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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 : 9/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.33
ATU's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
53% of the 1947 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.42 vs. ATU: 0.33 )
ATU' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: 0.41
Current: 0.33

0
0.41
Equity to Asset 0.56
ATU's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
69% of the 1955 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.51 vs. ATU: 0.56 )
ATU' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.46   Max: 0.56
Current: 0.56

-0.46
0.56
Interest Coverage 7.66
ATU's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
52% of the 1225 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 29.39 vs. ATU: 7.66 )
ATU' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.46   Max: 7.66
Current: 7.66

1.46
7.66
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 3.71
M-Score: -2.04
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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Operating margin (%) 14.86
ATU's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 1955 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 6.03 vs. ATU: 14.86 )
ATU' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 5.28   Max: 15.36
Current: 14.86

5.28
15.36
Net-margin (%) 2.35
ATU's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
56% of the 1955 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 4.34 vs. ATU: 2.35 )
ATU' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -0.56   Max: 9.99
Current: 2.35

-0.56
9.99
ROE (%) 2.78
ATU's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
54% of the 1938 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 7.13 vs. ATU: 2.78 )
ATU' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 1.84   Max: 109.59
Current: 2.78

1.84
109.59
ROA (%) 1.42
ATU's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
54% of the 1960 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 3.42 vs. ATU: 1.42 )
ATU' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -0.88   Max: 16.09
Current: 1.42

-0.88
16.09
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 33.90
ATU's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 1954 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 13.42 vs. ATU: 33.90 )
ATU' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 23.49   Max: 182.23
Current: 33.9

23.49
182.23
Revenue Growth (%) 3.10
ATU's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 1725 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 3.70 vs. ATU: 3.10 )
ATU' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -41.4   Max: 28.2
Current: 3.1

-41.4
28.2
EBITDA Growth (%) 11.50
ATU's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1501 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. ATU: 11.50 )
ATU' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -37.3   Max: 40.3
Current: 11.5

-37.3
40.3
EPS Growth (%) 26.90
ATU's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 1343 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 4.30 vs. ATU: 26.90 )
ATU' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -34.2   Max: 57.5
Current: 26.9

-34.2
57.5
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

ATU Guru Trades in Q3 2013

John Keeley 1,151,702 sh (New)
Jim Simons 196,100 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 4,600 sh (unchged)
Richard Pzena 859,336 sh (-24.68%)
Joel Greenblatt 6,771 sh (-83.27%)
Steven Cohen 5,559 sh (-97.14%)
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Q4 2013

ATU Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 6,540 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 211,028 sh (+3696.15%)
Jim Simons 669,700 sh (+241.51%)
Joel Greenblatt 12,510 sh (+84.76%)
John Keeley 1,325,372 sh (+15.08%)
Chuck Royce 4,600 sh (unchged)
Richard Pzena 793,849 sh (-7.62%)
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Q1 2014

ATU Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Third Avenue Management 435,210 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 16,021 sh (+144.97%)
Richard Pzena 1,090,284 sh (+37.34%)
John Keeley 1,377,732 sh (+3.95%)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Chuck Royce Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Jim Simons 355,400 sh (-46.93%)
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Q2 2014

ATU Guru Trades in Q2 2014

NWQ Managers 157,153 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 18,500 sh (New)
Third Avenue Management 739,062 sh (+69.82%)
Richard Pzena 1,113,707 sh (+2.15%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
John Keeley 1,282,452 sh (-6.92%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ATU

(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
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$32.48 - $37.03 $ 33.64-3%0
John Keeley 2013-12-31 Add 15.08%0.11%$36.15 - $39.09 $ 33.64-12%1325372
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Add 84.76%0.01%$36.15 - $39.09 $ 33.64-12%12510
John Keeley 2013-09-30 New Buy0.82%$34.02 - $39.44 $ 33.64-7%1151702
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Reduce -83.27%0.05%$34.02 - $39.44 $ 33.64-7%6771
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Reduce -44.25%0.05%$29.4 - $34.33 $ 33.645%40462
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Reduce -23.94%0.04%$27.91 - $31.77 $ 33.6412%72578
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Add 50.72%0.05%$25.71 - $29.6 $ 33.6420%95426
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Add 223.27%0.08%$24.39 - $29.53 $ 33.6426%60050
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 New Buy0.05%$22.87 - $29.68 $ 33.6435%18576
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0492%$17.83 - $27.59 $ 33.6454%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 New Buy0.05%$22.67 - $28.65 $ 33.6431%13126
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Guru Investment Theses on Actuant Corp

