Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. operates as a multi-channel specialty retailer of various products for home.

Snowflake Analysis

Solid track record with excellent balance sheet and pays a dividend.

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Share Price & News

How has Williams-Sonoma's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: WSM's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Specialty Retail


US Market

1 Year Return




US Specialty Retail


US Market

Return vs Industry: WSM underperformed the US Specialty Retail industry which returned -29.6% over the past year.

Return vs Market: WSM underperformed the US Market which returned -13.6% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-9.2%-7.4%-2.0%
30 Day-37.5%-31.2%-19.7%
90 Day-47.0%-36.3%-23.2%
1 Year-34.8%-36.6%-31.0%-32.1%-13.4%-15.1%
3 Year-23.2%-29.8%-6.5%-11.1%10.9%3.7%
5 Year-43.7%-51.0%-7.0%-14.3%28.4%14.4%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Williams-Sonoma's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is Williams-Sonoma undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: WSM ($38.05) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($73.64)

Significantly Below Fair Value: WSM is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: WSM is poor value based on its PE Ratio (8.3x) compared to the Specialty Retail industry average (7.2x).

PE vs Market: WSM is good value based on its PE Ratio (8.3x) compared to the US market (12.9x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: WSM's earnings are forecast to decline next year, so we can't calculate its PEG ratio.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: WSM is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (2.4x) compared to the US Specialty Retail industry average (0.8x).

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Future Growth

How is Williams-Sonoma forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 19 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: WSM's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-0.5% per year).

Earnings vs Market: WSM's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-0.5% per year).

High Growth Earnings: WSM's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: WSM's revenue (1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.2% per year).

High Growth Revenue: WSM's revenue (1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: WSM's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time (25.2%)

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Past Performance

How has Williams-Sonoma performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: WSM has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: WSM's current net profit margins (6%) are higher than last year (5.9%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: WSM's earnings have grown by 1.6% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: WSM's earnings growth over the past year (6.9%) exceeds its 5-year average (1.6% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: WSM earnings growth over the past year (6.9%) underperformed the Specialty Retail industry 6.9%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: WSM's Return on Equity (28.8%) is considered high.

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Financial Health

How is Williams-Sonoma's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: WSM's short term assets ($1.8B) exceed its short term liabilities ($1.6B).

Long Term Liabilities: WSM's short term assets ($1.8B) exceed its long term liabilities ($1.2B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: WSM's debt to equity ratio (24.3%) is considered satisfactory.

Reducing Debt: WSM's debt to equity ratio has increased from 0.3% to 24.3% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: WSM's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (202.6%).

Interest Coverage: WSM's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (53x coverage).

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: WSM has a high level of physical assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: WSM's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 5.9x debt).

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What is Williams-Sonoma's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Upcoming Dividend Payment

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: WSM's dividend (5.05%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (2%).

High Dividend: WSM's dividend (5.05%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (5.56%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: WSM's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: WSM's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (42.1%), WSM's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: WSM's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (51.1% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Laura Alber (50yo)





Ms. Laura J. Alber has been the Chief Executive Officer at Williams-sonoma Inc. since May 26, 2010 and has been its President since July 2006. Ms. Alber served as the President of Pottery Barn Brands, a su ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Laura's total compensation ($USD27.25M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD5.63M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Laura's compensation has increased by more than 20% in the past year.

Leadership Team

Laura Alber
President9.92yrsUS$27.25m0.56% $16.4m
Julie Whalen
Executive VP & CFO 7.75yrsUS$4.08m0.042% $1.2m
Marta Benson
President of Pottery Barn Brandno dataUS$4.67m0.022% $651.5k
Alex Bellos
President of West Elm Brandno dataUS$4.25m0.013% $368.5k
Dean Miller
Executive VP & COO5.75yrsUS$1.46mno data
Brian Yee
Senior VP of Corporate Finance & Treasurerno datano datano data
Yasir Anwar
Chief Technology Officer2.17yrsno datano data
Elise Wang
Vice President of Investor Relationsno datano datano data
David King
Executive VP9.25yrsno data0.039% $1.2m
Felix Carbullido
Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer5.75yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: WSM's management team is seasoned and experienced (6.8 years average tenure).

Board Members

Laura Alber
President9.92yrsUS$27.25m0.56% $16.4m
Adrian D. Bellamy
Independent Chairman9.92yrsUS$730.41k0.084% $2.5m
Frits van Paasschen
Independent Director2.92yrsUS$246.01k0.0080% $236.1k
Anne Mulcahy
Independent Director1.5yrsUS$118.47k0.0022% $65.4k
Sabrina Simmons
Independent Director5.25yrsUS$299.86k0.014% $416.9k
Scott Dahnke
Independent Director1yrno data0.026% $779.8k
William Ready
Director0.083yrno datano data
Grace Puma
Independent Director2.92yrsUS$249.13k0.0080% $236.1k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: WSM's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 2.9 years average tenure), which suggests a new board.


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: WSM insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Williams-Sonoma, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
  • Ticker: WSM
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1956
  • Industry: Homefurnishing Retail
  • Sector: Retail
  • Market Cap: US$2.948b
  • Shares outstanding: 77.20m
  • Website: https://www.williams-sonomainc.com

Number of Employees


  • Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
  • 3250 Van Ness Avenue
  • San Francisco
  • California
  • 94109
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
WSMNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDJul 1983
WM1DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURJul 1983
WSM *BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesCommon StockMXMXNJul 1983
0LXCLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDJul 1983
WM1BRSE (Berne Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockCHCHFJul 1983


Williams-Sonoma, Inc. operates as a multi-channel specialty retailer of various products for home. The company operates through two segments, E-commerce and Retail. It offers cooking, dining, and entertaining products, such as cookware, tools, electrics, cutlery, tabletop and bar, outdoor, furniture, and a library of cookbooks under the Williams Sonoma brand, as well as home furnishings and decorative accessories under the Williams Sonoma Home brand; and furniture, bedding, bathroom accessories, rugs, curtains, lighting, tabletop, outdoor, and decorative accessories under the Pottery Barn brand. The company also provides home decor products under the West Elm brand; products designed for creating spaces where children could play, laugh, learn, and grow under the Pottery Barn Kids brand; and line of furniture, bedding, lighting, decorative accents, and others for teen bedrooms, dorm rooms, study spaces, and lounges under the PBteen brand. In addition, it offers a range of assortments of lighting, hardware, furniture, and home décor inspired by history under the Rejuvenation brand; and women’s and men’s accessories, small leather goods, jewelry, key item apparel, paper, entertaining and bar, home décor, and seasonal items under the Mark and Graham brand. The company markets its products through e-commerce Websites, direct mail catalogs, and retail stores. As of February 3, 2019, it operated 625 stores comprising 579 stores in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico; 24 stores in Canada; 19 stores in Australia; and 3 store in the United Kingdom, as well as 108 franchised stores, as well as e-commerce Websites in various countries in the Middle East, the Philippines, Mexico, and South Korea. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/04/04 03:38
End of Day Share Price2020/04/03 00:00
Annual Earnings2020/02/02

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.