Staples Company Profile (NASDAQ:SPLS)

About Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS)

Staples logoStaples, Inc. (Staples) is a provider of products and services that serve the needs of business customers and consumers. The Company offers a range of print and marketing and technology services. The Company's segments include North American Delivery, North American Retail and Other. The North American Delivery segment consists of the United States and Canadian businesses, including Staples Business Advantage,,, and, that sell and deliver products and services primarily to businesses. The North American Retail segment includes its retail stores in the United States and Canada. As of January 28, 2017, its North American Retail segment consisted of 1,255 stores in the United States and 304 stores in Canada. The Company has other businesses in Australia, South America and Asia. Staples Australia serves primarily contract and government customers in Australia and New Zealand. The Company also has operations in China, Argentina, Taiwan and Brazil.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Retail/Wholesale
  • Industry: Other Specialty Retailers - NEC
  • Sub-Industry: Specialty Stores
  • Symbol: NASDAQ:SPLS
  • CUSIP: 85503010
  • Web:
  • Market Cap: $6.69191 billion
  • Outstanding Shares: 653,165,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $10.10
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $9.39
  • 52 Week Range: $7.24 - $10.25
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: N/A
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 12.02
  • P/E Growth: -11.52
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $18.03 billion
  • Price / Sales: 0.37
  • Book Value: $5.14 per share
  • Price / Book: 1.99
  • Annual Dividend: $0.48
  • Dividend Yield: 4.7%
  • EBIDTA: $1.26 billion
  • Net Margins: -12.51%
  • Return on Equity: 14.07%
  • Return on Assets: 6.61%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.16%
  • Current Ratio: 1.44%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.93%
  • Average Volume: 11.25 million shs.
  • Beta: 1.7
  • Short Ratio: 0.5
Frequently Asked Questions for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS)

What is Staples' stock symbol?

Staples trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "SPLS."

How often does Staples pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Staples?

Staples declared a quarterly dividend on Monday, June 12th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 23rd will be given a dividend of $0.12 per share on Thursday, July 13th. This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.70%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, June 21st. View Staples' Dividend History.

How were Staples' earnings last quarter?

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August, 17th. The company reported $0.12 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.12. The business earned $4.80 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.78 billion. Staples had a negative net margin of 12.51% and a positive return on equity of 14.07%. The business's quarterly revenue was down 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.12 earnings per share. View Staples' Earnings History.

Where is Staples' stock going? Where will Staples' stock price be in 2017?

7 equities research analysts have issued 12 month price targets for Staples' shares. Their predictions range from $5.00 to $12.00. On average, they expect Staples' share price to reach $9.04 in the next twelve months. View Analyst Ratings for Staples.

What are analysts saying about Staples stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Staples stock:

  • 1. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Staples has made an official announcement that Sycamore Partners will acquire its business in a deal likely to be concluded by December. We note that shares of Staples have outpaced the industry in the past three months, stock is unlikely to gain in the near future as persistent weakness in the office products sector, technological advancements and stiff competition continue to hurt its performance. As a result, both the top and bottom lines continue to decline year over year. Although Staples posted in-line earnings for the fourth quarter in row, when it reported first-quarter fiscal 2017 results, sales missed our estimate for the third time. However, we can’t ignore the initiatives management has undertaken to bring itself back on the track. The company’s actions to streamline operations aimed at enhancing productivity and performance of North American business bode well." (8/16/2017)
  • 2. Jefferies Group LLC analysts commented, "Q3 EPS was in line, though Street estimates were at the high end of new Q4 guidance range. Sales were a bit light of expectations, but margins were better. As telegraphed last quarter, SPLS acquired an independent dealer with over $100 million in revenue as it focuses on mid-market." (11/18/2016)

Are investors shorting Staples?

Staples saw a increase in short interest during the month of July. As of July 31st, there was short interest totalling 17,124,475 shares, an increase of 17.6% from the July 14th total of 14,566,334 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 8,111,108 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 2.1 days. Approximately 2.6% of the shares of the stock are sold short.

Who are some of Staples' key competitors?

Who are Staples' key executives?

Staples' management team includes the folowing people:

  • Robert E. Sulentic, Independent Chairman of the Board
  • Shira D. Goodman, President, Chief Executive Officer, Director
  • Jeffrey L. Hall, Vice Chairman, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Joseph G. Doody, Vice Chairman
  • Christine T. Komola, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President
  • Steve Matyas, President, North American Retail
  • Mark Conte, Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller
  • Michelle Bottomley, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Michael T. Williams, Chief Legal Officer, Secretary
  • Drew G. Faust, Independent Director

Who owns Staples stock?

