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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 0.09
ASH's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
65% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.68 vs. ASH: 0.09 )
ASH' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 26.45
Current: 0.09

0.01
26.45
Equity to Asset 0.39
ASH's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
54% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.56 vs. ASH: 0.39 )
ASH' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 0.58
Current: 0.39

0.23
0.58
Interest Coverage 4.55
ASH's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
55% of the 660 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 16.65 vs. ASH: 4.55 )
ASH' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.37   Max: 16.62
Current: 4.55

0.37
16.62
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 1.57
M-Score: -2.45
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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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 15.88
ASH's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 980 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.73 vs. ASH: 15.88 )
ASH' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 15.88
Current: 15.88

0.73
15.88
Net-margin (%) 8.74
ASH's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 980 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.76 vs. ASH: 8.74 )
ASH' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 27.47
Current: 8.74

0.21
27.47
ROE (%) 15.00
ASH's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 972 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.54 vs. ASH: 15.00 )
ASH' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 0.65   Max: 53.6
Current: 15

0.65
53.6
ROA (%) 5.65
ASH's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 985 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.38 vs. ASH: 5.65 )
ASH' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 29.41
Current: 5.65

0.21
29.41
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 31.32
ASH's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 981 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 10.91 vs. ASH: 31.32 )
ASH' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 2.02   Max: 42.44
Current: 31.32

2.02
42.44
Revenue Growth (%) 10.40
ASH's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 789 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. ASH: 10.40 )
ASH' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -22.1   Max: 12.8
Current: 10.4

-22.1
12.8
EBITDA Growth (%) 43.30
ASH's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 681 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. ASH: 43.30 )
ASH' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -39.6   Max: 50.2
Current: 43.3

-39.6
50.2
EPS Growth (%) 97.10
ASH's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 630 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. ASH: 97.10 )
ASH' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -54   Max: 310.2
Current: 97.1

-54
310.2
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Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

ASH Guru Trades in Q1 2013

David Tepper 193,265 sh (New)
Robert Bruce 25,000 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 25,005 sh (New)
Signature Select Canadian Fund 78,450 sh (+8.13%)
Mario Gabelli 179,962 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
John Keeley 486,583 sh (-4.74%)
Columbia Wanger 811,500 sh (-30.31%)
Steven Cohen 9,200 sh (-82.55%)
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Q2 2013

ASH Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Robert Bruce 25,000 sh (unchged)
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 175,962 sh (-2.22%)
John Keeley 471,188 sh (-3.16%)
David Tepper 173,165 sh (-10.4%)
Columbia Wanger 576,500 sh (-28.96%)
Steven Cohen 4,580 sh (-50.22%)
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Q3 2013

ASH Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Jim Simons 250,875 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 5,600 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 25,000 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 24,865 sh (+442.9%)
Steven Cohen 25,000 sh (unchged)
Robert Bruce 25,000 sh (unchged)
Signature Select Canadian Fund Sold Out
Columbia Wanger Sold Out
John Keeley 466,183 sh (-1.06%)
Mario Gabelli 173,962 sh (-1.14%)
David Tepper 169,665 sh (-2.02%)
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Q4 2013

ASH Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Joel Greenblatt 71,358 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 100,000 sh (+300%)
Ray Dalio 7,800 sh (+39.29%)
John Keeley 484,485 sh (+3.93%)
Mario Gabelli 175,362 sh (+0.8%)
Robert Bruce 25,000 sh (unchged)
David Tepper Sold Out
Jim Simons 214,075 sh (-14.67%)
Steven Cohen 4,635 sh (-81.36%)
» More
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ASH

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 New Buy0.16%$85.09 - $97.05 $ 96.766%71358
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Add 39.29%$85.09 - $97.05 $ 96.766%7800
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 New Buy$83.33 - $93.42 $ 96.7610%5600
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.77%$65.98 - $76.68 $ 96.7635%0
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2012-06-30 Reduce -31.62%0.32%$59.59 - $69.44 $ 96.7650%2840231
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2011-09-30 Add 378.94%0.68%$44.84 - $66.42 $ 96.7676%3910679
Mario Gabelli 2011-03-31 Reduce -53.33%0.13%$50.86 - $61.08 $ 96.7670%262156
George Soros 2011-03-31 Sold Out $50.86 - $61.08 $ 96.7670%0
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 11.20
ASH's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
87% of the 808 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 18.60 vs. ASH: 11.20 )
ASH' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 1.94   Max: 297.28
Current: 11.2

1.94
297.28
P/B 1.60
ASH's P/B is ranked higher than
60% of the 960 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.59 vs. ASH: 1.60 )
ASH' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 1.69
Current: 1.6

