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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
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.03
ARG's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
65% of the 1441 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. ARG: 0.03 )
ARG' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 0.05
Current: 0.03

0.02
0.05
Equity to Asset 0.35
ARG's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
51% of the 1261 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. ARG: 0.35 )
ARG' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 0.41
Current: 0.35

0.24
0.41
Interest Coverage 8.37
ARG's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
51% of the 801 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 22.96 vs. ARG: 8.37 )
ARG' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.79   Max: 8.51
Current: 8.37

1.79
8.51
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 2.98
M-Score: -2.70
WACC vs ROIC
6.60%
9.43%
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 : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 12.22
ARG's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 1429 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.82 vs. ARG: 12.22 )
ARG' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 6.63   Max: 12.43
Current: 12.22

6.63
12.43
Net-margin (%) 7.00
ARG's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1431 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.97 vs. ARG: 7.00 )
ARG' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -0.64   Max: 6.92
Current: 7

-0.64
6.92
ROE (%) 19.15
ARG's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 1416 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 7.86 vs. ARG: 19.15 )
ARG' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -2.08   Max: 20.77
Current: 19.15

-2.08
20.77
ROA (%) 6.29
ARG's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1451 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.83 vs. ARG: 6.29 )
ARG' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -0.63   Max: 6.23
Current: 6.29

-0.63
6.23
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 17.65
ARG's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1443 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 10.62 vs. ARG: 17.65 )
ARG' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 11.44   Max: 23.44
Current: 17.65

11.44
23.44
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 10.70
ARG's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1167 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. ARG: 10.70 )
ARG' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0.8   Max: 19.8
Current: 10.7

0.8
19.8
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 13.80
ARG's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 1063 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.20 vs. ARG: 13.80 )
ARG' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -4.6   Max: 24.4
Current: 13.8

-4.6
24.4
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 16.90
ARG's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 978 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. ARG: 16.90 )
ARG' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -9.7   Max: 36.6
Current: 16.9

-9.7
36.6
» ARG's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

ARG Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Louis Moore Bacon 7,670 sh (New)
Columbia Wanger 1,200,000 sh (+75.18%)
Murray Stahl 7,301 sh (+52.07%)
Joel Greenblatt 24,595 sh (+37.88%)
Ron Baron 460,350 sh (+0.20%)
Chuck Royce 9,360 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 617,511 sh (-1.35%)
Bill Frels 3,000 sh (-18.92%)
Steven Cohen 2,447 sh (-37.10%)
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Q2 2014

ARG Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jim Simons 107,900 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 35,000 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 31,201 sh (+26.86%)
Columbia Wanger 1,211,000 sh (+0.92%)
Chuck Royce 9,360 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 7,255 sh (-0.63%)
Ron Baron 444,972 sh (-3.34%)
Pioneer Investments 572,775 sh (-7.24%)
Bill Frels 2,000 sh (-33.33%)
Louis Moore Bacon 3,500 sh (-54.37%)
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Q3 2014

ARG Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Eric Mindich 264,866 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 7,155 sh (+104.43%)
Murray Stahl 7,365 sh (+1.52%)
Columbia Wanger 1,211,000 sh (unchged)
Bill Frels 2,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 422,037 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 9,360 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt 30,889 sh (-1.00%)
Ron Baron 438,299 sh (-1.50%)
Jim Simons 91,500 sh (-15.20%)
Paul Tudor Jones 10,000 sh (-71.43%)
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Q4 2014

ARG Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Ron Baron 439,860 sh (+0.36%)
Chuck Royce 9,360 sh (unchged)
Bill Frels 2,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Eric Mindich Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Murray Stahl 7,303 sh (-0.84%)
Columbia Wanger 1,142,000 sh (-5.70%)
Pioneer Investments 346,920 sh (-17.80%)
Louis Moore Bacon 3,000 sh (-58.07%)
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Ratios

vs
industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 21.90
ARG's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
73% of the 1593 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 31.30 vs. ARG: 21.90 )
ARG' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.71   Max: 27.99
Current: 21.9

8.71
27.99
Forward P/E 19.80
ARG's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
81% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ARG: 19.80 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 21.60
ARG's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 31.20 vs. ARG: 21.60 )
ARG' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 8.71   Max: 28.05
Current: 21.6

8.71
28.05
P/B 3.80
ARG's P/B is ranked lower than
51% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.26 vs. ARG: 3.80 )
ARG' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.4   Max: 4.9
Current: 3.8

1.4
4.9
P/S 1.51
ARG's P/S is ranked higher than
55% of the 1593 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.22 vs. ARG: 1.51 )
ARG' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.52   Max: 1.71
Current: 1.51

0.52
1.71
PFCF 29.90
ARG's PFCF is ranked higher than
76% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 158.30 vs. ARG: 29.90 )
ARG' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 9.53   Max: 289.38
Current: 29.9

9.53
289.38
POCF 11.31
ARG's POCF is ranked higher than
77% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 17.03 vs. ARG: 11.31 )
ARG' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 3.89   Max: 21.44
Current: 11.31

3.89
21.44
EV-to-EBIT 15.96
ARG's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
77% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 23.80 vs. ARG: 15.96 )
ARG' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.5   Max: 18
Current: 15.96

