Final Project For Finance 300 Spring Semester Class At Marlboro Grad School
This paper is the final project for Finance 300 spring semester class held at Marlboro Grad School and will provide a high level financial analysis of “The Home Depot” a home improvement specialty retailer that enjoys a dominate position in that market space.
The company had 2,269 retail stores worldwide in 2014 and is the largest home improvement retailer in the world. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD).
“The Home Depot revolutionized the home-improvement industry by offering a wide selection of merchandise, low prices, and exemplary customer service to both the professional contractor and the do-it-yourself customer. Before the advent of Home Depot, small mom-and-pop stores, carrying a limited and specific selection of merchandise, dominated the industry and typically emphasized sales to the professional contractor. As a result, home-improvement projects often required driving to several stores to obtain the necessary materials. By contrast, the Home Depot stores offer a one-stop shopping warehouse. The average Home Depot store is approximately 130,000 square feet and is stocked from floor to ceiling with some 40,000-50,000 different products. An emphasis on size and volume allows the Home Depot to remain profitable by selling more for less. This, in turn, allows the Home Depot to negotiate lower prices from the merchandise vendors, with the savings passed…