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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
vs
history
Cash to Debt 231.33
FSTR's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
96% of the 1145 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.32 vs. FSTR: 231.33 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: 2491.53
Current: 231.33

0
2491.53
Equity to Asset 0.74
FSTR's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
95% of the 1136 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.45 vs. FSTR: 0.74 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 0.77
Current: 0.74

0.41
0.77
Interest Coverage 85.71
FSTR's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
88% of the 725 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 5.69 vs. FSTR: 85.71 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.11   Max: 85.71
Current: 85.71

1.11
85.71
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 5.58
M-Score: -2.74
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 (%) 6.50
FSTR's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 1152 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 7.23 vs. FSTR: 6.50 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 7.66
Current: 6.5

0.92
7.66
Net-margin (%) 4.47
FSTR's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1152 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 4.62 vs. FSTR: 4.47 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -4.43   Max: 21.75
Current: 4.47

-4.43
21.75
ROE (%) 8.38
FSTR's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 1138 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 7.38 vs. FSTR: 8.38 )
FSTR' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -15.96   Max: 70.99
Current: 8.38

-15.96
70.99
ROA (%) 6.29
FSTR's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1159 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.16 vs. FSTR: 6.29 )
FSTR' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -7.77   Max: 39.07
Current: 6.29

-7.77
39.07
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 26.34
FSTR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 1158 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 8.11 vs. FSTR: 26.34 )
FSTR' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 3.37   Max: 29.87
Current: 26.34

3.37
29.87
Revenue Growth (%) 8.30
FSTR's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 1030 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. FSTR: 8.30 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -89.2   Max: 873.8
Current: 8.3

-89.2
873.8
EBITDA Growth (%) 8.40
FSTR's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 939 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. FSTR: 8.40 )
FSTR' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -88.4   Max: 1063.7
Current: 8.4

-88.4
1063.7
EPS Growth (%) 13.90
FSTR's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 806 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. FSTR: 13.90 )
FSTR' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -42.4   Max: 382.2
Current: 13.9

-42.4
382.2
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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

FSTR Guru Trades in Q4 2013

David Dreman 35,114 sh (+14.11%)
John Keeley 1,026,418 sh (+5.75%)
Chuck Royce 1,851,686 sh (+0.04%)
Jim Simons 27,200 sh (-11.4%)
Joel Greenblatt 8,462 sh (-75.2%)
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Q1 2014

FSTR Guru Trades in Q1 2014

David Dreman 36,183 sh (+3.04%)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Chuck Royce 1,850,686 sh (-0.05%)
John Keeley 1,006,001 sh (-1.99%)
Jim Simons 20,292 sh (-25.4%)
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Q2 2014

FSTR Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Joel Greenblatt 9,559 sh (New)
Third Avenue Management 58,326 sh (New)
Mario Gabelli 5,650 sh (New)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Chuck Royce 1,843,858 sh (-0.37%)
David Dreman 35,385 sh (-2.21%)
John Keeley 937,754 sh (-6.78%)
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Q3 2014

FSTR Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Third Avenue Management 66,826 sh (+14.57%)
Mario Gabelli 6,150 sh (+8.85%)
David Dreman 35,824 sh (+1.24%)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Chuck Royce 1,834,602 sh (-0.5%)
John Keeley 834,869 sh (-10.97%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with FSTR

