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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 0.02
ARG's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
68% of the 1900 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.36 vs. ARG: 0.02 )
ARG' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 0.05
Current: 0.02

0.02
0.05
Equity to Asset 0.31
ARG's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
59% of the 1912 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. ARG: 0.31 )
ARG' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 0.41
Current: 0.31

0.24
0.41
Interest Coverage 8.51
ARG's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
51% of the 1267 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 24.23 vs. ARG: 8.51 )
ARG' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.79   Max: 8.51
Current: 8.51

1.79
8.51
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 2.87
M-Score: -2.76
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 : 8/10

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industry
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Operating margin (%) 12.03
ARG's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1893 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 5.96 vs. ARG: 12.03 )
ARG' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 6.63   Max: 12.07
Current: 12.03

6.63
12.07
Net-margin (%) 6.88
ARG's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 1893 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 4.16 vs. ARG: 6.88 )
ARG' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -0.64   Max: 6.88
Current: 6.88

-0.64
6.88
ROE (%) 22.18
ARG's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 1879 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 6.49 vs. ARG: 22.18 )
ARG' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -2.07   Max: 22.18
Current: 22.18

-2.07
22.18
ROA (%) 6.07
ARG's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 1895 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. ARG: 6.07 )
ARG' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -0.61   Max: 6.07
Current: 6.07

-0.61
6.07
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 17.01
ARG's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 1891 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 12.77 vs. ARG: 17.01 )
ARG' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 11.08   Max: 20.47
Current: 17.01

11.08
20.47
Revenue Growth (%) 11.00
ARG's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1521 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 5.30 vs. ARG: 11.00 )
ARG' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 25
Current: 11

0.7
25
EBITDA Growth (%) 16.20
ARG's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 1257 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 5.40 vs. ARG: 16.20 )
ARG' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -4.6   Max: 24.3
Current: 16.2

-4.6
24.3
EPS Growth (%) 23.00
ARG's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 1139 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. ARG: 23.00 )
ARG' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -9.7   Max: 37
Current: 23

-9.7
37
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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

ARG Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 65,000 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 79,000 sh (+484.15%)
Pioneer Investments 726,085 sh (+2.45%)
Chuck Royce 8,400 sh (unchged)
Columbia Wanger 384,909 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
RS Investment Management Sold Out
Ron Baron 704,377 sh (-1.61%)
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Q2 2013

ARG Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Steve Mandel 902,488 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 15,800 sh (+88.1%)
Columbia Wanger 384,909 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 661,397 sh (-8.91%)
Ron Baron 529,070 sh (-24.89%)
Paul Tudor Jones 45,000 sh (-30.77%)
Steven Cohen 30,787 sh (-61.03%)
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Q3 2013

ARG Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Murray Stahl 3,211 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 5,400 sh (New)
Columbia Wanger 524,054 sh (+36.15%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Steve Mandel Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 642,197 sh (-2.9%)
Chuck Royce 14,720 sh (-6.84%)
Ron Baron 462,112 sh (-12.66%)
Steven Cohen 22,500 sh (-26.92%)
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Q4 2013

ARG Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Joel Greenblatt 17,838 sh (New)
Bill Frels 3,700 sh (New)
Murray Stahl 4,801 sh (+49.52%)
Columbia Wanger 685,000 sh (+30.71%)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Ron Baron 459,441 sh (-0.58%)
Pioneer Investments 625,970 sh (-2.53%)
Chuck Royce 9,360 sh (-36.41%)
Steven Cohen 3,890 sh (-82.71%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ARG

