It always drives me crazy when my Magic 8-Ball answers my query with, "Better Not Tell You Now." I'd rather just have it break the bad news to me. I'm a big boy. I can handle it.
The same is true when it comes to stocks. The ideal is that companies are transparent with shareholders. This is why Lululemon Athletica
The reason I'm concerned is without that number, how can investors tell how well the newer U.S. stores are doing or place a value on the company?
While looking at other retailers, I noted that Home Depot
The takeaway is that without that information, estimates of growth in the U.S. are hampered, which affects valuation models. That makes the valuation exercise even more uncertain than it normally is, and people like you, me, and Wall Street analysts will misjudge growth. And that leads to misjudging the intrinsic value of the company.
C'mon, Lululemon. Help out your shareholders and reveal what sales per square foot are in the U.S. and Canada. There's no real reason not to.
Matthew Brown doesn't hold stock in any of the companies mentioned in this article. He uses his Magic 8-Ball to make all of his important decisions in life. Home Depot is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.