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Lowe’s Cos. Inc. (NYSE:LOW)

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Analysis of Profitability Ratios

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Profitability Ratios (Summary)

Lowe’s Cos. Inc., profitability ratios

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Jan 31, 2020 Feb 1, 2019 Feb 2, 2018 Feb 3, 2017 Jan 29, 2016 Jan 30, 2015
Return on Sales
Gross profit margin
Operating profit margin
Net profit margin
Return on Investment
Return on equity (ROE)
Return on assets (ROA)

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-03-23), 10-K (filing date: 2019-04-02), 10-K (filing date: 2018-04-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-04-04), 10-K (filing date: 2016-03-29), 10-K (filing date: 2015-03-31).

Profitability ratio Description The company
Gross profit margin Gross profit margin indicates the percentage of revenue available to cover operating and other expenditures. Lowe’s Cos. Inc.’s gross profit margin ratio deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.
Operating profit margin A profitability ratio calculated as operating income divided by revenue. Lowe’s Cos. Inc.’s operating profit margin ratio deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 but then improved from 2019 to 2020 not reaching 2018 level.
Net profit margin An indicator of profitability, calculated as net income divided by revenue. Lowe’s Cos. Inc.’s net profit margin ratio deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 but then improved from 2019 to 2020 exceeding 2018 level.

Profitability ratio Description The company
ROE A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by shareholders’ equity. Lowe’s Cos. Inc.’s ROE improved from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.
ROA A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by total assets. Lowe’s Cos. Inc.’s ROA deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 but then improved from 2019 to 2020 exceeding 2018 level.

Gross Profit Margin

Lowe’s Cos. Inc., gross profit margin calculation, comparison to benchmarks

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Jan 31, 2020 Feb 1, 2019 Feb 2, 2018 Feb 3, 2017 Jan 29, 2016 Jan 30, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Gross margin
Net sales
Profitability Ratio
Gross profit margin1
Benchmarks
Gross Profit Margin, Competitors2
Amazon.com Inc.
Costco Wholesale Corp.
Dollar General Corp.
Home Depot Inc.
Target Corp.
TJX Cos. Inc.
Walmart Inc.

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-03-23), 10-K (filing date: 2019-04-02), 10-K (filing date: 2018-04-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-04-04), 10-K (filing date: 2016-03-29), 10-K (filing date: 2015-03-31).

1 2020 Calculation
Gross profit margin = 100 × Gross margin ÷ Net sales
= 100 × ÷ =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Profitability ratio Description The company
Gross profit margin Gross profit margin indicates the percentage of revenue available to cover operating and other expenditures. Lowe’s Cos. Inc.’s gross profit margin ratio deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.

Operating Profit Margin

Lowe’s Cos. Inc., operating profit margin calculation, comparison to benchmarks

Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc
Jan 31, 2020 Feb 1, 2019 Feb 2, 2018 Feb 3, 2017 Jan 29, 2016 Jan 30, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Operating income
Net sales
Profitability Ratio
Operating profit margin1
Benchmarks
Operating Profit Margin, Competitors2
Amazon.com Inc.
Costco Wholesale Corp.
Dollar General Corp.
Home Depot Inc.
Target Corp.
TJX Cos. Inc.
Walmart Inc.
Operating Profit Margin, Sector
General Retailers
Operating Profit Margin, Industry
Consumer Services

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-03-23), 10-K (filing date: 2019-04-02), 10-K (filing date: 2018-04-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-04-04), 10-K (filing date: 2016-03-29), 10-K (filing date: 2015-03-31).

1 2020 Calculation
Operating profit margin = 100 × Operating income ÷ Net sales
= 100 × ÷ =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Profitability ratio Description The company
Operating profit margin A profitability ratio calculated as operating income divided by revenue. Lowe’s Cos. Inc.’s operating profit margin ratio deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 but then improved from 2019 to 2020 not reaching 2018 level.

Net Profit Margin

Lowe’s Cos. Inc., net profit margin calculation, comparison to benchmarks

Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc
Jan 31, 2020 Feb 1, 2019 Feb 2, 2018 Feb 3, 2017 Jan 29, 2016 Jan 30, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net earnings
Net sales
Profitability Ratio
Net profit margin1
Benchmarks
Net Profit Margin, Competitors2
Amazon.com Inc.
Costco Wholesale Corp.
Dollar General Corp.
Home Depot Inc.
Target Corp.
TJX Cos. Inc.
Walmart Inc.
Net Profit Margin, Sector
General Retailers
Net Profit Margin, Industry
Consumer Services

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-03-23), 10-K (filing date: 2019-04-02), 10-K (filing date: 2018-04-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-04-04), 10-K (filing date: 2016-03-29), 10-K (filing date: 2015-03-31).

1 2020 Calculation
Net profit margin = 100 × Net earnings ÷ Net sales
= 100 × ÷ =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Profitability ratio Description The company
Net profit margin An indicator of profitability, calculated as net income divided by revenue. Lowe’s Cos. Inc.’s net profit margin ratio deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 but then improved from 2019 to 2020 exceeding 2018 level.

Return on Equity (ROE)

Lowe’s Cos. Inc., ROE calculation, comparison to benchmarks

Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc
Jan 31, 2020 Feb 1, 2019 Feb 2, 2018 Feb 3, 2017 Jan 29, 2016 Jan 30, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net earnings
Shareholders’ equity
Profitability Ratio
ROE1
Benchmarks
ROE, Competitors2
Amazon.com Inc.
Costco Wholesale Corp.
Dollar General Corp.
Home Depot Inc.
Target Corp.
TJX Cos. Inc.
Walmart Inc.
ROE, Sector
General Retailers
ROE, Industry
Consumer Services

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-03-23), 10-K (filing date: 2019-04-02), 10-K (filing date: 2018-04-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-04-04), 10-K (filing date: 2016-03-29), 10-K (filing date: 2015-03-31).

1 2020 Calculation
ROE = 100 × Net earnings ÷ Shareholders’ equity
= 100 × ÷ =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Profitability ratio Description The company
ROE A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by shareholders’ equity. Lowe’s Cos. Inc.’s ROE improved from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.

Return on Assets (ROA)

Lowe’s Cos. Inc., ROA calculation, comparison to benchmarks

Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc
Jan 31, 2020 Feb 1, 2019 Feb 2, 2018 Feb 3, 2017 Jan 29, 2016 Jan 30, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net earnings
Total assets
Profitability Ratio
ROA1
Benchmarks
ROA, Competitors2
Amazon.com Inc.
Costco Wholesale Corp.
Dollar General Corp.
Home Depot Inc.
Target Corp.
TJX Cos. Inc.
Walmart Inc.
ROA, Sector
General Retailers
ROA, Industry
Consumer Services

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-03-23), 10-K (filing date: 2019-04-02), 10-K (filing date: 2018-04-02), 10-K (filing date: 2017-04-04), 10-K (filing date: 2016-03-29), 10-K (filing date: 2015-03-31).

1 2020 Calculation
ROA = 100 × Net earnings ÷ Total assets
= 100 × ÷ =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Profitability ratio Description The company
ROA A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by total assets. Lowe’s Cos. Inc.’s ROA deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 but then improved from 2019 to 2020 exceeding 2018 level.