Staples' stock is owned by a number of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include Vanguard Group Inc. (10.15%), BlackRock Inc. (7.42%), FMR LLC (5.49%), Schroder Investment Management Group (4.59%), Pzena Investment Management LLC (4.51%) and State Street Corp (4.46%). Company insiders that own Staples stock include Mark Conte, Michael Williams, Paul-Henri Ferrand and Shira Goodman. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Staples.

Who sold Staples stock? Who is selling Staples stock?

Staples' stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc., Prudential Financial Inc., Schroder Investment Management Group, First Quadrant L P CA, Pzena Investment Management LLC, QV Investors Inc., Menora Mivtachim Holdings LTD. and Wells Fargo & Company MN. View Insider Buying and Selling for Staples.

Who bought Staples stock? Who is buying Staples stock?

Staples' stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including CNH Partners LLC, Quinn Opportunity Partners LLC, FMR LLC, Chicago Capital Management LLC, Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A., ARP Americas LLC, Todd Asset Management LLC and Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky. Company insiders that have bought Staples stock in the last two years include Paul-Henri Ferrand and Shira Goodman. View Insider Buying and Selling for Staples.

How do I buy Staples stock?

Shares of Staples can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Staples' stock price today?

One share of Staples stock can currently be purchased for approximately $10.22.

MarketBeat Community Rating for Staples (NASDAQ SPLS)
Community Ranking:  1.2 out of 5 ()
Outperform Votes:  181 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  561 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  742
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Staples and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.

Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
Ratings Breakdown: 6 Hold Ratings, 1 Buy Rating
Consensus Rating:Hold (Score: 2.14)
Consensus Price Target: $9.04 (11.53% downside)

Analysts' Ratings History for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
8/9/2017Jefferies Group LLCReiterated RatingHold$9.00LowView Rating Details
6/29/2017Telsey Advisory GroupBoost Price TargetMarket Perform -> Market Perform$9.00 -> $10.25LowView Rating Details
6/22/2017Deutsche Bank AGSet Price TargetHold$8.00LowView Rating Details
6/20/2017Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.Reiterated RatingHoldMediumView Rating Details
5/19/2017Loop CapitalReiterated RatingHold$5.00LowView Rating Details
4/5/2017Citigroup Inc.UpgradeNeutral -> Buy$12.00MediumView Rating Details
8/18/2016Morgan StanleySet Price TargetHold$10.00N/AView Rating Details
7/15/2016ArgusReiterated RatingHoldN/AView Rating Details
5/29/2016Bank of America CorporationBoost Price TargetUnderperform -> Buy$8.10 -> $10.00N/AView Rating Details
5/19/2016J P Morgan Chase & CoLower Price TargetNeutral$12.00 -> $9.00N/AView Rating Details
5/15/2016Wells Fargo & CompanyReiterated RatingEqual WeightN/AView Rating Details
3/25/2016KeyCorpReiterated RatingEqual WeightN/AView Rating Details
3/8/2016Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)Reiterated RatingHoldN/AView Rating Details
3/7/2016Credit Suisse GroupLower Price TargetNeutral$15.00 -> $10.00N/AView Rating Details
12/7/2015BB&T CorporationDowngradeBuy -> HoldN/AView Rating Details
8/22/2015B. RileyReiterated RatingNeutral$16.00N/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 8/17/2015 forward)


Earnings History for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS)
Earnings by Quarter for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS)
Earnings History by Quarter for Staples (NASDAQ SPLS)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
5/16/2017Q1 17$0.17$0.17$4.50 billion$4.15 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
3/9/2017Q4 2017$0.26$0.25$5.03 billion$4.56 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/17/2016Q316$0.34$0.34$5.40 billion$5.40 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/17/2016Q216$0.12$0.12$4.78 billion$4.80 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
5/18/2016Q116$0.16$0.17$5.08 billion$5.10 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
3/4/2016Q415$0.28$0.26$5.40 billion$5.27 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/18/2015Q315$0.35$0.35$5.67 billion$5.60 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/19/2015Q215$0.12$0.12$4.96 billion$4.90 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
5/20/2015Q115$0.17$0.17$5.46 billion$5.30 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
3/6/2015Q414$0.30$0.31$5.75 billion$5.66 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/19/2014Q314$0.36$0.37$5.95 billion$5.96 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/20/2014Q214$0.11$0.12$5.16 billion$5.20 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
5/20/2014Q114$0.21$0.18$5.62 billion$5.70 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
3/6/2014Q413$0.39$0.33$5.98 billion$5.87 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/20/2013Q3$0.42$0.42$6.18 billion$6.11 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/21/2013Q2 2013$0.18$0.16$5.37 billion$5.30 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
5/22/2013Q1 2013$0.27$0.26$5.91 billion$5.81 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
3/6/2013Q4 2012$0.45$0.46$6.72 billion$6.57 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/14/2012Q312$0.45$0.46$6.46 billion$6.35 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
8/15/2012$0.22$0.18ViewN/AView Earnings Details
5/16/2012$0.30$0.30ViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/29/2012$0.41$0.41ViewN/AView Earnings Details
11/15/2011$0.47$0.47ViewN/AView Earnings Details
8/17/2011$0.20$0.22ViewN/AView Earnings Details
5/18/2011$0.32$0.28ViewN/AView Earnings Details
3/2/2011$0.40$0.39ViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)


