of Debt = 905 / 36492 = 2.48%.

4. Multiply by one minus Average Tax Rate:
GuruFocus uses the latest two-year average tax rate to do the calculation. The calculated average tax rate is limited to between 0% and 100%. If the calculated average tax rate is higher than 100%, it is set to 100%. If the calculated average tax rate is less than 0%, it is set to 0%.
The latest Two-year Average Tax Rate is 54.72%.

Walgreens Boots Alliance's Weighted Average Cost Of Capital (WACC) for Today is calculated as:

WACC=E / (E + D)*Cost of Equity+D / (E + D)*Cost of Debt*(1 - Tax Rate)
=0.4956*5.978%+0.5044*2.48%*(1 - 54.72%)
=3.53%

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Walgreens Boots Alliance  (NAS:WBA) WACC % Explanation

Because it costs money to raise capital. A firm that generates higher ROIC % than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment is earning excess returns. A firm that expects to continue generating positive excess returns on new investments in the future will see its value increase as growth increases, whereas a firm that earns returns that do not match up to its cost of capital will destroy value as it grows.

As of today, Walgreens Boots Alliance's weighted average cost of capital is 3.53%. Walgreens Boots Alliance's ROIC % is 3.00% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Walgreens Boots Alliance earns returns that do not match up to its cost of capital. It will destroy value as it grows.


Be Aware

1. GuruFocus uses book value of debt (D) to do the calculation. It is simplified by adding latest two-year average Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation and Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation together.

2. The WACC formula discussed above does not include Preferred Stock. Please adjust if preferred stock is considered.

3. (Expected Return of the Market - Risk-Free Rate of Return) is also called market premium. GuruFocus requires market premium to be 6%.

4. GuruFocus uses last fiscal year end Interest Expense divided by the latest two-year average debt to get the simplified cost of debt.


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Walgreens Boots Alliance Business Description

Walgreens Boots Alliance logo
Address
108 Wilmot Road, Deerfield, IL, USA, 60015
Walgreens Boots Alliance is a leading retail pharmacy chain, with over 13,000 stores in 50 states and 9 countries. Walgreens' core strategy involves brick-and-mortar retail pharmacy locations in high-traffic areas, with nearly 80% of the U.S. population living within 5 miles of a store. Currently, the company has a leading market share of the domestic prescription drug market at about 20%. In 2021, the company sold off a majority of its Alliance Healthcare wholesale business to AmerisourceBergen for $6.5 billion, doubling down on its core pharmacy efforts and ventures in strategic growth areas in primary care (VillageMD) and digital offerings. The company also has equity stakes in AmerisourceBergen (29%) and Sinopharm Holding Guoda Drugstores (40%).
Executives
Shulman Steven J director 1564 NE EXPRESSWAY ATTN: BJ PURCELL ATLANTA GA 30329
May Holly officer: EVP, Global Chief HR Officer 6301 FITCH PATH NEW ALBANY OH 43054
Gray Danielle officer: EVP and Global CLO C/O WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE, INC. 108 WILMOT ROAD DEERFIELD IL 60015
Mahajan Manmohan officer: SVP, Global Controller and CAO C/O WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE, INC. 108 WILMOT ROAD DEERFIELD IL 60015
Brewer Rosalind G director, officer: CEO C/O MOLSON COORS BREWING COMPANY 1225 17TH STREET, SUITE 3200 DENVER CO 80202
Puryear Pamela officer: EVP and Global Chief HRO 253 DOLPHIN COVE QUAY STAMFORD CT 06902
Jarrett Valerie B director USG CORPORATION 125 SOUTH FRANKLIN STREET CHICAGO IL 60606
Standley John T officer: EVP and President, Walgreen Co
Ashworth Richard M officer: SVP, President of Walgreen Co. 200 WILMOT ROAD DEERFIELD IL 60015
Dixon Heather Brianne officer: SVP, Global Controller and CAO AETNA INC. 151 FARMINGTON AVENUE HARTFORD CT 06156
Kehoe James officer: EVP and Global CFO KRAFT FOODS GROUP, INC. THREE LAKES DRIVE NORTHFIELD IL 60093
Almeida Jose E director ONE BAXTER PARKWAY DEERFIELD IL 60015
Roberts Simon John officer: EVP and President, Boots SEDLEY PLACE, 4TH FLOOR 361 OXFORD STREET LONDON X0 W1C 2LJ
Rosenstein Barry director C/O JANA PARTNERS LLC 767 FIFTH AVENUE, 8TH FLOOR NEW YORK NY 10153
Jana Partners Llc director 767 FIFTH AVENUE 8TH FLOOR NEW YORK NY 10153

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