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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 219.99
FSTR's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
81% of the 242 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.29 vs. FSTR: 219.99 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: 2491.53
Current: 219.99

0
2491.53
Equity to Asset 0.75
FSTR's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
90% of the 246 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. FSTR: 0.75 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 0.77
Current: 0.75

0.41
0.77
Interest Coverage 85.71
FSTR's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
72% of the 179 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 19.61 vs. FSTR: 85.71 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.99   Max: 85.71
Current: 85.71

0.99
85.71
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 6.04
M-Score: -2.41
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 (%) 6.95
FSTR's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 244 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 4.36 vs. FSTR: 6.95 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.66   Max: 8.44
Current: 6.95

0.66
8.44
Net-margin (%) 4.90
FSTR's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 244 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.89 vs. FSTR: 4.90 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -4.43   Max: 21.75
Current: 4.9

-4.43
21.75
ROE (%) 9.26
FSTR's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 243 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.87 vs. FSTR: 9.26 )
FSTR' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -17.31   Max: 51.77
Current: 9.26

-17.31
51.77
ROA (%) 7.08
FSTR's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 244 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 3.46 vs. FSTR: 7.08 )
FSTR' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -8.53   Max: 33.47
Current: 7.08

-8.53
33.47
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 26.41
FSTR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 244 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 16.39 vs. FSTR: 26.41 )
FSTR' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 2.3   Max: 32.55
Current: 26.41

2.3
32.55
Revenue Growth (%) 8.30
FSTR's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 216 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. FSTR: 8.30 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -89.2   Max: 21.8
Current: 8.3

-89.2
21.8
EBITDA Growth (%) 8.40
FSTR's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 177 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 8.80 vs. FSTR: 8.40 )
FSTR' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -88.4   Max: 177.8
Current: 8.4

-88.4
177.8
EPS Growth (%) 13.90
FSTR's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 168 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 4.70 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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Financials


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Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

FSTR Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Joel Greenblatt 34,119 sh (+51.26%)
John Keeley 970,642 sh (+3.02%)
Chuck Royce 1,850,969 sh (+1.87%)
Jim Simons 30,700 sh (-19.42%)
David Dreman 30,772 sh (-71.85%)
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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

Mario Gabelli 5,650 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 9,559 sh (New)
Third Avenue Management 58,326 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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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 2014-06-30 New Buy0.01%$45.61 - $54.58 $ 52.426%9559
Mario Gabelli 2014-06-30 New Buy$45.61 - $54.58 $ 52.426%5650
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$40.74 - $47.51 $ 52.4217%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Reduce -75.2%0.04%$43.03 - $48.395 $ 52.4215%8462
David Dreman 2013-09-30 Reduce -71.85%0.1%$40.69 - $47.77 $ 52.4218%30772
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Add 51.26%0.02%$40.69 - $47.77 $ 52.4218%34119
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Reduce -51.13%0.05%$39.82 - $45.73 $ 52.4220%22557
John Keeley 2013-03-31 Reduce -13.82%0.15%$41.47 - $45 $ 52.4220%943682
David Dreman 2013-03-31 New Buy0.15%$41.47 - $45 $ 52.4220%129223
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Add 52.54%0.03%$41.47 - $45 $ 52.4220%46157
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 New Buy0.08%$32.34 - $43.45 $ 52.4239%30258
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.07%$27.83 - $35.29 $ 52.4267%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 New Buy0.07%$25.56 - $29.31 $ 52.4292%31523
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 Sold Out 0.14%$30.22 - $43.58 $ 52.4244%0
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 19.80
FSTR's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
59% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 21.30 vs. FSTR: 19.80 )
FSTR' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 2.09   Max: 70.79
Current: 19.8

2.09
70.79
P/B 1.60
FSTR's P/B is ranked higher than
51% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. FSTR: 1.60 )
FSTR' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.67   Max: 4.26
Current: 1.6

0.67
4.26
P/S 0.90
FSTR's P/S is ranked lower than
62% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.62 vs. FSTR: 0.90 )
FSTR' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.19   Max: 1.21
Current: 0.9

0.19
1.21
PFCF 17.10
FSTR's PFCF is ranked higher than
76% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 35.48 vs. FSTR: 17.10 )
FSTR' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 7.23   Max: 989
Current: 17.1

7.23
989
EV-to-EBIT 11.70
FSTR's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
74% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 15.86 vs. FSTR: 11.70 )
FSTR' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 3.2   Max: 74.8
Current: 11.7

3.2
74.8
PEG 2.60
FSTR's PEG is ranked higher than
73% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FSTR: 2.60 )
FSTR' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 9.96
Current: 2.6

0.02
9.96
Shiller P/E 23.80
FSTR's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
81% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FSTR: 23.80 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 5.76   Max: 161.25
Current: 23.8

5.76
161.25
Current Ratio 3.00
FSTR's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
85% of the 149 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.74 vs. FSTR: 3.00 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.53   Max: 4.56
Current: 3

1.53
4.56
Quick Ratio 2.07
FSTR's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
85% of the 149 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.07 vs. FSTR: 2.07 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.81   Max: 2.84
Current: 2.07

0.81
2.84

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 0.20
FSTR's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
98% of the 200 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.96 vs. FSTR: 0.20 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 0.37
Current: 0.2

0.06
0.37
Dividend Payout 0.04
FSTR's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
100% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.56 vs. FSTR: 0.04 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.03   Max: 0.36
Current: 0.04

0.03
0.36
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.20
FSTR's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
99% of the 205 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.15 vs. FSTR: 0.20 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 0.37
Current: 0.2

0.06
0.37
Share Buyback Rate 0.30
FSTR's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
79% of the 156 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: -0.30 vs. FSTR: 0.30 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 3.8   Max: -880.7
Current: 0.3

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Net Current Asset Value 6.10
FSTR's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
93% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FSTR: 6.10 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 2.04   Max: 27.21
Current: 6.1

2.04
27.21
Price/Tangible Book 2.40
FSTR's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
55% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. FSTR: 2.40 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 3.75
Current: 2.4

0.34
3.75
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.00
FSTR's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
84% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. FSTR: 1.00 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 7.49
Current: 1

0.28
7.49
Price/Median PS Value 1.40
FSTR's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
55% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. FSTR: 1.40 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.14   Max: 1.69
Current: 1.4

0.14
1.69
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.40
FSTR's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
78% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FSTR: 2.40 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 12.66
Current: 2.4

0.12
12.66
Price/Graham Number 1.50
FSTR's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
57% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. FSTR: 1.50 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 2.19
Current: 1.5

0.34
2.19
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.20
FSTR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
66% of the 230 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.20 vs. FSTR: 8.20 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1.3   Max: 30.8
Current: 8.2

1.3
30.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 12.02
FSTR's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
72% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.45 vs. FSTR: 12.02 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -22.3   Max: 95.6
Current: 12.02

-22.3
95.6

Business Description

Industry: Industrial Distribution » Industrial Distribution
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L.B. Foster formed in the year 1902, the company manufactures and distributes products and services for rail, construction, energy, and utility markets. For rail markets (46% of consolidated revenue), L.B. Foster provides new and used rail 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. For the construction industry (47% of revenue), the company sells and rents pilings for foundation building. In addition, Foster supplies precast concrete buildings, fabricated structural steel, bridge decking, bridge railing, expansion joints, and other products for highway construction and repair. For tubular markets (7% of revenue), the firm supplies pipe coatings for natural gas pipelines and utilities. The company also produces threaded pipe products for industrial water well and irrigation markets and sells micro piles for construction foundation repair and slope stabilization.
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