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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 0.20
FSTR's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
65% of the 816 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.37 vs. FSTR: 0.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
FSTR' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.02  Med: 0.19 Max: 1636.52
Current: 0.2
0.02
1636.52
Equity to Asset 0.50
FSTR's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
58% of the 814 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. FSTR: 0.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
FSTR' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.42  Med: 0.55 Max: 0.77
Current: 0.5
0.42
0.77
Interest Coverage 6.59
FSTR's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
51% of the 617 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. FSTR: 6.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
FSTR' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.29  Med: 25.81 Max: 85.71
Current: 6.59
5.29
85.71
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 2.21
M-Score: -3.05
WACC vs ROIC
15.46%
1.62%
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 : 6/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 4.62
FSTR's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
58% of the 811 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 6.36 vs. FSTR: 4.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
FSTR' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.96  Med: 6.39 Max: 7.66
Current: 4.62
3.96
7.66
Net-margin (%) -7.12
FSTR's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
85% of the 818 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 4.11 vs. FSTR: -7.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
FSTR' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -7.12  Med: 4.18 Max: 21.75
Current: -7.12
-7.12
21.75
ROE (%) -14.07
FSTR's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
88% of the 808 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 7.03 vs. FSTR: -14.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
FSTR' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -14.37  Med: 8.55 Max: 70.99
Current: -14.07
-14.37
70.99
ROA (%) -7.24
FSTR's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
90% of the 828 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.08 vs. FSTR: -7.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
FSTR' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -8.4  Med: 5.91 Max: 39.07
Current: -7.24
-8.4
39.07
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -20.35
FSTR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
93% of the 807 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 9.71 vs. FSTR: -20.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
FSTR' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -24.54  Med: 26.30 Max: 126.05
Current: -20.35
-24.54
126.05
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 1.90
FSTR's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
50% of the 694 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. FSTR: 1.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
FSTR' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -6.1  Med: 4.80 Max: 21.8
Current: 1.9
-6.1
21.8
» FSTR's 10-Y Financials

Financials (Next Earnings Date: 2016-05-03)


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

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Guru Trades

Q1 2015

FSTR Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 32,756 sh (New)
Richard Snow 33,140 sh (New)
Jim Simons 29,600 sh (+14.73%)
David Dreman 41,072 sh (+8.23%)
Mario Gabelli Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
John Keeley 822,626 sh (-0.67%)
Chuck Royce 1,560,780 sh (-10.17%)
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Q2 2015

FSTR Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Richard Snow 122,855 sh (+270.72%)
Jim Simons 61,973 sh (+109.37%)
David Dreman 44,702 sh (+8.84%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 34,543 sh (+5.46%)
John Keeley 772,669 sh (-6.07%)
Chuck Royce 1,437,378 sh (-7.91%)
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Q3 2015

FSTR Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Richard Snow 476,224 sh (+287.63%)
Jim Simons 183,881 sh (+196.71%)
David Dreman 50,885 sh (+13.83%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 34,543 sh (unchged)
John Keeley 667,133 sh (-13.66%)
Chuck Royce 441,080 sh (-69.31%)
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Q4 2015

FSTR Guru Trades in Q4 2015

Paul Tudor Jones 12,245 sh (New)
Richard Snow 632,649 sh (+32.85%)
David Dreman Sold Out
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 32,964 sh (-4.57%)
Jim Simons 145,100 sh (-21.09%)
Chuck Royce 109,500 sh (-75.17%)
John Keeley 90 sh (-99.99%)
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Guru Investment Theses on L.B. Foster Co

Keeley Funds Comments on L.B. Foster and Co. - Nov 16, 2015

The industrials sector was difficult during the quarter and L.B. Foster and Co. (NASDAQ:FSTR) was the largest detractor in the sector and the portfolio’s second largest detractor overall. The stock fell over 64 percent during the quarter and continues struggle after falling earlier in the year, costing the Fund 54 basis points in performance. The company is still reeling from a legal battle with long-time client Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP), which is lasting longer the expected. Management thought the lawsuit was controllable but UNP continues to press and will not settle. This resulted in management withdrawing all UNP related business from its earnings guidance. The company also made an acquisition of some oil service assets in an attempt to diversify its business. Given the decline in oil, one could argue the purchase was ill-timed. But we continue to see a company selling for less than ten times earnings after eliminating UNP revenue, which basically gives zero value for the recent acquisitions.





