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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
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.43
ASH's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
67% of the 1110 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.38 vs. ASH: 0.43 )
ASH' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 26.45
Current: 0.43

0.02
26.45
Equity to Asset 0.33
ASH's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
54% of the 1102 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.51 vs. ASH: 0.33 )
ASH' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 0.56
Current: 0.33

0.24
0.56
Interest Coverage 0.28
ASH's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
64% of the 738 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 21.02 vs. ASH: 0.28 )
ASH' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 16.62
Current: 0.28

0.28
16.62
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 1.92
M-Score: -2.90
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 : 6/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 1.25
ASH's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 1122 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.85 vs. ASH: 1.25 )
ASH' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 15.88
Current: 1.25

0.73
15.88
Net-margin (%) 3.55
ASH's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 1122 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.99 vs. ASH: 3.55 )
ASH' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 27.47
Current: 3.55

0.21
27.47
ROE (%) 5.32
ASH's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 1102 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 7.11 vs. ASH: 5.32 )
ASH' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 0.64   Max: 62.19
Current: 5.32

0.64
62.19
ROA (%) 1.96
ASH's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 1123 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.75 vs. ASH: 1.96 )
ASH' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.2   Max: 27.99
Current: 1.96

0.2
27.99
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 2.15
ASH's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
52% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 10.06 vs. ASH: 2.15 )
ASH' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 1.28   Max: 41.32
Current: 2.15

1.28
41.32
Revenue Growth (%) -1.20
ASH's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
52% of the 954 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. ASH: -1.20 )
ASH' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -22.1   Max: 12.8
Current: -1.2

-22.1
12.8
EBITDA Growth (%) 1.40
ASH's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 883 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. ASH: 1.40 )
ASH' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -39.6   Max: 50.2
Current: 1.4

-39.6
50.2
EPS Growth (%) 9.90
ASH's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 798 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. ASH: 9.90 )
ASH' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -54   Max: 310.2
Current: 9.9

-54
310.2
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Guru Trades

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%)
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Q1 2014

ASH Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Michael Price 25,000 sh (New)
Daniel Loeb 750,000 sh (New)
Richard Pzena 25,600 sh (New)
Lee Ainslie 2,218,776 sh (New)
George Soros 167,777 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 211,844 sh (+4470.53%)
Joel Greenblatt 80,712 sh (+13.11%)
Robert Bruce 25,000 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 173,362 sh (-1.14%)
Jim Simons 151,175 sh (-29.38%)
John Keeley 215,848 sh (-55.45%)
Ray Dalio 2,190 sh (-71.92%)
Paul Tudor Jones 3,467 sh (-96.53%)
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Q2 2014

ASH Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 77,473 sh (+2134.58%)
Richard Pzena 71,675 sh (+179.98%)
Jim Simons 355,175 sh (+134.94%)
Daniel Loeb 1,000,000 sh (+33.33%)
Ray Dalio 2,190 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 596,600 sh (unchged)
Robert Bruce 25,000 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
George Soros Sold Out
Michael Price Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 167,962 sh (-3.11%)
John Keeley 134,756 sh (-37.57%)
Lee Ainslie 1,251,409 sh (-43.6%)
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Q3 2014

ASH Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Leon Cooperman 360,087 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 5,836 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 123,375 sh (+59.25%)
Richard Pzena 108,375 sh (+51.2%)
Robert Bruce 25,000 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Daniel Loeb Sold Out
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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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ASH