(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 2014-09-30 Sold Out 0.01%$46.9 - $56.45 $ 46.35-9%0
Third Avenue Management 2014-06-30 New Buy0.06%$45.61 - $54.58 $ 46.35-7%58326
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 New Buy0.01%$45.61 - $54.58 $ 46.35-7%9559
Mario Gabelli 2014-06-30 New Buy$45.61 - $54.58 $ 46.35-7%5650
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$40.74 - $47.51 $ 46.353%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Reduce -75.2%0.04%$43.03 - $48.395 $ 46.351%8462
David Dreman 2013-09-30 Reduce -71.85%0.1%$40.69 - $47.77 $ 46.354%30772
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Add 51.26%0.02%$40.69 - $47.77 $ 46.354%34119
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Reduce -51.13%0.05%$39.82 - $45.73 $ 46.356%22557
John Keeley 2013-03-31 Reduce -13.82%0.15%$41.47 - $45 $ 46.356%943682
David Dreman 2013-03-31 New Buy0.15%$41.47 - $45 $ 46.356%129223
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Add 52.54%0.03%$41.47 - $45 $ 46.356%46157
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 New Buy0.08%$32.34 - $43.45 $ 46.3523%30258
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.07%$27.83 - $35.29 $ 46.3547%0
Richard Snow 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.02%$27.83 - $35.29 $ 46.3547%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 New Buy0.07%$25.56 - $29.31 $ 46.3570%31523
Richard Snow 2011-12-31 New Buy0.02%$21.02 - $30.18 $ 46.3574%12825
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 17.90
FSTR's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
80% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 24.00 vs. FSTR: 17.90 )
FSTR' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 2.09   Max: 70.79
Current: 17.9

2.09
70.79
P/B 1.40
FSTR's P/B is ranked higher than
72% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. FSTR: 1.40 )
FSTR' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.67   Max: 4.26
Current: 1.4

0.67
4.26
P/S 0.80
FSTR's P/S is ranked higher than
77% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. FSTR: 0.80 )
FSTR' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 1.21
Current: 0.8

0.23
1.21
PFCF 10.50
FSTR's PFCF is ranked higher than
92% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FSTR: 10.50 )
FSTR' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 7.23   Max: 112.38
Current: 10.5

7.23
112.38
EV-to-EBIT 10.31
FSTR's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
92% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 20.49 vs. FSTR: 10.31 )
FSTR' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 3.3   Max: 48.7
Current: 10.31

3.3
48.7
PEG 2.41
FSTR's PEG is ranked higher than
86% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FSTR: 2.41 )
FSTR' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 6.8
Current: 2.41

0.02
6.8
Shiller P/E 21.00
FSTR's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
83% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 38.25 vs. FSTR: 21.00 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 5.8   Max: 161.25
Current: 21

5.8
161.25
Current Ratio 2.81
FSTR's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
93% of the 1152 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.27 vs. FSTR: 2.81 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.53   Max: 4.56
Current: 2.81

1.53
4.56
Quick Ratio 1.87
FSTR's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
88% of the 1152 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. FSTR: 1.87 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.8   Max: 2.84
Current: 1.87

0.8
2.84

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 0.30
FSTR's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
94% of the 881 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.88 vs. FSTR: 0.30 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 0.37
Current: 0.3

0.06
0.37
Dividend Payout 0.05
FSTR's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
99% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.78 vs. FSTR: 0.05 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.03   Max: 0.36
Current: 0.05

0.03
0.36
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.30
FSTR's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
92% of the 895 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.98 vs. FSTR: 0.30 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 0.37
Current: 0.3

0.06
0.37
Share Buyback Rate 0.30
FSTR's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
89% of the 705 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. FSTR: 0.30 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 89.9   Max: -880.7
Current: 0.3

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Net Current Asset Value 5.80
FSTR's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
98% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FSTR: 5.80 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 2.04   Max: 27.21
Current: 5.8

2.04
27.21
Price/Tangible Book 2.10
FSTR's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
69% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. FSTR: 2.10 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 3.75
Current: 2.1

0.34
3.75
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.80
FSTR's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
92% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 7.05 vs. FSTR: 0.80 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 7.59
Current: 0.8

0.28
7.59
Price/Median PS Value 1.20
FSTR's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
69% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. FSTR: 1.20 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 1.64
Current: 1.2

0.13
1.64
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.10
FSTR's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
90% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FSTR: 2.10 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 12.66
Current: 2.1

0.12
12.66
Price/Graham Number 1.30
FSTR's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
79% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.82 vs. FSTR: 1.30 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 2.11
Current: 1.3

0.34
2.11
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 9.90
FSTR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
91% of the 1134 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. FSTR: 9.90 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.1   Max: 30.4
Current: 9.9

2.1
30.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 14.30
FSTR's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
88% of the 935 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.16 vs. FSTR: 14.30 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -19.6   Max: 86.9
Current: 14.3

-19.6
86.9

Business Description

Industry: Transportation & Logistics » Railroads
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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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