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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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history
Cash to Debt 0.25
BF.A's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
65% of the 339 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 0.35 vs. BF.A: 0.25 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.09   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.25

Equity to Asset 0.49
BF.A's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
68% of the 317 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. BF.A: 0.49 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.37   Max: 0.66
Current: 0.49

0.37
0.66
Interest Coverage 37.35
BF.A's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
72% of the 205 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 10.60 vs. BF.A: 37.35 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 11.85   Max: 46.5
Current: 37.35

11.85
46.5
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 8.63
M-Score: -2.94
WACC vs ROIC
9.39%
25.61%
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 : 8/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 31.94
BF.A's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 345 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 12.05 vs. BF.A: 31.94 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 17.75   Max: 33.06
Current: 31.94

17.75
33.06
Net-margin (%) 21.92
BF.A's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 345 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 6.84 vs. BF.A: 21.92 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 10.36   Max: 22.12
Current: 21.92

10.36
22.12
ROE (%) 33.50
BF.A's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 343 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 8.05 vs. BF.A: 33.50 )
BF.A' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 18.25   Max: 36.01
Current: 33.5

18.25
36.01
ROA (%) 16.34
BF.A's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 347 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 3.94 vs. BF.A: 16.34 )
BF.A' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 10.95   Max: 17.05
Current: 16.34

10.95
17.05
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 53.92
BF.A's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 346 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 18.76 vs. BF.A: 53.92 )
BF.A' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 32.12   Max: 73.26
Current: 53.92

32.12
73.26
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 5.70
BF.A's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 285 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. BF.A: 5.70 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -1.1   Max: 12.9
Current: 5.7

-1.1
12.9
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 2.70
BF.A's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 248 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 4.80 vs. BF.A: 2.70 )
BF.A' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -1.5   Max: 19.8
Current: 2.7

-1.5
19.8
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 5.60
BF.A's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. BF.A: 5.60 )
BF.A' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 1.2   Max: 24.8
Current: 5.6

1.2
24.8
» BF.A's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

BF.A Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Tom Russo 2,876,559 sh (+0.27%)
Tom Gayner 421,500 sh (-0.94%)
Mario Gabelli 882,152 sh (-1.27%)
Jim Simons 86,850 sh (-6.34%)
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Q2 2014

BF.A Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jim Simons 87,450 sh (+0.69%)
Tom Gayner 421,500 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 881,752 sh (-0.05%)
Tom Russo 2,847,496 sh (-1.01%)
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Q3 2014

BF.A Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jim Simons 89,250 sh (+2.06%)
Tom Gayner 421,500 sh (unchged)
Tom Russo 2,832,558 sh (-0.52%)
Mario Gabelli 876,953 sh (-0.54%)
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Q4 2014

BF.A Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 94,650 sh (+6.05%)
Tom Gayner 421,500 sh (unchged)
Tom Russo 2,816,975 sh (-0.55%)
Mario Gabelli 866,131 sh (-1.23%)
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Mario Gabelli Comments on Brown-Forman Corp
Brown-Forman Corp. (BF.A, BF.B) (1.6%) (BF/A - $92.34 - NYSE; BF/B - $94.17) is a leading international distilled spirits producer. Distilled spirits is an advantaged category that enjoys high margins, low capital requirements, strong free cash flow generation and good pricing power. The company’s renowned global brands include Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia vodka, Woodford Reserve bourbon, and el Jimador and Herradura tequilas. Jack Daniel’s is one of the world’s most valuable spirits brands, enjoying strong growth both in the U.S. and internationally as consumers increasingly choose to drink American whiskies. The company grew net sales by 6% and earnings per share by 11% in fiscal 2014, and expects continued strong growth (6% - 8% top line, 9% - 11% bottom line) in fiscal 2015. In addition to strong financial prospects near and medium term, Brown-Forman may at some point be a takeover candidate in this increasingly consolidating industry. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 29.80
BF.A's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
73% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 29.60 vs. BF.A: 29.80 )
BF.A' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 13.04   Max: 37.66
Current: 29.8

13.04
37.66
Forward P/E 26.25
BF.A's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
71% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 38.17 vs. BF.A: 26.25 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 30.10
BF.A's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
78% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 29.50 vs. BF.A: 30.10 )
BF.A' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 12.97   Max: 31.2
Current: 30.1

12.97
31.2
P/B 9.70
BF.A's P/B is ranked lower than
53% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 2.40 vs. BF.A: 9.70 )
BF.A' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 3.23   Max: 10.35
Current: 9.7

3.23
10.35
P/S 6.54
BF.A's P/S is ranked lower than
66% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 2.28 vs. BF.A: 6.54 )
BF.A' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 2.31   Max: 6.84
Current: 6.54

2.31
6.84
PFCF 25.10
BF.A's PFCF is ranked higher than
75% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 53.40 vs. BF.A: 25.10 )
BF.A' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 13.72   Max: 45.27
Current: 25.1

13.72
45.27
POCF 19.90
BF.A's POCF is ranked higher than
69% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 22.03 vs. BF.A: 19.90 )
BF.A' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 12.29   Max: 35
Current: 19.9

12.29
35
EV-to-EBIT 21.23
BF.A's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
78% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 20.74 vs. BF.A: 21.23 )
BF.A' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 9.8   Max: 23.3
Current: 21.23