Third Avenue Management Comments on Actuant - Jun 20, 2014

We view Wisconsin-based Actuant (ATU) as an industrial “miniconglomerate” distinguished by its operational strength, broadly respected brands and deep distributor relationships. Historically acquisitive, the company manufactures highly specialized industrial products, everything from hydraulic tools for the construction, rail and power generation industries, to pipeline connectors and concrete tensioners for the oil and gas industry, to smaller motion control systems used by truck, auto andWe view Wisconsin-based actuant as an industrial “miniconglomerate” distinguished by its operational strength, broadly respected brands and deep distributor relationships. Historically acquisitive, the company manufactures highly specialized industrial products, everything from hydraulic tools for the construction, rail and power generation industries, to pipeline connectors and concrete tensioners for the oil and gas industry, to smaller motion control systems used by truck, auto and agricultural vehicle Original Equipment Manufacturers (“OEMs”). Management’s efforts to diversify the business have expanded the company’s presence into 30 countries, dampened the cyclicality of many of its industrial end markets and provided an entre into the rapidly evolving energy sectors where long-term growth prospects appear robust.

actuant’s shares appear to have fallen out of favor, however, owing to (i) sluggish top-line results in the industrial segment and disappointing margins within the energy group, as reported in the company’s most recent fiscal quarter; (ii) lingering doubts about the sustainability of acquisition-led growth (management recently had to write-down some of the goodwill on the company’s balance sheet); and (iii) uncertainty created by the start of a recent management transition.

While we acknowledge these challenges, we believe the valuation has been overly-discounted in the public markets, that recent results are not indicative of longerterm prospects and that markets ignore a number of important elements relevant to an investment in the company’s stock, including:

• Management has generally been viewed as good capital allocators and has not been afraid to change course when the circumstances so required. For example, they recently divested the company’s lower-margin, commoditized electrical business at a reasonable valuation, while using the sale proceeds to both pay down debt and repurchase stock at what we consider attractive levels.

• The company’s financial strength, the best in years, ought to provide wide flexibility for growth initiatives as well as for returns of capital via share repurchases and dividends.

• The company consistently generates high quality earnings as reflected by the company’s prodigious cash generation. Management’s internal incentives, anchored to cash generation and returns on capital, only serve to reinforce this characteristic.

• at current levels, which approximate the Fund’s cost basis, shares trade at a reasonably attractive 7.5% free cash flow yield (pre-acquisition spending), a level which we feel provides adequate downside protection and translates to a roughly 15% to 25% discount to intrinsic value.

The company’s many strengths, which we feel vastly outweigh any of the noted setbacks, along with recently sluggish share performance, could easily attract the attention of a strategic or financial buyer.



From Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio)'s second quarter 2014 shareholder letter.

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Top Ranked Articles about Actuant Corp

Third Avenue Management Comments on Actuant
We view Wisconsin-based Actuant (ATU) as an industrial “miniconglomerate” distinguished by its operational strength, broadly respected brands and deep distributor relationships. Historically acquisitive, the company manufactures highly specialized industrial products, everything from hydraulic tools for the construction, rail and power generation industries, to pipeline connectors and concrete tensioners for the oil and gas industry, to smaller motion control systems used by truck, auto andWe view Wisconsin-based actuant as an industrial “miniconglomerate” distinguished by its operational strength, broadly respected brands and deep distributor relationships. Historically acquisitive, the company manufactures highly specialized industrial products, everything from hydraulic tools for the construction, rail and power generation industries, to pipeline connectors and concrete tensioners for the oil and gas industry, to smaller motion control systems used by truck, auto and agricultural vehicle Original Equipment Manufacturers (“OEMs”). Management’s efforts to diversify the business have expanded the company’s presence into 30 countries, dampened the cyclicality of many Read more...

Ratios

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industry
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P/E(ttm) 13.40
ATU's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
86% of the 2042 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 24.00 vs. ATU: 13.40 )
ATU' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 5.67   Max: 130.26
Current: 13.4

5.67
130.26
P/B 2.21
ATU's P/B is ranked higher than
54% of the 2042 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.81 vs. ATU: 2.21 )
ATU' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.78   Max: 159.69
Current: 2.21

0.78
159.69
P/S 1.82
ATU's P/S is ranked lower than
54% of the 2042 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. ATU: 1.82 )
ATU' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.33   Max: 2.11
Current: 1.82

0.33
2.11
PFCF 22.50
ATU's PFCF is ranked higher than
78% of the 2042 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ATU: 22.50 )
ATU' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.79   Max: 56.11
Current: 22.5

