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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
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history
Cash to Debt 1.39
BID's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
63% of the 1083 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. BID: 1.39 )
BID' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 33.91
Current: 1.39

0.1
33.91
Equity to Asset 0.39
BID's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
53% of the 1073 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. BID: 0.39 )
BID' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 0.42
Current: 0.39

0.12
0.42
Interest Coverage 5.21
BID's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
53% of the 776 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 34.17 vs. BID: 5.21 )
BID' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.16   Max: 18.92
Current: 5.21

1.16
18.92
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 2.13
M-Score: -2.38
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 (%) 26.07
BID's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 1074 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 5.56 vs. BID: 26.07 )
BID' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -19.91   Max: 35.39
Current: 26.07

-19.91
35.39
Net-margin (%) 15.23
BID's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 1073 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 3.91 vs. BID: 15.23 )
BID' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -47.69   Max: 23.22
Current: 15.23

-47.69
23.22
ROE (%) 11.41
BID's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 1056 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 9.28 vs. BID: 11.41 )
BID' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -100.87   Max: 48.78
Current: 11.41

-100.87
48.78
ROA (%) 4.49
BID's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 1072 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 4.70 vs. BID: 4.49 )
BID' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -17.6   Max: 10.55
Current: 4.49

-17.6
10.55
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 45.29
BID's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 1073 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 20.54 vs. BID: 45.29 )
BID' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -21.38   Max: 96.46
Current: 45.29

-21.38
96.46
Revenue Growth (%) 2.40
BID's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 785 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. BID: 2.40 )
BID' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -12.5   Max: 27
Current: 2.4

-12.5
27
EBITDA Growth (%) -5.90
BID's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 669 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 9.40 vs. BID: -5.90 )
BID' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -29.3   Max: 106.3
Current: -5.9

-29.3
106.3
EPS Growth (%) -7.70
BID's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 619 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 11.30 vs. BID: -7.70 )
BID' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -49.4   Max: 82.4
Current: -7.7

-49.4
82.4
» BID's 10-Y Financials

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Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

BID Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Jim Simons 45,224 sh (New)
Daniel Loeb 500,000 sh (New)
John Rogers 2,376,009 sh (+8.92%)
Murray Stahl 82,518 sh (unchged)
Mariko Gordon 1,382,301 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Ken Fisher 1,559,423 sh (-0.17%)
Chuck Royce 4,050,294 sh (-16.19%)
Louis Moore Bacon 125,000 sh (-16.67%)
Francisco Garcia Parames 319,590 sh (-63.73%)
Steven Cohen 256,980 sh (-75.96%)
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Q2 2013

BID Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Caxton Associates 186,205 sh (New)
Daniel Loeb 2,500,000 sh (+400%)
Ken Fisher 2,099,501 sh (+34.63%)
John Rogers 3,128,374 sh (+31.67%)
Francisco Garcia Parames Sold Out
Mariko Gordon Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Murray Stahl 82,240 sh (-0.34%)
Chuck Royce 3,670,794 sh (-9.37%)
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Q3 2013

BID Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Eric Mindich 1,942,000 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 35,143 sh (New)
Daniel Loeb 6,150,000 sh (+146%)
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Ken Fisher 2,070,548 sh (-1.38%)
Chuck Royce 3,246,994 sh (-11.55%)
Murray Stahl 58,448 sh (-28.93%)
John Rogers 2,211,204 sh (-29.32%)
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Q4 2013

BID Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Jim Simons 29,700 sh (New)
Eric Mindich 2,206,880 sh (+13.64%)
Daniel Loeb 6,350,000 sh (+3.25%)
Murray Stahl 57,475 sh (-1.66%)
Ken Fisher 2,003,443 sh (-3.24%)
Chuck Royce 2,562,294 sh (-21.09%)
John Rogers 1,670,286 sh (-24.46%)
Steven Cohen 22,262 sh (-36.65%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with BID

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Daniel Loeb 2013-12-31 Add 3.25%0.18%$49.14 - $53.09 $ 40.02-22%6350000
Daniel Loeb 2013-09-30 Add 146%4.51%$38.81 - $48.81 $ 40.02-10%6150000
Mariko Gordon 2013-06-30 Sold Out 2.6%$33.03 - $38.87 $ 40.0210%0
Daniel Loeb 2013-06-30 Add 400%1.68%$33.03 - $38.87 $ 40.0210%2500000
Daniel Loeb 2013-03-31 New Buy0.35%$33.47 - $40.17 $ 40.028%500000
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.05%$28.12 - $33.78 $ 40.0229%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Reduce -78.41%0.22%$27.72 - $35.59 $ 40.0226%24715
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Reduce -31.16%0.18%$29.11 - $40.17 $ 40.0218%114453
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 Add 24.31%0.11%$28.4 - $40.51 $ 40.0218%166268
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 Add 31.17%0.11%$25.84 - $37.45 $ 40.0230%133751
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Add 110.73%0.24%$29.96 - $47.8 $ 40.024%101966
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 Add 58.61%0.11%$37.6 - $54.41 $ 40.02-9%48388
Joel Greenblatt 2011-03-31 Add 201.01%0.32%$39.42 - $49.76 $ 40.02-12%30507
George Soros 2011-03-31 Sold Out $39.42 - $49.76 $ 40.02-12%0
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 21.50
BID's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
51% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 17.70 vs. BID: 21.50 )
BID' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 3.99   Max: 196.56
Current: 21.5

