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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 0.48
CF's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
64% of the 179 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. CF: 0.48 )
CF' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.23   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.48

Equity to Asset 0.40
CF's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
53% of the 167 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. CF: 0.40 )
CF' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 0.71
Current: 0.4

0.4
0.71
Interest Coverage 15.85
CF's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
56% of the 125 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 19.84 vs. CF: 15.85 )
CF' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 4.05   Max: 9999.99
Current: 15.85

4.05
9999.99
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 3.05
M-Score: -2.55
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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history
Operating margin (%) 52.72
CF's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 173 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 9.73 vs. CF: 52.72 )
CF' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -11.58   Max: 48.48
Current: 52.72

-11.58
48.48
Net-margin (%) 31.44
CF's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 173 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 6.83 vs. CF: 31.44 )
CF' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -6.4   Max: 30.29
Current: 31.44

-6.4
30.29
ROE (%) 35.27
CF's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 7.10 vs. CF: 35.27 )
CF' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -5.16   Max: 51.16
Current: 35.27

-5.16
51.16
ROA (%) 13.99
CF's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 185 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 3.76 vs. CF: 13.99 )
CF' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -3.18   Max: 28.67
Current: 13.99

-3.18
28.67
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 52.02
CF's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 185 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 10.02 vs. CF: 52.02 )
CF' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 11.94   Max: 173.77
Current: 52.02

11.94
173.77
Revenue Growth (%) 15.10
CF's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 160 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. CF: 15.10 )
CF' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 24.8
Current: 15.1

0
24.8
EBITDA Growth (%) 32.90
CF's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 149 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 6.10 vs. CF: 32.90 )
CF' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 82.8
Current: 32.9

0
82.8
EPS Growth (%) 66.70
CF's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 132 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. CF: 66.70 )
CF' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 131.4
Current: 66.7

0
131.4
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

CF Guru Trades in Q3 2013

John Burbank 210,273 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 20,000 sh (New)
George Soros 361,652 sh (+954.13%)
Jeff Ubben 1,412,200 sh (+41.22%)
Daniel Loeb 870,000 sh (+2.96%)
Daniel Loeb 24,000 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
David Tepper Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 64,869 sh (-0.21%)
Ken Fisher 37,632 sh (-5.52%)
Jim Simons 1,028,500 sh (-7.39%)
Steven Cohen 1,720 sh (-93.5%)
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Q4 2013

CF Guru Trades in Q4 2013

David Dreman 542 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 4,400 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 5,585 sh (+224.71%)
John Burbank 524,881 sh (+149.62%)
Louis Moore Bacon 32,800 sh (+64%)
Jeff Ubben Sold Out
Daniel Loeb Sold Out
Ken Fisher 36,807 sh (-2.19%)
Joel Greenblatt 58,753 sh (-9.43%)
Jim Simons 722,800 sh (-29.72%)
George Soros 37,500 sh (-89.63%)
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Q1 2014

CF Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Daniel Loeb 966,500 sh (New)
John Burbank 766,226 sh (+45.98%)
Steven Cohen 5,700 sh (+2.06%)
John Burbank 400,000 sh (unchged)
George Soros Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Ken Fisher 35,257 sh (-4.21%)
David Dreman 501 sh (-7.56%)
Jim Simons 553,200 sh (-23.46%)
Louis Moore Bacon 16,450 sh (-49.85%)
Joel Greenblatt 17,573 sh (-70.09%)
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Q2 2014

CF Guru Trades in Q2 2014

John Hussman 20,000 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 8,400 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 2,262 sh (New)
John Burbank 1,053,615 sh (+37.51%)
Louis Moore Bacon 18,507 sh (+12.5%)
David Dreman 535 sh (+6.79%)
John Burbank 1,000,000 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher 34,632 sh (-1.77%)
Daniel Loeb 905,000 sh (-6.36%)
Joel Greenblatt 14,991 sh (-14.69%)
Jim Simons 277,050 sh (-49.92%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with CF

