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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 0.47
FRED's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
70% of the 517 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. FRED: 0.47 )
FRED' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 11.79
Current: 0.47

0.01
11.79
Equity to Asset 0.66
FRED's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
93% of the 517 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.42 vs. FRED: 0.66 )
FRED' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.55   Max: 0.77
Current: 0.66

0.55
0.77
Interest Coverage 80.49
FRED's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
82% of the 380 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 13.78 vs. FRED: 80.49 )
FRED' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 7.57   Max: 110.84
Current: 80.49

7.57
110.84
F-Score: 3
Z-Score: 5.49
M-Score: -2.54
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 : 6/10

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history
Operating margin (%) 2.02
FRED's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 522 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.55 vs. FRED: 2.02 )
FRED' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 3.77
Current: 2.02

0.92
3.77
Net-margin (%) 0.05
FRED's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 522 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.15 vs. FRED: 0.05 )
FRED' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 2.52
Current: 0.05

0.6
2.52
ROE (%) 0.21
FRED's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
54% of the 512 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 10.04 vs. FRED: 0.21 )
FRED' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 2.35   Max: 12.21
Current: 0.21

2.35
12.21
ROA (%) 0.14
FRED's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 522 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.13 vs. FRED: 0.14 )
FRED' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.74   Max: 8.73
Current: 0.14

1.74
8.73
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 0.02
FRED's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 521 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.59 vs. FRED: 0.02 )
FRED' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 4.2   Max: 18.69
Current: 0.02

4.2
18.69
Revenue Growth (%) 4.00
FRED's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 458 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. FRED: 4.00 )
FRED' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 15.6
Current: 4

0.4
15.6
EBITDA Growth (%) 4.10
FRED's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 419 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.10 vs. FRED: 4.10 )
FRED' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -12.8   Max: 31.5
Current: 4.1

-12.8
31.5
EPS Growth (%) -1.80
FRED's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 399 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. FRED: -1.80 )
FRED' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -27.6   Max: 48.1
Current: -1.8

-27.6
48.1
» FRED's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

FRED Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Chuck Royce 8,500 sh (+30.77%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
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Q4 2013

FRED Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 15,400 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 54,121 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 14,500 sh (+70.59%)
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Q1 2014

FRED Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Steven Cohen 31,078 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 52,460 sh (-3.07%)
Chuck Royce 2,500 sh (-82.76%)
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Q2 2014

FRED Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jim Simons 92,550 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 32,200 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 2,500 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt 47,729 sh (-9.02%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with FRED

(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
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 New Buy0.02%$15.01 - $18.63 $ 14.03-16%54121
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.02%$15.63 - $17.49 $ 14.03-15%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 New Buy0.02%$12.43 - $14.42 $ 14.035%35171
George Soros 2011-06-30 Sold Out $13.21 - $14.6 $ 14.031%0
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Ratios

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industry
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P/E(ttm) 507.50
FRED's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
55% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 21.10 vs. FRED: 507.50 )
FRED' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 13.36   Max: 582.5
Current: 507.5

13.36
582.5
P/B 1.20
FRED's P/B is ranked higher than
82% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.05 vs. FRED: 1.20 )
FRED' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.85   Max: 5.29
Current: 1.2

0.85
5.29
P/S 0.30
FRED's P/S is ranked higher than
80% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. FRED: 0.30 )
FRED' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 1.19
Current: 0.3

0.18
1.19
EV-to-EBIT 6008.06
FRED's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
53% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 15.69 vs. FRED: 6008.06 )
FRED' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.7   Max: 6843
Current: 6008.06

7.7
6843
PEG 67.00
FRED's PEG is ranked higher than
78% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 601.30 vs. FRED: 67.00 )
FRED' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.74   Max: 158.97
Current: 67

0.74
158.97
Shiller P/E 21.80
FRED's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
85% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 34.28 vs. FRED: 21.80 )
FRED' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 11.36   Max: 75.36
Current: 21.8

11.36
75.36
Current Ratio 2.27
FRED's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
93% of the 518 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. FRED: 2.27 )
FRED' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.83   Max: 3.39
Current: 2.27

1.83
3.39
Quick Ratio 0.51
FRED's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
62% of the 518 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.68 vs. FRED: 0.51 )
FRED' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 0.81
Current: 0.51

0.17
0.81

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 1.70
FRED's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
51% of the 447 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.81 vs. FRED: 1.70 )
FRED' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 1.93
Current: 1.7

0.21
1.93
Dividend Payout 9.22
FRED's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
52% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. FRED: 9.22 )
FRED' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.07   Max: 3.5
Current: 9.22

0.07
3.5
Dividend growth (3y) 14.50
FRED's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
89% of the 366 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. FRED: 14.50 )
FRED' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 35.7
Current: 14.5

0
35.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.54
FRED's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
77% of the 452 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.02 vs. FRED: 4.54 )
FRED' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 5.15
Current: 4.54

0.56
5.15
Share Buyback Rate 2.20
FRED's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
90% of the 360 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: -0.20 vs. FRED: 2.20 )
FRED' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 2.7   Max: -5
Current: 2.2

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Tangible Book 1.41
FRED's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
82% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.42 vs. FRED: 1.41 )
FRED' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 5.29
Current: 1.41

0.57
5.29
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.08
FRED's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
89% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.48 vs. FRED: 1.08 )
FRED' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.85   Max: 12.23
Current: 1.08

0.85
12.23
Price/Median PS Value 0.93
FRED's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
86% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. FRED: 0.93 )
FRED' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 4.11
Current: 0.93

0.54
4.11
Price/Graham Number 5.88
FRED's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
61% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.29 vs. FRED: 5.88 )
FRED' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.67   Max: 6.49
Current: 5.88

0.67
6.49
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 6.32
FRED's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
72% of the 386 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.65 vs. FRED: 6.32 )
FRED' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -10.8   Max: 23.6
Current: 6.32

-10.8
23.6

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Defensive » Discount Stores
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Traded in other countries:FR1A.Germany
Fred's, Inc., was founded in 1947. The Company is engaged in the sale of general merchandise through its retail discount stores and full service pharmacies. It operates 691 Company owned discount general merchandise stores, including 47 express stores as of February 2, 2013 in fifteen states mainly in the southeastern United States. In addition to the Company owned stores, there were 21 franchised 'Fred's' stores. Fred's stores generally serve low, middle and fixed income families located in small- to medium- sized towns (approximately 85% of Fred's stores are in markets with populations of 15,000 or fewer people). There were 346 full service pharmacies, which are included in the Company owned and express stores. Fred's stores stock over 12,000 frequently purchased items which address the everyday needs of its customers, including nationally recognized brand name products, proprietary 'Fred's' label products and lower priced off-brand products. Fred's stores are open seven days a week and store hours at locations are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pharmacy departments typically close at 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday and are closed all day on Sunday. The Company competes in respect to price, store location, in-stock consistency, merchandise quality, assortment and presentation, and customer service with many national, regional and local retailing establishments, including department stores, discount stores, variety stores, dollar stores, discount clothing stores, drug stores, grocery stores, outlet stores, convenience stores, warehouse stores and other stores. The Company is subject to numerous federal securities laws and regulations.
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