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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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Cash to Debt 0.33
FAST's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
60% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.75 vs. FAST: 0.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
FAST' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.02  Med: No Debt Max: No Debt
Current: 0.33
Equity to Asset 0.70
FAST's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
80% of the 192 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. FAST: 0.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
FAST' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.69  Med: 0.86 Max: 0.9
Current: 0.7
0.69
0.9
Interest Coverage 138.69
FAST's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
66% of the 170 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 25.05 vs. FAST: 138.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
FAST' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 138.69  Med: No Debt Max: No Debt
Current: 138.69
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 14.16
M-Score: -1.68
WACC vs ROIC
9.05%
24.65%
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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Operating margin (%) 20.13
FAST's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 195 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 3.27 vs. FAST: 20.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
FAST' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.32  Med: 20.01 Max: 21.5
Current: 20.13
15.32
21.5
Net-margin (%) 12.61
FAST's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.95 vs. FAST: 12.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
FAST' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.55  Med: 12.45 Max: 13.49
Current: 12.61
9.55
13.49
ROE (%) 27.03
FAST's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 5.97 vs. FAST: 27.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
FAST' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.8  Med: 26.05 Max: 27.86
Current: 27.03
15.8
27.86
ROA (%) 18.95
FAST's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 200 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.53 vs. FAST: 18.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
FAST' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14.01  Med: 21.71 Max: 24.03
Current: 18.95
14.01
24.03
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 37.73
FAST's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 200 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 12.16 vs. FAST: 37.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
FAST' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 28.53  Med: 42.02 Max: 47.18
Current: 37.73
28.53
47.18
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 7.90
FAST's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 173 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. FAST: 7.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
FAST' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.8  Med: 14.8 Max: 28.4
Current: 7.9
2.8
28.4
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 8.60
FAST's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
56% of the 150 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. FAST: 8.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
FAST' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.1  Med: 17.9 Max: 31.6
Current: 8.6
-1.1
31.6
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 7.60
FAST's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 127 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.00 vs. FAST: 7.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
FAST' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.1  Med: 18.8 Max: 33.6
Current: 7.6
-2.1
33.6
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Industry: Industrial Distribution » Industrial Distribution    NAICS: 238290    SIC: 5039
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Fastenal Co is engaged in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies in North America. The Company offers bolts, nuts, screws, studs, and related washers, and miscellaneous supplies and hardware.

Fastenal Co was incorporated under the laws of Minnesota in 1968. The Company sells industrial and construction supplies to end-users and also have some 'walk-in' retail business. It operates 14 distribution centers in North America from which it distributes products to its store and in-plant locations. The Company conducts business under various trademarks and service marks, including First In Fasteners. Its original product offerings are fasteners and other industrial and construction supplies, many of which are sold under the Fastenal product name. Its fastener product line, consists of two broad categories: threaded fasteners, such as bolts, nuts, screws, studs, and related washers, and miscellaneous supplies and hardware, such as various pins and machinery keys, concrete anchors, metal framing systems, wire rope, strut, rivets, and related accessories. The Company's customers are in the manufacturing and non-residential construction markets. The manufacturing market includes both original equipment manufacturers and maintenance and repair operations. The non-residential construction market includes general, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, and road contractors. Other users of its products include farmers, truckers, railroads, oil exploration, production, and refinement companies, mining companies, federal, state, and local governmental entities, schools, and certain retail trades. The Company's competitors include large distributors located in large cities, smaller distributors and on-line retailers.

