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- The Lowe's Companies Inc. financial analysis covers the income statement and ratio trend-charts with balance sheets and cash flows presented on an annual and quarterly basis. The report outlines the main financial ratios pertaining to profitability, margin analysis, asset turnover, credit ratios, and company’s long-term solvency. This sort of company's information will assist and strengthen your company’s decision-making processes.
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- Also the report provides relevant news, an analysis of PR-activity, and stock price movements. The latter are correlated with pertinent news and press releases, and annual and quarterly forecasts are given by a variety of experts and market research firms. Such information creates your awareness about principal trends of Lowe's Companies Inc. business.
About Lowe's Companies Inc.
Lowes Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. As of January 29, 2010, the company operated 1,710 stores, comprised of 1,694 stores across 50 U.S. states and 16 stores in Canada. Its 1,710 stores represent approximately 193 million square feet of retail selling space.
Products and Services
The company offers a line of products for home decorating, maintenance, repair, remodeling, and property maintenance. It offers home improvement products in the following categories: appliances, paint, lumber, flooring, building materials, millwork, lawn & landscape products, hardware, fashion plumbing, tools, lighting, seasonal living, rough plumbing, nursery, outdoor power equipment, cabinets & countertops, rough electrical, home environment, home organization, and windows & walls. A typical Lowe's store stocks approximately 40,000 items. Its Special Order Sales product offerings provide customers the opportunity to select an assortment of product options beyond the items that it carries in stores through electronic product catalogs and Lowes.com.
National Brand Name Merchandise
Lowes store carries a selection of national brand name merchandise such as Whirlpool, Stainmaster, Valspar, and Pella. Its merchandise selection provides the DIY, DIFM and Commercial Business Customer a one-stop shop for a variety of national brand name merchandise needed to complete home improvement, repair, maintenance or construction projects.
The company also sells brands that cover several categories, including lighting, flooring, and tools. Brand names in the Lowes are Aquasource, Garden Treasures, Harbor Breeze, Kobalt, Portfolio, Reliabilt, Top-Choice, and Utilitech.
The company offers installation services through independent contractors in various product categories, with flooring, millwork and cabinets & countertops.
Commercial Business Customers
These programs focus on in-stock and special order merchandise, contractor packs, business credit, and other convenience services such as fast ordering and 7-day delivery. The company also offers a Quote Support Program which provides quotes to Commercial Business Customers for larger projects. It also has a web site for the customers, LowesForPros.com.
The company offers a proprietary credit card for retail customers. In addition, it offers a Lowes Project Card in all stores. The Lowes Project Card provides a major project, in-store financing solution to complement Lowes Consumer Revolving Credit Card.
The company also offers proprietary credit programs for Commercial Business Customers. They include a Lowes Business Account, which is used for small- to medium-size businesses and offers minimum monthly payments, and Lowes Accounts Receivable, which is used for medium- to large-size businesses that pay in full each month. The company also offers the Lowes Business Rewards Card from American Express, which is a business credit card with a rewards program that enables business owners to earn points on virtually all card purchases.
The company serves homeowners, renters, and commercial business customers. Homeowners and renters primarily consist of do-it-yourself (DIY) customers and do-it-for-me (DIFM) customers who utilize installed sales programs, as well as others buying for personal and family use. Commercial business customers include those who work in the construction, repair/remodel, commercial and residential property management, or business maintenance professions.
Lowes Companies, Inc. was founded in 1952.
