Target Financial Analysis

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Juan A. Torres Rodriguez D01596038 Mini Case Assignment Target Corp. started in 1902 as Dayton’s Dry Goods company. At 1911, Dayton’s Dry Goods is renames as Dayton Company, and commonly known as Dayton’s Department Store. In 1946 Dayton’s Department Stores started giving the community back 5% of their pretax profits, a practice that Target Corp still maintains. During the 1960’s Dayton’s create a new kind of store to appeal the masses called Target, opening the first Target store in the Twin Cities on May 1, 1962. The industry sector in which Target Corporation competes is in the retail sector reaching the $62.87 Billion in sales. As mentioned above, Target competes in the retail sector, which makes the operating risks of…show more content…
After this episode in the economy we can see that Target’s stock has recovered significantly. After performing the calculations, Target’s capital structure is optimal. However, the debt to capitalization ratio is high, at 50%. Target needs to lower its Long-Term Debt. Comparing Target’s debt to capital to the industry average, the industry average is 0.36. However I would invest in Target. I think I would have an advantage over outsiders, because I used to work at Target Corporation. Target is a company that is constantly growing, and their sales demonstrate their market advantage over other retailers. What convinced me to invest into Target mostly was the P/E ratio. Comparing it to a corporation like Wal-Mart, which is really successful, Target’s P/E ratio is acceptable and attractive. References 1. Scovaner, Douglas A. (2011). Target 2011 Annual Report. Retrieved on November 18, 2012: https://corporate.target.com/annual-reports/2011/images/company/annual_report_2011/documents/Target_2011_Annual_Report.pdf 2. Stock Analysis on net. (2012). Retrieved on November 18, 2012. http://www.stock-analysis-on.net/NYSE/Company/Target-Corp/Ratios/Long-term-Debt-and-Solvency#Debt-to-Capital 3. Retrieved on November 18, 2012 http://ycharts.com/companies/TGT/pe_ratio 4. Yahoo! Finance. (2012). Retrieved on November 18, 2012. http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=TGT+Basic+Chart&t=5y
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