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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 : 9/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 1.11
FAST's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
68% of the 222 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.44 vs. FAST: 1.11 )
FAST' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.02   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.11

Equity to Asset 0.80
FAST's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
92% of the 226 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.45 vs. FAST: 0.80 )
FAST' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.77   Max: 0.9
Current: 0.8

0.77
0.9
Interest Coverage 6306.70
FAST's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
81% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 23.59 vs. FAST: 6306.70 )
FAST' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 74.67   Max: 9999.99
Current: 6306.7

74.67
9999.99
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 21.41
M-Score: -2.43
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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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 20.87
FAST's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 3.79 vs. FAST: 20.87 )
FAST' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 13.17   Max: 21.5
Current: 20.87

13.17
21.5
Net-margin (%) 13.12
FAST's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.43 vs. FAST: 13.12 )
FAST' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 8.34   Max: 13.49
Current: 13.12

8.34
13.49
ROE (%) 26.12
FAST's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 226 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.05 vs. FAST: 26.12 )
FAST' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 15.63   Max: 33.87
Current: 26.12

15.63
33.87
ROA (%) 21.67
FAST's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 228 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 3.01 vs. FAST: 21.67 )
FAST' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 13.9   Max: 28.68
Current: 21.67

13.9
28.68
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 41.77
FAST's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 228 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 14.25 vs. FAST: 41.77 )
FAST' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 28.53   Max: 105.31
Current: 41.77

28.53
105.31
Revenue Growth (%) 13.20
FAST's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 200 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. FAST: 13.20 )
FAST' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 2.9   Max: 35.2
Current: 13.2

2.9
35.2
EBITDA Growth (%) 17.70
FAST's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 171 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.50 vs. FAST: 17.70 )
FAST' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -1.2   Max: 33.2
Current: 17.7

-1.2
33.2
EPS Growth (%) 18.80
FAST's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 160 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 6.00 vs. FAST: 18.80 )
FAST' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -2.1   Max: 33.1
Current: 18.8

-2.1
33.1
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Ruane Cunniff 2014-09-30 Add 15.78%0.78%$43.74 - $50.08 $ 45.23-1%24086459
Ray Dalio 2014-09-30 New Buy0.02%$43.74 - $50.08 $ 45.23-1%66056
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.05%$42.7 - $50.43 $ 45.23-3%0
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 New Buy0.05%$45.62 - $51.89 $ 45.23-6%133861
Ray Dalio 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.12%$32.23 - $44.32 $ 45.2317%0
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 Reduce -67.1%0.25%$29.47 - $36.63 $ 45.2335%244461
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Guru Investment Theses on Fastenal Co

Sequoia Fund's Discussion of Fastenal - Mar 07, 2014

Fastenal had a challenging year. Sales growth decelerated to 6% from 13% the prior year, reflecting slowing sales to end markets such as mining, military, and non-residential construction. The modest sales growth result produced minimal operating leverage and the operating profit margin stayed flat at 21.4%. Earnings per share increased 7% to $1.51. Fastenal’s owners are not accustomed to such modest results.



Fortunately, Fastenal’s creative and aggressive management is not standing still and is taking action to improve both top line growth and profitability. Starting in the third quarter of 2013, Fastenal began aggressively adding salespeople at its store locations. Management believes that there is a strong long-term correlation between the increase in sales personnel and revenue growth. The cost of investing in new sales people has had a short-term negative impact on profitability but should enable Fastenal to return to mid-teens sales and earnings growth in the near future. There is risk in adding sales people when demand appears weak for all industrial distributors. Still, we believe Fastenal’s long-term prospects are healthy.



Source: Sequoia Fund's 2013 Annual Report - Management's Discussion of Fund Performance



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Baron Funds Comments on Fastenal Co. - Feb 20, 2014

Fastenal Co. (FAST) is a leading distributor of fasteners and other industrial supplies. Its shares fell after disappointing sales metrics, coupled with an ongoing investment in its sales force, weighed on recent earnings results. With improved business trends in the company's important manufacturing and construction end-markets, we are hopeful that Fastenal's growth will accelerate in 2014



From Baron Funds' fourth quarter letter 2013 to shareholders.



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Baron Funds Comments on Fastenal Co. - Aug 02, 2013

Shares of industrial distributor Fastenal Co. (FAST) detracted from performance, as the company's sales decelerated slightly given volatile order trends from its manufacturing and commercial construction customers.We remain confident that new initiatives, such as installing vending machines at customers' sites and international expansion, will drive accelerated market share gains and higher margins for Fastenal as the economic recovery gains steam.

From the Baron Funds’ second quarter 2013 commentary.


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Baron Funds Comments on Fastenal Co. - Feb 06, 2013

Shares of Fastenal Co. (FAST), the leading distributor of industrial supplies, performed well during the quarter, as sales across the company's 2,600 branches remained strong, rising approximately 7-10% over the prior year's figures. These results were attributable to a rebound in domestic manufacturing, continued gains in market share from smaller competitors in this fragmented market, and the company's successful introduction to its customer base of vending machines that dispense industrial supplies directly to the manufacturing factory floor.

From Baron Funds' fourth quarter letter.


