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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 210.46
FSTR's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
82% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.31 vs. FSTR: 210.46 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: 2491.53
Current: 210.46

0
2491.53
Equity to Asset 0.77
FSTR's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
92% of the 246 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

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

0.41
0.77
Interest Coverage 85.71
FSTR's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
72% of the 165 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 16.07 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: 7
Z-Score: 6.54
M-Score: -2.85
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
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 6.95
FSTR's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 230 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 4.38 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
79% of the 230 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
72% of the 229 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.23 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
86% of the 230 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 3.38 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
82% of the 230 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 15.62 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 (%) 8.90
FSTR's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 215 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. FSTR: 8.90 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -89.2   Max: 21.8
Current: 8.9

-89.2
21.8
EBITDA Growth (%) 9.20
FSTR's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 176 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 9.20 vs. FSTR: 9.20 )
FSTR' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -88.4   Max: 177.8
Current: 9.2

-88.4
177.8
EPS Growth (%) 13.90
FSTR's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 169 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 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


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

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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

FSTR Guru Trades in Q2 2013

John Keeley 942,192 sh (-0.16%)
Chuck Royce 1,817,007 sh (-0.23%)
Jim Simons 38,100 sh (-9.97%)
David Dreman 109,301 sh (-15.42%)
Joel Greenblatt 22,557 sh (-51.13%)
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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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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with FSTR

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$40.74 - $47.51 $ 48.288%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Reduce -75.2%0.04%$43.03 - $48.395 $ 48.286%8462
David Dreman 2013-09-30 Reduce -71.85%0.1%$40.69 - $47.77 $ 48.288%30772
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Add 51.26%0.02%$40.69 - $47.77 $ 48.288%34119
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Reduce -51.13%0.05%$39.82 - $45.73 $ 48.2811%22557
David Dreman 2013-03-31 New Buy0.15%$41.47 - $45 $ 48.2810%129223
John Keeley 2013-03-31 Reduce -13.82%0.15%$41.47 - $45 $ 48.2810%943682
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Add 52.54%0.03%$41.47 - $45 $ 48.2810%46157
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 New Buy0.08%$32.34 - $43.45 $ 48.2828%30258
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.07%$27.83 - $35.29 $ 48.2853%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 New Buy0.07%$25.56 - $29.31 $ 48.2877%31523
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 Sold Out 0.14%$30.22 - $43.58 $ 48.2833%0
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 18.00
FSTR's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
66% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 21.40 vs. FSTR: 18.00 )
FSTR' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 2.09   Max: 70.79
Current: 18

2.09
70.79
P/B 1.60
FSTR's P/B is ranked higher than
55% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 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 higher than
51% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.70 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 9.70
FSTR's PFCF is ranked higher than
86% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 35.17 vs. FSTR: 9.70 )
FSTR' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 7.19   Max: 989
Current: 9.7

7.19
989
EV-to-EBIT 10.52
FSTR's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
77% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 16.47 vs. FSTR: 10.52 )
FSTR' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 3.2   Max: 74.8
Current: 10.52

3.2
74.8
PEG 2.30
FSTR's PEG is ranked higher than
74% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 18.50 vs. FSTR: 2.30 )
FSTR' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 9.96
Current: 2.3

0.02
9.96
Shiller P/E 22.20
FSTR's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
86% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FSTR: 22.20 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 5.76   Max: 161.25
Current: 22.2

5.76
161.25
Current Ratio 3.45
FSTR's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
90% of the 247 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.87 vs. FSTR: 3.45 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.53   Max: 4.56
Current: 3.45

1.53
4.56
Quick Ratio 2.36
FSTR's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
89% of the 247 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. FSTR: 2.36 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.81   Max: 2.84
Current: 2.36

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 199 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 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 256 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 4.93 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
98% of the 201 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 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 157 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 5.70
FSTR's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
92% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FSTR: 5.70 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 2.04   Max: 27.21
Current: 5.7

2.04
27.21
Price/Tangible Book 2.10
FSTR's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
52% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 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) 0.90
FSTR's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
89% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FSTR: 0.90 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 7.49
Current: 0.9

0.28
7.49
Price/Median PS Value 1.30
FSTR's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
54% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. FSTR: 1.30 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.14   Max: 1.72
Current: 1.3

0.14
1.72
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.50
FSTR's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
79% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FSTR: 2.50 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 12.66
Current: 2.5

0.12
12.66
Price/Graham Number 1.30
FSTR's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
62% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.69 vs. FSTR: 1.30 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 2.19
Current: 1.3

0.34
2.19
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 9.70
FSTR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
72% of the 228 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.40 vs. FSTR: 9.70 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1.3   Max: 30.8
Current: 9.7

1.3
30.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 11.64
FSTR's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
70% of the 181 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 6.96 vs. FSTR: 11.64 )
FSTR' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -22.3   Max: 95.6
Current: 11.64

-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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