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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 : 4/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash-to-Debt 0.19
NAS:FSTR's Cash-to-Debt is ranked lower than
63% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.33 vs. NAS:FSTR: 0.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash-to-Debt only.
NAS:FSTR' s Cash-to-Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.02  Med: 0.19 Max: 1636.52
Current: 0.19
0.02
1636.52
Equity-to-Asset 0.34
NAS:FSTR's Equity-to-Asset is ranked lower than
68% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.44 vs. NAS:FSTR: 0.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity-to-Asset only.
NAS:FSTR' s Equity-to-Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.34  Med: 0.55 Max: 0.77
Current: 0.34
0.34
0.77
Piotroski F-Score: 3
Altman Z-Score: 1.18
Beneish M-Score: -3.15
WACC vs ROIC
12.54%
-8.78%
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 : 4/10

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industry
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history
Operating Margin % -1.07
NAS:FSTR's Operating Margin % is ranked lower than
80% of the 759 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 5.76 vs. NAS:FSTR: -1.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating Margin % only.
NAS:FSTR' s Operating Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.07  Med: 6.07 Max: 8.44
Current: -1.07
-1.07
8.44
Net Margin % -29.30
NAS:FSTR's Net Margin % is ranked lower than
91% of the 767 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.61 vs. NAS:FSTR: -29.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net Margin % only.
NAS:FSTR' s Net Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -29.3  Med: 4.11 Max: 21.75
Current: -29.3
-29.3
21.75
ROE % -67.09
NAS:FSTR's ROE % is ranked lower than
96% of the 755 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 6.06 vs. NAS:FSTR: -67.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE % only.
NAS:FSTR' s ROE % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -68.09  Med: 8.13 Max: 70.99
Current: -67.09
-68.09
70.99
ROA % -29.52
NAS:FSTR's ROA % is ranked lower than
97% of the 775 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.69 vs. NAS:FSTR: -29.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA % only.
NAS:FSTR' s ROA % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -29.52  Med: 5.72 Max: 39.07
Current: -29.52
-29.52
39.07
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % -67.25
NAS:FSTR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
97% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 8.72 vs. NAS:FSTR: -67.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % only.
NAS:FSTR' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -67.25  Med: 25.98 Max: 126.05
Current: -67.25
-67.25
126.05
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate -6.90
NAS:FSTR's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked lower than
77% of the 692 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. NAS:FSTR: -6.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate only.
NAS:FSTR' s 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -6.9  Med: 4.8 Max: 21.8
Current: -6.9
-6.9
21.8
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Guru Trades

Q1 2016

FSTR Guru Trades in Q1 2016

Paul Tudor Jones 14,453 sh (+18.03%)
Jim Simons 146,400 sh (+0.90%)
Chuck Royce 109,500 sh (unchged)
Keeley Asset Management Corp Sold Out
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss Sold Out
Richard Snow 472,841 sh (-25.26%)
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Q2 2016

FSTR Guru Trades in Q2 2016

Mario Gabelli 36,013 sh (New)
Richard Snow 493,441 sh (+4.36%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Chuck Royce 105,400 sh (-3.74%)
Jim Simons 128,600 sh (-12.16%)
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Q3 2016

FSTR Guru Trades in Q3 2016

Mario Gabelli 40,000 sh (+11.07%)
Chuck Royce 105,400 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons 125,600 sh (-2.33%)
Richard Snow 451,703 sh (-8.46%)
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Q4 2016

FSTR Guru Trades in Q4 2016

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Jim Simons 145,500 sh (+15.84%)
Chuck Royce 105,400 sh (unchged)
Richard Snow 354,323 sh (-21.56%)
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Business Description

Industry: Transportation & Logistics » Railroads    NAICS: 423510    SIC: 5051
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Traded in other countries:LB1A.Germany,
LB Foster Co manufactures, fabricates and distributes products and services for the rail, construction, energy and utility markets.

L.B. 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 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 Company markets