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1. LOWE'S COMPANIES INC. COMPANY PROFILE
1.1. Key facts
1.2. Financial Performance
1.3. Key Executives
1.4. Ownership and Major Holders
1.5. Company History
2. LOWE'S COMPANIES INC. BUSINESS OVERVIEW
2.1. Business Description
2.2. Major Products and Services
2.3. Markets and Sales Activities
2.4. Locations, Subsidiaries, Operating Units
3. LOWE'S COMPANIES INC. SWOT ANALYSIS
4. LOWE'S COMPANIES INC. FINANCIAL ANALYSIS
4.1. Financial Statements
4.1.1. Income Statement
4.1.2. Balance Sheet
4.1.3. Cash Flow
4.2. Financial Ratios
4.2.2. Margin Analysis
4.2.3. Asset Turnover
4.2.4. Credit Ratios
4.2.5. Long-Term Solvency
4.2.6. Growth Over Prior Year
4.2.7. Financial Ratios Charts
4.3. Stock Market Snapshot
5. LOWE'S COMPANIES INC. COMPETITORS AND INDUSTRY ANALYSIS
5.1. Lowe's Companies Inc. Direct Competitors
5.2. Comparison of Lowe's Companies Inc. and Direct Competitors Financial Ratios
5.3. Comparison of Lowe's Companies Inc. and Direct Competitors Stock Charts
5.4. Lowe's Companies Inc. Industry Analysis
5.4.1. Retail Industry Snapshot
5.4.2. Lowe's Companies Inc. Industry Position Analysis
6. LOWE'S COMPANIES INC. NEWS & EVENTS
6.1. News & PR Activity Analysis
6.2. IR Corporate News
6.3. Marketing News
6.4. Corporate Events
7. LOWE'S COMPANIES INC. EXPERTS REVIEW1
7.1. Experts Opinion
7.2. Experts Estimates
8. LOWE'S COMPANIES INC. ENHANCED SWOT ANALYSIS2
9. UNITED STATES PESTEL ANALYSIS2
9.1. Political Factors
9.2. Economic Factors
9.3. Social Factors
9.4. Technological Factors
9.5. Environmental Factors
9.6. Legal Factors
10. LOWE'S COMPANIES INC. IFE, EFE, IE MATRICES2
10.1. Internal Factor Evaluation Matrix
10.2. External Factor Evaluation Matrix
10.3. Internal External Matrix
11. LOWE'S COMPANIES INC. PORTER FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS2
12. LOWE'S COMPANIES INC. VRIO ANALYSIS2
APPENDIX: RATIO DEFINITIONS
LIST OF TABLES
Lowe's Companies Inc. Key Facts
Income Statement Key Figures
Balance Sheet Key Figures
Cash Flow Statement Key Figures
Financial Performance Abbreviation Guide
Lowe's Companies Inc. Key Executives
Key Executives Biographies1
Key Executives Compensations1
Lowe's Companies Inc. Major Shareholders
Lowe's Companies Inc. History
Lowe's Companies Inc. Products
Revenues by Segment
Revenues by Region
Lowe's Companies Inc. Offices and Representations
Lowe's Companies Inc. SWOT Analysis
Yearly Income Statement Including Trends
Income Statement Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
Yearly Balance Sheet Including Trends
Balance Sheet Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
Yearly Cash Flow Including Trends
Cash Flow Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
Lowe's Companies Inc. Profitability Ratios
Margin Analysis Ratios
Asset Turnover Ratios
Long-Term Solvency Ratios
Financial Ratios Growth Over Prior Year
Lowe's Companies Inc. Capital Market Snapshot
Lowe's Companies Inc. Direct Competitors Key Facts
Direct Competitors Profitability Ratios
Direct Competitors Margin Analysis Ratios
Direct Competitors Asset Turnover Ratios
Direct Competitors Credit Ratios
Direct Competitors Long-Term Solvency Ratios
Retail Industry Statistics
Lowe's Companies Inc. Industry Position
Company vs. Industry Income Statement Analysis
Company vs. Industry Balance Sheet Analysis
Company vs. Industry Cash Flow Analysis
Company vs. Industry Ratios Comparison
Lowe's Companies Inc. Consensus Recommendations1
Analyst Recommendation Summary1
Price Target Summary1
Experts Recommendation Trends1
Revenue Estimates Analysis1
Earnings Estimates Analysis1
Revenue Estimates Trend1
Earnings Estimates Trend1
LIST OF FIGURES
Lowe's Companies Inc. Annual Revenues in Comparison with Cost of Goods Sold and Gross Profit
Profit Margin Chart
Operating Margin Chart
Return on Equity (ROE) Chart
Return on Assets (ROA) Chart
Debt to Equity Chart
Current Ratio Chart
Lowe's Companies Inc. 1-year Stock Charts
Lowe's Companies Inc. 5-year Stock Charts
Lowe's Companies Inc. vs. Main Indexes 1-year Stock Chart
Lowe's Companies Inc. vs. Direct Competitors 1-year Stock Charts
Lowe's Companies Inc. Article Density Chart
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SWOT, which stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, is an analytical framework that identifies the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable for a company.