Guru Investment Theses on Fastenal Co

David Rolfe Comments on Fastenal - Jan 16, 2017

Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) is a company we have followed and admired for many years. The Company is a distributor of manufacturing and construction supplies - generally consumable parts and products such as fasteners (i.e., screws, nuts/bolts) and various items used in the maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) of customers’ plants. The company has established a differentiated position in its industry by investing heavily to get itself as close as possible to a generally smaller, less urban customer base than its competitors. This is most evident in its extensive network of more than 2,500 branch locations, which the company effectively uses as selling and distribution outposts to serve its customer base. We contrast this with Fastenal’s largest competitor, Grainger, for example, which has only 300-odd branch locations (and shrinking) despite having twice the revenues as Fastenal. We believe this has led to a fairly healthy segmentation between the Company and its competitors: Fastenal has specialized in smaller, geographically dispersed clients who are more heavily reliant on the Company’s local distribution capabilities, sales expertise, and somewhat more specialized, locally tailored product lines; Grainger and other competitors specialize in larger, more urban clients who have more distribution and service requirements, so these distributors generally focus on more standardized products, in large quantities at the lowest cost. When we observe the healthy, and remarkably steady, returns on investment across the major competitors in the space, we view this as confirmation that the major players, for the most part, have managed to carve out profitable segments of an attractive industry without tripping over each other.

Fastenal has extended its differentiation in recent years through three other initiatives designed to get closer to its customers. First, the Company has installed over 60,000 vending machines in customers’ plants, in which they constantly replenish products customers use regularly in their manufacturing processes. Second, the Company has accelerated the expansion of its Onsite program, in which it basically opens a small Fastenal store within a larger customer’s plant. Fastenal staffs and stocks this mini-location, effectively taking control of a portion of the customer’s supply chain. It is important to note that both the Vending and (especially) Onsite initiatives further integrate the Company into a customer’s operations, helping to make these customers stickier. Third, Fastenal has invested in additional inventories over the past several quarters, while also shifting a higher percentage of its inventory from its distribution centers into its branch locations. This once again is designed to get Fastenal as close to its customers as possible - if the Company has the products its customers need, already waiting in their market, available for same-day delivery, at an attractive price, there is no need for those customers to take their business elsewhere, whether that be to a larger, out-of-market competitor such as Grainger or to an online competitor such as Amazon.

We became increasingly interested in the stock around the middle of the year, as we saw Fastenal’s valuation begin to imply an accelerated decline in its end markets, particularly energy and manufacturing. However, our research from our energy holdings helped inform us on this score, as we see North American energy production approaching an inflection, which should help reinvigorate manufacturing-heavy energy service and support industries. We also noted that both presidential candidates were pitching large infrastructure spending projects which would be supplemented by a federal highway bill passed in 2015 - the first long-term bill in over ten years after a series of short-term stop-gaps that did not allow states to plan any large or long- term construction projects – and could begin to generate some demand in the near future as states begin to implement spending plans. That said, with the stock trading at or near post-recession lows on most valuation metrics, we did not believe we needed any of these potential catalysts to emerge in the near future, but we were happy to have the possibilities in front of us.

Overall, over a multiyear timeframe, we believe Fastenal should be able to continue to grow at an attractive pace for several years, particularly due to the Company’s continuous reinvestment and explicit focus on profitability. With the stock trading at valuation multiples similar to the last recession, and with key end markets already having been in recession for two years with signs of potential recovery emerging, we think Fastenal represents an excellent long-term investment opportunity for portfolios.

From David Rolfe (Trades, Portfolio)'s fourth quarter 2016 Wedgewood Partners investor letter.



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Baron Funds Comments on Fastenal Co. - Sep 19, 2016

Fastenal Co. (NASDAQ:FAST) is a leading distributor of nuts, bolts, and threaded fasteners to manufacturers and contractors throughout North America. Since expanding its inventory mix over the last decade, Fastenal has taken market share from competitors as customers increasingly select the company as their exclusive supplier. Still, Fastenal has just 3% share of the large and fragmented industrial supplies space, leaving considerable room for expansion. The company’s recent vending initiative has grown to 50,000 automated machines directly embedded within customer facilities. These machines dispense frequently consumed products such as gloves and safety glasses directly at the point of use, an industry innovation that has helped Fastenal generate greater savings and accountability for customers, while driving industry-leading sales growth for itself.



From Baron Funds' Second Quarter Insight: Finding Growth in Industrials.



