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A perennial laggard to larger rival Home Depot, do-it-yourself retailer Lowe’s turnaround finally started to take hold last year. Under its new CEO since July, former J.C. Penney chief Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s has closed dozens of underperforming stores, including a big chunk of its Canadian locations, improved on out-of-stocks, added brands like Craftsman tools, gussied up stores, and done a better job of wooing the professional contractor market that tends to flock to Home Depot. The result has been accelerating sales gains in recent quarters, setting it up to better face the challenges coming from a housing market that is starting to cool off.

Company Info

Figures are for fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2019.
Marvin R. Ellison
CEO Title
President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
Specialty Retailers: Other
HQ Location
Mooresville, N.C.
Years on Fortune 500 List25

Lowe’s Rank History


Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)

$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$71,309.03.9%
Profits ($M)$2,314.0-32.9%
Assets ($M)$34,508.0-
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$3,644.0-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues3.2%
Profits as % of Assets6.7%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity63.5%

Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)

Earnings Per Share ($)2.84
EPS % Change (from 2017)-30.6%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)5.8%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)6.7%

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2018)1.2%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)15.2%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)17.8%