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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 0.43
CMP's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
67% of the 2492 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.08 vs. CMP: 0.43 )
CMP' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.43

Equity to Asset 0.40
CMP's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
68% of the 1431 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.61 vs. CMP: 0.40 )
CMP' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.21   Max: 0.45
Current: 0.4

-0.21
0.45
Interest Coverage 15.47
CMP's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
63% of the 1387 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 10000.00 vs. CMP: 15.47 )
CMP' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.7   Max: 15.47
Current: 15.47

1.7
15.47
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 4.13
M-Score: -2.52
WACC vs ROIC
5.57%
23.95%
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 : 7/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 24.25
CMP's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 1497 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. CMP: 24.25 )
CMP' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 14.14   Max: 28.06
Current: 24.25

14.14
28.06
Net-margin (%) 16.99
CMP's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 1497 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.89 vs. CMP: 16.99 )
CMP' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -87.1   Max: 17.02
Current: 16.99

-87.1
17.02
ROE (%) 36.68
CMP's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 2447 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -8.38 vs. CMP: 36.68 )
CMP' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 18.71   Max: 532.55
Current: 36.68

18.71
532.55
ROA (%) 14.51
CMP's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 2522 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -6.22 vs. CMP: 14.51 )
CMP' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.91   Max: 19.42
Current: 14.51

2.91
19.42
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 37.26
CMP's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 2482 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -7.80 vs. CMP: 37.26 )
CMP' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 16.2   Max: 49.1
Current: 37.26

16.2
49.1
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 4.40
CMP's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 1133 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.20 vs. CMP: 4.40 )
CMP' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 17.8
Current: 4.4

0
17.8
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 10.60
CMP's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 1576 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -13.90 vs. CMP: 10.60 )
CMP' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 26.8
Current: 10.6

0
26.8
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 12.80
CMP's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 1456 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -13.60 vs. CMP: 12.80 )
CMP' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -43.2   Max: 80.1
Current: 12.8

-43.2
80.1
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

CMP Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Steven Cohen 8,356 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 13,654 sh (+273.67%)
Joel Greenblatt 25,359 sh (+64.30%)
Chuck Royce 314,826 sh (+20.24%)
Pioneer Investments 293,768 sh (+1.16%)
RS Investment Management 3,975,264 sh (unchged)
Wallace Weitz Sold Out
Third Avenue Management 464,147 sh (-15.23%)
RS Investment Management 3,144,723 sh (-20.89%)
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Q2 2014

CMP Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jim Simons 255,400 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 59,381 sh (+134.16%)
RS Investment Management Sold Out
Third Avenue Management Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 292,316 sh (-0.49%)
Chuck Royce 295,826 sh (-6.04%)
Paul Tudor Jones 5,681 sh (-58.39%)
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Q3 2014

CMP Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 7,400 sh (+30.26%)
Pioneer Investments 296,288 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons 240,900 sh (-5.68%)
Chuck Royce 276,426 sh (-6.56%)
Joel Greenblatt 5,389 sh (-90.92%)
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Q4 2014

CMP Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Steven Cohen 104,300 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 47,877 sh (+788.42%)
Pioneer Investments 296,540 sh (+0.09%)
Chuck Royce 276,426 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons 138,100 sh (-42.67%)
Paul Tudor Jones 3,100 sh (-58.11%)
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Guru Investment Theses on Compass Minerals International Inc

Meridian Funds Comments on Compass Minerals International Inc - Jun 19, 2014

Compass Minerals International, Inc. (CMP) is a leading producer of rock salt and specialty potash fertilizer. This has traditionally been a high-quality company benefiting from a unique collection of resource assets. We invested in this company as we believed that earnings were due to turn after four years of weak road salt demand driven by mild Northeast winters and production problems at its potash mines. During 2013 the potash industry was rocked by the potential collapse of a European cartel, which led to falling potash prices. Facing significant uncertainty for the future of the potash market, we sold the stock during the period.



From Meridian Funds's semi-annual report ended December 31, 2013.



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Top Ranked Articles about Compass Minerals International Inc

Meridian Funds Comments on Compass Minerals International Inc
Compass Minerals International, Inc. (CMP) is a leading producer of rock salt and specialty potash fertilizer. This has traditionally been a high-quality company benefiting from a unique collection of resource assets. We invested in this company as we believed that earnings were due to turn after four years of weak road salt demand driven by mild Northeast winters and production problems at its potash mines. During 2013 the potash industry was rocked by the potential collapse of a European cartel, which led to falling potash prices. Facing significant uncertainty for the future of the potash market, we sold the stock during the period. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 14.20
CMP's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
94% of the 2751 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CMP: 14.20 )
CMP' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.71   Max: 31.52
Current: 14.2

8.71
31.52
Forward P/E 15.43
CMP's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
87% of the 2751 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CMP: 15.43 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 14.10
CMP's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
95% of the 2751 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CMP: 14.10 )
CMP' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 8.62   Max: 31.26
Current: 14.1

8.62
31.26
P/B 4.71
CMP's P/B is ranked higher than
56% of the 2751 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.39 vs. CMP: 4.71 )
CMP' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 4.21   Max: 98.29
Current: 4.71

4.21
98.29
P/S 2.40
CMP's P/S is ranked higher than
76% of the 2751 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 1246.06 vs. CMP: 2.40 )
CMP' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.94   Max: 2.99
Current: 2.4

