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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
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Cash to Debt 0.15
ATU's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
53% of the 2458 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.73 vs. ATU: 0.15 )
ATU' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: 0.41
Current: 0.15

0
0.41
Equity to Asset 0.41
ATU's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
55% of the 2423 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. ATU: 0.41 )
ATU' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.46   Max: 0.56
Current: 0.41

-0.46
0.56
Interest Coverage 8.11
ATU's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
51% of the 1414 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 35.86 vs. ATU: 8.11 )
ATU' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.46   Max: 8.11
Current: 8.11

1.46
8.11
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 3.20
M-Score: -2.84
WACC vs ROIC
10.15%
5.29%
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 : 7/10

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Operating margin (%) 7.51
ATU's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 2463 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 6.25 vs. ATU: 7.51 )
ATU' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 6.06   Max: 16.02
Current: 7.51

6.06
16.02
Net-margin (%) 3.38
ATU's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 2463 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 4.44 vs. ATU: 3.38 )
ATU' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -0.56   Max: 11.68
Current: 3.38

-0.56
11.68
ROE (%) 4.87
ATU's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 2430 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 7.84 vs. ATU: 4.87 )
ATU' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 1.99   Max: 345.62
Current: 4.87

1.99
345.62
ROA (%) 2.50
ATU's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 2479 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 3.67 vs. ATU: 2.50 )
ATU' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -0.81   Max: 13.71
Current: 2.5

-0.81
13.71
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 29.57
ATU's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 2473 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 12.33 vs. ATU: 29.57 )
ATU' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 24.86   Max: 124.81
Current: 29.57

24.86
124.81
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 0.20
ATU's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 2103 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 3.00 vs. ATU: 0.20 )
ATU' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -27.6   Max: 20.5
Current: 0.2

-27.6
20.5
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 4.00
ATU's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 1844 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. ATU: 4.00 )
ATU' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -27.1   Max: 40.3
Current: 4

-27.1
40.3
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 5.10
ATU's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 1711 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 2.60 vs. ATU: 5.10 )
ATU' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -34.2   Max: 57.5
Current: 5.1

-34.2
57.5
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Guru Trades

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%)
Chuck Royce Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 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

Chuck Royce 18,500 sh (New)
NWQ Managers 157,153 sh (New)
Third Avenue Management 739,062 sh (+69.82%)
Richard Pzena 1,113,707 sh (+2.15%)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
John Keeley 1,282,452 sh (-6.92%)
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Q3 2014

ATU Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 11,938 sh (New)
NWQ Managers 354,002 sh (+125.26%)
Chuck Royce 31,500 sh (+70.27%)
Richard Pzena 1,484,612 sh (+33.30%)
John Keeley 1,381,082 sh (+7.69%)
Third Avenue Management 739,062 sh (unchged)
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Q4 2014

ATU Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 308,100 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 412,805 sh (New)
NWQ Managers 456,046 sh (+28.83%)
Chuck Royce 35,800 sh (+13.65%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Richard Pzena 1,446,212 sh (-2.59%)
John Keeley 512,690 sh (-62.88%)
Third Avenue Management 257,877 sh (-65.11%)
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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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P/E(ttm) 43.70
ATU's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
60% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 28.60 vs. ATU: 43.70 )
ATU' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 5.67   Max: 130.26
Current: 43.7

5.67
130.26
Forward P/E 13.97
ATU's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
89% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ATU: 13.97 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 44.10
ATU's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
65% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 28.40 vs. ATU: 44.10 )
ATU' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 5.62   Max: 51.69
Current: 44.1

5.62
51.69
P/B 2.20
ATU's P/B is ranked higher than
61% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. ATU: 2.20 )
ATU' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.78   Max: 68.48
Current: 2.2

0.78
68.48
P/S 1.16
ATU's P/S is ranked higher than
58% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. ATU: 1.16 )
ATU' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.35   Max: 2.27
Current: 1.16

0.35
2.27
PFCF 36.90
ATU's PFCF is ranked higher than
70% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 108.39 vs. ATU: 36.90 )
ATU' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.79   Max: 86.65
Current: 36.9

4.79
86.65
POCF 21.08
ATU's POCF is ranked higher than
68% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 19.72 vs. ATU: 21.08 )
ATU' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 3.55   Max: 34.47
Current: 21.08

3.55
34.47
EV-to-EBIT 18.72
ATU's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
71% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 19.91 vs. ATU: 18.72 )
ATU' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.8   Max: 28.7
Current: 18.72

6.8
28.7
PEG 3.17
ATU's PEG is ranked higher than
87% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ATU: 3.17 )
ATU' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.29   Max: 14.11
Current: 3.17

