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Ross Stores, Inc is an apparel retail business based in the US. Ross Stores shares (ROST) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Ross Stores employs 92,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$12.7 billion.
|52-week range||USD$56.3 - USD$123.9|
|50-day moving average||USD$117.4603|
|200-day moving average||USD$105.5767|
|Wall St. target price||USD$127.89|
|Dividend yield||USD$0.285 (0.24%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$0.86|
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Valuing Ross Stores stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Ross Stores's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Ross Stores's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 133x. In other words, Ross Stores shares trade at around 133x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
Ross Stores's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.3218. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Ross Stores's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Ross Stores's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$739 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Ross Stores's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$12.7 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||2.95%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$5.3 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||2.13%|
|Return on equity TTM||9.64%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$40.7 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 4.6 million Ross Stores shares held short by investors – that's known as Ross Stores's "short interest". This figure is 2.7% down from 4.7 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Ross Stores shares can be evaluated.
Ross Stores's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Ross Stores shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Ross Stores shares traded daily (recently around 1.7 million). Ross Stores's SIR currently stands at 2.68. In other words for every 100,000 Ross Stores shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2680 shares are currently held short.
However Ross Stores's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Ross Stores shares, or, against the total number of tradable Ross Stores shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Ross Stores's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Ross Stores shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0131% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Ross Stores shares, roughly 13 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Ross Stores.
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Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Ross Stores.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 19.96
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Ross Stores's overall score of 19.96 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 15th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Ross Stores is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Environmental score: 4.49/100
Ross Stores's environmental score of 4.49 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Ross Stores is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 11.6/100
Ross Stores's social score of 11.6 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Ross Stores is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 9.87/100
Ross Stores's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Ross Stores is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Ross Stores scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Ross Stores has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
|Total ESG score||19.96|
|Total ESG percentile||15.38|
|Environmental score percentile||7|
|Social score percentile||7|
|Governance score percentile||7|
|Level of controversy||2|
Dividend payout ratio: 22.98% of net profits
Recently Ross Stores has paid out, on average, around 22.98% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.18% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Ross Stores shareholders could enjoy a 1.18% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Ross Stores's case, that would currently equate to about $0.285 per share.
While Ross Stores's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Ross Stores is investing more in its future growth.
Ross Stores's most recent dividend payout was on 31 March 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Ross Stores's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 12 June 2015. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Ross Stores shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Ross Stores shares which in turn could have impacted Ross Stores's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Ross Stores's shares have ranged in value from as little as $56.3 up to $123.9. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Ross Stores's is 1.0203. This would suggest that Ross Stores's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Ross Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS brands. Its stores primarily offers apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions. The company's Ross Dress for Less stores sell its products at department and specialty stores primarily to middle income households; and dd's DISCOUNTS stores sell its products at department and discount stores regular prices to customers from households with moderate income. As of February 3, 2021, it operated approximately 1,850 off-price apparel and home fashion stores in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Dublin, California.
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