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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

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.17
FUL's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
58% of the 1013 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.76 vs. FUL: 0.17 )
FUL' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 1.43
Current: 0.17

0.01
1.43
Equity to Asset 0.49
FUL's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
59% of the 1006 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. FUL: 0.49 )
FUL' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.33   Max: 0.61
Current: 0.49

0.33
0.61
Interest Coverage 7.87
FUL's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
52% of the 626 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 22.80 vs. FUL: 7.87 )
FUL' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.5   Max: 13.75
Current: 7.87

1.5
13.75
F-Score: 3
Z-Score: 3.56
M-Score: -2.30
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
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history
Operating margin (%) 7.35
FUL's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 959 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.85 vs. FUL: 7.35 )
FUL' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 1.59   Max: 10.2
Current: 7.35

1.59
10.2
Net-margin (%) 4.73
FUL's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 960 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.79 vs. FUL: 4.73 )
FUL' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 1.19   Max: 9.68
Current: 4.73

1.19
9.68
ROE (%) 10.40
FUL's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 954 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.91 vs. FUL: 10.40 )
FUL' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 3.53   Max: 17.26
Current: 10.4

3.53
17.26
ROA (%) 5.17
FUL's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.41 vs. FUL: 5.17 )
FUL' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.53   Max: 9.08
Current: 5.17

1.53
9.08
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 20.50
FUL's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 959 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 11.44 vs. FUL: 20.50 )
FUL' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 4.84   Max: 35.24
Current: 20.5

4.84
35.24
Revenue Growth (%) 16.50
FUL's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 868 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. FUL: 16.50 )
FUL' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -7.3   Max: 16.5
Current: 16.5

-7.3
16.5
EBITDA Growth (%) 17.00
FUL's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 790 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. FUL: 17.00 )
FUL' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -16   Max: 30.6
Current: 17

-16
30.6
EPS Growth (%) 12.60
FUL's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 719 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. FUL: 12.60 )
FUL' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -28.1   Max: 64.8
Current: 12.6

-28.1
64.8
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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

FUL Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Jim Simons 159,100 sh (+2.91%)
Steven Cohen 15,406 sh (+1.18%)
Bill Frels 3,787,095 sh (-0.02%)
Mario Gabelli 326,450 sh (-0.31%)
Chuck Royce 9,022 sh (-95.66%)
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Q3 2013

FUL Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Joel Greenblatt 103,441 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 14,900 sh (New)
Bill Frels 3,793,676 sh (+0.17%)
Chuck Royce 9,022 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 313,450 sh (-3.98%)
Jim Simons 151,000 sh (-5.09%)
Steven Cohen 5,308 sh (-65.55%)
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Q4 2013

FUL Guru Trades in Q4 2013

John Burbank 20,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 176,600 sh (+16.95%)
Chuck Royce 9,022 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 304,250 sh (-2.94%)
Steven Cohen 5,060 sh (-4.67%)
Bill Frels 3,400,629 sh (-10.36%)
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Q1 2014

FUL Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 51,126 sh (New)
Mariko Gordon 64,601 sh (New)
Jim Simons 263,873 sh (+49.42%)
Chuck Royce 9,022 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
John Burbank Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 303,250 sh (-0.33%)
Bill Frels 3,382,123 sh (-0.54%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with FUL

(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
Mariko Gordon 2014-03-31 New Buy0.12%$45.07 - $52.74 $ 46.17-5%64601
John Burbank 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.03%$45.07 - $52.74 $ 46.17-5%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.15%$43.49 - $51.45 $ 46.17-5%0
John Burbank 2013-12-31 New Buy0.04%$43.49 - $51.45 $ 46.17-5%20000
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 New Buy0.15%$37.13 - $43.62 $ 46.1716%103441
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.03%$28.34 - $34 $ 46.1751%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Add 48.18%0.01%$28.93 - $33.05 $ 46.1747%11011
David Dreman 2012-03-31 Sold Out 0.34%$23.49 - $33.2 $ 46.1769%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 New Buy0.02%$23.49 - $33.2 $ 46.1769%7431
David Dreman 2011-12-31 Add 35.11%0.09%$17.06 - $23.64 $ 46.17117%652766
David Dreman 2011-06-30 New Buy0.22%$20.62 - $24.22 $ 46.17113%468199
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Bill Frels Comments on H.B. Fuller - Jun 25, 2014

Packaging and adhesive manufacturer H.B. Fuller (FUL) also disappointed, declining 7.23% due to weak revenue in Europe and slower than expected sales growth in the Americas. This company, along with Emerson Electric Company (EMR), which also detracted from the portfolio, was affected by the market’s rotation out of industrials stocks.



From Bill Frels' Mairs & Power Growth Fund First Quarter 2014 Commentary.



