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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
vs
history
Cash to Debt 4.08
FRED's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
80% of the 484 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.83 vs. FRED: 4.08 )
FRED' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 11.79
Current: 4.08

0.01
11.79
Equity to Asset 0.65
FRED's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
87% of the 482 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. FRED: 0.65 )
FRED' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.55   Max: 0.77
Current: 0.65

0.55
0.77
Interest Coverage 71.18
FRED's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
81% of the 359 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 14.64 vs. FRED: 71.18 )
FRED' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 7.57   Max: 110.84
Current: 71.18

7.57
110.84
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 5.75
M-Score: -2.65
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 : 7/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 2.00
FRED's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 486 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. FRED: 2.00 )
FRED' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 3.77
Current: 2

0.92
3.77
Net-margin (%) 1.52
FRED's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 486 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.37 vs. FRED: 1.52 )
FRED' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 2.52
Current: 1.52

0.6
2.52
ROE (%) 6.87
FRED's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 477 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.99 vs. FRED: 6.87 )
FRED' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 2.34   Max: 11.45
Current: 6.87

2.34
11.45
ROA (%) 4.58
FRED's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 485 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.42 vs. FRED: 4.58 )
FRED' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.71   Max: 8.02
Current: 4.58

1.71
8.02
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 9.53
FRED's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 485 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.02 vs. FRED: 9.53 )
FRED' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 4.05   Max: 17.15
Current: 9.53

4.05
17.15
Revenue Growth (%) 5.90
FRED's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 330 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. FRED: 5.90 )
FRED' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 15.6
Current: 5.9

0.4
15.6
EBITDA Growth (%) 9.50
FRED's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 298 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. FRED: 9.50 )
FRED' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -12.8   Max: 31.5
Current: 9.5

-12.8
31.5
EPS Growth (%) 11.10
FRED's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 297 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 vs. FRED: 11.10 )
FRED' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -27.6   Max: 48.1
Current: 11.1

-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

Q1 2013

FRED Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Joel Greenblatt 35,171 sh (New)
Jim Simons 44,023 sh (+43.4%)
Chuck Royce 2,500 sh (unchged)
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Q2 2013

FRED Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 16,700 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 6,500 sh (+160%)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 31,743 sh (-9.75%)
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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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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with FRED

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 $ 17.45%54121
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.02%$15.63 - $17.49 $ 17.45%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 New Buy0.02%$12.43 - $14.42 $ 17.430%35171
George Soros 2011-06-30 Sold Out $13.21 - $14.6 $ 17.426%0
George Soros 2011-03-31 New Buy$12.39 - $14.17 $ 17.430%17900
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 22.30
FRED's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
58% of the 432 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.70 vs. FRED: 22.30 )
FRED' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 13.36   Max: 68.68
Current: 22.3

13.36
68.68
P/B 1.40
FRED's P/B is ranked higher than
69% of the 471 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. FRED: 1.40 )
FRED' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.85   Max: 5.29
Current: 1.4

0.85
5.29
P/S 0.32
FRED's P/S is ranked higher than
71% of the 490 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. FRED: 0.32 )
FRED' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 1.19
Current: 0.32

0.18
1.19
PFCF 34.10
FRED's PFCF is ranked higher than
52% of the 298 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 21.50 vs. FRED: 34.10 )
FRED' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.25   Max: 215.33
Current: 34.1

6.25
215.33
EV-to-EBIT 14.90
FRED's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
55% of the 457 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 13.48 vs. FRED: 14.90 )
FRED' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.7   Max: 44.8
Current: 14.9

7.7
44.8
PEG 1.70
FRED's PEG is ranked higher than
71% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.29 vs. FRED: 1.70 )
FRED' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.74   Max: 73.69
Current: 1.7

0.74
73.69
Shiller P/E 25.30
FRED's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
55% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.14 vs. FRED: 25.30 )
FRED' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 11.36   Max: 76.06
Current: 25.3

11.36
76.06

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 1.38
FRED's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
65% of the 408 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.88 vs. FRED: 1.38 )
FRED' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 1.93
Current: 1.38

0.21
1.93
Dividend Payout 0.31
FRED's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
69% of the 361 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.33 vs. FRED: 0.31 )
FRED' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.07   Max: 3.5
Current: 0.31

0.07
3.5
Dividend growth (3y) 29.70
FRED's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
96% of the 231 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. FRED: 29.70 )
FRED' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 35.7
Current: 29.7

0
35.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 5.67
FRED's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
88% of the 415 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. FRED: 5.67 )
FRED' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.85   Max: 7.82
Current: 5.67

0.85
7.82
Share Buyback Rate 2.70
FRED's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
92% of the 271 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.10 vs. FRED: 2.70 )
FRED' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 2.7   Max: -5
Current: 2.7

Valuation & Return

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industry
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Price/Net Current Asset Value 32.20
FRED's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
58% of the 79 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 10.60 vs. FRED: 32.20 )
FRED' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 5.51   Max: 342.55
Current: 32.2

5.51
342.55
Price/Tangible Book 1.60
FRED's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
65% of the 414 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. FRED: 1.60 )
FRED' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 5.29
Current: 1.6

0.57
5.29
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.10
FRED's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
77% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. FRED: 1.10 )
FRED' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.85   Max: 12.23
Current: 1.1

0.85
12.23
Price/Median PS Value 1.10
FRED's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
63% of the 460 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. FRED: 1.10 )
FRED' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.53   Max: 3.97
Current: 1.1

0.53
3.97
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.70
FRED's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
55% of the 141 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. FRED: 1.70 )
FRED' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.72   Max: 4.8
Current: 1.7

0.72
4.8
Price/Graham Number 1.30
FRED's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
66% of the 380 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. FRED: 1.30 )
FRED' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.63   Max: 3.32
Current: 1.3

0.63
3.32
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.70
FRED's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
61% of the 467 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.40 vs. FRED: 6.70 )
FRED' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.2   Max: 13
Current: 6.7

2.2
13
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 15.32
FRED's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
84% of the 279 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.93 vs. FRED: 15.32 )
FRED' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -10.8   Max: 23.6
Current: 15.32

-10.8
23.6

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Defensive » Discount Stores
Compare:WMT, WMMVY, DG, FDO, DLTR » details
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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