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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
99% of the 901 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.91 vs. CATO: No Debt )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
CATO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 1.97  Med: 10000.00 Max: No Debt
Current: No Debt
Equity to Asset 0.66
CATO's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
77% of the 846 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. CATO: 0.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
CATO' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.52  Med: 0.65 Max: 0.74
Current: 0.66
0.52
0.74
Interest Coverage No Debt
CATO's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
99% of the 586 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 42.72 vs. CATO: No Debt )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
CATO' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 7.33  Med: 938.00 Max: 4594.05
Current: No Debt
7.33
4594.05
F-Score: 8
Z-Score: 6.12
M-Score: -2.31
WACC vs ROIC
12.69%
45.82%
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 (%) 8.93
CATO's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 901 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. CATO: 8.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
CATO' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.46  Med: 6.72 Max: 10.36
Current: 8.93
0.46
10.36
Net-margin (%) 6.21
CATO's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 901 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.39 vs. CATO: 6.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
CATO' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 1.47  Med: 5.58 Max: 6.96
Current: 6.21
1.47
6.96
ROE (%) 15.60
CATO's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.72 vs. CATO: 15.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
CATO' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 4.64  Med: 17.32 Max: 19.91
Current: 15.6
4.64
19.91
ROA (%) 10.20
CATO's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 906 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.25 vs. CATO: 10.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
CATO' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 3.27  Med: 10.04 Max: 13.41
Current: 10.2
3.27
13.41
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 63.04
CATO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 903 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 14.07 vs. CATO: 63.04 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
CATO' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 15.99  Med: 45.71 Max: 86.05
Current: 63.04
15.99
86.05
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 3.50
CATO's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 724 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. CATO: 3.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
CATO' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0.1  Med: 5.90 Max: 12.9
Current: 3.5
0.1
12.9
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -1.00
CATO's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
55% of the 608 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. CATO: -1.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
CATO' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -3.3  Med: 10.50 Max: 47.6
Current: -1
-3.3
47.6
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -0.70
CATO's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
51% of the 549 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: -0.30 vs. CATO: -0.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
CATO' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -6.3  Med: 10.60 Max: 70.3
Current: -0.7
-6.3
70.3
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q3 2014

CATO Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 10,632 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 251,555 sh (+42.24%)
Chuck Royce 3,059,241 sh (-7.70%)
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Q4 2014

CATO Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 10,300 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 282,356 sh (+12.24%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Chuck Royce 2,390,926 sh (-21.85%)
Chuck Royce 2,390,926 sh (-21.85%)
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Q1 2015

CATO Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Jim Simons 27,550 sh (+167.48%)
Joel Greenblatt 368,690 sh (+30.58%)
Chuck Royce 1,907,810 sh (-20.21%)
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Q2 2015

CATO Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Jim Simons 50,450 sh (+83.12%)
Chuck Royce 2,525,457 sh (+32.37%)
Joel Greenblatt 369,668 sh (+0.27%)
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 15.79
CATO's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
65% of the 670 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.90 vs. CATO: 15.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
CATO' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 9.89  Med: 14.54 Max: 21.7
Current: 15.79
9.89
21.7
Forward P/E 18.32
CATO's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
65% of the 379 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 14.90 vs. CATO: 18.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 15.70
CATO's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
65% of the 665 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.70 vs. CATO: 15.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
CATO' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 9.88  Med: 14.45 Max: 21.51
Current: 15.7
9.88
21.51
P/B 2.29
CATO's P/B is ranked lower than
62% of the 846 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.69 vs. CATO: 2.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
CATO' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.35  Med: 2.22 Max: 3.27
Current: 2.29
1.35
3.27
P/S 0.96
CATO's P/S is ranked lower than
61% of the 901 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.65 vs. CATO: 0.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
CATO' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.41  Med: 0.80 Max: 1.25
Current: 0.96
0.41
1.25
PFCF 15.29
CATO's PFCF is ranked higher than
63% of the 460 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 19.54 vs. CATO: 15.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
CATO' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.93  Med: 13.13 Max: 26.03
Current: 15.29
6.93
26.03
POCF 10.73
CATO's POCF is ranked higher than
60% of the 618 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 12.72 vs. CATO: 10.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
CATO' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 4.85  Med: 8.88 Max: 13.04
Current: 10.73
4.85
13.04
EV-to-EBIT 7.52
CATO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
82% of the 714 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 14.67 vs. CATO: 7.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
CATO' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 3.9  Med: 7.60 Max: 11.5
Current: 7.52
3.9
11.5
PEG 4.62
CATO's PEG is ranked lower than
77% of the 309 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. CATO: 4.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
CATO' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.66  Med: 1.88 Max: 199.86
Current: 4.62
0.66
199.86
Shiller P/E 16.22
CATO's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
62% of the 475 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.36 vs. CATO: 16.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
CATO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 9.08  Med: 15.94 Max: 21.81
Current: 16.22
9.08
21.81
Current Ratio 2.65
CATO's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
76% of the 856 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.57 vs. CATO: 2.65 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
CATO' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.94  Med: 2.44 Max: 3.19
Current: 2.65
1.94
3.19
Quick Ratio 1.94
CATO's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
82% of the 856 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.86 vs. CATO: 1.94 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
CATO' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.03  Med: 1.63 Max: 2.42
Current: 1.94
1.03
2.42
Days Inventory 77.09
CATO's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
52% of the 861 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 81.82 vs. CATO: 77.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
CATO' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 59.07  Med: 68.39 Max: 93.16
Current: 77.09
59.07
93.16
Days Sales Outstanding 13.84
CATO's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
52% of the 731 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 13.01 vs. CATO: 13.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
CATO' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 15.17  Med: 22.59 Max: 34.67
Current: 13.84
15.17
34.67