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
John Burbank 2014-06-30 Add 37.51%1.17%$235.24 - $266.38 $ 251.933%1053615
John Hussman 2014-06-30 New Buy0.37%$235.24 - $266.38 $ 251.933%20000
Daniel Loeb 2014-06-30 Reduce -6.36%0.24%$235.24 - $266.38 $ 251.933%905000
Ray Dalio 2014-06-30 New Buy0.02%$235.24 - $266.38 $ 251.933%8400
Daniel Loeb 2014-03-31 New Buy3.7%$224.92 - $264.48 $ 251.934%966500
John Burbank 2014-03-31 Add 45.98%1.73%$224.92 - $264.48 $ 251.934%766226
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Reduce -70.09%0.23%$224.92 - $264.48 $ 251.934%17573
George Soros 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.07%$224.92 - $264.48 $ 251.934%0
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$224.92 - $264.48 $ 251.934%0
Daniel Loeb 2013-12-31 Sold Out 4.6%$204.55 - $237.07 $ 251.9315%0
Jeff Ubben 2013-12-31 Sold Out 2.7%$204.55 - $237.07 $ 251.9315%0
John Burbank 2013-12-31 Add 149.62%2.52%$204.55 - $237.07 $ 251.9315%524881
George Soros 2013-12-31 Reduce -89.63%0.74%$204.55 - $237.07 $ 251.9315%37500
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 New Buy0.01%$204.55 - $237.07 $ 251.9315%4400
David Dreman 2013-12-31 New Buy0.01%$204.55 - $237.07 $ 251.9315%542
John Burbank 2013-09-30 New Buy1.4%$171.84 - $214.01 $ 251.9332%210273
Jeff Ubben 2013-09-30 Add 41.22%0.79%$171.84 - $214.01 $ 251.9332%1412200
George Soros 2013-09-30 Add 954.13%0.75%$171.84 - $214.01 $ 251.9332%361652
Daniel Loeb 2013-09-30 Add 2.96%0.13%$171.84 - $214.01 $ 251.9332%870000
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.01%$171.84 - $214.01 $ 251.9332%0
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Guru Investment Theses on CF Industries Holdings Inc

Daniel Loeb Comments on CF Industries - Jul 30, 2013

Equity Position: CF Industries (CF)

CF Industries is North America's largest nitrogen fertilizer manufacturer and one of the lowest-cost producers globally. CF currently trades at an unwarranted discount to fertilizer and commodity chemical peers. We believe its structural cash flow generation strength is misunderstood and that management should deliver a much larger dividend to its shareholders. Such a dividend would highlight the sustainability of its cash flow generation and lead to a substantial re-rating.

CF's access to low-cost North American natural gas – the primary input in nitrogen fertilizer production – gives the company a structural, sustainable margin capture relative to global peers with higher input costs. These same competitors provide a floor for the nitrogen fertilizer price, because they idle production when the price nears their cost("the cost floor"). The spread between CF's production cost and that of the higher cost producers is a sustainable stream of cash flow for CF, with limited volatility. Using an onerous set of assumptions for this spread ($5 Henry Hub/natural gas input cost and $275 per ton nitrogen fertilizer price), we estimate that this cash flow stream would be ~$1.2 billion annually (operating free cash flow less maintenance CapEx, post expansion). On today's equity value, that would mean CF is currently trading at an 11% free cash flow yield using these onerous assumptions. Given the low-risk profile of this portion of CF's cash flow, it should receive a bond-like multiple (e.g. 7 - 8% yield), which alone implies significant upside to the current share price.

CF management has the ability to highlight the value of this stable cash flow stream by paying a significant portion of it as a dividend. A high dividend payout would still leave CF's leverage well below the 3x debt to EBITDA criteria that Moody's recently established as adequate to maintain their current debt rating of Baa2.

Additionally, when the nitrogen price rises above the "cost floor," which often happens when demand exceeds supply (2012 average price $408/ton), CF generates cash flows incremental to the stable cash flows discussed above. Even using a 4x cash flow multiple for this more volatile earnings stream suggests an additional $15 of value per share for every $25 change in nitrogen price above the cost floor. Finally, we believe that executing the remaining $2.25 billion of CF's share buyback authorization could be ~20% accretive to the estimates detailed above.

CF has been underperforming recently despite the emergence of several positive indicators, including reduced Chinese plant operating rates, reports of capacity idling in Eastern Europe, and the shelving of two plant expansions in North America. This underperformance reinforces our view that a dividend strategy based on CF's stable cash flow stream would lead investors to reassess the company's valuation.

(Note: All nitrogen prices are Urea on a fob Black Sea basis in metric tonnes.)

