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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.07
ALB's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
91% of the 1007 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.60 vs. ALB: 0.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
ALB' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.05  Med: 0.22 Max: 33.99
Current: 0.07
0.05
33.99
Equity to Asset 0.32
ALB's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
80% of the 866 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. ALB: 0.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
ALB' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.26  Med: 0.47 Max: 0.63
Current: 0.32
0.26
0.63
Interest Coverage 6.56
ALB's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
79% of the 564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 48.18 vs. ALB: 6.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
ALB' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 3.9  Med: 14.32 Max: 172.57
Current: 6.56
3.9
172.57
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 1.13
M-Score: -1.62
WACC vs ROIC
8.93%
6.65%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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Operating margin (%) 8.43
ALB's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 992 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. ALB: 8.43 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
ALB' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 6.74  Med: 11.01 Max: 24.09
Current: 8.43
6.74
24.09
Net-margin (%) 4.39
ALB's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 993 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.70 vs. ALB: 4.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
ALB' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 3.62  Med: 9.27 Max: 18.27
Current: 4.39
3.62
18.27
ROE (%) 6.63
ALB's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
53% of the 980 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.99 vs. ALB: 6.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
ALB' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 8.14  Med: 16.57 Max: 27.68
Current: 6.63
8.14
27.68
ROA (%) 2.36
ALB's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
58% of the 1015 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.58 vs. ALB: 2.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
ALB' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.86  Med: 8.57 Max: 15.22
Current: 2.36
2.86
15.22
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 13.03
ALB's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 1009 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9.92 vs. ALB: 13.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
ALB' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 8.78  Med: 18.94 Max: 85.17
Current: 13.03
8.78
85.17
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -0.50
ALB's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
68% of the 791 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.70 vs. ALB: -0.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ALB' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -5.7  Med: 8.80 Max: 23.6
Current: -0.5
-5.7
23.6
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -12.30
ALB's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
77% of the 700 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. ALB: -12.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ALB' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -12.3  Med: 4.10 Max: 25.7
Current: -12.3
-12.3
25.7
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -15.60
ALB's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
73% of the 634 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. ALB: -15.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ALB' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -15.6  Med: 12.20 Max: 53.7
Current: -15.6
-15.6
53.7
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Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

ALB Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Joel Greenblatt 93,558 sh (+83.52%)
Chuck Royce 452,500 sh (+2.14%)
Mario Gabelli 29,000 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
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Q3 2014

ALB Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Steven Cohen 22,800 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 3,500 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 90,000 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 12,700 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 243,198 sh (+159.94%)
Chuck Royce 467,000 sh (+3.20%)
Louis Moore Bacon 100,000 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 29,000 sh (unchged)
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Q4 2014

ALB Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Steven Cohen 429,600 sh (+1784.21%)
Paul Tudor Jones 16,999 sh (+385.69%)
Joel Greenblatt 310,499 sh (+27.67%)
Chuck Royce 471,500 sh (+0.96%)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 27,500 sh (-5.17%)
Ray Dalio 3,444 sh (-72.88%)
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Q1 2015

ALB Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Jim Simons 864,908 sh (New)
David Dreman 3,765 sh (New)
Mario Gabelli 75,530 sh (+174.65%)
Chuck Royce 478,620 sh (+1.51%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 249,579 sh (-19.62%)
Steven Cohen 82,200 sh (-80.87%)
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Westport Asset Management Comments on Albemarle Corp. - Apr 16, 2014

Albemarle Corp. (ALB) was sold when it became clear that the markets for a number of its products were unlikely to develop as planned.



From Westport Funds First Quarter 2014 investor letter.





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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 39.01
ALB's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
73% of the 761 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 20.30 vs. ALB: 39.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
ALB' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 7.16  Med: 17.41 Max: 46.89
Current: 39.01
7.16
46.89
Forward P/E 12.38
ALB's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
57% of the 346 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 13.97 vs. ALB: 12.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 23.90
ALB's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
56% of the 763 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 20.40 vs. ALB: 23.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
ALB' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 7.17  Med: 17.24 Max: 31.62
Current: 23.9
7.17
31.62
P/B 1.92
ALB's P/B is ranked lower than
56% of the 948 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.66 vs. ALB: 1.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
ALB' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.34  Med: 2.98 Max: 4.05
Current: 1.92
1.34
4.05
P/S 1.68
ALB's P/S is ranked lower than
65% of the 986 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. ALB: 1.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
ALB' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.65  Med: 1.71 Max: 2.63
Current: 1.68
0.65
2.63
PFCF 17.00
ALB's PFCF is ranked higher than
60% of the 492 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 23.96 vs. ALB: 17.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
ALB' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 7.48  Med: 17.27 Max: 33.01
Current: 17
7.48
33.01
POCF 11.21
ALB's POCF is ranked higher than
57% of the 677 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 13.56 vs. ALB: 11.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
ALB' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 4.83  Med: 10.86 Max: 19.02
Current: 11.21
4.83
19.02
EV-to-EBIT 37.75
ALB's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
78% of the 782 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 15.74 vs. ALB: 37.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
ALB' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.6  Med: 15.55 Max: 47.3
Current: 37.75
7.6
47.3
PEG 2.78
ALB's PEG is ranked lower than
51% of the 349 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. ALB: 2.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
ALB' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.35  Med: 1.50 Max: 47.81
Current: 2.78
0.35
47.81
Shiller P/E 15.39
ALB's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
69% of the 470 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 21.70 vs. ALB: 15.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
ALB' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 10.78  Med: 20.69 Max: 41.87
Current: 15.39
10.78
41.87
Current Ratio 1.16
ALB's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
74% of the 877 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.73 vs. ALB: 1.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
ALB' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.91  Med: 2.40 Max: 3.7
Current: 1.16
0.91
3.7
Quick Ratio 0.73
ALB's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
78% of the 877 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.19 vs. ALB: 0.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
ALB' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.55  Med: 1.48 Max: 2.63
Current: 0.73
0.55
2.63
Days Inventory 82.27
ALB's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
66% of the 969 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 65.62 vs. ALB: 82.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
ALB' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 61.64  Med: 82.56 Max: 106.31
Current: 82.27
61.64
106.31
Days Sales Outstanding 94.92
ALB's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
82% of the 831 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 58.66 vs. ALB: 94.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
ALB' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 48.49  Med: 64.72 Max: 75
Current: 94.92
48.49
75