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 New Buy0.05%$105.79 - $112.24 $ 108.880%17838
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Sold Out $105.79 - $112.24 $ 108.880%0
Steve Mandel 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.42%$96.3 - $106.98 $ 108.886%0
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 New Buy$96.3 - $106.98 $ 108.886%5400
Steve Mandel 2013-06-30 New Buy0.42%$93.91 - $103.98 $ 108.8811%902488
Ron Baron 2013-06-30 Reduce -24.89%0.09%$93.91 - $103.98 $ 108.8811%529070
John Burbank 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.08%$80.11 - $92.39 $ 108.8825%0
John Burbank 2012-09-30 Reduce -91.76%0.63%$78.25 - $86.01 $ 108.8832%19900
John Burbank 2012-06-30 Add 37.45%0.19%$80.02 - $92.54 $ 108.8824%241500
Mario Gabelli 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.0019%$80.02 - $92.54 $ 108.8824%0
John Burbank 2012-03-31 New Buy0.53%$77.02 - $89.43 $ 108.8844%175700
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2012-03-31 Sold Out 0.2%$77.02 - $89.43 $ 108.8844%0
Mario Gabelli 2012-03-31 Reduce -72.73%$77.02 - $89.43 $ 108.8844%3000
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2011-12-31 New Buy0.2%$62.47 - $80.22 $ 108.8851%577831
Mario Gabelli 2011-12-31 Reduce -56%0.01%$62.47 - $80.22 $ 108.8851%11000
Ron Baron 2011-09-30 Add 28.48%0.08%$58.5 - $70.72 $ 108.8866%797835
Ron Baron 2011-06-30 Add 221.16%0.17%$65.8 - $69.97 $ 108.8862%620993
Mario Gabelli 2011-06-30 Add 26.32%$65.8 - $69.97 $ 108.8862%24000
Daniel Loeb 2011-03-31 Sold Out 1.33%$60.87 - $66.78 $ 108.8872%0
Mario Gabelli 2011-03-31 Reduce -92.92%0.13%$60.87 - $66.78 $ 108.8872%19000
John Paulson 2011-03-31 Sold Out 0.11%$60.87 - $66.78 $ 108.8872%0
Ron Baron 2011-03-31 New Buy0.07%$60.87 - $66.78 $ 108.8872%193359
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2011-03-31 Sold Out $60.87 - $66.78 $ 108.8872%0
Michael Price 2011-03-31 Sold Out $60.87 - $66.78 $ 108.8872%0
Richard Perry 2011-03-31 Sold Out $60.87 - $66.78 $ 108.8872%0
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 23.50
ARG's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
57% of the 1566 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 20.10 vs. ARG: 23.50 )
ARG' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.71   Max: 27.99
Current: 23.5

8.71
27.99
P/B 4.50
ARG's P/B is ranked lower than
71% of the 1848 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.55 vs. ARG: 4.50 )
ARG' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.4   Max: 4.9
Current: 4.5

1.4
4.9
P/S 1.61
ARG's P/S is ranked lower than
62% of the 1931 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.94 vs. ARG: 1.61 )
ARG' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.52   Max: 1.69
Current: 1.61

0.52
1.69
PFCF 22.70
ARG's PFCF is ranked higher than
55% of the 1029 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 18.91 vs. ARG: 22.70 )
ARG' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 9.53   Max: 289.38
Current: 22.7

9.53
289.38
EV-to-EBIT 16.70
ARG's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
55% of the 1645 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 14.87 vs. ARG: 16.70 )
ARG' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.5   Max: 18
Current: 16.7

7.5
18
PEG 2.50
ARG's PEG is ranked higher than
54% of the 825 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.90 vs. ARG: 2.50 )
ARG' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 42.24
Current: 2.5

0.38
42.24
Shiller P/E 29.60
ARG's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
54% of the 813 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 22.80 vs. ARG: 29.60 )
ARG' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 13.48   Max: 46.91
Current: 29.6

13.48
46.91

Dividend & Buy Back

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history
Dividend Yield 1.77
ARG's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
58% of the 1414 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. ARG: 1.77 )
ARG' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 2.07
Current: 1.77

0.21
2.07
Dividend Payout 0.40
ARG's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
51% of the 1151 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.31 vs. ARG: 0.40 )
ARG' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 0.46
Current: 0.4

0.13
0.46
Dividend growth (3y) 28.20
ARG's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
92% of the 730 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. ARG: 28.20 )
ARG' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 39.5
Current: 28.2

0
39.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 6.61
ARG's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
94% of the 1454 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. ARG: 6.61 )
ARG' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.77   Max: 7.6
Current: 6.61

0.77
7.6
Share Buyback Rate 2.20
ARG's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
93% of the 1184 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: -0.70 vs. ARG: 2.20 )
ARG' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 2.2   Max: -3.9
Current: 2.2