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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Insider Invests in L.B. Foster Director buys a total 132,336 shares of railway supplier
Bradley Vizi, director and 10% owner of L.B. Foster Co. (NASDAQ:FSTR), purchased a combined 132,336 shares of the company between March 7 and March 24. He paid an average price of $13.20 per share according to SEC filings. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
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history
PB Ratio 0.97
FSTR's PB Ratio is ranked higher than
61% of the 988 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.26 vs. FSTR: 0.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
FSTR' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.36  Med: 1.4 Max: 4.1
Current: 0.97
0.36
4.1
PS Ratio 0.27
FSTR's PS Ratio is ranked higher than
89% of the 979 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.25 vs. FSTR: 0.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
FSTR' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.16  Med: 0.69 Max: 1.2
Current: 0.27
0.16
1.2
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 11.61
FSTR's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked higher than
60% of the 420 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 15.05 vs. FSTR: 11.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
FSTR' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.85  Med: 11.4 Max: 108.51
Current: 11.61
1.85
108.51
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 6.75
FSTR's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked higher than
52% of the 627 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 8.33 vs. FSTR: 6.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
FSTR' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.51  Med: 8.93 Max: 105.19
Current: 6.75
1.51
105.19
Shiller PE Ratio 12.49
FSTR's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked higher than
71% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 21.57 vs. FSTR: 12.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
FSTR' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.07  Med: 17.15 Max: 93.9
Current: 12.49
4.07
93.9
Current Ratio 2.42
FSTR's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
83% of the 732 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.19 vs. FSTR: 2.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
FSTR' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.89  Med: 2.48 Max: 3.64
Current: 2.42
1.89
3.64
Quick Ratio 1.41
FSTR's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
65% of the 732 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. FSTR: 1.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
FSTR' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.84  Med: 1.45 Max: 2.4
Current: 1.41
0.84
2.4
Days Inventory 85.11
FSTR's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
90% of the 597 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 10.92 vs. FSTR: 85.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
FSTR' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 64.66  Med: 77.84 Max: 107.06
Current: 85.11
64.66
107.06
Days Sales Outstanding 47.78
FSTR's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
57% of the 550 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 43.01 vs. FSTR: 47.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
FSTR' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 36.22  Med: 46.79 Max: 60.11
Current: 47.78
36.22
60.11
Days Payable 35.04
FSTR's Days Payable is ranked lower than
54% of the 459 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 37.41 vs. FSTR: 35.04 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
FSTR' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 35.04  Med: 41.83 Max: 52.86
Current: 35.04
35.04
52.86

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield % 0.98
FSTR's Dividend Yield % is ranked lower than
85% of the 962 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. FSTR: 0.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield % only.
FSTR' s Dividend Yield % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.06  Med: 0.3 Max: 1.68
Current: 0.98
0.06
1.68
Forward Dividend Yield % 1.31
FSTR's Forward Dividend Yield % is ranked lower than
81% of the 928 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.60 vs. FSTR: 1.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield % only.
N/A
5-Year Yield-on-Cost % 1.35
FSTR's 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % is ranked lower than
90% of the 1059 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.14 vs. FSTR: 1.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % only.
FSTR' s 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.08  Med: 0.42 Max: 2.37
Current: 1.35
0.08
2.37
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -0.40
FSTR's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
64% of the 398 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: -2.10 vs. FSTR: -0.40 )
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: -4.3  Med: -0.4 Max: 4.7
Current: -0.4
-4.3
4.7

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price-to-Tangible-Book 2.46
FSTR's Price-to-Tangible-Book is ranked lower than
76% of the 900 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.27 vs. FSTR: 2.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Tangible-Book only.
FSTR' s Price-to-Tangible-Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.34  Med: 1.43 Max: 2.91
Current: 2.46
0.34
2.91
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 0.37
FSTR's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked higher than
91% of the 539 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.34 vs. FSTR: 0.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
FSTR' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.26  Med: 0.92 Max: 6.39
Current: 0.37
0.26
6.39
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 0.37
FSTR's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked higher than
95% of the 922 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. FSTR: 0.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
FSTR' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.13  Med: 0.62 Max: 1.61
Current: 0.37
0.13
1.61
Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value 0.59
FSTR's Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 232 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.36 vs. FSTR: 0.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value only.
FSTR' s Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 1.14 Max: 4.86
Current: 0.59
0
4.86
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % -55.28
FSTR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 1059 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 6.24 vs. FSTR: -55.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
FSTR' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -55.46  Med: 10.9 Max: 125.5
Current: -55.28
-55.46
125.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % 27.85
FSTR's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked higher than
92% of the 472 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 4.95 vs. FSTR: 27.85 )
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: 15.4 Max: 107.7
Current: 27.85
-19.1
107.7

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $483.5
EPS (TTM) $ -13.79
Beta2.85
Short Percentage of Float1.77%
52-Week Range $9.25 - 20.77
Shares Outstanding (Mil)10.32

Analyst Estimate

Dec17 Dec18
Revenue (Mil $) 472 507
EPS ($) -0.59 0.32
EPS without NRI ($) -0.59 0.32
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
10.00%
Dividends per Share ($) 0.16
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Headlines

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KEELEY Small Cap Value Fund Q3 2015 Manager Commentary Nov 03 2015 
Royce Special Equity Fund Semiannual Letter to Shareholders Sep 18 2015 
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Keeley Small-Cap Value Fund Second Quarter 2015 Commentary Sep 16 2015 

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