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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 : 6/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.29
ASH's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
67% of the 975 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.59 vs. ASH: 0.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
ASH' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.12 Max: 26.45
Current: 0.29
0.01
26.45
Equity to Asset 0.31
ASH's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
81% of the 836 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. ASH: 0.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
ASH' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.24  Med: 0.34 Max: 0.58
Current: 0.31
0.24
0.58
Interest Coverage 0.28
ASH's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
99% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 41.31 vs. ASH: 0.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
ASH' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.28  Med: 1.77 Max: 16.62
Current: 0.28
0.28
16.62
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 2.09
M-Score: -2.81
WACC vs ROIC
5.71%
6.35%
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 : 4/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 5.59
ASH's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 962 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.14 vs. ASH: 5.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
ASH' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.73  Med: 2.68 Max: 17.06
Current: 5.59
0.73
17.06
Net-margin (%) 7.19
ASH's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 962 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.59 vs. ASH: 7.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
ASH' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.21  Med: 2.71 Max: 27.47
Current: 7.19
0.21
27.47
ROE (%) 11.12
ASH's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 950 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.91 vs. ASH: 11.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
ASH' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 0.64  Med: 9.76 Max: 62.19
Current: 11.12
0.64
62.19
ROA (%) 3.82
ASH's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
54% of the 982 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.45 vs. ASH: 3.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
ASH' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.2  Med: 3.24 Max: 27.99
Current: 3.82
0.2
27.99
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 5.96
ASH's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
63% of the 977 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9.62 vs. ASH: 5.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
ASH' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 1.37  Med: 16.27 Max: 100.42
Current: 5.96
1.37
100.42
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -1.20
ASH's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
69% of the 777 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. ASH: -1.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ASH' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -22.1  Med: -2.60 Max: 12.8
Current: -1.2
-22.1
12.8
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 1.40
ASH's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
51% of the 686 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. ASH: 1.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ASH' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -39.6  Med: -4.60 Max: 50.2
Current: 1.4
-39.6
50.2
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 9.90
ASH's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 616 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. ASH: 9.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ASH' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -54  Med: -8.00 Max: 310.2
Current: 9.9
-54
310.2
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q3 2014

ASH Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Joel Greenblatt 5,836 sh (New)
Leon Cooperman 360,087 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 123,375 sh (+59.25%)
Richard Pzena 108,375 sh (+51.20%)
Robert Bruce 25,000 sh (unchged)
Daniel Loeb Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Jana Partners 5,873,406 sh (-2.53%)
John Keeley 128,061 sh (-4.97%)
Mario Gabelli 152,262 sh (-9.35%)
Lee Ainslie 1,099,643 sh (-12.13%)
Jim Simons 163,975 sh (-53.83%)
Steven Cohen 121,200 sh (-79.68%)
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Q4 2014

ASH Guru Trades in Q4 2014

George Soros 12,700 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 400,400 sh (+230.36%)
Leon Cooperman 871,287 sh (+141.97%)
Jim Simons 350,975 sh (+114.04%)
Richard Pzena 119,075 sh (+9.87%)
John Keeley 128,531 sh (+0.37%)
Robert Bruce 25,000 sh (unchged)
Lee Ainslie Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Jana Partners 5,853,539 sh (-0.34%)
Mario Gabelli 86,815 sh (-42.98%)
Paul Tudor Jones 70,000 sh (-43.26%)
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Q1 2015

ASH Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 13,360 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 63,016 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 441,580 sh (+10.28%)
Richard Pzena 119,075 sh (unchged)
Robert Bruce 25,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
George Soros Sold Out
Leon Cooperman 818,987 sh (-6.00%)
John Keeley 119,751 sh (-6.83%)
Jana Partners 5,229,983 sh (-10.65%)
Mario Gabelli 75,115 sh (-13.48%)
Paul Tudor Jones 42,733 sh (-38.95%)
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2015