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 2.12
ALB's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
58% of the 1113 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. ALB: 2.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
ALB' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.81  Med: 1.37 Max: 3
Current: 2.12
0.81
3
Dividend Payout 0.51
ALB's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
69% of the 700 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ALB: 0.51 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
ALB' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.03  Med: 0.23 Max: 7.3
Current: 0.51
0.03
7.3
Dividend growth (3y) 18.00
ALB's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
82% of the 420 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 vs. ALB: 18.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
ALB' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 4.1  Med: 12.80 Max: 20.8
Current: 18
4.1
20.8
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.79
ALB's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
79% of the 1126 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.21 vs. ALB: 4.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
ALB' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.84  Med: 3.11 Max: 6.81
Current: 4.79
1.84
6.81
Share Buyback Rate 4.70
ALB's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
96% of the 559 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -1.00 vs. ALB: 4.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
ALB' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 7.7  Med: 2.90 Max: -4.8
Current: 4.7

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Projected FCF 1.10
ALB's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
59% of the 415 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.31 vs. ALB: 1.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
ALB' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.63  Med: 1.12 Max: 2.05
Current: 1.1
0.63
2.05
Price/DCF (Earnings Based) 1.06
ALB's Price/DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked higher than
66% of the 50 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.38 vs. ALB: 1.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Earnings Based) only.
N/A
Price/Median PS Value 0.99
ALB's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
65% of the 849 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. ALB: 0.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
ALB' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.49  Med: 0.76 Max: 1.42
Current: 0.99
0.49
1.42
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 2.69
ALB's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
61% of the 996 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. ALB: 2.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
ALB' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 2.1  Med: 6.40 Max: 13.2
Current: 2.69
2.1
13.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 8.68
ALB's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 467 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.62 vs. ALB: 8.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
ALB' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: 3.2  Med: 15.70 Max: 29.5
Current: 8.68
3.2
29.5

Analyst Estimate

Dec15 Dec16 Dec17
Revenue(Mil) 3,773 3,998 4,311
EPS($) 3.56 4.31 5.10
EPS without NRI($) 3.56 4.31 5.10

Business Description

Industry: Chemicals » Specialty Chemicals
Compare:NEU, SCL, VAL, POL, CYT » details
Traded in other countries:AMC.Germany,
Albemarle Corp was incorporated in Virginia in 1993. The Company is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals for the petroleum refining, consumer electronics, plastics/packaging, construction, automotive, lubricants, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food safety and custom chemistry services markets. Its business segments include Polymer Solutions, Catalysts and Fine Chemistry. Its Polymer Solutions segment consists of two product market categories: flame retardants, and stabilizers and curatives. This segment sells products mostly to chemical manufacturers and processors, such as polymer resin suppliers, lubricant manufacturers, refiners and other specialty chemical companies. It serves the following geographic markets: the U.S., Asia, Europe and the Middle East, each of which is highly competitive. Its competitors in this segment include J.M. Huber Corporation, Kyowa Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. and Nabaltec GmbH, BASF Corporation, SK Capital and Songwon Industrial Co., Ltd. The major raw materials in Polymer Solutions operations are bromine, bisphenol-A, phenol, benzene, caustic soda, alumina trihydrate, polystyrene and isobutylene, most of which are readily available from numerous independent suppliers and are purchased under contracts at prices. Its Catalysts segment includes refinery catalysts and performance catalyst solutions businesses. Its Catalysts segment customers include multinational corporations such as ExxonMobil Corporation, Chevron Corporation, TOTAL S.A., Saudi Basic Industries Corporation and INEOS Group Holdings S.A.; independent petroleum refining companies such as Valero Energy Corporation and SK Holdings; and national petroleum refining companies such as Reliance, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. and Petróleos Mexicanos. This segment serves the global market including the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, each of which is highly competitive. Its major competitors in the HPC catalysts market include Criterion Catalysts and Technologies, Advanced Refining Technologies and Haldor Topsoe. Its major competitors in the FCC catalysts market include W.R. Grace & Co. and BASF Corporation. Its major competitors in the organometallics market include AkzoNobel and Chemtura Corporation, as well as W.R. Grace & Co. and BASF in the Ziegler-Natta catalysts area. The major raw materials in Catalysts operations include aluminum, ethylene, alpha-olefins, sodium silicate, sodium aluminate, kaolin, rare earths, molybdenum, nickel and cobalt, most of which are readily available from numerous independent suppliers and are purchased or provided under contracts at prices. Its Fine Chemistry segment consists of two categories: Performance Chemicals and Fine Chemistry Services and Intermediates. Performance Chemicals include products such as elemental bromine, alkyl bromides, inorganic bromides, brominated powdered activated carbon and a number of bromine fine chemicals. Its fine chemistry
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