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 35.00
ARG's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
86% of the 1700 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. ARG: 35.00 )
ARG' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 6.29   Max: 134.72
Current: 35

6.29
134.72
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.00
ARG's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked lower than
55% of the 801 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. ARG: 2.00 )
ARG' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.8   Max: 3.15
Current: 2

0.8
3.15
Price/Median PS Value 1.50
ARG's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
62% of the 1775 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. ARG: 1.50 )
ARG' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 1.57
Current: 1.5

0.23
1.57
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.00
ARG's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
51% of the 397 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. ARG: 2.00 )
ARG' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.47   Max: 4.31
Current: 2

0.47
4.31
Price/Graham Number 6.00
ARG's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
80% of the 1423 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. ARG: 6.00 )
ARG' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 2.1   Max: 13.18
Current: 6

2.1
13.18
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.00
ARG's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
59% of the 1744 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 6.70 vs. ARG: 6.00 )
ARG' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5.5   Max: 13.3
Current: 6

5.5
13.3
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 13.31
ARG's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
84% of the 1136 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 4.73 vs. ARG: 13.31 )
ARG' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 2.7   Max: 29.5
Current: 13.31

2.7
29.5

Business Description

Industry: Industrial Products » Diversified Industrials
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Airgas, Inc. is a distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and related products. The Company has two reporting business segments, Distribution and All Other Operations. The Distribution business segment's products include industrial, medical and specialty gases sold in packaged and bulk quantities, as well as hardgoods. The Company's air separation production facilities and national specialty gas labs produce gases that are sold by the Distribution segment's business units. Gas sales include nitrogen, oxygen, argon, helium, hydrogen, welding and fuel gases such as acetylene, propylene and propane, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, ultra high purity grades, special application blends and process chemicals. Within the Distribution business segment, the Company also recognizes rent revenue derived from the rental of its gas cylinders, cryogenic liquid containers, bulk storage tanks, tube trailers and welding-related and other equipment The All Other Operations business segment consists of six business units. The main products produced and supplied are carbon dioxide, dry ice (solid form of carbon dioxide), nitrous oxide, ammonia and refrigerant gases. Customers for carbon dioxide and dry ice include food processors, food service businesses, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and wholesale trade and grocery outlets. Nitrous oxide is used as an anesthetic in the medical and dental fields, as a propellant in the packaged food business and in the manufacturing process of certain electronics industries. Airgas The Company is a distributor of anhydrous and aqua ammonia. Industrial ammonia applications mainly include the abatement of nitrogen oxide compounds in the utilities industry (DeNOx), chemical processing, commercial refrigeration, water treatment and metal treatment. Refrigerants are used in a variety of commercial and consumer freezing and cooling applications. The Company purchases and distributes refrigerants and provides technical and refrigerant reclamation services. It markets these products to its diversified customer base through multiple sales channels including branch-based sales representatives, retail stores, strategic customer account programs, telesales, catalogs, eBusiness and independent distributors. The Company's registered trademarks are 'Airgas,' 'National Carbonation,' 'Airgas Total Access,' 'Airgas Retail Solutions,' 'AcuGrav,' 'AIR BOSS,' 'Aspen,' 'Aspen Refrigerants,' 'Any Refrigerant, Any Place, Any Time,' 'For All Your Refrigerant Needs,' 'Radnor,' 'Gold Gas,' 'SteelMIX,' 'StainMIX,' 'AluMIX,' 'Outlook,' 'Ny-Trous+,' 'Red-D-Arc,' 'RED-D-ARC WELDERENTALS,' 'Gaspro,' 'GAIN,' 'MasterCut,' 'Walk- O2 -Bout,' 'Airgas Puritan Medical,' 'Penguin Brand Dry Ice,' 'Kangaroo Kart,' 'National Farm and Shop,' 'National/HEF,' 'UNAMIX,' 'UNAMIG Xtra,' 'UNAMIG Six,' 'FreezeRight,' 'Reklaim,' 'Safe-T-Cyl,' 'StatusChecker,' 'Smart-Logic,' 'When You're Ready To Weld,' '

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