Staple’s (NASDAQ:SPLS) Turn Around


Staples Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) is the best of its kind when it comes to office supply chain store. The company has over 2000 stores globally. These locations include Australia, Brazil, Austria, China, Finland, Germany, India, France, Italy, Norway Portugal and United Kingdom.  Subsidiaries are in Argentina, Netherlands, Canada and Italy. The main headquarters are however in Massachusetts, United States. The company started off back in 1986 and since then has come a long way. The firm is known for selling office supplies, machines, furniture, technology as well as business services both in stores and through an online portal.

Over the last couple of years, the company’s success has been fluctuating, some years might wrap up pretty impressive while other did not so well.

On Wednesday this week, the company announced its third quarter results at $0.37 in earning per share along with $6.0 billion in revenue. The numbers exceeded the Thomas Reuters predictions of $0.36 per share and $5.93 billion in revenue. But the company has suffered a loss compared to last year’s third quarter figures. Last year, it stood at $0.42 earnings per share with total revenue at $6.11 billion.

According to the company’s guidance, the fourth quarter doesn’t look very bright either, with earnings per share predicted at $0.27 to $0.32 and the company revenue only at $800 million. The estimates however paint a much better picture of revenues being $0.31 per share and revenue of $5.73 billion. Time will disclose who had a better understanding of the business.

The total net income also declined this year from $274 million last year to $236 million. Areas that showed some progress was the North American Commercial segment, which grew by 3 to 4% on local currency basis, whereas Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS).com sales also increased 9 to 10% on local currency basis. The North American copy and print sales also went up in comparison to stores.

Altogether, the company produced $700 million in cash flow. But its near future plans include closing down approximately 170 stores throughout North America, of which 127 are already shut. According to Ron Sargent, the Chairman and CEO for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS), the company is focused on saving costs for the immediate future and reinventing Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS). The company in its third quarter produced increase in delivery business particularly in office supplies category. Ron further goes on to emphasize that the company is at a point where it’s building a momentum to reinvent itself and change its overall business structure to better the figures.

Not long ago, in August the company rating was shifted from neutral to higher with a price target of $15 from $11. But reality was much different as the shares closed on Tuesday stood only at $12.76, which was down by 1%. But after the earning reports hit the market, the initial reaction led to a rise of 4% at $13.30.

The consensus for the price target is at $11.48, whereas the 52 week trading is between $10.70 till $16.21. The market cap is now, $8 billion.