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Baron Partners Fund Commentary on Fastenal Co. - May 09, 2016

Shares of Fastenal Co., (NASDAQ:FAST) a leading distributor of industrial supplies, rose during the first quarter after reporting improving sales trends to start the year. We view the sequential strengthening of sales as evidence of abating energy and F/X headwinds as well as share gains in manufacturing and construction end markets. Based on several growth initiatives, including Vending and On-Site programs, we believe Fastenal is poised to deliver outstanding customer service to its key accounts and generate accelerating earnings growth over the next two years. (Matt Weiss)



From Baron Partners Fund first quarter 2016 commentary.



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Baron Funds Comments on Fastenal Co. - Apr 26, 2016

Shares of Fastenal Co. (NASDAQ:FAST), a leading distributor of industrial supplies, rose after reporting improving sales trends to start the year. We view the sequential strengthening of the company’s sales as evidence of some abating headwinds its business, notably in its energy-related end-markets. In addition, Fastenal displayed encouraging sales traction, and evidence of ongoing market share gains, in its manufacturing and construction end-markets. Based on several of its internal growth initiatives, including the installation of vending machines at certain customers’ worksites and the placement of full-time Fastenal employees at other customers’ sites, we believe the company is poised to generate accelerating earnings growth during the next several years.



From Baron Asset Funds' first quarter 2016 commentary.



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Mairs & Power Comments on Fastenal - Feb 02, 2016

One of our portfolio companies, Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST), will likely be an early indicator of improving conditions in the Industrial sector. Fastenal competes in the highly fragmented industrial distribution market, serving customers in manufacturing and non-residential construction industries. Because of weakness in manufacturing, the stock declined 14% in 2015. The company is not standing flat-footed, however. Fastenal continues to invest in its business in order to strengthen its durable competitive advantage, and we like that. With more than 2,600 stores (four times as many as the next largest competitor), the company enjoys broad market coverage as it takes share from smaller regional players. Fastenal’s product breadth, market penetration and in-house distribution capabilities provide both cost and pricing leverage, delivering above industry average margins. In addition, with more than 54,000 on-site industrial vending machines and plans to aggressively add to this network in 2016, Fastenal is able to grow incremental revenue while building “sticky” customer relationships. Earnings have grown 22% and the dividend 23% annually over the last five years. While not classically cheap, the stock is nevertheless very inexpensive relative to intrinsic value, providing an opportunity to add selectively to our position. When the sector begins to recover, we believe that Fastenal’s strength and our patience will reward investors.



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Sequoia Fund Comments on Fastenal - Aug 28, 2015

Question:



I had a question on Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) — your thoughts on its net margins as the company pushes into non-fastener products and larger customers. And then maybe a little bit on Fastenal versus Grainger.



Chase Sheridan:



I will start with the margins. There has been a lot of discussion around gross margin because Fastenal’s average customer size has been ... its large customers have been growing faster than the rest of the business; so the gross margins have been coming down a little bit. Fastenal has gross margins north of 50%, which is almost unheard of in industrial distribution. Fastenal’s operating margins are north of 21%, which is also highly unusual. I expect the gross margins to come down over time. But I expect the operating margin to rise over time. That is because it is more efficient to serve these larger customers. Management makes that argument on a quarterly basis when it reports its result. Management always tries to talk about how its average revenue per store is growing.



When we first bought it, Fastenal was growing the store base rapidly. In its early days, Fastenal was growing its store base by over 30% a year and it was still growing by 14% when I joined the firm in 2006. That growth rate is now zero. So the company does not have a lot of low volume new stores depressing its margins. As a result, as the existing store base grows in terms of the average sales per store, those stores become more efficient.



The second part of the question was how do we think about Fastenal versus Grainger. We like both businesses. We follow Grainger closely. It is an excellent business with a wide moat. Jim Ryan at Grainger has done a very good job. It is tempting to say we could own both of them. So far, we just own Fastenal, though.



