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Target (TGT) Stock Analysis

by | Dividend Aristocrats, Dividend Champions

Target Dividend

(updated 1/12/2018)

The Target dividend has been paid since 1967 and increased for 49 consecutive years; qualifying the company as a Dividend Aristocrat and Dividend Champion.

Price: $76.72
Dividend Yield: 3.2%

Current Dividend: $2.48
Cash Flow From Operations (CFO) Per Share (ttm): $12.69
Free Cash Flow Per Share (ttm): $8.35

Market Capitalization: 42 B
Enterprise Value: 50 B

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         Dividend Analyzer Checklist

                           (updated December 2017)

Dividend Safety Score (23/33 points)

Dividend Payout Ratio (ttm): 48%
Cash Dividend Payout Ratio (ttm): 28%  (12/12 points)
Net Financial Debt: $9906 M
Total Assets: $40708 M
Net Financial Debt / Total Assets: 24% (7/12 points)
Net Financial Debt to EBITDA (ttm): 179%
Piotroski Score (1-9) (TTM): (4/9 points)

Profitability & Growth Score (31/33 points)

Operating Earnings Yield (ttm): 13.9% (15/15 points)
Net Income (ttm): $2650 M
Gross Profit (ttm): $20623 M
Total Assets: $40708 M
Gross Profitability Ratio = GP / Total Assets: 51% (16/18 points)
Cash Return On Invested Capital (CROIC)(tttm): 20%
Return on Invested Capital (ROIC): 11%

Valuation Score (32/34 points)

Free Cash Flow Yield (ttm): 14.2%  (17/17 points)
EV to EBIT (ttm):  9.1
EV to EBITDA (ttm): 6.1 (15/17 points)
Price to Sales Ratio (ttm): 0.5
Price to Book Value (ttm): 3.0
Price to Earnings Ratio (P/E) (ttm): 13
PE 10: 18

TOTAL POINTS – (86/100) (50 is an average score)

Earnings Report: 11/15/17
Next Earnings Report: 2/28/18

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Rankings & Recommendations

(updated December 2017)

Target is ranked #7 (out of 373) overall and #1 (out of 42) in the Consumer Defensive Sector by the Dividend Analyzer.

Type of Investor / Recommendation
Large Diversified Dividend Portfolios / Should Be Considered
Looking For Exposure to Consumer Defensive Sector / Should Be Considered
Deep Value Investors / Should Be Considered

Company Description

Sector: Consumer Defensive
Industry: Discount Stores

Target is the second largest discount retailer in the United States (Wal-Mart is #1). The company has 1800 locations and 69 billion in revenues. It is in business to offer everyday essentials and one-stop shopping at discount prices. Approximately two-thirds of Target’s products are national brands and one-third private label.

The company offers its products through brick and mortar stores, online, or mobile devices. Product sales are broken down into five categories: Household Essentials (22%), Food, Beverage, & Pet Supplies (22%), Apparel & Accessories (20%), Home Furnishing & Decor (19%), and Hardlines (nonpersonal items such as sporting equipment, appliances or electronics) (17%).

SWOT Analysis For Target


Target has a well-known brand, convenient well-established locations and large economies of scale. The company is focusing on its U.S. business after an unsuccessful attempt at moving into Canada.

The company has grown its successful REDcard usage to 24% of sales. The card rewards customers with a 5% discount and has demonstrated it increases loyalty and average sales per customer. Target’s 1/3 private label sales allows the company to differentiate itself from competitors and reap higher margins and faster growth than national brands.


Most of Target’s competition (i.e. Wal-Mart, Costco, Kroger) have equal or better strengths (i.e. economies of scale). Sales per square foot ($290) fall far behind Wal-Mart ($420) and Costco ($1100). The company’s grocery business (15% of sales) is a fraction of its competitors and could be a candidate for big changes in the future.

Target has been one of the slowest retailers to meet consumers demand for a great online buying experience. Online sales of just $3 billion pale in comparison to Wal-Mart’s 16 billion and Amazon’s 55 billion in online sales.


Target is successfully moving to college campuses and into urban areas with smaller stores. This new format is showing promise by increasing sales per square foot, expanding profit margins, and improving returns on investment.


Like everyone in the industry, Target is threatened on the e-commerce side by Amazon. Lower margins are an industry trend because of intense competition.

A controversial Target bathroom policy has caused a national boycott that has reduced sales and increased costs. While many boycotts only have short lasting effects, this one has been felt enough for Target to spend $20 million dollars adding single occupancy bathrooms to all its stores.

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