From Keeley Small Cap Fund third quarter 2015 commentary.



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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
Forward P/E 15.67
FSTR's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
62% of the 143 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 13.35 vs. FSTR: 15.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
P/B 0.75
FSTR's P/B is ranked higher than
69% of the 795 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. FSTR: 0.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
FSTR' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.36  Med: 1.48 Max: 4.26
Current: 0.75
0.36
4.26
P/S 0.32
FSTR's P/S is ranked higher than
79% of the 789 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.92 vs. FSTR: 0.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
FSTR' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.16  Med: 0.69 Max: 1.2
Current: 0.32
0.16
1.2
PFCF 4.92
FSTR's PFCF is ranked higher than
81% of the 301 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 14.34 vs. FSTR: 4.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
FSTR' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.47  Med: 11.83 Max: 108.51
Current: 4.92
2.47
108.51
POCF 3.58
FSTR's POCF is ranked higher than
72% of the 483 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 6.80 vs. FSTR: 3.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
FSTR' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.82  Med: 9.29 Max: 105.19
Current: 3.58
1.82
105.19
Shiller P/E 8.07
FSTR's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
80% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 20.27 vs. FSTR: 8.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
FSTR' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.08  Med: 17.92 Max: 107.13
Current: 8.07
4.08
107.13
Current Ratio 2.34
FSTR's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
84% of the 785 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. FSTR: 2.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
FSTR' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.89  Med: 2.57 Max: 3.64
Current: 2.34
1.89
3.64
Quick Ratio 1.29
FSTR's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
59% of the 785 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. FSTR: 1.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
FSTR' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.84  Med: 1.50 Max: 2.4
Current: 1.29
0.84
2.4
Days Inventory 74.64
FSTR's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
88% of the 632 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 12.67 vs. FSTR: 74.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
FSTR' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 64.66  Med: 78.81 Max: 114.39
Current: 74.64
64.66
114.39
Days Sales Outstanding 45.36
FSTR's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
55% of the 607 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 41.25 vs. FSTR: 45.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
FSTR' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 36.22  Med: 49.68 Max: 59.44
Current: 45.36
36.22
59.44
Days Payable 41.49
FSTR's Days Payable is ranked higher than
59% of the 538 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 35.16 vs. FSTR: 41.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
FSTR' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 35.3  Med: 43.32 Max: 62
Current: 41.49
35.3
62

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 0.80
FSTR's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
88% of the 875 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.67 vs. FSTR: 0.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
FSTR' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.06  Med: 0.27 Max: 1.61
Current: 0.8
0.06
1.61
Dividend Growth (3y) 17.00
FSTR's Dividend Growth (3y) is ranked higher than
80% of the 372 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. FSTR: 17.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Growth (3y) only.
FSTR' s Dividend Growth (3y) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0.00 Max: 17
Current: 17
0
17
Forward Dividend Yield 0.79
FSTR's Forward Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
89% of the 812 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.73 vs. FSTR: 0.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield only.
N/A
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.78
FSTR's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
100% of the 970 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.69 vs. FSTR: 0.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
FSTR' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.06  Med: 0.27 Max: 1.61
Current: 0.78
0.06
1.61
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -0.10
FSTR's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
72% of the 455 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: -1.20 vs. FSTR: -0.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
FSTR' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -5.1  Med: 0.00 Max: 3.8
Current: -0.1
-5.1
3.8