Dividend & Buy Back

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history
Dividend Yield 3.46
CATO's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
75% of the 1002 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.03 vs. CATO: 3.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
CATO' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.62  Med: 2.93 Max: 5.5
Current: 3.46
0.62
5.5
Dividend Payout 0.53
CATO's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
71% of the 605 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.41 vs. CATO: 0.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
CATO' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.05  Med: 0.38 Max: 5.5
Current: 0.53
0.05
5.5
Dividend growth (3y) 11.10
CATO's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
64% of the 366 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. CATO: 11.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
CATO' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -34.8  Med: 11.10 Max: 40.6
Current: 11.1
-34.8
40.6
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.08
CATO's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
60% of the 1017 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.47 vs. CATO: 3.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
CATO' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.56  Med: 2.64 Max: 4.95
Current: 3.08
0.56
4.95
Share Buyback Rate 1.50
CATO's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
83% of the 529 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: -0.60 vs. CATO: 1.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
CATO' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 6.8  Med: 2.50 Max: -0.1
Current: 1.5

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Net Cash 13.31
CATO's Price/Net Cash is ranked lower than
63% of the 97 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 12.24 vs. CATO: 13.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Net Cash only.
CATO' s 10-Year Price/Net Cash Range
Min: 7.63  Med: 18.88 Max: 689.25
Current: 13.31
7.63
689.25
Price/Net Current Asset Value 3.82
CATO's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
56% of the 424 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.54 vs. CATO: 3.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Net Current Asset Value only.
CATO' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 1.2  Med: 3.45 Max: 7.59
Current: 3.82
1.2
7.59
Price/Tangible Book 2.34
CATO's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
57% of the 784 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. CATO: 2.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
CATO' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.75  Med: 2.08 Max: 3.11
Current: 2.34
0.75
3.11
Price/Projected FCF 1.04
CATO's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
56% of the 505 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. CATO: 1.04 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
CATO' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.59  Med: 0.90 Max: 1.37
Current: 1.04
0.59
1.37
Price/DCF (Earnings Based) 1.28
CATO's Price/DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked lower than
59% of the 85 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. CATO: 1.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Earnings Based) only.
N/A
Price/Median PS Value 1.21
CATO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
61% of the 816 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. CATO: 1.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
CATO' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.3  Med: 0.89 Max: 1.48
Current: 1.21
0.3
1.48
Price/Graham Number 1.27
CATO's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
56% of the 565 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.44 vs. CATO: 1.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
CATO' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.67  Med: 1.14 Max: 1.65
Current: 1.27
0.67
1.65
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 13.35
CATO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 883 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. CATO: 13.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
CATO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 8.7  Med: 13.20 Max: 25.7
Current: 13.35
8.7
25.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 4.73
CATO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 517 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.46 vs. CATO: 4.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
CATO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: 3.9  Med: 13.40 Max: 25.5
Current: 4.73
3.9
25.5

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Apparel Stores
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Traded in other countries:CO2A.Germany,
Cato Corp was founded in 1946. The Company is a fashion specialty retailer. It has two segments, the operation of a fashion specialty stores segment ('Retail Segment') and a credit card segment ('Credit Segment'). The Company operates 1,346 fashion specialty stores in 32 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'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. The Company has also 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 department stores. The Company's trademarks include Cato,' 'Cato Fashions,' 'Cato Plus,' 'It's Fashion,' 'It's Fashion Metro' and 'Versona'. The Company's operations are subject to federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.
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