Earnings Estimates for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $1.00
2018 EPS Consensus Estimate: $0.87
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20175$0.24$0.31$0.27
Q2 20173$0.12$0.13$0.12
Q3 20174$0.33$0.36$0.35
Q4 20173$0.25$0.28$0.26
Q1 20183$0.16$0.17$0.17
Q2 20183$0.11$0.13$0.12
Q3 20183$0.31$0.33$0.32
Q4 20183$0.26$0.27$0.27
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS)
Most Recent Dividend:7/13/2017
Annual Dividend:$0.48
Dividend Yield:4.70%
Payout Ratio:-13.30% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
53.93% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
56.47% (Based on Next Year's Estimates)
Dividend Payments by Quarter for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS)

Dividend History by Quarter for Staples (NASDAQ SPLS)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 0.72%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 90.62%
Insider Trades by Quarter for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS)
Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS)
Insider Trades by Quarter for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS)
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
12/8/2016Mark ConteSVPSell5,195$9.97$51,794.15View SEC Filing  
7/14/2016Paul-Henri FerrandDirectorBuy139$9.13$1,269.07View SEC Filing  
6/30/2016Michael WilliamsGeneral CounselSell12,458$8.59$107,014.22View SEC Filing  
12/15/2015Shira GoodmanInsiderBuy5,100$9.70$49,470.00View SEC Filing  
6/10/2014Rowland MoriartyDirectorSell100,000$11.14$1,114,000.00View SEC Filing  
4/4/2014Rowland MoriartyDirectorSell25,235$12.20$307,867.00View SEC Filing  
4/3/2014Ronald SargentCEOBuy8,500$11.82$100,470.00View SEC Filing  
3/20/2014Shira GoodmanInsiderBuy5,000$11.44$57,200.00View SEC Filing  
12/10/2013Joseph DoodyInsiderSell32,041$16.17$518,102.97View SEC Filing  
7/5/2013Ronald SargentCEOSell68,806$15.90$1,094,015.40View SEC Filing  
6/28/2013Demos ParnerosInsiderSell75,000$16.00$1,200,000.00View SEC Filing  
6/18/2013Joseph DoodyInsiderSell40,000$16.50$660,000.00View SEC Filing  
6/4/2013Ronald SargentCEOSell525,000$15.04$7,896,000.00View SEC Filing  
5/31/2013Christine T KomolaCFOSell18,000$14.93$268,740.00View SEC Filing  
5/29/2013Robert NakasoneDirectorSell21,825$14.95$326,283.75View SEC Filing  
5/23/2013Michael WilliamsSVPBuy10,000$14.90$149,000.00View SEC Filing  
5/23/2013Paul WalshDirectorSell22,500$14.90$335,250.00View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)