Question:



Do you find it more difficult today to find good stocks? Because it is lucky if you find one good stock a year. A Picasso sold this week for something astronomical. Why is it that wealth cannot find a good home in a stock and instead goes into art? It is harder and harder, it seems, to find — absent technology stocks — a good investment today. Am I wrong?



David Poppe:



Yes, it is definitely harder to find good stocks today. The market has gone up, has compounded 14% a year for the last five years through April 30. I think we are up about 17% a year over that time. That is roughly a doubling in stock prices. You cannot say that it is probable that we are going to compound at 17% over the next five years. No one knows how we will perform. But we are in an environment where more modest returns going forward are more likely than what we have seen in those five years.



From Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb Investor Day 2015 Transcript Part II - Sequoia Fund.



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Top Ranked Articles about Fastenal Co

David Rolfe Comments on Fastenal Guru stock highlight
Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) is a company we have followed and admired for many years. The Company is a distributor of manufacturing and construction supplies - generally consumable parts and products such as fasteners (i.e., screws, nuts/bolts) and various items used in the maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) of customers’ plants. The company has established a differentiated position in its industry by investing heavily to get itself as close as possible to a generally smaller, less urban customer base than its competitors. This is most evident in its extensive network of more than 2,500 branch locations, which the company effectively uses as selling and distribution outposts to serve its customer base. We contrast this with Fastenal’s largest competitor, Grainger, for example, which has only 300-odd branch locations (and shrinking) despite having twice the revenues as Fastenal. We believe this has led to a fairly healthy segmentation between the Company and its competitors: Fastenal has specialized in smaller, geographically dispersed clients who are more heavily reliant on the Company’s local distribution capabilities, sales Read more...
How Vending Machine Technology Can Boost Fastenal’s Growth Fastenal is positioning well to capitalize on industry growth
Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) is emerging to be one of the most promising companies involved in the vending machine industry. While it sees itself as an industrial supplies company, Fastenal has over the last eight years encroached in the technology sector with a key focus on vending machine technologies. Read more...
Baron Funds Comments on Fastenal Co. Guru stock highlight
Fastenal Co. (NASDAQ:FAST) is a leading distributor of nuts, bolts, and threaded fasteners to manufacturers and contractors throughout North America. Since expanding its inventory mix over the last decade, Fastenal has taken market share from competitors as customers increasingly select the company as their exclusive supplier. Still, Fastenal has just 3% share of the large and fragmented industrial supplies space, leaving considerable room for expansion. The company’s recent vending initiative has grown to 50,000 automated machines directly embedded within customer facilities. These machines dispense frequently consumed products such as gloves and safety glasses directly at the point of use, an industry innovation that has helped Fastenal generate greater savings and accountability for customers, while driving industry-leading sales growth for itself. Read more...
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Baron Partners Fund Commentary on Fastenal Co. Guru stock highlight
Shares of Fastenal Co., (NASDAQ:FAST) a leading distributor of industrial supplies, rose during the first quarter after reporting improving sales trends to start the year. We view the sequential strengthening of sales as evidence of abating energy and F/X headwinds as well as share gains in manufacturing and construction end markets. Based on several growth initiatives, including Vending and On-Site programs, we believe Fastenal is poised to deliver outstanding customer service to its key accounts and generate accelerating earnings growth over the next two years. (Matt Weiss) Read more...
Baron Funds Comments on Fastenal Co. Guru stock highlight
Shares of Fastenal Co. (NASDAQ:FAST), a leading distributor of industrial supplies, rose after reporting improving sales trends to start the year. We view the sequential strengthening of the company’s sales as evidence of some abating headwinds its business, notably in its energy-related end-markets. In addition, Fastenal displayed encouraging sales traction, and evidence of ongoing market share gains, in its manufacturing and construction end-markets. Based on several of its internal growth initiatives, including the installation of vending machines at certain customers’ worksites and the placement of full-time Fastenal employees at other customers’ sites, we believe the company is poised to generate accelerating earnings growth during the next several years. Read more...
Jeff Auxier Takes Plunge in Fastenal, a Stock From Watchlist Despite its continually high price, Auxier purchased a small holding in nuts and bolts maker
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Mairs & Power Comments on Fastenal Guru stock highlight
One of our portfolio companies, Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST), will likely be an early indicator of improving conditions in the Industrial sector. Fastenal competes in the highly fragmented industrial distribution market, serving customers in manufacturing and non-residential construction industries. Because of weakness in manufacturing, the stock declined 14% in 2015. The company is not standing flat-footed, however. Fastenal continues to invest in its business in order to strengthen its durable competitive advantage, and we like that. With more than 2,600 stores (four times as many as the next largest competitor), the company enjoys broad market coverage as it takes share from smaller regional players. Fastenal’s product breadth, market penetration and in-house distribution capabilities provide both cost and pricing leverage, delivering above industry average margins. In addition, with more than 54,000 on-site industrial vending machines and plans to aggressively add to this network in 2016, Fastenal is able to grow incremental revenue while building “sticky” Read more...

Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 29.71
FAST's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
73% of the 137 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 15.15 vs. FAST: 29.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
FAST' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.07  Med: 29.75 Max: 43.57
Current: 29.71
15.07
43.57
Forward P/E 26.74
FAST's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
89% of the 28 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 16.53 vs. FAST: 26.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 29.71
FAST's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
70% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 15.80 vs. FAST: 29.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
FAST' s PE(NRI) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14.82  Med: 29.69 Max: 43.23
Current: 29.71
14.82
43.23
Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) 40.25
FAST's Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) is ranked lower than
79% of the 118 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 14.68 vs. FAST: 40.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) only.
FAST' s Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 19.15  Med: 43.85 Max: 126.42
Current: 40.25
19.15
126.42
P/B 7.71
FAST's P/B is ranked lower than
93% of the 195 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. FAST: 7.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
FAST' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.44  Med: 6.86 Max: 10.52
Current: 7.71
3.44
10.52
P/S 3.76
FAST's P/S is ranked lower than
91% of the 192 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.55 vs. FAST: 3.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
FAST' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.73  Med: 3.51 Max: 5.56
Current: 3.76
1.73
5.56
PFCF 45.05
FAST's PFCF is ranked lower than
90% of the 69 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 13.11 vs. FAST: 45.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
FAST' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 18.12  Med: 51.33 Max: 284.93
Current: 45.05
18.12
284.93
POCF 28.12
FAST's POCF is ranked lower than
89% of the 89 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 10.36 vs. FAST: 28.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
FAST' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14.7  Med: 32.63 Max: 58.92
Current: 28.12
14.7
58.92
EV-to-EBIT 18.98
FAST's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
63% of the 150 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 13.66 vs. FAST: 18.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
FAST' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.1  Med: 18.3 Max: 26.5
Current: 18.98
9.1
26.5
EV-to-EBITDA 16.87
FAST's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
63% of the 159 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 11.76 vs. FAST: 16.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
FAST' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.3  Med: 16.8 Max: 24.6
Current: 16.87
8.3
24.6
PEG 2.07
FAST's PEG is ranked lower than
64% of the 75 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.36 vs. FAST: 2.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
FAST' s PEG Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.65  Med: 1.74 Max: 6.12
Current: 2.07
0.65
6.12
Shiller P/E 39.34
FAST's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
64% of the 50 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 27.24 vs. FAST: 39.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
FAST' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 25.86  Med: 47.66 Max: 73.2
Current: 39.34
25.86
73.2
Current Ratio 5.37
FAST's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
91% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. FAST: 5.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
FAST' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.06  Med: 6.04 Max: 8.42
Current: 5.37
3.06
8.42
Quick Ratio 2.45
FAST's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
82% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. FAST: 2.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
FAST' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.5  Med: 2.89 Max: 4.65
Current: 2.45
1.5
4.65
Days Inventory 173.48
FAST's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
87% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 72.13 vs. FAST: 173.48 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
FAST' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 163.58  Med: 169.87 Max: 206.74
Current: 173.48
163.58
206.74
Days Sales Outstanding 50.41
FAST's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
60% of the 134 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 55.57 vs. FAST: 50.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
FAST' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 38.2  Med: 43.4 Max: 50.41
Current: 50.41
38.2
50.41
Days Payable 21.67
FAST's Days Payable is ranked lower than
79% of the 121 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 39.32 vs. FAST: 21.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
FAST' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 16.75  Med: 20.42 Max: 23.94
Current: 21.67
16.75
23.94

