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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 : 5/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.22
CST's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
79% of the 873 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.91 vs. CST: 0.22 )
CST' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.22   Max: N/A
Current: 0.22

Equity to Asset 0.20
CST's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
89% of the 826 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. CST: 0.20 )
CST' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.2   Max: 0.74
Current: 0.2

0.2
0.74
Interest Coverage 7.29
CST's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
75% of the 569 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 43.49 vs. CST: 7.29 )
CST' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 7.29   Max: 322
Current: 7.29

7.29
322
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 4.48
M-Score: -2.18
WACC vs ROIC
8.56%
13.70%
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 : 4/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 2.61
CST's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
59% of the 876 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 3.65 vs. CST: 2.61 )
CST' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 1.86   Max: 2.57
Current: 2.61

1.86
2.57
Net-margin (%) 1.63
CST's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
59% of the 876 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.53 vs. CST: 1.63 )
CST' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 1.09   Max: 1.69
Current: 1.63

1.09
1.69
ROE (%) 28.77
CST's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 861 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 7.38 vs. CST: 28.77 )
CST' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 14.65   Max: 32.76
Current: 28.77

14.65
32.76
ROA (%) 7.00
CST's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 880 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 3.34 vs. CST: 7.00 )
CST' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 6.73   Max: 24.02
Current: 7

6.73
24.02
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 20.01
CST's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 877 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 12.78 vs. CST: 20.01 )
CST' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 17.49   Max: 44.87
Current: 20.01

17.49
44.87
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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

CST Guru Trades in Q2 2014

David Dreman 283,057 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 49,126 sh (+255.88%)
Mario Gabelli 1,467,755 sh (+45.24%)
David Abrams 3,000,000 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 100,000 sh (unchged)
John Burbank Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Jeff Auxier 84,619 sh (-3.64%)
John Keeley 1,763,331 sh (-6.63%)
Third Avenue Management 431,150 sh (-12.65%)
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Q3 2014

CST Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 100,000 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 553,200 sh (+453.20%)
David Abrams 3,740,304 sh (+24.68%)
Mario Gabelli 1,763,400 sh (+20.14%)
Third Avenue Management 431,150 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Jeff Auxier 84,519 sh (-0.12%)
John Keeley 1,753,661 sh (-0.55%)
David Dreman 217,839 sh (-23.04%)
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Q4 2014

CST Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 818,500 sh (New)
Mario Gabelli 1,596,840 sh (-9.45%)
John Keeley 1,538,296 sh (-12.28%)
David Abrams 2,666,680 sh (-28.70%)
Paul Tudor Jones 65,168 sh (-34.83%)
Jeff Auxier 45,847 sh (-45.76%)
David Dreman 116,709 sh (-46.42%)
Third Avenue Management 148,116 sh (-65.65%)
Steven Cohen 75,500 sh (-86.35%)
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Q1 2015

CST Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Alan Fournier 1,032,852 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 450,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 1,353,200 sh (+65.33%)
Steven Cohen 100,000 sh (+32.45%)
Third Avenue Management 161,481 sh (+9.02%)
David Dreman Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 1,537,772 sh (-3.70%)
John Keeley 1,444,613 sh (-6.09%)
Jeff Auxier 28,227 sh (-38.43%)
Paul Tudor Jones 40,126 sh (-38.43%)
David Abrams 794,686 sh (-70.20%)
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Gabelli Asset Management Comments on CST Brands - May 13, 2014

CST Brands Inc. (0.4%) (CST)(CST - $31.24 - NYSE), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the largest independent convenience store operators in North America, with 1,900 stores located in nine U.S. midwest states and Canada. The company was spun-off by Valero on May 1, 2013. CST's store-base is concentrated in markets with above average population growth; 849 of the 1,034 total U.S. stores are located in three states with projected cumulative population growth of over 15% over the next decade: Texas (628), Colorado (158) and Arizona (63). CST owns the majority of its real estate, which mitigates lease risk and should provide downside protection. We estimate the real estate to be worth in the range of $1.5 billion to $2 billion or ~$20 to $26 per CST share. CST has generated $12.8 billion in revenue and $366 million of EBITDA during 2013.

From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)'s Value 25 Fund first quarter 2014 shareholder commentary.

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Gabelli Asset Management Comments on CST Brands - May 13, 2014

CST Brands Inc. (0.4%) (CST)(CST - $31.24 - NYSE), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the largest independent convenience store operators in North America, with 1,900 stores located in nine U.S. midwest states and Canada. The company was spun-off by Valero on May 1, 2013. CST's store-base is concentrated in markets with above average population growth; 849 of the 1,034 total U.S. stores are located in three states with projected cumulative population growth of over 15% over the next decade: Texas (628), Colorado (158) and Arizona (63). CST owns the majority of its real estate, which mitigates lease risk and should provide downside protection. We estimate the real estate to be worth in the range of $1.5 billion to $2 billion or ~$20 to $26 per CST share. CST has generated $12.8 billion in revenue and $366 million of EBITDA during 2013.

From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)'s Value 25 Fund first quarter 2014 shareholder commentary.

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Mario Gabelli Comments on CST Brands Inc. - Feb 19, 2014

CST Brands Inc. (0.4%) (CST)($36.72 - NYSE), headquartered in San Antonio, TX, is one of the largest independent convenience store operators in North America, with 1,900 stores located in nine U.S. Midwest states and Canada. The company was spun-off by Valero on May 1, 2013. CST's store-base is concentrated in markets with above average population growth; 849 of the 1,034 total U.S. stores are located in three states with projected cumulative population growth of over 15% over the next decade: Texas (628), Colorado (158) and Arizona (63). CST owns the majority of its real estate, which mitigates lease risk and should provide downside protection; we estimate the real estate to be worth in the range of $1.5 billion to $2 billion or ~$20 to $26 per CST share. CST has generated $13 billion in revenue and $387 million of pro forma EBITDA over the trailing twelve month period.