9.8
23.3
PEG 4.18
BF.A's PEG is ranked higher than
90% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. BF.A: 4.18 )
BF.A' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 32.42
Current: 4.18

0.92
32.42
Shiller P/E 34.90
BF.A's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
72% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 37.25 vs. BF.A: 34.90 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 15.72   Max: 37.88
Current: 34.9

15.72
37.88
Current Ratio 2.57
BF.A's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
83% of the 321 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. BF.A: 2.57 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.21   Max: 4.33
Current: 2.57

1.21
4.33
Quick Ratio 1.50
BF.A's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
84% of the 321 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 0.88 vs. BF.A: 1.50 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.64   Max: 2.57
Current: 1.5

0.64
2.57
Days Inventory 359.14
BF.A's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
60% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 109.35 vs. BF.A: 359.14 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 240.65   Max: 341.61
Current: 359.14

240.65
341.61
Days Sales Outstanding 74.68
BF.A's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
73% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 77.28 vs. BF.A: 74.68 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 51.8   Max: 76.7
Current: 74.68

51.8
76.7

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 1.28
BF.A's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
64% of the 269 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 1.63 vs. BF.A: 1.28 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 1.15   Max: 2.83
Current: 1.28

1.15
2.83
Dividend Payout 0.38
BF.A's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
82% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 0.68 vs. BF.A: 0.38 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 2.47
Current: 0.38

0.21
2.47
Dividend growth (3y) 9.60
BF.A's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
81% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 10.10 vs. BF.A: 9.60 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -33.6   Max: 67.1
Current: 9.6

-33.6
67.1
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.07
BF.A's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
55% of the 269 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 2.48 vs. BF.A: 2.07 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.84   Max: 4.52
Current: 2.07

1.84
4.52
Share Buyback Rate 0.70
BF.A's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
91% of the 192 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: -0.40 vs. BF.A: 0.70 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 5.6   Max: -2.2
Current: 0.7

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 24.30
BF.A's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
50% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 5.10 vs. BF.A: 24.30 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 4.13   Max: 60.78
Current: 24.3

4.13
60.78
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.70
BF.A's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
75% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 3.00 vs. BF.A: 2.70 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.43   Max: 3.3
Current: 2.7

1.43
3.3
Price/Median PS Value 1.70
BF.A's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
59% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. BF.A: 1.70 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 1.63
Current: 1.7

0.41
1.63
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 4.50
BF.A's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
90% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. BF.A: 4.50 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.97   Max: 4.56
Current: 4.5

0.97
4.56
Price/Graham Number 5.60
BF.A's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
66% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 7.30 vs. BF.A: 5.60 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.75   Max: 8.08
Current: 5.6

1.75
8.08
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 4.80
BF.A's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
71% of the 341 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. BF.A: 4.80 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 4.3   Max: 10.2
Current: 4.8

4.3
10.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 9.22
BF.A's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
81% of the 245 Companies
in the Global Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries industry.

( Industry Median: 5.25 vs. BF.A: 9.22 )
BF.A' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -0.1   Max: 22.7
Current: 9.22

-0.1
22.7

Analyst Estimate

Apr15 Apr16 Apr17 Apr18
Revenue(Mil) 3,763 3,960 4,131 5,196
EPS($) 3.29 3.59 3.96 4.60
EPS without NRI($) 3.29 3.59 3.96 4.60

Business Description

Industry: Beverages - Alcoholic » Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries
Compare:DEO, PDRDF, BEAM, TBVPF, DVDCY » details
Traded in other countries:BF5B.Germany,
Brown-Forman Corp is an American-owned spirits and wine company incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware on October 19, 1933. The Company manufactures, bottles, imports, exports, markets and sells variety of alcoholic beverage brands. The Company's beverage brands are: Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey; Early Times Kentucky Whisky; Jack Daniel's Single Barrel; El Jimador Tequila; Jack Daniel's Ready-to-Drinks; Fetzer Wines; Gentleman Jack; Five Rivers Wines; Southern Comfort; Herradura Tequila; Southern Comfort Ready-to-Drinks; Jekel Vineyards Wines; Southern Comfort Ready-to-Pours; Korbel California Champagnes; Finlandia Vodka; Little Black Dress Wines; Antiguo Tequila; New Mix Ready-to-Drinks; Bel Arbor Wines; Old Forester Bourbon; Bonterra Vineyards Wines; Pepe Lopez Tequilas; Canadian Mist Blended Canadian Whisky; Sanctuary Wines; Chambord Liqueur; Sonoma-Cutrer Wines; Don Eduardo Tequila; Tuaca Liqueur; Early Times Bourbon; and Woodford Reserve Bourbon. In the United States, it sells its wine and spirits brands either through wholesale distributors or in states that directly control alcohol sales, state governments that then sell to retail customers and consumers. The Company's products are sold in more than 160 countries around the world and its market includes Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Poland, Russia, France, Turkey, Canada, and Japan. The Company's portfolio comprises on approximately more than 30 spirit, wine, and ready-to-drink cocktail (RTD) brands. The Company's competitors include Bacardi Limited, Beam Inc., Constellation Brands, Inc., Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A., Diageo PLC, Pernod Ricard S.A., and Rémy Cointreau S.A. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the United States Treasury Department regulates the wine and spirits industry with respect to production, blending, bottling, sales, advertising, and transportation of industry products.
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