7.5
18
PEG 2.18
ARG's PEG is ranked higher than
89% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ARG: 2.18 )
ARG' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 13.29
Current: 2.18

0.38
13.29
Shiller P/E 27.20
ARG's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
79% of the 1593 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ARG: 27.20 )
ARG' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 13.55   Max: 39.18
Current: 27.2

13.55
39.18
Current Ratio 1.21
ARG's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
53% of the 1273 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.73 vs. ARG: 1.21 )
ARG' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.84   Max: 2.35
Current: 1.21

0.84
2.35
Quick Ratio 0.80
ARG's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
51% of the 1273 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. ARG: 0.80 )
ARG' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.43   Max: 1.6
Current: 0.8

0.43
1.6
Days Inventory 75.81
ARG's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
64% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 73.05 vs. ARG: 75.81 )
ARG' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 54.96   Max: 77.38
Current: 75.81

54.96
77.38
Days Sales Outstanding 47.97
ARG's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
81% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 69.83 vs. ARG: 47.97 )
ARG' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 14.57   Max: 52.61
Current: 47.97

14.57
52.61

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 2.09
ARG's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
63% of the 1116 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.72 vs. ARG: 2.09 )
ARG' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.58   Max: 2.07
Current: 2.09

0.58
2.07
Dividend Payout 0.44
ARG's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
72% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.74 vs. ARG: 0.44 )
ARG' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 0.47
Current: 0.44

0.13
0.47
Dividend growth (3y) 23.90
ARG's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
93% of the 737 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.30 vs. ARG: 23.90 )
ARG' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 39.5
Current: 23.9

0
39.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 7.19
ARG's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
94% of the 1123 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.01 vs. ARG: 7.19 )
ARG' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.99   Max: 7.08
Current: 7.19

1.99
7.08
Share Buyback Rate 4.20
ARG's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
94% of the 814 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. ARG: 4.20 )
ARG' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 4.2   Max: -3.9
Current: 4.2

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 15.10
ARG's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
56% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.92 vs. ARG: 15.10 )
ARG' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 6.29   Max: 134.72
Current: 15.1

6.29
134.72
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.70
ARG's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
84% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ARG: 1.70 )
ARG' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.77   Max: 3.15
Current: 1.7

0.77
3.15
Price/Median PS Value 1.30
ARG's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
69% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.34 vs. ARG: 1.30 )
ARG' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 1.44
Current: 1.3

0.21
1.44
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.60
ARG's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
95% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ARG: 1.60 )
ARG' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.48   Max: 4.37
Current: 1.6

0.48
4.37
Price/Graham Number 3.80
ARG's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
66% of the 1594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.70 vs. ARG: 3.80 )
ARG' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 2.1   Max: 13.18
Current: 3.8

2.1
13.18
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.30
ARG's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
73% of the 1424 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.80 vs. ARG: 6.30 )
ARG' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5.5   Max: 13.3
Current: 6.3

5.5
13.3
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 16.29
ARG's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
89% of the 795 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. ARG: 16.29 )
ARG' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 8.6   Max: 30
Current: 16.29

8.6
30

Analyst Estimate

Mar15 Mar16 Mar17 Mar18
Revenue(Mil) 5,330 5,612 6,138 6,439
EPS($) 4.89 5.33 6.40 6.75
EPS without NRI($) 4.89 5.33 6.40 6.75

Business Description

Industry: Chemicals » Chemicals
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Traded in other countries:AAS.Germany,
Airgas Inc is a supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and related products. The Company is a producer of atmospheric gases, carbon dioxide, dry ice and nitrous oxide, suppliers of safety products, and a U.S. supplier of refrigerants, ammonia products and process chemicals. Its production network and supply agreements, gas supply modes (from cylinders to truckload quantities to on-site pipeline supply) and national footprint make it one of the few fully-integrated industrial gas companies in the U.S. The Company also offers supply chain management services and solutions, and product and process technical support across many diverse customer segments. The Company markets its products and services through multiple sales channels, including branch-based sales representatives, retail stores, strategic customer account programs, telesales, catalogs, e-Business and independent distributors. The Company has two business segments, Distribution and All Other Operations. The businesses within the Distribution business segment offer a portfolio of related gas and hardgoods products and services to the end customers. Its products include industrial, medical and specialty gases sold in packaged and bulk quantities, as well as hardgoods. The Company's air separation facilities and national specialty gas labs primarily produce gases that are sold by the various regional and other business units within the Distribution business segment as part of the complementary suite of similar products and services for the Company's customers. Gas sales primarily include: atmospheric gases including nitrogen, oxygen and argon; helium; hydrogen; welding and fuel gases such as acetylene, propylene and propane; carbon dioxide; nitrous oxide; ultra high purity grades of various gases; 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 which primarily manufacture and/or distribute carbon dioxide, dry ice, nitrous oxide, ammonia and refrigerant gases. Its products produced and/or supplied are carbon dioxide, dry ice (carbon dioxide in solid form), nitrous oxide, ammonia and refrigerant gases. Its business units are Carbon Dioxide & Dry Ice, Nitrous Oxide, Ammonia Products and Refrigerants.

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