3.99
196.56
P/B 2.50
BID's P/B is ranked lower than
52% of the 1036 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. BID: 2.50 )
BID' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.79   Max: 16.73
Current: 2.5

0.79
16.73
P/S 3.24
BID's P/S is ranked lower than
83% of the 1100 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.73 vs. BID: 3.24 )
BID' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.63   Max: 4.75
Current: 3.24

0.63
4.75
PFCF 13.00
BID's PFCF is ranked higher than
76% of the 593 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 19.33 vs. BID: 13.00 )
BID' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.38   Max: 105.78
Current: 13

4.38
105.78
EV-to-EBIT 11.60
BID's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
66% of the 965 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 13.30 vs. BID: 11.60 )
BID' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 3.8   Max: 34.3
Current: 11.6

3.8
34.3
PEG 1.10
BID's PEG is ranked higher than
66% of the 521 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.29 vs. BID: 1.10 )
BID' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 23.48
Current: 1.1

0.6
23.48
Shiller P/E 27.30
BID's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
53% of the 541 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 21.42 vs. BID: 27.30 )
BID' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 5.02   Max: 269.43
Current: 27.3

5.02
269.43

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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Dividend Yield 0.75
BID's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
85% of the 743 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.03 vs. BID: 0.75 )
BID' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 9.27
Current: 0.75

0.27
9.27
Dividend Payout 0.11
BID's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
93% of the 645 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.32 vs. BID: 0.11 )
BID' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.09   Max: 1.58
Current: 0.11

0.09
1.58
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.67
BID's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
87% of the 768 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.34 vs. BID: 0.67 )
BID' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 7.8
Current: 0.67

0.23
7.8
Share Buyback Rate -0.90
BID's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
69% of the 654 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: -0.60 vs. BID: -0.90 )
BID' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0.4   Max: -3.7
Current: -0.9

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 2.50
BID's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
51% of the 953 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. BID: 2.50 )
BID' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.08   Max: 9.37
Current: 2.5

1.08
9.37
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.40
BID's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
57% of the 560 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. BID: 1.40 )
BID' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 459
Current: 1.4

0.91
459
Price/Median PS Value 1.20
BID's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
52% of the 1025 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. BID: 1.20 )
BID' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.31   Max: 1.61
Current: 1.2

0.31
1.61
Price/Graham Number 1.50
BID's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
55% of the 788 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. BID: 1.50 )
BID' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.04   Max: 3.45
Current: 1.5

1.04
3.45
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.60
BID's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
68% of the 983 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 7.40 vs. BID: 8.60 )
BID' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.9   Max: 26.4
Current: 8.6

2.9
26.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 1.45
BID's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
61% of the 724 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 10.57 vs. BID: 1.45 )
BID' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -9.1   Max: 36.3
Current: 1.45

-9.1
36.3

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Specialty Retail
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Traded in other countries:SBYA.Germany
Sothebys was initially incorporated in Michigan in August 1983. It is an auctioneer of authenticated fine art, antiques and decorative art, jewelry and collectibles. The Company's operations are organized into three business segments: Auction, Finance and Dealer. The Auction segment functions principally as an agent by offering works of art for sale at auction. In addition, its Auction segment provides a number of related services including the brokering of private sales of artwork. Sothebys also operates as a dealer in works of art through its Dealer segment, conducts art-related financing activities through its Finance segment and is engaged, to a lesser extent, in licensing activities. Sothebys' main role as an auctioneer or broker is to identify, evaluate and appraise works of art through its international staff of experts; to stimulate buyer interest through professional marketing techniques; and to match sellers and buyers. In its role as auctioneer, it mainly functions as an agent accepting property on consignment from its selling clients. The Company bills the buyer for property purchased, receives payment from the buyer and remits to the consignor the consignor's portion of the buyer's payment after deducting Sothebys' commissions, expenses and applicable taxes and royalties. Its commissions include those paid by the buyer (buyer's premium) and those paid by the seller (seller's commission) (collectively, auction commission revenue), both of which are calculated as a percentage of the hammer price of the property sold at auction. The Company's Finance segment provides certain collectors and art dealers with financing, generally secured by works of art that it either has in its possession or permits borrowers to possess. The Finance segment's loans are predominantly variable interest rate loans. Its Finance segment generally makes two types of secured loans: advances secured by consigned property to borrowers who are contractually committed, in the near term, to sell the property at auction (a consignor advance); and general purpose term loans secured by property not presently intended for sale (a term loan). The Company's Dealer segment's activities principally include the activities of Noortman Master Paintings (or NMP), an art dealer specializing in Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings, as well as French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. As an art dealer, NMP sells works of art directly to private collectors and museums and, from time-to-time, acts as a broker in private purchases and sales of art. Competition in the international art market is intense. The Company's main auction competitor is Christie's International, PLC (Christie's), a privately held, French-owned, auction house. Many of Sotheby's activities are subject to laws and regulations.

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