0.29
14.11
Shiller P/E 26.40
ATU's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
87% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ATU: 26.40 )
ATU' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 5.96   Max: 41.92
Current: 26.4

5.96
41.92
Current Ratio 2.21
ATU's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
76% of the 2452 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.79 vs. ATU: 2.21 )
ATU' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.16   Max: 2.66
Current: 2.21

1.16
2.66
Quick Ratio 1.51
ATU's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
74% of the 2452 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.25 vs. ATU: 1.51 )
ATU' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.62   Max: 2.2
Current: 1.51

0.62
2.2
Days Inventory 72.35
ATU's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
80% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 108.23 vs. ATU: 72.35 )
ATU' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 56.56   Max: 107.09
Current: 72.35

56.56
107.09
Days Sales Outstanding 54.71
ATU's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
86% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 89.55 vs. ATU: 54.71 )
ATU' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 32.87   Max: 67.12
Current: 54.71

32.87
67.12

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 0.17
ATU's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
92% of the 1835 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.73 vs. ATU: 0.17 )
ATU' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 0.51
Current: 0.17

0.1
0.51
Dividend Payout 0.06
ATU's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
99% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.71 vs. ATU: 0.06 )
ATU' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 0.24
Current: 0.06

0.02
0.24
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.20
ATU's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
90% of the 1865 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.95 vs. ATU: 0.20 )
ATU' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 0.51
Current: 0.2

0.1
0.51
Share Buyback Rate 1.30
ATU's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
90% of the 1487 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: -0.70 vs. ATU: 1.30 )
ATU' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 1.3   Max: -18.6
Current: 1.3

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 0.90
ATU's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
88% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 7.40 vs. ATU: 0.90 )
ATU' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.09   Max: 5.12
Current: 0.9

0.09
5.12
Price/Median PS Value 0.80
ATU's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
91% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. ATU: 0.80 )
ATU' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.03   Max: 1.6
Current: 0.8

0.03
1.6
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 8.20
ATU's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
86% of the 2680 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ATU: 8.20 )
ATU' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.09   Max: 10.4
Current: 8.2

0.09
10.4
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.30
ATU's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
65% of the 2440 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. ATU: 5.30 )
ATU' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3.5   Max: 14.6
Current: 5.3

3.5
14.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 12.42
ATU's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
79% of the 1251 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 6.23 vs. ATU: 12.42 )
ATU' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -3.3   Max: 40.5
Current: 12.42

-3.3
40.5

Analyst Estimate

Aug15 Aug16 Aug17 Aug18
Revenue(Mil) 1,265 1,256 1,355 1,400
EPS($) 1.69 1.70 2.05 2.30
EPS without NRI($) 1.69 1.70 2.05 2.30

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 diversified company that designs, manufactures and distributes various industrial products and systems. The Company's products and services are generally available internationally, with its markets outside the United States being Europe and Asia. The Company is organized into three operating and reportable segments namely Industrial, Energy and Engineered Solutions. The Company's raw material includes steel, plastic resin and copper, are subject to price fluctuations. 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 Industrial segment is a supplier of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to various end markets, including general maintenance and repair, industrial, infrastructure and production automation. Its primary products include high-force hydraulic tools, highly engineered heavy lifting solutions, workholding (production automation) solutions and concrete stressing products. Its hydraulic and mechanical tools are marketed through the Enerpac, Simplex, Precision Sure-Lock and Milwaukee Cylinder brand names. In addition the segment also provides high-force hydraulic systems (integrated solutions) to meet customer specific requirements for safe and precise control of movement and positioning. The Energy segment provides technical products and services to the international energy markets. Some of its products include joint integrity tools and connectors for oil & gas and power generation installations, mooring solutions, as well as rope and cable solutions. In addition to these products, the Energy segment also provides manpower services, including machining, engineering and maintenance activities. The products and services of the Energy segment are distributed and marketed under various brand names such as Hydratight, D.L. Ricci, Morgrip, Cortland, FibronBX, Puget Sound Rope, Biach, Selantic, Viking SeaTech and Jeyco) to OEMs, maintenance and service organizations and energy producers in emerging and developed countries. It also provides highly-engineered rope and cable solutions that maximize performance, safety and efficiency for customers in various markets including oil & gas, heavy marine, subsea, ROV and seismic. The Engineered Solutions segment is a designer and assembler of customized position and motion control systems and other industrial products to various transportation and other niche markets. Some of its products in this segment are marketed directly to OEMs through a technical sales organization. This segment is also a designer and assembler of customized position and motion control systems and other industrial products to various transportation and other niche markets. This segment provides technical and engineered products, including actuation systems, mechanical
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