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Top Ranked Articles about Fastenal Co

Sequoia Fund's Discussion of Fastenal
Fastenal had a challenging year. Sales growth decelerated to 6% from 13% the prior year, reflecting slowing sales to end markets such as mining, military, and non-residential construction. The modest sales growth result produced minimal operating leverage and the operating profit margin stayed flat at 21.4%. Earnings per share increased 7% to $1.51. Fastenal’s owners are not accustomed to such modest results. Read more...
Baron Funds Comments on Fastenal Co.
Fastenal Co. (FAST) is a leading distributor of fasteners and other industrial supplies. Its shares fell after disappointing sales metrics, coupled with an ongoing investment in its sales force, weighed on recent earnings results. With improved business trends in the company's important manufacturing and construction end-markets, we are hopeful that Fastenal's growth will accelerate in 2014 Read more...

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 28.30
FAST's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
54% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 20.10 vs. FAST: 28.30 )
FAST' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 15.06   Max: 45.7
Current: 28.3

15.06
45.7
P/B 7.10
FAST's P/B is ranked lower than
68% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.33 vs. FAST: 7.10 )
FAST' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 3.44   Max: 10.52
Current: 7.1

3.44
10.52
P/S 3.70
FAST's P/S is ranked lower than
65% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.59 vs. FAST: 3.70 )
FAST' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.73   Max: 5.55
Current: 3.7

1.73
5.55
PFCF 58.90
FAST's PFCF is ranked higher than
65% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 80.67 vs. FAST: 58.90 )
FAST' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 18.16   Max: 1579.8
Current: 58.9

18.16
1579.8
EV-to-EBIT 17.80
FAST's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
59% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 14.79 vs. FAST: 17.80 )
FAST' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 9.1   Max: 28.1
Current: 17.8

9.1
28.1
PEG 1.21
FAST's PEG is ranked higher than
81% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FAST: 1.21 )
FAST' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.68   Max: 7.87
Current: 1.21

0.68
7.87
Shiller P/E 36.40
FAST's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
65% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 36.27 vs. FAST: 36.40 )
FAST' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 20.29   Max: 62.29
Current: 36.4

20.29
62.29
Current Ratio 3.97
FAST's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
91% of the 226 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. FAST: 3.97 )
FAST' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 3.06   Max: 8.42
Current: 3.97

3.06
8.42
Quick Ratio 1.92
FAST's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
83% of the 226 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. FAST: 1.92 )
FAST' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.5   Max: 4.65
Current: 1.92

1.5
4.65

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 2.20
FAST's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
55% of the 179 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.05 vs. FAST: 2.20 )
FAST' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.55   Max: 2.43
Current: 2.2

0.55
2.43
Dividend Payout 0.63
FAST's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
58% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.64 vs. FAST: 0.63 )
FAST' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.07   Max: 1.16
Current: 0.63

0.07
1.16
Dividend growth (3y) 25.00
FAST's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
87% of the 126 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.40 vs. FAST: 25.00 )
FAST' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 128.5
Current: 25

0
128.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 6.58
FAST's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
86% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.29 vs. FAST: 6.58 )
FAST' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.65   Max: 7.27
Current: 6.58

1.65
7.27
Share Buyback Rate -0.30
FAST's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
64% of the 141 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: -0.20 vs. FAST: -0.30 )
FAST' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0.7   Max: -0.3
Current: -0.3

Valuation & Return

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Price/Net Current Asset Value 29.69
FAST's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
85% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FAST: 29.69 )
FAST' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 10.63   Max: 56.25
Current: 29.69

10.63
56.25
Price/Tangible Book 7.08
FAST's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
62% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.62 vs. FAST: 7.08 )
FAST' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 4.15   Max: 17.04
Current: 7.08

4.15
17.04
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.85
FAST's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
64% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.72 vs. FAST: 2.85 )
FAST' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 2.06   Max: 10.4
Current: 2.85

2.06
10.4
Price/Median PS Value 1.01
FAST's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
72% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. FAST: 1.01 )
FAST' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.53   Max: 1.93
Current: 1.01

0.53
1.93
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.39
FAST's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
81% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FAST: 1.39 )
FAST' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.78   Max: 7.68
Current: 1.39

0.78
7.68
Price/Graham Number 2.98
FAST's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
50% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.90 vs. FAST: 2.98 )
FAST' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.85   Max: 6.52
Current: 2.98

1.85
6.52
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.60
FAST's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
57% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.20 vs. FAST: 5.60 )
FAST' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3.6   Max: 11
Current: 5.6

3.6
11
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 21.77
FAST's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
87% of the 181 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 6.08 vs. FAST: 21.77 )
FAST' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 6   Max: 29.4
Current: 21.77

6
29.4

Business Description

Industry: Industrial Distribution » Industrial Distribution
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Traded in other countries:FAS.Germany
Fastenal Co was incorporated under the laws of Minnesota in 1967. It operates 14 distribution centers in North America. The Company is engaged in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies. It distributes these supplies through a network of approximately 2,700 company owned stores. Its customers are in the manufacturing and non-residential construction markets. The manufacturing market includes both original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and maintenance and repair operations (MRO). The non-residential construction market includes general, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, and road contractors. The Company conducts business under various trademarks and service marks, and utilizes a variety of designs and tag lines in connection with each of these marks, including First In Fasteners(r). The product line, which it refers to as the fastener product line, consists of two broad categories threaded fasteners, such as bolts, nuts, screws, studs, and related washers; and miscellaneous supplies, such as paints, various pins and machinery keys, concrete anchors, batteries, sealants, metal framing systems, wire rope, strut, private-label stud anchors, rivets, and related accessories. The construction market includes general, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, and road contractors. Other users of its products include farmers, truckers, railroads, mining companies, federal, state and local governmental entities, schools, and certain retail trades. Competitors include both large distributors located mainly in cities and smaller distributors located in many of the same cities in which it has stores.
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