Investor FAQs

Stock Information

Who is Walmart's transfer agent?

Walmart’s transfer agent is Computershare and can be contacted globally at 1-800-438-6278.

Is there a direct stock purchase plan for Walmart stock?

Yes, you can purchase Walmart stock through Computershare. To receive information about Computershare's direct stock purchase plan, which is not sponsored by Walmart, you can contact Computershare globally at 1-800-438-6278 or visit www.computershare.com/walmart.

How do I sell or transfer my stock, change the address on my stock account or replace a lost stock certificate?

When you want to sell or transfer shares, update your mailing address or replace a lost stock certificate contact Computershare at 800-438-6278 or log in to your account at www.computershare.com/walmart

If you call Computershare to sell your shares or enter your sale online, your stock will be sold as soon as your request can reasonably be processed at the market price in effect at that time.  If the market is closed, your order will be submitted beginning at the start of the next day the stock market is open.  

Only sale requests received in writing will be processed as batch order sales.  Please note any shares held in certificate form must be returned to Computershare in order to sell them. Batch order trades are grouped together and receive the average price of all Walmart shares sold by Computershare in the plan that day.  Sale requests received in writing will generally be processed no later than five business days after the date it is received. 

As a shareholder, why is it important that I keep my company stock account information (including address) current?

It is important that you keep your account address up to date and vote your proxy. Certain states will consider your account as “abandoned” if you fail to have communication with Walmart (via our transfer agent; Computershare). Abandoned accounts may result in your shares and/or un-cashed dividends being remitted to your state of residence as unclaimed property under the escheatment guidelines of each state. Once remitted to the state, reclaiming your escheated stock and/or un-cashed dividends can be a cumbersome and lengthy process. So, we encourage you to keep your account information current. If you have questions regarding your account, please contact Computershare by calling (800) 438-6278 or visit www.computershare.com/walmart.

I am a current (or former) Walmart associate. How can I check the status of my stock or profit sharing?

Current and former associates with inquiries about share holdings or profit sharing should call 1-888-968-4015 to reach the Walmart Participant Service Center. This is an automated system, though representatives are available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

Dividends

Does Walmart pay dividends?

For the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2013, Walmart is paying an annual dividend of $1.59 per share, paid in quarterly installments. View our dividend history for more information.

When are dividends paid?

Dividends are declared by the Board of Directors and communicated through a news release. View our dividend history for more information.

Does Walmart have a dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP)?

Yes. For information, contact Computershare at 1-800-438-6278 and select option 3 on the automated system or go directly to www.computershare.com/walmart.

Does Walmart offer direct deposit of dividends?

Yes. To have your dividend check deposited directly into your checking or savings account, visit Computershare or call 1-800-438-6278.

As a shareholder, why is it important that I cash my dividends checks promptly after receiving them?

Failure to cash dividends may result in your account being considered “abandoned” and your dividends being remitted to your state of residence as unclaimed property under the escheatment guidelines of each state.  Once remitted to the state, reclaiming your escheated un-cashed dividends can be a cumbersome and lengthy process.  So, we encourage you to cash your dividends promptly after receipt.  If you have questions regarding your account, please contact Computershare by calling (800) 438-6278 or visit www.computershare.com/walmart.

General Stock Information

When is Walmart's Annual Shareholders Meeting?

The Shareholders Meeting has historically been held the first Friday in June each year. In 2013, the meeting was on June 7 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Watch the webcast here.

When was Walmart's initial public offering? What was the price?

In 1970, Walmart offered 300,000 shares of its common stock to the public at a price of $16.50 per share. Walmart shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 25, 1972 under the symbol WMT.

How is Walmart's stock traded?

Walmart's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol WMT.

How do I invest in Walmart de Mexico (Walmex)?

Walmart de Mexico is a major retailer in Mexico. Its stock has been listed in the Mexican Stock Exchange since 1977, listed under the ticker symbol WALMEX. For information on Wal-Mart de Mexico, please visit  www.walmartmexico.com.mx or email Mariana Rodriquez (Investor Relations) at  m.rodriguez@wal-mart.com

When will I receive the tax forms associated with my Walmart stock?

All tax documents will be issued by Computershare by February 15 th of each calendar year.  As a reminder, if you signed up to receive your tax documents electronically, you will receive an email notification when your forms become available on or before February 15 th. Follow the instructions based on the plan you participate in to access your documents securely through the Computershare Member website at  www.computershare.com/walmart.

Operations

What is Walmart's fiscal year?

Walmart's fiscal year begins February 1 and ends January 31 each year.

Who are Walmart's independent auditors?

Ernst and Young LLP

When is Walmart's annual report distributed?

Walmart begins mailing its annual report to shareholders approximately 40 to 45 days prior to the annual Shareholders’ Meeting – generally around the middle of April. See all  annual reports.

Where can I find Walmart's filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission?

See all of Walmart's  SEC filings. They can also be obtained directly from the  SEC under Filings and Forms (EDGAR)/ Search for Company Filings/Companies and Other Filers and enter Walmart’s ticker symbol WMT.

In which countries does Walmart operate?

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates in all 50 states and internationally, including Puerto Rico. We operate in 27 countries including, but not limited to, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Is Walmart considering expansion into any other countries?

While we would not rule out operations in additional countries, we have not announced entry into any additional countries at this time.

What is Walmart's mission statement?

We save people money so they can live better.

Where is Walmart's corporate headquarters?

The Walmart Home Office is located at 702 SW 8 th Street in Bentonville, Arkansas, USA, and resides in the Central Time Zone.

How can I contact Walmart about a particular U.S. store?

Questions or comments about a Walmart store can be directed to customer service at 1-800-WALMART (925-6278).

When and where was Walmart incorporated?

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware on Oct. 31, 1969.

How many associates does Walmart employ?

At the end of fiscal year 2013, Walmart and its subsidiaries employed approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide, with approximately 1.3 million associates in the United States.

How many stores does Walmart have?

See  Unit Counts & Square Footage, which is updated monthly. Get more stats and data on our stores around the world in  Our Locations.

How many customers shop at Walmart in a week?

Walmart serves more than 245 million customers and members weekly worldwide.

How large are Walmart's stores in the United States?

Supercenters average approximately 182,000 square feet.

Discount stores average approximately 106,000 square feet.

Neighborhood Markets average approximately 38,000 square feet.

Sam's Clubs average nearly 134,000 square feet.