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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 : 8/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.48
ALB's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
62% of the 1031 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. ALB: 0.48 )
ALB' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.05   Max: 33.99
Current: 0.48

0.05
33.99
Equity to Asset 0.44
ALB's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
55% of the 1021 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. ALB: 0.44 )
ALB' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 0.63
Current: 0.44

0.27
0.63
Interest Coverage 18.47
ALB's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
62% of the 685 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 22.59 vs. ALB: 18.47 )
ALB' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 3.9   Max: 172.57
Current: 18.47

3.9
172.57
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 3.64
M-Score: -2.80
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 : 9/10

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industry
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Operating margin (%) 20.81
ALB's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 1032 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.84 vs. ALB: 20.81 )
ALB' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 6.74   Max: 22.28
Current: 20.81

6.74
22.28
Net-margin (%) 12.51
ALB's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 1032 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.89 vs. ALB: 12.51 )
ALB' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 3.62   Max: 18.27
Current: 12.51

3.62
18.27
ROE (%) 21.66
ALB's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.83 vs. ALB: 21.66 )
ALB' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 7.71   Max: 30.9
Current: 21.66

7.71
30.9
ROA (%) 9.42
ALB's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 1033 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.58 vs. ALB: 9.42 )
ALB' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.24   Max: 18.44
Current: 9.42

2.24
18.44
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 29.88
ALB's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 1029 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 10.87 vs. ALB: 29.88 )
ALB' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 8.05   Max: 31.79
Current: 29.88

8.05
31.79
Revenue Growth (%) 6.60
ALB's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 897 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. ALB: 6.60 )
ALB' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -5.7   Max: 23.6
Current: 6.6

-5.7
23.6
EBITDA Growth (%) 14.30
ALB's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 813 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. ALB: 14.30 )
ALB' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -6.8   Max: 25.7
Current: 14.3

-6.8
25.7
EPS Growth (%) 12.60
ALB's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 731 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. ALB: 12.60 )
ALB' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -11.2   Max: 53.7
Current: 12.6

-11.2
53.7
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

ALB Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Steven Cohen 26,147 sh (New)
Westport Asset Management 127,300 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 447,900 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 32,000 sh (unchged)
Columbia Wanger Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Caxton Associates Sold Out
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Q4 2013

ALB Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Ray Dalio 25,555 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 38,762 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 42,109 sh (+61.05%)
Chuck Royce 447,900 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 32,000 sh (unchged)
Westport Asset Management 127,300 sh (unchged)
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Q1 2014

ALB Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 4,184 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 50,980 sh (+31.52%)
Westport Asset Management Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Chuck Royce 443,000 sh (-1.09%)
Mario Gabelli 29,000 sh (-9.38%)
Steven Cohen 3,449 sh (-91.81%)
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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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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ALB

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Add 83.52%0.04%$64.86 - $72.23 $ 64.3-6%93558
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Add 31.52%0.01%$62.21 - $66.74 $ 64.3-1%50980
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$62.21 - $66.74 $ 64.3-1%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 New Buy0.06%$62.46 - $69.55 $ 64.3-3%38762
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 New Buy0.01%$62.46 - $69.55 $ 64.3-3%25555
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 Sold Out $61.74 - $65.21 $ 64.32%0
Jeff Ubben 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.68%$57.75 - $69 $ 64.32%0
Ray Dalio 2013-06-30 New Buy$57.75 - $69 $ 64.32%5055
Jeff Ubben 2013-03-31 New Buy0.68%$61.17 - $66.15 $ 64.31%956153
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.07%$51.84 - $62.05 $ 64.313%0
Ray Dalio 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.02%$51.84 - $62.05 $ 64.313%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 New Buy0.07%$51.56 - $62.31 $ 64.313%18526
Ray Dalio 2012-09-30 New Buy0.02%$51.56 - $62.31 $ 64.313%20933
Ray Dalio 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.06%$57.26 - $66.07 $ 64.34%0
John Burbank 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.03%$57.26 - $66.07 $ 64.34%0
Ray Dalio 2012-03-31 New Buy0.06%$52.73 - $67.5 $ 64.311%57337
Ray Dalio 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.24%$39 - $55.26 $ 64.329%0
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 New Buy0.24%$40.22 - $70.56 $ 64.316%394195
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Guru Investment Theses on Albemarle Corp

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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P/E(ttm) 16.20
ALB's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 24.40 vs. ALB: 16.20 )
ALB' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 7.16   Max: 31.93
Current: 16.2

7.16
31.93
P/B 3.40
ALB's P/B is ranked higher than
50% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.89 vs. ALB: 3.40 )
ALB' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.35   Max: 4.05
Current: 3.4

1.35
4.05
P/S 2.00
ALB's P/S is ranked higher than
54% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. ALB: 2.00 )
ALB' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.65   Max: 2.63
Current: 2

0.65
2.63
PFCF 11.70
ALB's PFCF is ranked higher than
93% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ALB: 11.70 )
ALB' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 7.48   Max: 33.01
Current: 11.7

7.48
33.01
EV-to-EBIT 10.64
ALB's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
87% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 18.51 vs. ALB: 10.64 )
ALB' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.6   Max: 36
Current: 10.64

