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Wal-Mart Integrative Management Exercise
Cohort A, Learning Group 8: Shareholder Perspective

1) Why have Wal-Mart shares outperformed the market during the recent crisis recession? a. Investors expect that more people will shop at Walmart and therefore buy more shares b. Compared to the market (when many other areas are down) c. They have a business that performs well when other businesses are down d. Increased unemployment, more people buying groceries at Walmart e. Article on performance compared to Costco in the recession i. 2) What are the key drivers of Walmart shareholder value going forward?
Walmart faces significant headwinds as the #1 retailer in the world. At revenues of 460B annually they’ve operated on very small margins and massive scale while continuing to grow. Their continued growth of net income will be essential to driving shareholder value. This becomes more challenging using the same approach they have in the past. If they fail to maintain their net income they’ll struggle to continue increasing their dividends and share buybacks which have provided a significant amount of value back to shareholders (over 100b). Going forward, Walmart will have to leverage their strengths in new areas. An effective Ecommerce strategy that connects online with their strengths in offline could be a significant sources of additional revenue and income. A successful strategy would need to leverage their existing infrasture to create both a competitive advantage for faster delivery than competitors (Amazon) as well as drive further leverage from the existing fixed costs of their stores. A successful strategy on this front could compensate for their slowing sales in the US market as they’ve reached a saturation point.
Additionally, Walmart needs to overcome their…...

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