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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

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.42
CST's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 0.42 )
CST' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.35   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.42

Equity to Asset 0.28
CST's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 0.28 )
CST' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 0.74
Current: 0.28

0.24
0.74
Interest Coverage 8.81
CST's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 8.81 )
CST' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 8.81   Max: 322
Current: 8.81

8.81
322
Z-Score: 6.69
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 : 3/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 1.66
CST's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 1.66 )
CST' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 1.86   Max: 2.5
Current: 1.66

1.86
2.5
Net-margin (%) 0.93
CST's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 0.93 )
CST' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 1.09   Max: 1.69
Current: 0.93

1.09
1.69
ROE (%) 19.39
CST's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 19.39 )
CST' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 14.65   Max: 32.76
Current: 19.39

14.65
32.76
ROA (%) 5.05
CST's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 5.05 )
CST' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 6.89   Max: 24.02
Current: 5.05

6.89
24.02
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 15.92
CST's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 15.92 )
CST' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 17.49   Max: 44.87
Current: 15.92

17.49
44.87
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

CST Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Jeff Auxier 52,608 sh (+557.11%)
David Abrams 3,000,000 sh (+50%)
Mario Gabelli 441,305 sh (+43.75%)
John Keeley 1,780,001 sh (+27.69%)
Third Avenue Management 495,167 sh (+18.49%)
Jeremy Grantham 40,475 sh (+14.46%)
George Soros 34,000 sh (unchged)
John Hussman Sold Out
David Dreman Sold Out
Donald Smith 60,909 sh (-16.43%)
Steven Cohen 8,609 sh (-18.69%)
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Q4 2013

CST Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Joel Greenblatt 44,023 sh (New)
Jim Simons 180,500 sh (New)
Mario Gabelli 818,341 sh (+85.44%)
Jeff Auxier 78,608 sh (+49.42%)
John Keeley 1,874,501 sh (+5.31%)
David Abrams 3,000,000 sh (unchged)
Donald Smith Sold Out
George Soros Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Third Avenue Management 493,587 sh (-0.32%)
Jeremy Grantham 16,183 sh (-60.02%)
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Q1 2014

CST Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Steven Cohen 13,206 sh (New)
John Burbank 13,424 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 6,550 sh (New)
Jim Simons 288,607 sh (+59.89%)
Mario Gabelli 1,010,590 sh (+23.49%)
Jeff Auxier 87,819 sh (+11.72%)
John Keeley 1,888,481 sh (+0.75%)
Third Avenue Management 493,587 sh (unchged)
David Abrams 3,000,000 sh (unchged)
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 13,804 sh (-68.64%)
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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
Jim Simons Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones 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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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with CST

(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
David Dreman 2014-06-30 New Buy0.74%$30.02 - $34.9 $ 36.9414%283057
Mario Gabelli 2014-06-30 Add 45.24%0.08%$30.02 - $34.9 $ 36.9414%1467755
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Add 255.88%0.02%$30.02 - $34.9 $ 36.9414%49126
John Burbank 2014-06-30 Sold Out 0.01%$30.02 - $34.9 $ 36.9414%0
Mario Gabelli 2014-03-31 Add 23.49%0.03%$30 - $36.72 $ 36.9416%1010590
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Reduce -68.64%0.03%$30 - $36.72 $ 36.9416%13804
John Burbank 2014-03-31 New Buy0.01%$30 - $36.72 $ 36.9416%13424
Mario Gabelli 2013-12-31 Add 85.44%0.07%$29.19 - $36.68 $ 36.9413%818341
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 New Buy0.04%$29.19 - $36.68 $ 36.9413%44023
Donald Smith 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.04%$29.19 - $36.68 $ 36.9413%0
George Soros 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.01%$29.19 - $36.68 $ 36.9413%0
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Guru Investment Theses on CST Brands Inc

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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Gabelli Asset Management Comments on CST Brands
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. Read more...
Gabelli Asset Management Comments on CST Brands
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. Read more...
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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. Read more...

Ratios

vs
industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 23.50
CST's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 23.50 )
CST' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 13.35   Max: 23.53
Current: 23.5

13.35
23.53
P/B 4.19
CST's P/B is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 4.19 )
CST' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 3.67   Max: 4.49
Current: 4.19

3.67
4.49
P/S 0.22
CST's P/S is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 0.22 )
CST' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 0.22
Current: 0.22

0.17
0.22
PFCF 47.36
CST's PFCF is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 47.36 )
CST' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.65   Max: 47.36
Current: 47.36

6.65
47.36
EV-to-EBIT 15.71
CST's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 15.71 )
CST' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 10.3   Max: 16
Current: 15.71

10.3
16
Current Ratio 1.51
CST's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 1.51 )
CST' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.5   Max: 2.1
Current: 1.51

1.5
2.1
Quick Ratio 1.15
CST's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 1.15 )
CST' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 1.35
Current: 1.15

0.91
1.35

Dividend & Buy Back

vs
industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 0.68
CST's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 0.68 )
CST' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.19   Max: 0.76
Current: 0.68

0.19
0.76
Dividend Payout 0.16
CST's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 0.16 )
CST' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 0.45
Current: 0.16

0.12
0.45
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.70
CST's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 0.70 )
CST' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.19   Max: 0.76
Current: 0.7

0.19
0.76

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 4.49
CST's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 4.49 )
CST' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 4.15   Max: 4.8
Current: 4.49

4.15
4.8
Price/Median PS Value 1.16
CST's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 1.16 )
CST' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 1.14
Current: 1.16

0.92
1.14
Price/Graham Number 2.18
CST's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 2.18 )
CST' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.59   Max: 2.07
Current: 2.18

1.59
2.07
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.40
CST's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CST: 6.40 )
CST' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 6.3   Max: 9.7
Current: 6.4

6.3
9.7

Business Description

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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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