Enhanced SWOT Analysis
Enhanced SWOT is a 3×3 grid that arranges strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats into one scheme:
- How to use the strengths to take advantage of the opportunities?
- How to use the strengths to reduce likelihood and impact of the threats?
- How to overcome the weaknesses that obstruct taking advantage of the opportunities?
- How to overcome the weaknesses that can make the threats a reality?
Upon answering these questions a company can develop a project plan to improve its business performance.
PESTEL (also termed as PESTLE) is an ideal tool to strategically analyze what influence different outside factors – political, economic, sociocultural, technological, environmental and legal – exert on a business to later chart its long term targets.
Being part of the external analysis when carrying out a strategic assessment or performing a market study, PESTEL gives an overview of diverse macro-environmental factors that any company should thoughtfully consider. By perceiving these outside environments, businesses can maximally benefit from the opportunities while minimizing the threats to the organization.
Key Factors Examined by PESTEL Analysis:
- Political – What opportunities and pressures are brought by political bodies and what is the degree of public regulations’ impact on the business?
- Economic – What economic policies, trends and structures are expected to affect the organization, what is this influence’s degree?
- Sociological – What cultural and societal aspects will work upon the demand for the business’s products and operations?
- Technological – What impact do the technological aspects, innovations, incentives and barriers have on the organization?
- Environmental – What environmental and ecological facets, both locally and farther afield, are likely to predetermine the business?
- Legal – What laws and legislation will exert influence on the style the business is carried out?
IFE, EFE, IE Matrices
The Internal Factor Evaluation matrix (IFE matrix) is a strategic management tool helping audit or evaluate major weaknesses and strengths in a business’s functional areas. In addition, IFE matrix serves as a basis for identifying and assessing relationships amongst those areas. The IFE matrix is utilised in strategy formulation.
The External Factor Evaluation matrix (EFE matrix) is a tool of strategic management that is typically utilised to assess current market conditions. It is an ideal instrument for visualising and prioritising the threats and opportunities a firm is facing.
The essential difference between the above mentioned matrices lies in the type of factors incorporated in the model; whilst the latter is engaged in internal factors, the former deals exceptionally with external factors – those exposed to social, political, economic, legal, etc. external forces.
Being a continuation of the EFE matrix and IFE matrix models, the Internal External matrix (IE matrix) rests upon an investigation of external and internal business factors integrated into one suggestive model.
Porter Five Forces Analysis
The Porter’s five forces analysis studies the industry of operation and helps the company find new sources of competitive advantage. The analysis surveys an industry through five major questions:
- What composes a threat of substitute products and services?
- Is there a threat of new competitors entering the market?
- What is the intensity of competitive rivalry?
- How big is the bargaining power of buyers?
- How significant is the bargaining power of suppliers?
VRIO stands for Value, Rarity, Imitability, Organization. This analysis helps to evaluate all company’s resources and capabilities and bring them together into one aggregate table that includes:
- Tangible resources
- Intangible resources
- Innovation and Creativity
- Organizational capabilities
The result of the analysis gives a clear picture of company’s competitive and economic implications, answering the questions if the resources mentioned above are:
- Costly to imitate?
- Organized properly?