(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
Daniel Loeb 2014-09-30 Sold Out 1.3%$99.46 - $109.37 $ 116.339%0
Leon Cooperman 2014-09-30 New Buy0.55%$99.46 - $109.37 $ 116.339%360087
Lee Ainslie 2014-09-30 Reduce -12.13%0.24%$99.46 - $109.37 $ 116.339%1099643
Richard Pzena 2014-09-30 Add 51.2%0.02%$99.46 - $109.37 $ 116.339%108375
Joel Greenblatt 2014-09-30 New Buy0.01%$99.46 - $109.37 $ 116.339%5836
Ray Dalio 2014-09-30 Sold Out $99.46 - $109.37 $ 116.339%0
Lee Ainslie 2014-06-30 Reduce -43.6%1.35%$94.42 - $108.16 $ 116.3314%1251409
Daniel Loeb 2014-06-30 Add 33.33%0.32%$94.42 - $108.16 $ 116.3314%1000000
Michael Price 2014-06-30 Sold Out 0.3%$94.42 - $108.16 $ 116.3314%0
George Soros 2014-06-30 Sold Out 0.16%$94.42 - $108.16 $ 116.3314%0
John Keeley 2014-06-30 Reduce -37.57%0.14%$94.42 - $108.16 $ 116.3314%134756
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Sold Out 0.12%$94.42 - $108.16 $ 116.3314%0
Richard Pzena 2014-06-30 Add 179.98%0.03%$94.42 - $108.16 $ 116.3314%71675
Lee Ainslie 2014-03-31 New Buy3.1%$89.09 - $100.12 $ 116.3321%2218776
Daniel Loeb 2014-03-31 New Buy1.1%$89.09 - $100.12 $ 116.3321%750000
John Keeley 2014-03-31 Reduce -55.45%0.44%$89.09 - $100.12 $ 116.3321%215848
Michael Price 2014-03-31 New Buy0.3%$89.09 - $100.12 $ 116.3321%25000
George Soros 2014-03-31 New Buy0.16%$89.09 - $100.12 $ 116.3321%167777
Richard Pzena 2014-03-31 New Buy0.02%$89.09 - $100.12 $ 116.3321%25600
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 Reduce -71.92%$89.09 - $100.12 $ 116.3321%2190
David Tepper 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.25%$85.09 - $97.05 $ 116.3328%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 New Buy0.16%$85.09 - $97.05 $ 116.3328%71358
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Add 39.29%$85.09 - $97.05 $ 116.3328%7800
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 38.90
ASH's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
64% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 25.90 vs. ASH: 38.90 )
ASH' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 1.94   Max: 297.28
Current: 38.9

1.94
297.28
P/B 2.50
ASH's P/B is ranked higher than
59% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.83 vs. ASH: 2.50 )
ASH' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 2.55
Current: 2.5

0.12
2.55
P/S 1.40
ASH's P/S is ranked higher than
62% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.01 vs. ASH: 1.40 )
ASH' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.05   Max: 1.4
Current: 1.4

0.05
1.4
PFCF 27.00
ASH's PFCF is ranked higher than
79% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 70.88 vs. ASH: 27.00 )
ASH' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 1.23   Max: 927.5
Current: 27

1.23
927.5
EV-to-EBIT 120.29
ASH's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
53% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 19.49 vs. ASH: 120.29 )
ASH' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -0.9   Max: 130.3
Current: 120.29

-0.9
130.3
Shiller P/E 34.70
ASH's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
76% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 54.17 vs. ASH: 34.70 )
ASH' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 35.19
Current: 34.7

0.73
35.19
Current Ratio 2.11
ASH's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
77% of the 1116 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.75 vs. ASH: 2.11 )
ASH' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.2   Max: 2.84
Current: 2.11

1.2
2.84
Quick Ratio 1.66
ASH's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
80% of the 1116 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. ASH: 1.66 )
ASH' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.88   Max: 2.31
Current: 1.66

0.88
2.31

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 1.20
ASH's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
65% of the 882 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. ASH: 1.20 )
ASH' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.47   Max: 15.23
Current: 1.2

0.47
15.23
Dividend Payout 1.46
ASH's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
54% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. ASH: 1.46 )
ASH' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.04   Max: 11.04
Current: 1.46

0.04
11.04
Dividend growth (3y) 27.90
ASH's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
93% of the 583 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. ASH: 27.90 )
ASH' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -35.2   Max: 38.7
Current: 27.9

-35.2
38.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.79
ASH's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
84% of the 895 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.05 vs. ASH: 4.79 )
ASH' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.88   Max: 60.8
Current: 4.79

1.88
60.8
Share Buyback Rate 0.80
ASH's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
87% of the 669 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. ASH: 0.80 )
ASH' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 5.2   Max: -8
Current: 0.8

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.40
ASH's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
80% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.91 vs. ASH: 1.40 )
ASH' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 1.31
Current: 1.4

0.38
1.31
Price/Median PS Value 2.40
ASH's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
55% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. ASH: 2.40 )
ASH' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 2.15
Current: 2.4

0.26
2.15
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 18.50
ASH's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
85% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ASH: 18.50 )
ASH' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 21.25
Current: 18.5

0.38
21.25
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 0.80
ASH's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
51% of the 1108 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. ASH: 0.80 )
ASH' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.8   Max: 66.2
Current: 0.8

0.8
66.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 7.83
ASH's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
77% of the 710 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.67 vs. ASH: 7.83 )
ASH' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -16.8   Max: 36.9
Current: 7.83

-16.8
36.9

Analyst Estimate

Sep15 Sep16 Sep17
Revenue(Mil) 6,174 6,373
EPS($) 7.48 8.46 6.05
EPS without NRI($) 7.48 8.46 6.05

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. The Company is a 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 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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