Dividend & Buy Back

vs
industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 2.38
FAST's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
53% of the 177 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.37 vs. FAST: 2.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
FAST' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.75  Med: 1.55 Max: 3.08
Current: 2.38
0.75
3.08
Dividend Payout 0.69
FAST's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
87% of the 106 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.35 vs. FAST: 0.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
FAST' s Dividend Payout Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.53 Max: 0.69
Current: 0.69
0.28
0.69
Dividend Growth (3y) 14.80
FAST's Dividend Growth (3y) is ranked higher than
72% of the 109 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. FAST: 14.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Growth (3y) only.
FAST' s Dividend Growth (3y) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14.8  Med: 30.1 Max: 128.5
Current: 14.8
14.8
128.5
Forward Dividend Yield 2.49
FAST's Forward Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
51% of the 164 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.37 vs. FAST: 2.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield only.
N/A
Yield on cost (5-Year) 5.95
FAST's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
79% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 3.17 vs. FAST: 5.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
FAST' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.87  Med: 3.87 Max: 7.7
Current: 5.95
1.87
7.7
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 0.80
FAST's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
82% of the 96 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: -0.70 vs. FAST: 0.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
FAST' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.2  Med: 0 Max: 0.8
Current: 0.8
-0.2
0.8

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Net Current Asset Value 15.43
FAST's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked lower than
86% of the 125 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.35 vs. FAST: 15.43 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Net Current Asset Value only.
FAST' s Price/Net Current Asset Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.82  Med: 9.89 Max: 22
Current: 15.43
5.82
22
Price/Tangible Book 7.72
FAST's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
88% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. FAST: 7.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
FAST' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.14  Med: 6.58 Max: 13.78
Current: 7.72
4.14
13.78
Price/Projected FCF 2.99
FAST's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
83% of the 123 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. FAST: 2.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
FAST' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.06  Med: 4.31 Max: 10.41
Current: 2.99
2.06
10.41
Price/DCF (Earnings Based) 1.70
FAST's Price/DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked higher than
50% of the 14 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. FAST: 1.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Earnings Based) only.
N/A
Price/Median PS Value 1.07
FAST's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
67% of the 168 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. FAST: 1.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
FAST' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.56  Med: 0.97 Max: 1.67
Current: 1.07
0.56
1.67
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 3.22
FAST's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
90% of the 41 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.35 vs. FAST: 3.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
FAST' s Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.75  Med: 1.93 Max: 7.4
Current: 3.22
0.75
7.4
Price/Graham Number 3.19
FAST's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
84% of the 127 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.04 vs. FAST: 3.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
FAST' s Price/Graham Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.84  Med: 3.01 Max: 5.4
Current: 3.19
1.84
5.4
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 5.27
FAST's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 194 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 5.10 vs. FAST: 5.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
FAST' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.8  Med: 5.5 Max: 11
Current: 5.27
3.8
11
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 11.23
FAST's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 125 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 4.08 vs. FAST: 11.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
FAST' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.3  Med: 17.7 Max: 28.9
Current: 11.23
7.3
28.9

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $3,937
EPS (TTM) $ 1.72
Beta0.91
Short Percentage of Float6.89%
52-Week Range $35.18 - 49.99
Shares Outstanding (Mil)289.03

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17 Dec18
Revenue (Mil $) 3,986 4,348
EPS ($) 1.73 1.84 2.00
EPS w/o NRI ($) 1.73 1.84 2.00
EPS Growth Rate
(3Y to 5Y Estimate)
9.03%
Dividends Per Share ($) 1.20 1.08
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