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Lowe's WACC %

:8.47% (As of Today)
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As of today (2022-08-14), Lowe's's weighted average cost of capital is 8.47%. Lowe's's ROIC % is 27.70% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Lowe's generates higher returns on investment than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment. It 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.


Lowe's WACC % Historical Data

The historical data trend for Lowe's'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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Lowe's Annual Data
Trend Jan13 Jan14 Jan15 Jan16 Jan17 Jan18 Jan19 Jan20 Jan21 Jan22
WACC %
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 8.86 9.95 8.49 7.94 8.50

Lowe's Quarterly Data
Jul17 Oct17 Jan18 Apr18 Jul18 Oct18 Jan19 Apr19 Jul19 Oct19 Jan20 Apr20 Jul20 Oct20 Jan21 Apr21 Jul21 Oct21 Jan22 Apr22
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 8.15 7.69 7.69 8.50 8.73

Competitive Comparison

For the Home Improvement Retail subindustry, Lowe's'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.

   

Lowe's WACC % Distribution

For the Retail - Cyclical industry and Consumer Cyclical sector, Lowe's's WACC % distribution charts can be found below:

* The bar in red indicates where Lowe's's WACC % falls into.



Lowe's 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, Lowe's's market capitalization (E) is $131960.930 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 Apr. 2022, Lowe's's latest two-year average Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $1578.5 Mil and its latest two-year average Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $26219 Mil. The total Book Value of Debt (D) is $27797.5 Mil.
a) weight of equity = E / (E + D) = 131960.930 / (131960.930 + 27797.5) = 0.826
b) weight of debt = D / (E + D) = 27797.5 / (131960.930 + 27797.5) = 0.174

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 2.84200000%. 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. Lowe's's beta is 1.15.
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 = 2.84200000% + 1.15 * 6% = 9.742%

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 Jan. 2022, Lowe's's interest expense (positive number) was $897 Mil. Its total Book Value of Debt (D) is $27797.5 Mil.
Cost of Debt = 897 / 27797.5 = 3.2269%.

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 24.64%.

Lowe's'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)
=0.826*9.742%+0.174*3.2269%*(1 - 24.64%)
=8.47%

* 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.


Lowe's  (NYSE:LOW) 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, Lowe's's weighted average cost of capital is 8.47%. Lowe's's ROIC % is 27.70% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Lowe's generates higher returns on investment than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment. It 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.


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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Lowe's Business Description

Lowe's logo
Address
1000 Lowe's Boulevard, Mooresville, NC, USA, 28117
Lowe's is the second- largest home improvement retailer in the world (behind wide-moat Home Depot), operating 1,971 stores and servicing 230 dealer-owned stores throughout the United States and Canada. The firm's stores offer products and services for home decorating, maintenance, repair, and remodeling. Lowe's targets retail do-it-yourself and do-it-for-me customers as well as commercial business clients. We estimate Lowe's captures a low-double-digit share of the $900 billion domestic home improvement market, based on Lowe's estimate for market size.
Executives
Taylor Colleen director C/O BILL.COM HOLDINGS, INC. 1800 EMBARCADERO ROAD PALO ALTO CA 94303
Sink Brandon J officer: EVP, Chief Financial Officer 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Stone West Mary E director C/O HASBRO, INC. 1011 NEWPORT AVENUE PAWTUCKET RI 02861
Heinrich Daniel J director CLOROX CO 1221 BROADWAY OAKLAND CA 94612
Griggs Dan Clayton Jr officer: Vice President, CAO 1000 LOWES BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Little Janice Dupre officer: EVP Human Resources 1000 LOWES BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Thalberg Marisa F officer: EVP Chief Brand & Mktg Officer 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Denton David M officer: EVP, Chief Financial Officer 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Godbole Seemantini officer: EVP, Chief Information Officer 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Mason Tiffany L officer: Interim CFO & SVP 440 S. CHURCH STREET SUITE 700 CHARLOTTE NC 28202
Boltz William P officer: EVP, Merchandising 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Mcfarland Joseph Michael officer: EVP, Stores 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Frieson Donald officer: EVP, Supply Chain 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Ellison Marvin R director, officer: President and CEO 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Rogers Brian C director T ROWE PRICE GROUP INC 100 E PRATT ST BALTIMORE MD 21202

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