0.12
1.69
P/S 1.00
ASH's P/S is ranked higher than
56% of the 1000 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.95 vs. ASH: 1.00 )
ASH' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.05   Max: 1.02
Current: 1

0.05
1.02
PFCF 20.60
ASH's PFCF is ranked higher than
58% of the 489 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 18.82 vs. ASH: 20.60 )
ASH' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 1.23   Max: 255.86
Current: 20.6

1.23
255.86
EV-to-EBIT 8.50
ASH's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
87% of the 842 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 14.88 vs. ASH: 8.50 )
ASH' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 1.5   Max: 258.7
Current: 8.5

1.5
258.7
PEG 0.60
ASH's PEG is ranked higher than
87% of the 499 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.51 vs. ASH: 0.60 )
ASH' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 54.88
Current: 0.6

0.18
54.88
Shiller P/E 27.90
ASH's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
52% of the 442 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 22.21 vs. ASH: 27.90 )
ASH' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 35.19
Current: 27.9

0.73
35.19

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 1.40
ASH's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
57% of the 755 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. ASH: 1.40 )
ASH' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.47   Max: 15.23
Current: 1.4

0.47
15.23
Dividend Payout 0.14
ASH's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
90% of the 638 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.33 vs. ASH: 0.14 )
ASH' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 9.17
Current: 0.14

0.01
9.17
Dividend growth (3y) 35.90
ASH's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
94% of the 431 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 10.40 vs. ASH: 35.90 )
ASH' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -35.2   Max: 38.7
Current: 35.9

-35.2
38.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 7.03
ASH's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
94% of the 771 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.03 vs. ASH: 7.03 )
ASH' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 2.36   Max: 76.5
Current: 7.03

2.36
76.5
Share Buyback Rate -0.40
ASH's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
74% of the 567 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -1.00 vs. ASH: -0.40 )
ASH' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 5.2   Max: -8
Current: -0.4

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.10
ASH's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
74% of the 432 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. ASH: 1.10 )
ASH' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 1.24
Current: 1.1

0.18
1.24
Price/Median PS Value 1.60
ASH's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
70% of the 927 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. ASH: 1.60 )
ASH' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.14   Max: 1.66
Current: 1.6

0.14
1.66
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.00
ASH's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
72% of the 234 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. ASH: 1.00 )
ASH' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 44.47
Current: 1

0.21
44.47
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 11.80
ASH's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
87% of the 886 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.60 vs. ASH: 11.80 )
ASH' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 66.2
Current: 11.8

0.4
66.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 15.02
ASH's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
85% of the 594 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.16 vs. ASH: 15.02 )
ASH' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -19   Max: 30.4
Current: 15.02

-19
30.4

Business Description

Industry: Chemicals » Chemicals
Compare:BASFY, DD, SHECY, URALL, APD » details
Traded in other countries:A1H.Germany
Ashland Inc. was organized in 2004 as the successor to a Kentucky corporation of the same name organized on October 22, 1936. On June 30, 2005, Old Ashland transferred its 38% interest in Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC, now known as Marathon Petroleum Company LLC, a former joint venture with Marathon Oil Corporation to Marathon. As a result of this transaction, the Company changed its name to Ashland Inc. The Company is a global specialty chemicals Company that provides products, services and solutions that meet customer needs throughout a variety of industries. The Company's business consists of four reportable segments: Ashland Specialty Ingredients; Ashland Water Technologies; Ashland Performance Materials and Ashland Consumer Markets. Ashland Specialty Ingredients offers industry products, technologies and resources for solving formulation and product performance challenges in a variety of markets including personal care, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, coatings, construction and energy. Ashland Water Technologies is a specialty chemical supplier to the pulp, paper, mining, food and beverage, commercial and institutional, chemicals processing, general manufacturing and municipal wastewater-treatment industries. Ashland Performance Materials is a global producer of specialty resins and adhesives serving the construction, transportation, infrastructure, packaging and converting, marine and energy markets. Ashland Consumer Markets is an innovator and supplier of lubricants, automotive chemicals and appearance products, including those marketed under the Valvoline brands, and is an operator and franchisor of Valvoline Instant Oil Change centers. Consumer Markets competes with other independent fast lube chains on a national, regional or local basis, as well as automobile dealers and service stations. The Company is subject to extensive federal, state, local and foreign laws, regulations, rules and ordinances relating to pollution, protection of the environment and human health and safety, and the generation, storage, handling, treatment, disposal and remediation of hazardous substances and waste materials.

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