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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 No Debt
CATO's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
97% of the 1125 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.13 vs. CATO: No Debt )
CATO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.91   Max: No Debt
Current: No Debt

Equity to Asset 0.64
CATO's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
82% of the 1116 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. CATO: 0.64 )
CATO' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.52   Max: 0.74
Current: 0.64

0.52
0.74
Interest Coverage 1081.25
CATO's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
82% of the 734 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 35.22 vs. CATO: 1081.25 )
CATO' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 7.33   Max: 4594.05
Current: 1081.25

7.33
4594.05
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 5.77
M-Score: -2.87
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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history
Operating margin (%) 8.81
CATO's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 1080 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.46 vs. CATO: 8.81 )
CATO' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 10.36
Current: 8.81

0.46
10.36
Net-margin (%) 5.90
CATO's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 1080 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.54 vs. CATO: 5.90 )
CATO' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 1.47   Max: 6.96
Current: 5.9

1.47
6.96
ROE (%) 13.89
CATO's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 1062 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.36 vs. CATO: 13.89 )
CATO' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 4.61   Max: 18.78
Current: 13.89

4.61
18.78
ROA (%) 9.10
CATO's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 1078 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.38 vs. CATO: 9.10 )
CATO' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 3.21   Max: 12.98
Current: 9.1

3.21
12.98
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 47.65
CATO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 1077 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.77 vs. CATO: 47.65 )
CATO' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 1.57   Max: 81.52
Current: 47.65

1.57
81.52
Revenue Growth (%) 0.10
CATO's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 977 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.30 vs. CATO: 0.10 )
CATO' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 12.9
Current: 0.1

0.1
12.9
EBITDA Growth (%) -2.20
CATO's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 806 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.10 vs. CATO: -2.20 )
CATO' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -3.3   Max: 47.6
Current: -2.2

-3.3
47.6
EPS Growth (%) -2.40
CATO's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 773 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.20 vs. CATO: -2.40 )
CATO' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -6.3   Max: 70.3
Current: -2.4

-6.3
70.3
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

CATO Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Joel Greenblatt 80,748 sh (+166.43%)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Meridian Funds Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Chuck Royce 4,103,052 sh (-0.79%)
Jim Simons 44,000 sh (-72.64%)
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Q3 2013

CATO Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Chuck Royce 4,181,519 sh (+1.91%)
Joel Greenblatt 72,523 sh (-10.19%)
Jim Simons 17,400 sh (-60.45%)
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Q4 2013

CATO Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Chuck Royce 3,417,669 sh (-18.27%)
Joel Greenblatt 46,970 sh (-35.23%)
Jim Simons 7,561 sh (-56.55%)
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Q1 2014

CATO Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Joel Greenblatt 238,008 sh (+406.72%)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Chuck Royce 3,401,869 sh (-0.46%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with CATO

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Add 406.72%0.08%$25.77 - $32.05 $ 31.149%238008
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Reduce -35.23%0.02%$26.29 - $34.28 $ 31.141%46970
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Add 166.43%0.05%$22.43 - $25.58 $ 31.1428%80748
Meridian Funds 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.02%$22.43 - $25.58 $ 31.1428%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 New Buy0.04%$24.1 - $27.66 $ 31.1419%30307
Meridian Funds 2012-12-31 New Buy0.02%$26.08 - $30.45 $ 31.149%18500
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.02%$27.5 - $31.75 $ 31.145%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Add 28.73%$26.82 - $30.26 $ 31.1410%9639
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 Reduce -76.83%0.07%$23.63 - $29.19 $ 31.1425%7488
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Add 78.34%0.06%$22.79 - $30.74 $ 31.1420%36645
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 Reduce -30.94%0.07%$24.12 - $29.38 $ 31.1419%20548
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 16.80
CATO's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
76% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 21.90 vs. CATO: 16.80 )
CATO' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 9.89   Max: 19.74
Current: 16.8

9.89
19.74
P/B 2.40
CATO's P/B is ranked higher than
60% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.93 vs. CATO: 2.40 )
CATO' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.35   Max: 3.26
Current: 2.4

1.35
3.26
P/S 1.00
CATO's P/S is ranked higher than
62% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.79 vs. CATO: 1.00 )
CATO' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 1.05
Current: 1

0.41
1.05
PFCF 13.30
CATO's PFCF is ranked higher than
86% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 38.48 vs. CATO: 13.30 )
CATO' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.93   Max: 26.03
Current: 13.3

6.93
26.03
EV-to-EBIT 7.73
CATO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
88% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 16.35 vs. CATO: 7.73 )
CATO' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 3.9   Max: 11.5
Current: 7.73

3.9
11.5
PEG 4.10
CATO's PEG is ranked higher than
74% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.72 vs. CATO: 4.10 )
CATO' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.66   Max: 199.86
Current: 4.1

