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Lowe's Companies Inc  (NYSE:LOW) Altman Z-Score: 3.86 (As of Today)

Lowe's Companies Inc has a Z-score of 3.86, indicating it is in Safe Zones. This implies the Z-Score is strong.

The zones of discrimination were as such:

When Z-Score is less than 1.81, it is in Distress Zones.
When Z-Score is greater than 2.99, it is in Safe Zones.
When Z-Score is between 1.81 and 2.99, it is in Grey Zones.

NYSE:LOW' s Altman Z-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.3   Max: 6.44
Current: 3.86

3.3
6.44

During the past 13 years, Lowe's Companies Inc's highest Altman Z-Score was 6.44. The lowest was 3.30. And the median was 4.54.


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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Lowe's Companies Inc Annual Data

Jan08 Jan09 Jan10 Jan11 Jan12 Jan13 Jan14 Jan15 Jan16 Jan17
Altman Z-Score Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 3.90 3.96 4.53 4.41 4.13

Lowe's Companies Inc Quarterly Data

Oct12 Jan13 Apr13 Jul13 Oct13 Jan14 Apr14 Jul14 Oct14 Jan15 Apr15 Jul15 Oct15 Jan16 Apr16 Jul16 Oct16 Jan17 Apr17 Jul17
Altman Z-Score 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 3.90 3.70 4.13 3.82 3.84

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.


Calculation

Z-Score model is an accurate forecaster of failure up to two years prior to distress. It can be considered the assessment of the distress of industrial corporations.

Lowe's Companies Inc's Altman Z-Score for today is calculated with this formula:

Z=1.2*X1+1.4*X2+3.3*X3+0.6*X4+1.0*X5
=1.2*0.0111+1.4*0.1433+3.3*0.1551+0.6*2.146+1.0*1.8512
=3.86

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

Trailing Twelve Months (TTM) ended in Jul. 2017:
Total Assets was $36,668 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $14,033 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $13,625 Mil.
Retained Earnings was $5,253 Mil.
Pre-Tax Income was 2223 + 934 + 1110 + 776 = $5,043 Mil.
Interest Expense was -159 + -158 + -161 + -167 = $-645 Mil.
Revenue was 19495 + 16860 + 15784 + 15739 = $67,878 Mil.
Market Cap (M) (Today) was $66,808 Mil.
Total Liabilities was $31,132 Mil.

X1=Working Capital/Total Assets
=(Total Current Assets - Total Current Liabilities)/Total Assets
=(14033 - 13625)/36668
=0.0111

X2=Retained Earnings/Total Assets
=5253/36668
=0.1433

X3=Earnings Before Interest and Taxes/Total Assets
=(Pre-Tax Income + Interest Expense)/Total Assets
=(5043 + -645)/36668
=0.1551

X4=Market Value Equity/Book Value of Total Liabilities
=Market Cap (M)/Total Liabilities
=66808.193/31132
=2.146

X5=Revenue/Total Assets
=67878/36668
=1.8512

The zones of discrimination were as such:

Distress Zones - 1.81 < Grey Zones < 2.99 - Safe Zones

Lowe's Companies Inc has a Z-score of 3.86 indicating it is in Safe Zones.

Study by Altman found that companies that are in Distress Zone have more than 80% of chances of bankruptcy in two years.


Explanation

X1: The Working Capital/Total Assets (WC/TA) ratio is a measure of the net liquid assets of the firm relative to the total capitalization. Working capital is defined as the difference between current assets and current liabilities. Ordinarily, a firm experiencing consistent operating losses will have shrinking current assets in relation to total assets. Altman found this one proved to be the most valuable liquidity ratio comparing with the current ratio and the quick ratio. This is however the least significant of the five factors.

X2: Retained Earnings/Total Assets: the RE/TA ratio measures the leverage of a firm. Retained earnings is the account which reports the total amount of reinvested earnings and/or losses of a firm over its entire life. Those firms with high RE, relative to TA, have financed their assets through retention of profits and have not utilized as much debt.

X3, Earnings Before Interest and Taxes/Total Assets (EBIT/TA): This ratio is a measure of the true productivity of the firm's assets, independent of any tax or leverage factors. Since a firm's ultimate existence is based on the earning power of its assets, this ratio appears to be particularly appropriate for studies dealing with corporate failure. This ratio continually outperforms other profitability measures, including cash flow.

X4, Market Value of Equity/Book Value of Total Liabilities (MVE/TL): The measure shows how much the firm's assets can decline in value (measured by market value of equity plus debt) before the liabilities exceed the assets and the firm becomes insolvent.

X5, Revenue/Total Assets (S/TA): The capital-turnover ratio is a standard financial ratio illustrating the sales generating ability of the firm's assets.

Read more about Altman Z-score and the original research.


Be Aware

Z score does not apply to financial companies.


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