In prior articles, we have looked at home improvement retailers - Lowes and Home Depot respectively. Let us compare the two again, based on most recently ended quarter.
Lowes currently sports a P/E of 11, market cap of 32.6 billion, price/cash flow of 6.91 and is trading close to its 52 week low at 22.11.
Home Depot currently sports a P/E of close to 11, market cap of 55.5 billion, price/cash flow of 8.29. Home Depot has better yield than Lowes at the moment.
In the most recent quarter, home depot's margins declined by 2% points from 11.3% to 9.3%. By comparison, Lowes gross margin declined by 1.42 bais points in the same quarter. Similarly, Lowes sales increased whereas Home Depot's sales declined. ( 3% increase to 3.5% decline )
Home Depot's outstanding shares decliend by 11.4%, helped by the sale of HD Supply. Lowes outstanding shares declined by 3.5% in the same period. Home Depot's book value per share is 9.64$/share where as Lowes is 10.9$/share. Clearly, buying back shares after selling Home Supply unit hasnt added more value to the book for Home Depot as the current share price for HD is around $28 where as it is $22 for Lowes.
Home Depot increased its square footage by 5.5% where as Lowes increased its square footage by 11%. Yahoo! quotes a PEG of 0.69 for Lowes and 0.99 for HD.
Lowes has advantage over HD regarding ROE, ROA and price/cash flow ratios. Lowes seems to be a better alternative to HD from both price and business point of view at this point in time.