Abstract A financial analysis will be conducted on Lowe’s Corporation (Low). I will focus on finance-related entities, ratios and how the company is performing. There will be several ratios discussed based on their relevancy to the company’s current financial conditions. Lowes’ previous financial performance will be compared to their current financial performance, inferring the company’s future performance outcome. The purpose of the financial analysis is to assist in capturing the necessary fundamentals to describe the company. It is severely important to establish and evaluate the key drivers of a company to help determine the future goals and success. Introduction Lowe’s Companies Incorporated was incorporated in 1952, as of January 2014 Lowe’s has assisted in the operation of 1,832 home improvement and hardware stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico (Thomson Reuters, 2014, p.1). Lowe’s offers a variety of merchandise and products for maintenance, repair, remodeling and decorating. There are also a variety of products being offered by the company such as appliances, outside and inside garden, home décor, flooring, lumber, fashion and bath, millwork, paint and seasonal (p.1). Lowe’s generally carries over 36,000 items from brands such as whirlpool, GE, LG, Valspar, Stainmaster and Samsung, throughout their 1,717 stores located within the United States (p.1). “The company markets various private brands for various product categories, including
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Buying Power. Customers have a slight advantage since other retailers offering similar items. The way Lowe’s can separate them from the competition is to offer a product mix that appeals to both male and female needs.
The growing trend of home improvement has perpetuated a larger demand for box store home improvement shops such as Home Depot and Lowe’s. There are several types of companies that contribute to the booming renovation industry. Home Depot and Lowe’s provide all the
Established as the older company of the two, Lowe’s ranks forty-second as a Fortune 500 company. Established in 1946 as a small hardware business, Lowe’s has grown into a 40,000 product, global market enterprise that consist of 1,710 stores nationwide expanding into the countries of Canada, Mexico and Australia (Lowe's Internal, 2010) Home Depot, founded in 1978, is the fastest growing retailer in the United States. Ranked twenty-ninth as a Fortune 500 company, Home Depot continues to remain the number one do-it-yourself retail store in America. These two companies may sell products of the same nature, but comparing their Code of Ethics is their way of setting themselves apart. (Home Depot Internal, 2009)
Lowe’s is continuously being threatened by Home Depot in losing market shares. It is a constant battle; Lowe’s and Home Depot are expanding substantially in attempts to take over territory claimed by the other as well as unclaimed territory. The biggest weakness for Lowe’s is its lack of customer service. Customers are leaving Lowe’s in search of credible, knowledgeable service which is found at Home Depot.
Sears Holdings is a relatively new company, having only been created in November of 2004 (Barbash & Barbaro, 2004). At that time, Kmart Holdings purchased Sears, Roebuck, and Co. The corporation decided it would operate stores under both names, and the merger was officially completed in March of 2005. The shareholders voted to close the deal, or it would not have been able to take place. Now the company is called Sears Holdings, and it operates both Sears and Kmart stores (Barbash & Barbaro, 2004). The company also markets both brands without blending them or favoring one over the other. There were several reasons why the companies chose to combine.
“The Company manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams®, Dutch Boy®, HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams, Krylon®, Minwax®, Thompson’s® Water Seal® and many more”(Sherwin-Williams, 2016). “With global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through more than 4,800 companyoperated stores and facilities, while the Company’s other brands are sold through
In response to the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, which has impacted numerous businesses, families, and individuals in Florida and Texas, Lowes has played a major role in the recovery efforts. Along with other home improvement retailers, Lowes shipped much-needed resources like plywood and generators ahead of landfall allowing for mass preparations for the storms. Following the hits, Lowes continued to ensure stores were stocked with
We must analyze past data and provide expected data for the next two years to assess Mark X Company's financial position. Upon reviewing the data, we will make recommendations for both Mark X Company as well as Karen Dennison of Wells Fargo Bank. Senior management needs compelling evidence that shows the current difficulties faced by the company are not permanent.. It must also be accessed if Mark X can retire all of its outstanding loans by the end of 1993. A sensitivity analysis should also be conducted since the future of this company is very dependent on its performance in 1993 and 1994.
Lowe’s was the second largest home improvement retailer in the world and the fastest growing in the United States. Its corporate vision was to “provide customer-valued solutions with the best prices, products, and services to make Lowe’s the first choice for home improvement.”1
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