From the Gabelli Value 25 Fund fourth quarter 2013 commentary.



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Third Avenue Management Comments on CST Brands - Sep 12, 2013

Fund Management added a second, related holding in CST Common (CST). With nearly two thousand locations throughout the U.S. and Canada (operating primarily under the Corner Store ® banner), CST Brands is the second-largest independent retailer of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in all of North America. CST came onto our radar coincident with its recent spin-off (May 1, 2013) from Valero Energy Corporation, one of the world's largest refining companies. As a result of only recently becoming an independent entity, the company's shares appeared to be temporarily "orphaned," with little sell-side sponsorship, for example, and no readily accessible financial data. CST enjoys a steady, cash-generative business in part because of its relatively broad geographic exposure, with operations spread across nine states in the U.S. (predominantly in the Southwest) and Canada (predominantly Quebec and Ontario). Encouragingly, CST's single largest geographic exposure is the state of Texas (at about a third of CST's store base), giving CST the most exposure to the state's fast-growing economy (based on store count) of all independent convenience store operators. New incentives for management and an ability to allocate capital accordingly will likely help to accelerate corporate growth since former parent Valero appeared to view CST as simply an outlet for motor fuel distribution rather than supporting the potential within its store base.

In addition to growth in the store base,CST also appears particularly well-positioned to improve its margins over the coming years. We see margin improvement coming from multiple sources, including 1) new larger-format stores that are more profitable than legacy stores, 2) increased focus on food merchandise sales which are much more profitable than fuel and cigarette sales and 3) improved technology systems to better manage inventory and costs (currently upgrading its SAP system). In addition to these initiatives, we expect CST management to make acquisitions in an industry that remains fragmented and characterized by smaller, less efficient operators. The Fund's current cost basis equates to an undemanding (in our view) eight percent free cash flow yield.

From Third Avenue Management’s third quarter 2013 letter to shareholders.


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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 14.40
CST's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
73% of the 655 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CST: 14.40 )
CST' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 13.29   Max: 22.78
Current: 14.4

13.29
22.78
Forward P/E 19.69
CST's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
69% of the 428 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 14.97 vs. CST: 19.69 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 15.30
CST's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
71% of the 656 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 22.50 vs. CST: 15.30 )
CST' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 13.68   Max: 24.39
Current: 15.3

13.68
24.39
P/B 4.30
CST's P/B is ranked lower than
99% of the 823 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.45 vs. CST: 4.30 )
CST' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 3.66   Max: 4.75
Current: 4.3

3.66
4.75
P/S 0.30
CST's P/S is ranked higher than
75% of the 794 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. CST: 0.30 )
CST' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 0.3
Current: 0.3

0.17
0.3
PFCF 34.10
CST's PFCF is ranked lower than
97% of the 497 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CST: 34.10 )
CST' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.65   Max: 48.51
Current: 34.1

6.65
48.51
POCF 8.27
CST's POCF is ranked higher than
67% of the 648 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 11.91 vs. CST: 8.27 )
CST' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 4.15   Max: 10.72
Current: 8.27

4.15
10.72
EV-to-EBIT 15.24
CST's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
51% of the 703 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 15.78 vs. CST: 15.24 )
CST' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 10.3   Max: 16.1
Current: 15.24

10.3
16.1
Current Ratio 1.37
CST's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
61% of the 836 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.55 vs. CST: 1.37 )
CST' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.37   Max: 2.1
Current: 1.37

1.37
2.1
Quick Ratio 0.98
CST's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
55% of the 836 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.87 vs. CST: 0.98 )
CST' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 1.35
Current: 0.98

0.91
1.35
Days Inventory 6.78
CST's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
96% of the 838 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 85.08 vs. CST: 6.78 )
CST' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 3.04   Max: 6.96
Current: 6.78

3.04
6.96
Days Sales Outstanding 4.99
CST's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
69% of the 711 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 12.58 vs. CST: 4.99 )
CST' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 3.2   Max: 3.52
Current: 4.99

3.2
3.52

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 0.60
CST's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
141% of the 616 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. CST: 0.60 )
CST' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.19   Max: 0.76
Current: 0.6

0.19
0.76
Dividend Payout 0.09
CST's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
92% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.34 vs. CST: 0.09 )
CST' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.05   Max: 0.45
Current: 0.09

0.05
0.45
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.60
CST's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
139% of the 637 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 3.33 vs. CST: 0.60 )
CST' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.19   Max: 0.76
Current: 0.6

0.19
0.76

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Median PS Value 1.20
CST's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
64% of the 829 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. CST: 1.20 )
CST' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.87   Max: 1.35
Current: 1.2

0.87
1.35
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.60
CST's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
54% of the 861 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CST: 6.60 )
CST' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 6.2   Max: 9.7
Current: 6.6

6.2
9.7

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Specialty Retail
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Traded in other countries:CBU.Germany, CST.Mexico,
CST Brands Inc is a retailer of transportation fuels and convenience goods in North America. In the United States, each of Company's Corner Stores sells approximately 5,000 gallons of Valero fuels. The Company also offers snack foods, tobacco products, beverages and fresh foods including its own signature brands. Its offerings include fresh choices sandwiches, salads, and packaged goods; U Force energy drinks; Cibolo Mountain coffees; Transit Cafe coffee and bakery; FC bottled sodas, and Flavors 2 Go fountain sodas.
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