4.79
56.11
EV-to-EBIT 13.29
ATU's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
78% of the 2042 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 17.27 vs. ATU: 13.29 )
ATU' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.7   Max: 29.4
Current: 13.29

6.7
29.4
PEG 1.06
ATU's PEG is ranked higher than
89% of the 2042 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ATU: 1.06 )
ATU' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 30.39
Current: 1.06

0.28
30.39
Shiller P/E 31.32
ATU's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
75% of the 2042 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 243.13 vs. ATU: 31.32 )
ATU' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 5.96   Max: 41.92
Current: 31.32

5.96
41.92
Current Ratio 2.06
ATU's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
69% of the 1647 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.84 vs. ATU: 2.06 )
ATU' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.11   Max: 2.66
Current: 2.06

1.11
2.66
Quick Ratio 1.47
ATU's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
70% of the 1647 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.31 vs. ATU: 1.47 )
ATU' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 2.2
Current: 1.47

0.6
2.2

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 0.12
ATU's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
95% of the 1516 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.51 vs. ATU: 0.12 )
ATU' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 0.25
Current: 0.12

0.1
0.25
Dividend Payout 0.02
ATU's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
100% of the 2042 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.59 vs. ATU: 0.02 )
ATU' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 0.24
Current: 0.02

0.02
0.24
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.10
ATU's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
95% of the 1546 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. ATU: 0.10 )
ATU' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 0.25
Current: 0.1

0.1
0.25
Share Buyback Rate -0.20
ATU's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
75% of the 1252 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: -0.40 vs. ATU: -0.20 )
ATU' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: -0.2   Max: -43
Current: -0.2

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 1.15
ATU's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
85% of the 2042 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 3.87 vs. ATU: 1.15 )
ATU' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.09   Max: 2.28
Current: 1.15

0.09
2.28
Price/Median PS Value 1.33
ATU's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
57% of the 2042 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. ATU: 1.33 )
ATU' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.03   Max: 1.56
Current: 1.33

0.03
1.56
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.22
ATU's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
92% of the 2042 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ATU: 1.22 )
ATU' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.09   Max: 10.4
Current: 1.22

0.09
10.4
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 7.50
ATU's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
73% of the 1846 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 6.60 vs. ATU: 7.50 )
ATU' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3.4   Max: 15
Current: 7.5

3.4
15
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 18.40
ATU's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1452 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 5.25 vs. ATU: 18.40 )
ATU' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -15.9   Max: 39.3
Current: 18.4

-15.9
39.3

Business Description

Industry: Industrial Products » Diversified Industrials
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Traded in other countries:PW9.Germany
Actuant Corporation was incorporated in 1910 as a Wisconsin corporation. The Company is a global manufacturer of a range of industrial products and systems. The Company is organized into four operating and reportable segments as follows: Industrial, Energy, Electrical and Engineered Solutions. The Industrial segment is involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure and production automation markets. The Company designs, produces and markets its industrial tools through Enerpac, Simplex, Precision Sure-Lock, Milwaukee Cylinder and TTF brand names. Enerpac is a supplier of hydraulic workholding components and systems. Workholding products hold parts in position in metal cutting machine tools during the machining process. The products are marketed through distributors to the automotive, machine tool and fixture design markets. The Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services, as well as umbilical, rope and cable solutions to the global oil & gas, power generation and energy markets under the Hydratight, D.L. Ricci, Morgrip, Cortland, FibronBX and Puget Sound Rope brand names. Energy sales and services are provided to customers in emerging markets, as well as in the North Sea, Middle East, South America, China, Asia, Gulf of Mexico and Canada. The Electrical segment is involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of a range of electrical products to the retail DIY, wholesale, original equipment manufacturer ("OEM"), utility and harsh environment markets. The Engineered Solutions segment provides highly engineered position and motion control systems to OEMs in different vehicle markets, as well as other industrial products. The Vehicle Systems product line primarily serves the truck, automotive, off-highway and specialty vehicle markets. Products include hydraulic cab-tilt and latching systems, electro-hydraulic convertible top latching and actuation systems, diesel engine air flow handling and turbocharger components and systems, as well as hydraulic leveling solutions for specialty vehicles. The Company's operations are subject to federal, state, local and foreign laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment, including those regulating discharges of hazardous materials into the air and water, the storage and disposal of such materials and the clean-up of soil and groundwater contamination.
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President and CEO of Actuant Corp Bob C. Arzbaecher Sold 98,390 Shares Jul 16 2013 
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