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 3.15
FSTR's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
81% of the 746 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. FSTR: 3.15 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
FSTR' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.34  Med: 1.35 Max: 2.91
Current: 3.15
0.34
2.91
Price/Projected FCF 0.39
FSTR's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
92% of the 354 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.25 vs. FSTR: 0.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
FSTR' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.26  Med: 0.95 Max: 6.39
Current: 0.39
0.26
6.39
Price/Median PS Value 0.49
FSTR's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
90% of the 703 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.01 vs. FSTR: 0.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
FSTR' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.13  Med: 0.62 Max: 1.61
Current: 0.49
0.13
1.61
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.00
FSTR's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 193 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. FSTR: 1.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
FSTR' s Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.21  Med: 1.12 Max: 4.86
Current: 1
0.21
4.86
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) -13.66
FSTR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
91% of the 806 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 6.00 vs. FSTR: -13.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
FSTR' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -13.93  Med: 10.30 Max: 125.5
Current: -13.66
-13.93
125.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 20.71
FSTR's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 440 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 4.58 vs. FSTR: 20.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
FSTR' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -19.1  Med: 14.55 Max: 107.7
Current: 20.71
-19.1
107.7

More Statistics

Revenue(Mil) $625
EPS $ -4.34
Beta2.58
Short Percentage of Float4.60%
52-Week Range $8.80 - 46.49
Shares Outstanding(Mil)10.23

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17
Revenue(Mil) 608 613
EPS($) 1.15 1.30
EPS without NRI($) 1.15 1.30

Business Description

Industry: Transportation & Logistics » Railroads
Compare:HKSE:08027, TSE:9046, TSE:9033, HKSE:00306, TSE:9014, MIL:FNM » details
LB Foster Co was formed in the year 1902. The Company manufactures and distributes products and services for rail, construction, energy, and utility markets. The Company classifies its activities into three business segments; Rail Products, Construction Products, and Tubular Products. The Company's Rail Products segment is comprised of manufacturing and distribution businesses, which provides products for railroads, transit authorities, industrial companies and missing applications for North America and the United Kingdom. It has sales offices in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and bids on rail projects where it can offer products manufactured or sourced from numerous suppliers. The Company produces rail anchors and track spikes at its manufacturing plant in St. Jean, Quebec for the Canadian railroads with some export sales. The segment is composed of the following business units; rail manufacturing and distribution, rail technology and concrete products. The Company provides new and used rail, trackwork, and accessories to railroads, mines, and industry. The Company designs and produces concrete railroad ties, insulated rail joints, power rail, track fasteners, and special accessories for mass transit and other rail systems. Company's Construction Products segment is composed of business units such as piling, fabricated products, and precast concrete buildings. Piling products are sourced from various manufacturers and either sold or rented to project owners and contractors. The Company sells steel piling, H-bearing piling, pipe piling, and provides rental sheet piling for foundation requirements. In addition, the Company supplies precast concrete buildings, bridge decking, bridge railing, expansion joints and other products for highway construction and repair. The Building division produces precast concrete buildings. The fabricated products unit manufactures fabricated steel and aluminum products for the highway, bridge and transit industries, including grid reinforced concrete deck and open steel grid flooring systems, guardrails, expansion joints and bridge forms. The CXT concrete buildings unit manufactures concrete buildings primarily for national, state and municipal parks. This unit manufactures restrooms, concession stands and other protective storage buildings available in multiple designs, textures and colors. The Company's Tubular Products segment has two discrete business units; coated pipe and threaded products. The Company has two coated pipe locations, Birmingham, AL facility and Willis, TX. The Company's Tubular Products supplies pipe coatings for natural gas pipelines and utilities. The Company also produces threaded pipe products for industrial water well and irrigation markets. The Company, along with its joint venture, L.B. Pipe & Coupling Products, LLC, manufactures, markets and sells various precision couplings and other products for the energy, utility and construction markets. The Compan
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