0.66
199.86
Shiller P/E 15.40
CATO's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
89% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. CATO: 15.40 )
CATO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 9.08   Max: 20.68
Current: 15.4

9.08
20.68
Current Ratio 2.39
CATO's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
83% of the 1119 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.61 vs. CATO: 2.39 )
CATO' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.94   Max: 3.19
Current: 2.39

1.94
3.19
Quick Ratio 1.67
CATO's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
87% of the 1119 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.87 vs. CATO: 1.67 )
CATO' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.03   Max: 2.42
Current: 1.67

1.03
2.42

Dividend & Buy Back

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history
Dividend Yield 2.20
CATO's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
60% of the 779 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.93 vs. CATO: 2.20 )
CATO' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.62   Max: 5.5
Current: 2.2

0.62
5.5
Dividend Payout 0.24
CATO's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
90% of the 1168 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. CATO: 0.24 )
CATO' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.05   Max: 5.5
Current: 0.24

0.05
5.5
Dividend growth (3y) -34.80
CATO's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
53% of the 570 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 vs. CATO: -34.80 )
CATO' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -34.8   Max: 40.6
Current: -34.8

-34.8
40.6
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.78
CATO's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
82% of the 797 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.23 vs. CATO: 0.78 )
CATO' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.22   Max: 1.94
Current: 0.78

0.22
1.94
Share Buyback Rate 0.30
CATO's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
82% of the 780 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: -0.40 vs. CATO: 0.30 )
CATO' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 6.8   Max: -0.1
Current: 0.3

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Net Cash 31.50
CATO's Price/Net Cash is ranked higher than
93% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. CATO: 31.50 )
CATO' s 10-Year Price/Net Cash Range
Min: 7.63   Max: 689.25
Current: 31.5

7.63
689.25
Price/Net Current Asset Value 7.30
CATO's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
91% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. CATO: 7.30 )
CATO' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 4.24   Max: 67.56
Current: 7.3

4.24
67.56
Price/Tangible Book 2.40
CATO's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
67% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.83 vs. CATO: 2.40 )
CATO' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 3
Current: 2.4

0.75
3
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.00
CATO's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.75 vs. CATO: 1.00 )
CATO' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 1.37
Current: 1

0.59
1.37
Price/Median PS Value 1.20
CATO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
62% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. CATO: 1.20 )
CATO' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 1.19
Current: 1.2

0.3
1.19
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.60
CATO's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
85% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. CATO: 2.60 )
CATO' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 3.14
Current: 2.6

0.32
3.14
Price/Graham Number 1.40
CATO's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
75% of the 1169 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.18 vs. CATO: 1.40 )
CATO' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 1.56
Current: 1.4

0.69
1.56
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 12.70
CATO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
85% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.30 vs. CATO: 12.70 )
CATO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 8.7   Max: 25.7
Current: 12.7

8.7
25.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 11.73
CATO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
76% of the 833 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 8.99 vs. CATO: 11.73 )
CATO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 6.3   Max: 25.9
Current: 11.73

6.3
25.9

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Apparel Stores
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Cato Corporation was founded in 1946. The Company is a fashion specialty retailer. It has two reportable segments, the operation of a fashion specialty stores segment ('Retail Segment') and a credit card segment ('Credit Segment'). The Company operates 1,310 fashion specialty stores in 31 states, mainly in the southeastern United States, under the names 'Cato,' 'Cato Fashions,' 'Cato Plus,' 'It's Fashion,' 'It's Fashion Metro' and 'Versona Accessories'. The Cato concept seeks to offer quality fashion apparel and accessories at low prices, every day in junior/missy, plus sizes and girl's sizes 7 to 16. The Cato concept's stores feature an assortment of apparel and accessories, including dressy, career, and casual sportswear, dresses, coats, shoes, lingerie, costume jewelry and handbags. A portion of the Cato concept's merchandise is sold under its private label and is produced by various vendors in accordance with the concept's specifications. The It's Fashion and It's Fashion Metro concepts offer fashion with a focus on the latest trendy styles and nationally recognized urban brands for the entire family at low prices every day. In fiscal 2011, the Company introduced the Versona Accessories concept. These stores offer quality fashion jewelry and accessories accented by key apparel items at exceptional values every day. The Company's stores range in size from 2,000 to 19,000 square feet and are located mainly in strip shopping centers anchored by national discounters or market-dominant grocery stores. The Company emphasizes friendly customer service and coordinated merchandise presentations in an appealing store environment. The Company offers its own credit card and layaway plan. The Company offers its own credit card and a layaway plan to make the purchase of its merchandise more convenient for its customers. The Company competes with retail chains that operate similar women's apparel specialty stores and with mass merchandise chains, discount store chains and major department stores.
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