7.6
36
PEG 0.64
ALB's PEG is ranked higher than
96% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ALB: 0.64 )
ALB' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.35   Max: 47.81
Current: 0.64

0.35
47.81
Shiller P/E 18.70
ALB's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
86% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 59.47 vs. ALB: 18.70 )
ALB' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 10.78   Max: 41.87
Current: 18.7

10.78
41.87
Current Ratio 1.87
ALB's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
70% of the 879 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.72 vs. ALB: 1.87 )
ALB' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 3.7
Current: 1.87

0.91
3.7
Quick Ratio 1.42
ALB's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
73% of the 879 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. ALB: 1.42 )
ALB' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.55   Max: 2.63
Current: 1.42

0.55
2.63

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 1.60
ALB's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
55% of the 826 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.58 vs. ALB: 1.60 )
ALB' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.81   Max: 3
Current: 1.6

0.81
3
Dividend Payout 0.21
ALB's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
85% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. ALB: 0.21 )
ALB' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.03   Max: 7.3
Current: 0.21

0.03
7.3
Dividend growth (3y) 19.70
ALB's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
89% of the 544 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.30 vs. ALB: 19.70 )
ALB' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 4.1   Max: 20.8
Current: 19.7

4.1
20.8
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.68
ALB's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
79% of the 837 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.02 vs. ALB: 3.68 )
ALB' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.86   Max: 6.89
Current: 3.68

1.86
6.89
Share Buyback Rate 2.90
ALB's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
91% of the 613 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. ALB: 2.90 )
ALB' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 7.7   Max: -4.8
Current: 2.9

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 4.34
ALB's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
52% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.28 vs. ALB: 4.34 )
ALB' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.57   Max: 5.91
Current: 4.34

1.57
5.91
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.94
ALB's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
88% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.77 vs. ALB: 0.94 )
ALB' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.63   Max: 2.05
Current: 0.94

0.63
2.05
Price/Median PS Value 1.24
ALB's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
61% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.16 vs. ALB: 1.24 )
ALB' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.45   Max: 1.5
Current: 1.24

0.45
1.5
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.78
ALB's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
97% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ALB: 0.78 )
ALB' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 4.19
Current: 0.78

0.56
4.19
Price/Graham Number 1.52
ALB's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
72% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.95 vs. ALB: 1.52 )
ALB' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 2.7
Current: 1.52

0.73
2.7
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 9.40
ALB's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
84% of the 918 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. ALB: 9.40 )
ALB' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.8   Max: 13.2
Current: 9.4

2.8
13.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 21.61
ALB's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
93% of the 788 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.45 vs. ALB: 21.61 )
ALB' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 2.8   Max: 29.5
Current: 21.61

2.8
29.5

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. The Company's operations are managed and reported as three operating segments: Polymer Solutions, Catalysts and Fine Chemistry. Albemarle's Polymer Solutions segment consists of two product categories: flame retardants and stabilizers and curatives. Flame Retardants: The Company's flame retardants help materials in a variety of finished products meet fire-safety requirements. Some of the products that benefit from its flame retardants include plastic enclosures for consumer electronics, printed circuit boards, wire and cable, electrical connectors, textiles, foam insulation, and foam seating in furniture and automobiles. Stabilizers and Curatives: Albemarle produces plastic and other additives, such as curatives, antioxidants and stabilizers, which are often specially developed and formulated for a customer's specific manufacturing requirements. The Company's additives products include curatives for polyurethane, polyurea and epoxy system polymerization. Albemarle's Ethacure(r) curatives are used in cast elastomers, coatings, reaction injection molding and specialty adhesives that are incorporated into products such as wheels, tires and rollers. The Company's line of Ethanox(r) antioxidants is used by manufacturers of polyolefins to maintain physical properties during the manufacturing process, including the color of the final product. Albemarle's Polymer Additives segment offers more than 70 products to a variety of end-markets. The Company sells is products mostly to chemical manufacturers and processors, such as polymer resin suppliers, lubricant manufacturers, refiners and other specialty chemical companies. Albemarle's Catalysts segment includes refinery catalysts and polyolefin catalysts product categories. Refinery Catalysts: The Company's two main refinery catalysts product lines are hydroprocessing, or HPC, catalysts and fluidized catalytic cracking, or FCC, catalysts and additives. HPC catalysts are mainly used to reduce the quantity of sulfur and other impurities in petroleum products as well as to convert heavy feedstock into lighter, more valuable products. FCC catalysts assist in the cracking of petroleum streams into derivative, higher-value products such as fuels and petrochemical feedstock. Polyolefin Catalysts: The Company manufactures aluminum- and magnesium-alkyls, which are used as co-catalysts in the production of polyolefins, elastomers, alpha olefins, such as hexene, octene and decene, and organotin heat stabilizers and in the preparation of organic intermediates. It also produces metallocene/single-site catalysts, which aid in the development and production of new polymers that increase impact strength, clarity and melt characteristics of plastic films. Albemarle's Fine Chemicals segment consists of two categories: performance chemicals and fine chemistry ser
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