ASH Guru Trades in 2015

Jana Partners Sold Out
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 20.80
ASH's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
52% of the 750 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 20.50 vs. ASH: 20.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
ASH' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 1.94  Med: 12.58 Max: 297.28
Current: 20.8
1.94
297.28
Forward P/E 14.79
ASH's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
52% of the 359 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 14.58 vs. ASH: 14.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 50.00
ASH's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
76% of the 746 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 20.40 vs. ASH: 50.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
ASH' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 1.94  Med: 19.04 Max: 375.35
Current: 50
1.94
375.35
P/B 2.73
ASH's P/B is ranked lower than
65% of the 951 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.73 vs. ASH: 2.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
ASH' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.12  Med: 1.22 Max: 2.92
Current: 2.73
0.12
2.92
P/S 1.52
ASH's P/S is ranked lower than
62% of the 1010 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.09 vs. ASH: 1.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
ASH' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.05  Med: 0.65 Max: 1.63
Current: 1.52
0.05
1.63
PFCF 17.52
ASH's PFCF is ranked higher than
59% of the 505 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 25.07 vs. ASH: 17.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
ASH' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 1.23  Med: 21.28 Max: 255.86
Current: 17.52
1.23
255.86
POCF 12.01
ASH's POCF is ranked higher than
55% of the 694 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 13.93 vs. ASH: 12.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
ASH' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 0.77  Med: 12.84 Max: 371.94
Current: 12.01
0.77
371.94
EV-to-EBIT 51.97
ASH's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
81% of the 766 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 15.87 vs. ASH: 51.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
ASH' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -0.9  Med: 13.80 Max: 258.7
Current: 51.97
-0.9
258.7
PEG 38.46
ASH's PEG is ranked lower than
94% of the 351 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.71 vs. ASH: 38.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
ASH' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.17  Med: 6.62 Max: 93.14
Current: 38.46
0.17
93.14
Shiller P/E 29.02
ASH's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
65% of the 468 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 23.34 vs. ASH: 29.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
ASH' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 0.73  Med: 8.28 Max: 34.91
Current: 29.02
0.73
34.91
Current Ratio 2.32
ASH's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
70% of the 847 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.72 vs. ASH: 2.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
ASH' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.11  Med: 1.48 Max: 3.1
Current: 2.32
1.11
3.1
Quick Ratio 1.75
ASH's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
72% of the 847 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.16 vs. ASH: 1.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
ASH' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.84  Med: 1.15 Max: 2.49
Current: 1.75
0.84
2.49
Days Inventory 66.68
ASH's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
50% of the 941 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 66.25 vs. ASH: 66.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
ASH' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 25.97  Med: 29.52 Max: 74.88
Current: 66.68
25.97
74.88
Days Sales Outstanding 64.89
ASH's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
57% of the 806 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 58.90 vs. ASH: 64.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
ASH' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 45.08  Med: 63.33 Max: 102.23
Current: 64.89
45.08
102.23

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 1.16
ASH's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
70% of the 1078 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.67 vs. ASH: 1.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
ASH' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.47  Med: 1.33 Max: 15.23
Current: 1.16
0.47
15.23
Dividend Payout 0.55
ASH's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
72% of the 685 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.33 vs. ASH: 0.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
ASH' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.22 Max: 9.17
Current: 0.55
0.01
9.17
Dividend growth (3y) 27.90
ASH's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
91% of the 414 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. ASH: 27.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
ASH' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -35.2  Med: 0.00 Max: 38.7
Current: 27.9
-35.2
38.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 5.22
ASH's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1078 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.99 vs. ASH: 5.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
ASH' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 2.12  Med: 5.99 Max: 68.55
Current: 5.22
2.12
68.55
Share Buyback Rate 0.80
ASH's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
79% of the 514 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.70 vs. ASH: 0.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
ASH' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 5.2  Med: -0.40 Max: -8
Current: 0.8

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Projected FCF 1.48
ASH's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
54% of the 445 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. ASH: 1.48 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
ASH' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.18  Med: 0.77 Max: 1.55
Current: 1.48
0.18
1.55
Price/Median PS Value 2.34
ASH's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
87% of the 920 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.26 vs. ASH: 2.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
ASH' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.13  Med: 0.57 Max: 2.44
Current: 2.34
0.13
2.44
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 9.03
ASH's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
97% of the 158 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.62 vs. ASH: 9.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
ASH' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.2  Med: 1.89 Max: 57.3
Current: 9.03
0.2
57.3
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 1.92
ASH's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
64% of the 977 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. ASH: 1.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
ASH' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 0.4  Med: 7.20 Max: 66.2
Current: 1.92
0.4
66.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 7.98
ASH's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 475 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.05 vs. ASH: 7.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
ASH' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -16.8  Med: 7.50 Max: 30.1
Current: 7.98
-16.8
30.1

Analyst Estimate

Sep15 Sep16 Sep17 Sep18
Revenue(Mil) 5,797 5,994 6,449 7,052
EPS($) 7.02 8.29 9.43 10.40
EPS without NRI($) 7.02 8.29 9.43 10.40

Business Description

Industry: Chemicals » Chemicals
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Traded in other countries:A1H.Germany,
Ashland Inc was organized in 2004. It is a specialty chemical company that provides products, services and solutions that meet customers' needs throughout a variety of industries in more than 100 countries. The Company's chemistry is used in a wide variety of markets and applications, including architectural coatings, adhesives, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care, and pharmaceutical. Its customers include pharmaceutical companies; makers of personal and home care products, food and beverages; manufacturers of paint, coatings and construction materials; packaging and converting markets; and oilfield service companies. The Company's business segments are Specialty Ingredients, Performance Materials and Valvoline. The Specialty Ingredients segment offers industry-leading products, technologies and resources for solving formulation and product-performance challenges. Specialty Ingredients uses natural, synthetic and semisynthetic polymers derived from plant and seed extract, cellulose ethers and vinyl pyrrolidones, as well as acrylic and polyurethane-based adhesives. Specialty Ingredients includes two divisions; Consumer Specialties and Industrial Specialties that offer comprehensive and innovative solutions for today's demanding consumer and industrial applications. Performance Materials comprises three divisions; Composites, Intermediates/Solvents, and Elastomers. Performance Materials is a leader in each of the markets it serves. The Valvoline is a producer and distributor of premium-branded automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, automotive chemicals and car-care products. Its competitors include Castrol†, Mobil† and Pennzoil†. 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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