AMZN  Amazon.com Inc.

Exchange

NASDAQ

Sector

Consumer Services

Industry

Catalog/Specialty Distribution

Market Cap.

384.16B

Varying Cash Return on Invested Capital over the past 5 years

AMZN has efficiently invested its financial resources in buildings, projects, and equipment, resulting in strong returns. However, there is a substantial variation in their Cash ROIC from year-to-year. This company may have unreliable free cash flow or operates in a business where invested capital costs increase substantially on a sporadic basis. Look at reasons for this inconsistency to determine the likelihood of future sustainability.

AMZN has created $81.07 of cash for every $100 invested.
Figures in USD. Fiscal year ends in December
20112012201320142015
Free Cash Flow 2.09B 395.00M 2.03B 1.95B 7.33B
divided by
Invested Capital 806.00M 2.11B 4.73B 9.00B 11.74B
Cash ROIC 259.55% 18.76% 42.92% 21.66% 62.46%

Poor Return on Equity over the past 5 years

AMZN has shown an inability to deliver strong results for shareholders. This could be due to poor management, AMZN operating in a highly competitive industry, or having a weak business in general.

AMZN has only generated $2.54 of Earnings for every $100 of Shareholders' Equity.
Figures in USD. Fiscal year ends in December
20112012201320142015
Net Income 631.00M -39.00M 274.00M -241.00M 596.00M
divided by
Stockholders' Equity 7.76B 8.19B 9.75B 10.74B 13.38B
Return on Equity 8.13% -0.48% 2.81% -2.24% 4.45%

Excellent Business Performance over the past 10 years

AMZN has been able to maintain profitability in good times and bad. This could mean AMZN has an extremely strong business or has the ability to scale down costs when needed. This should be a fairly resilient business, but double check for future sustainability by looking at its Risk Factors in the Annual Report.

AMZN has created positive free cash flow for 9 or more of the past 10 years.
Figures in USD. Fiscal year ends in December
2006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Free Cash Flow 486.00M 1.18B 1.36B 2.92B 2.52B 2.09B 395.00M 2.03B 1.95B 7.33B