0.94
2.99
PFCF 26.01
CMP's PFCF is ranked higher than
92% of the 2751 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CMP: 26.01 )
CMP' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.46   Max: 125.37
Current: 26.01

4.46
125.37
POCF 12.66
CMP's POCF is ranked higher than
89% of the 2751 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CMP: 12.66 )
CMP' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 3.81   Max: 20.75
Current: 12.66

3.81
20.75
EV-to-EBIT 11.05
CMP's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
94% of the 2751 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CMP: 11.05 )
CMP' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.6   Max: 23.8
Current: 11.05

6.6
23.8
PEG 8.81
CMP's PEG is ranked higher than
97% of the 2751 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CMP: 8.81 )
CMP' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 15.05
Current: 8.81

0.5
15.05
Shiller P/E 19.68
CMP's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
93% of the 2751 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CMP: 19.68 )
CMP' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 16.01   Max: 33.58
Current: 19.68

16.01
33.58
Current Ratio 2.96
CMP's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
81% of the 2495 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. CMP: 2.96 )
CMP' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.58   Max: 2.96
Current: 2.96

1.58
2.96
Quick Ratio 2.12
CMP's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
80% of the 2493 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. CMP: 2.12 )
CMP' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.94   Max: 2.12
Current: 2.12

0.94
2.12
Days Inventory 72.18
CMP's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
91% of the 2751 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CMP: 72.18 )
CMP' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 46.75   Max: 118.82
Current: 72.18

46.75
118.82
Days Sales Outstanding 60.62
CMP's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
86% of the 2751 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CMP: 60.62 )
CMP' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 50.34   Max: 89.98
Current: 60.62

50.34
89.98

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 2.69
CMP's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
57% of the 701 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.06 vs. CMP: 2.69 )
CMP' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 1.57   Max: 4.97
Current: 2.69

1.57
4.97
Dividend Payout 0.37
CMP's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
96% of the 2751 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CMP: 0.37 )
CMP' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 1.13
Current: 0.37

0.28
1.13
Dividend growth (3y) 10.10
CMP's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
88% of the 496 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -2.00 vs. CMP: 10.10 )
CMP' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 11.8
Current: 10.1

0
11.8
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.59
CMP's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
68% of the 717 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.48 vs. CMP: 4.59 )
CMP' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.63   Max: 8.45
Current: 4.59

1.63
8.45
Share Buyback Rate -0.70
CMP's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
93% of the 1948 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -8.50 vs. CMP: -0.70 )
CMP' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0   Max: -114.6
Current: -0.7

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 6.42
CMP's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
57% of the 2751 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. CMP: 6.42 )
CMP' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 5.8   Max: 43.13
Current: 6.42

5.8
43.13
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.20
CMP's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
90% of the 2750 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CMP: 2.20 )
CMP' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.28   Max: 2.09
Current: 2.2

1.28
2.09
Price/Median PS Value 1.13
CMP's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
84% of the 2749 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CMP: 1.13 )
CMP' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.42   Max: 1.29
Current: 1.13

0.42
1.29
Price/Graham Number 2.00
CMP's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
91% of the 2748 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CMP: 2.00 )
CMP' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.9   Max: 4.78
Current: 2

1.9
4.78
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 9.00
CMP's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
93% of the 2479 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -5.10 vs. CMP: 9.00 )
CMP' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 4.2   Max: 15.2
Current: 9

4.2
15.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 2.77
CMP's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
84% of the 719 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -1.74 vs. CMP: 2.77 )
CMP' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -7.1   Max: 28.8
Current: 2.77

-7.1
28.8

Business Description

Industry: Metals & Mining » Industrial Metals & Minerals
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Traded in other countries:CM8.Germany,
Compass Minerals International, Inc. is based in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The Company is a producer of minerals, including salt, sulfate of potash specialty fertilizer ('SOP') and magnesium chloride. As of December 31, 2013, it operated 12 production and packaging facilities, including the rock salt mine in the world in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, and the rock salt mine in the U.K. in Winsford, Cheshire. The Company has two reportable segments: salt and specialty fertilizer. The salt segment produces and markets salt and magnesium chloride for use in road deicing and dust control, food processing, water softeners, and agricultural and industrial applications. The three processing methods it uses to produce salt are Underground Rock Salt Mining , Mechanical Evaporation & Solar Evaporation. SOP crop nutrients, industrial-grade SOP and magnesium chloride for agricultural purposes are produced and marketed through the specialty fertilizer segment. It produces SOP at two facilities, both located in North America: at the Great Salt Lake, near Ogden, Utah and at a site in Wynyard, Saskatchewan. The current production capacity, including salt and other minerals purchased under contracts, is approximately 17.0 million tons of salt per year. Mining, other production activities and packaging are currently conducted at 12 of its facilities. DeepStore is its records management business in the U.K. that utilizes portions of previously excavated space in salt mine in Winsford, Cheshire for secure underground document storage and utilizes two warehouse locations in London, England. The competition for SOP sales in North America includes imports from Germany, Chile and Belgium & nationally and internationally recognized companies compete against salt products. The Company's operations are subject to numerous business, environmental and health and safety laws and regulations in the countries in which it does business.
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