From Third Point's second quarter 2013 letter.
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 8.80
CF's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
94% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 23.20 vs. CF: 8.80 )
CF' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 3.84   Max: 188.51
Current: 8.8

3.84
188.51
P/B 2.90
CF's P/B is ranked higher than
51% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 1.88 vs. CF: 2.90 )
CF' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.84   Max: 6.46
Current: 2.9

0.84
6.46
P/S 2.80
CF's P/S is ranked higher than
53% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 1.54 vs. CF: 2.80 )
CF' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.37   Max: 2.97
Current: 2.8

0.37
2.97
PFCF 47.80
CF's PFCF is ranked higher than
76% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. CF: 47.80 )
CF' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 3.85   Max: 117.14
Current: 47.8

3.85
117.14
EV-to-EBIT 5.48
CF's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
95% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 16.95 vs. CF: 5.48 )
CF' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 1.5   Max: 26.4
Current: 5.48

1.5
26.4
PEG 0.24
CF's PEG is ranked higher than
97% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 205.77 vs. CF: 0.24 )
CF' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 0.58
Current: 0.24

0.13
0.58
Shiller P/E 13.10
CF's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
91% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 533.54 vs. CF: 13.10 )
CF' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 10.55   Max: 24.65
Current: 13.1

10.55
24.65
Current Ratio 4.73
CF's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
90% of the 149 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 1.55 vs. CF: 4.73 )
CF' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.31   Max: 4.73
Current: 4.73

1.31
4.73
Quick Ratio 4.44
CF's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
92% of the 149 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. CF: 4.44 )
CF' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 4.44
Current: 4.44

0.7
4.44

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 1.80
CF's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
51% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 1.75 vs. CF: 1.80 )
CF' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 1.45
Current: 1.8

0.06
1.45
Dividend Payout 0.12
CF's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
92% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 0.64 vs. CF: 0.12 )
CF' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 0.18
Current: 0.12

0.01
0.18
Dividend growth (3y) 76.50
CF's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
95% of the 91 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 11.90 vs. CF: 76.50 )
CF' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 171.4
Current: 76.5

0
171.4
Yield on cost (5-Year) 19.78
CF's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
91% of the 139 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 2.09 vs. CF: 19.78 )
CF' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.66   Max: 15.93
Current: 19.78

0.66
15.93
Share Buyback Rate 3.30
CF's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
90% of the 125 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: -0.10 vs. CF: 3.30 )
CF' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0   Max: -9.6
Current: 3.3

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 5.49
CF's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
56% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 2.31 vs. CF: 5.49 )
CF' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.01   Max: 5.28
Current: 5.49

1.01
5.28
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.73
CF's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
95% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. CF: 0.73 )
CF' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 1.3
Current: 0.73

0.54
1.3
Price/Median PS Value 1.44
CF's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
51% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. CF: 1.44 )
CF' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 1.49
Current: 1.44

0.21
1.49
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.35
CF's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
98% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. CF: 0.35 )
CF' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 1.21
Current: 0.35

0.24
1.21
Price/Graham Number 1.41
CF's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
78% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 1.90 vs. CF: 1.41 )
CF' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 2.18
Current: 1.41

0.56
2.18
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 18.20
CF's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
94% of the 159 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. CF: 18.20 )
CF' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3.8   Max: 68.7
Current: 18.2

3.8
68.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 43.63
CF's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
96% of the 140 Companies
in the Global Agricultural Inputs industry.

( Industry Median: 4.16 vs. CF: 43.63 )
CF' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 35.3   Max: 94
Current: 43.63

35.3
94

Business Description

Industry: Agriculture » Agricultural Inputs
Compare:SYT, POT, AVD, AGU, MON » details
Traded in other countries:C4F.Germany
CF Industries Holdings Inc. was founded in 1946. The Company is a manufacturer and distributor of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products in the world. The business of the Company is divided into two operating segments, the nitrogen segment and the phosphate segment. The Nitrogen segment includes the manufacture and sale of ammonia, urea, and UAN. The Company's principal products in the nitrogen segment are ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate solution, or UAN, and ammonium nitrate, or AN. The Company's other nitrogen products include urea liquor, diesel exhaust fluid, or DEF, and aqua ammonia, which are sold primarily to its industrial customers. The Company operates seven nitrogen fertilizer production facilities in North America. The phosphate segment includes the manufacture and sale of DAP and MAP. The Company's principal products in the phosphate segment are diammonium phosphate, or DAP, and monoammonium phosphate, or MAP. The Company's core market and distribution facilities are concentrated in the Midwestern United States and other major agricultural areas of the U.S. and Canada. The Company also exports nitrogen fertilizer products from its Donaldsonville, Louisiana manufacturing facilities and phosphate fertilizer products from its Florida phosphate operations through its Tampa port facility. In the nitrogen segment, the Company's primary North American-based competitors include Agrium and Koch Nitrogen Fertilizers. In the phosphate segment, the Company's primary North American-based competitors include Agrium, Mosaic, Potash Corp. and Simplot. The Company is subject to numerous environmental, health and safety laws and regulations, including laws and regulations relating to land reclamation; the generation, treatment, storage, disposal and handling of hazardous substances and wastes; and the cleanup of hazardous substance releases.
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