Headline Trends for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS)
Latest Headlines for Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS)
DateHeadline logoStaples, Inc. (SPLS) Cut to "Strong Sell" at BidaskClub - August 17 at 7:16 AM logoStaples, Inc. (SPLS) Lowered to "Sell" at Zacks Investment Research - August 16 at 1:23 PM logoStaples, Inc. Announces Pricing of $1 Billion Senior Notes of Arch Merger Sub Inc. - August 16 at 7:41 AM logoMary Sagat, president of Staples Canada, visits the Staples location at 190 Bell Blvd. in Belleville, Ont., Aug. 15 - August 16 at 7:41 AM logoStaples (SPLS) & The Michaels Companies (MIK) Head-To-Head Contrast - August 15 at 8:30 PM logoStaples, Inc. Announces Extension of the Cash Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for its 4.375% Notes Due 2023 - Business Wire (press release) - August 15 at 7:12 AM logoStaples, Inc. Announces Extension of the Cash Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for its 4.375% Notes Due 2023 - August 15 at 7:12 AM logoStaples (SPLS) to Post Q2 Earnings: Can it Pull a Surprise? - Nasdaq - August 15 at 7:12 AM logoStaples (SPLS) to Post Q2 Earnings: Can it Pull a Surprise? - August 15 at 7:12 AM logoStaples, Inc. -- Moody's downgrades Staples Term Loan to B1 - August 15 at 7:12 AM logoStaples reveals top trends for 2017 back-to-school season - August 15 at 7:12 AM logoStaples, Inc. (SPLS) Given Average Recommendation of "Hold" by Analysts - August 12 at 8:34 PM logoStaples, Inc. (SPLS) Sees Large Growth in Short Interest - August 11 at 9:40 AM logoSurprise Donation of More Than $100,000 from Staples to Fund Local Classroom Projects through - August 11 at 8:44 AM logoWatch BizWireTV: Staples and Lady Gaga are Spreading Kindness and Cesar Millan Brings Books to Dogs - August 10 at 8:09 AM logoStaples' (SPLS) Hold Rating Reiterated at Jefferies Group LLC - August 9 at 9:10 PM logoStaples Downgraded Deep into Junk Status as Buyout Plans Proceed - Barron's - August 9 at 7:41 AM logoMoody's weighs in on Staples after buyout - Seeking Alpha - August 9 at 7:41 AM logoStaples, Inc. -- Moody's downgrades Staples, Inc.; Assigns CFR of B1 - August 9 at 7:41 AM logoStaples Teams Up with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to Create a Digital Kindness Tree and #GrowKindness Nationwide - August 9 at 7:41 AM logoStaples Downgraded Deep into Junk Status as Buyout Plans Proceed - August 9 at 7:41 AM logoStaples, Inc. (SPLS) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $3.83 Billion - August 8 at 7:54 AM logoStaples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) Scheduled to Post Earnings on Tuesday - August 8 at 7:08 AM logoStaples Canada releases Q1 2017 sustainability achievements - August 8 at 7:04 AM logoStaples, Inc. (SPLS) Expected to Post Earnings of $0.12 Per Share - August 6 at 7:54 AM logoStaples, Inc. (SPLS) Stock Rating Upgraded by BidaskClub - August 5 at 10:58 AM logoLPC: Jumbo US buyout loans launch before summer slowdown - August 5 at 7:15 AM logoSHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces An Investigation Of Staples, Inc. - SPLS - PR Newswire (press release) - August 4 at 8:23 AM logoSHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces An Investigation Of Staples, Inc. - SPLS - August 4 at 8:23 AM logoStaples Launches Nationwide Breakroom Makeover Contest - August 3 at 7:28 AM logoStaples, Inc. Announces Cash Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for its 4.375% Notes Due 2023 - August 1 at 4:08 PM logoStaples/Bureau en Gros begins annual fundraiser in support of Breakfast Club of Canada - August 1 at 4:08 PM logoStaples, Inc. Announces Cash Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation ... - Business Wire (press release) - August 1 at 6:28 AM logoNo Need To Tender At Staples - Seeking Alpha - August 1 at 6:28 AM logoStaples, Inc. (SPLS) May Spinoff 1500 Stores to Office Depot Inc (ODP) - - August 1 at 6:28 AM logoOffice Depot Alleged To Re-Enter Talks For Staples Stores - July 31 at 3:19 PM logoStaples, Inc. (SPLS) May Spinoff 1,500 Stores to Office Depot Inc (ODP) - July 31 at 2:15 PM logoBidaskClub Downgrades Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) to Strong Sell - July 29 at 11:39 AM logoStaples, Inc. Announces Early Termination of Hart-Scott-Rodino Waiting Period - July 28 at 8:09 AM logoStaples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) Short Interest Update - July 27 at 8:06 AM logoStaples Powers Up Back-to-School Season with Low Prices on Top Brand Laptops, Free Tech Support with Purchase - July 26 at 8:09 AM logo[$$] Barnes & Noble: Lost the plot - July 26 at 8:09 AM logoStaples Pilots Robotic Material Handling Solution - Business Wire (press release) - July 20 at 8:00 AM logoStaples Pilots Robotic Material Handling Solution - July 20 at 8:00 AM logoStaples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) Expected to Announce Quarterly Sales of $3.87 Billion - July 19 at 4:54 PM logoWhy Staples Stock Is Up 11% So Far This Year - July 19 at 3:47 PM logoStaples, Inc. (SPLS) Receives Average Rating of "Hold" from Brokerages - July 18 at 8:47 PM logoZacks: Brokerages Anticipate Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) to Announce $0.12 Earnings Per Share - July 17 at 10:57 AM logoStaples Celebrates Teachers Across the U.S. with Teacher Appreciation Days - July 15 at 8:51 AM logo5 Top Consumer Staples ETFs - July 13 at 10:51 AM



Staples (SPLS) Chart for Thursday, August, 17, 2017

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