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Bill Frels Comments on H.B. Fuller
Packaging and adhesive manufacturer H.B. Fuller (FUL) also disappointed, declining 7.23% due to weak revenue in Europe and slower than expected sales growth in the Americas. This company, along with Emerson Electric Company (EMR), which also detracted from the portfolio, was affected by the market’s rotation out of industrials stocks. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 28.00
FUL's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
65% of the 1046 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 23.70 vs. FUL: 28.00 )
FUL' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.68   Max: 403.14
Current: 28

8.68
403.14
P/B 2.40
FUL's P/B is ranked higher than
54% of the 1046 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.78 vs. FUL: 2.40 )
FUL' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.93   Max: 2.87
Current: 2.4

0.93
2.87
P/S 1.10
FUL's P/S is ranked higher than
63% of the 1046 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. FUL: 1.10 )
FUL' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 1.42
Current: 1.1

0.38
1.42
EV-to-EBIT 20.69
FUL's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
68% of the 1046 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 18.45 vs. FUL: 20.69 )
FUL' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.5   Max: 417.8
Current: 20.69

6.5
417.8
PEG 4.50
FUL's PEG is ranked higher than
75% of the 1046 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 14.18 vs. FUL: 4.50 )
FUL' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 68.71
Current: 4.5

0.57
68.71
Shiller P/E 27.70
FUL's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
84% of the 1046 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FUL: 27.70 )
FUL' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.95   Max: 34.01
Current: 27.7

8.95
34.01
Current Ratio 2.26
FUL's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
77% of the 1010 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.78 vs. FUL: 2.26 )
FUL' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.56   Max: 2.57
Current: 2.26

1.56
2.57
Quick Ratio 1.49
FUL's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
74% of the 1010 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.21 vs. FUL: 1.49 )
FUL' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.9   Max: 2.04
Current: 1.49

0.9
2.04

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 0.90
FUL's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
73% of the 810 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.54 vs. FUL: 0.90 )
FUL' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.74   Max: 2.57
Current: 0.9

0.74
2.57
Dividend Payout 0.26
FUL's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
85% of the 1046 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.37 vs. FUL: 0.26 )
FUL' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.05   Max: 5.4
Current: 0.26

0.05
5.4
Dividend growth (3y) 11.50
FUL's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
83% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. FUL: 11.50 )
FUL' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 2.3   Max: 11.5
Current: 11.5

2.3
11.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.40
FUL's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
60% of the 816 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.89 vs. FUL: 1.40 )
FUL' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.15   Max: 3.99
Current: 1.4

1.15
3.99
Share Buyback Rate -1.00
FUL's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
68% of the 604 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. FUL: -1.00 )
FUL' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 6.7   Max: -4.6
Current: -1

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 4.80
FUL's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
55% of the 1046 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.14 vs. FUL: 4.80 )
FUL' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.54   Max: 6.37
Current: 4.8

1.54
6.37
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.40
FUL's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1046 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FUL: 2.40 )
FUL' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.72   Max: 28.35
Current: 2.4

0.72
28.35
Price/Median PS Value 1.30
FUL's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
52% of the 1046 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. FUL: 1.30 )
FUL' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 1.49
Current: 1.3

0.41
1.49
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.60
FUL's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
86% of the 1046 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FUL: 2.60 )
FUL' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.79   Max: 38.68
Current: 2.6

0.79
38.68
Price/Graham Number 2.40
FUL's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
60% of the 1046 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. FUL: 2.40 )
FUL' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.82   Max: 6.57
Current: 2.4

0.82
6.57
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 4.80
FUL's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
60% of the 911 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.40 vs. FUL: 4.80 )
FUL' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.2   Max: 15.3
Current: 4.8

0.2
15.3
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 12.30
FUL's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
80% of the 746 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 7.09 vs. FUL: 12.30 )
FUL' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -5.1   Max: 26.9
Current: 12.3

-5.1
26.9

Business Description

Industry: Chemicals » Specialty Chemicals
Compare:NEU, SCL, VAL, POL, CYT » details
Traded in other countries:HB1.Germany
H.B. Fuller Company was founded in 1887 and incorporated as a Minnesota corporation in 1915. The Company is a worldwide formulator, manufacturer and marketer of adhesives, sealants, paints and other specialty chemical products. Sales operations span 40 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa. Customers use its adhesives products in manufacturing common consumer goods, including food and beverage containers, disposable diapers, windows, doors, flooring, appliances, sportswear and footwear. It also provides adhesives for industrial applications such as water filtration products and multi-wall bags. The Company has established different product offerings for residential specialty construction markets such as tile-setting adhesives, grout, sealants and related products. Its business is reported in six operating segments. The North America Adhesives, EIMEA, Latin America Adhesives and Asia Pacific operating segments produce and supply industrial adhesives products for applications in various markets including assembly (appliances, filters, construction, etc.), packaging (food and beverage containers, flexible packaging, consumer goods, package integrity and re-enforcement, durable and non-durable goods, etc.), converting (corrugation, tape and label, paper converting, envelopes, books, multi-wall bags and sacks), nonwoven and hygiene (disposable diapers, feminine care, medical garments, tissue and towel), performance wood (windows, doors, wood flooring) and textile (footwear, sportswear, etc.). The North America Adhesives operating segment includes a range of specialty adhesives such as thermoplastic, thermoset, reactive, water-based and solvent-based products. Sales are made mainly through a direct sales force with a smaller portion of sales through distributors. The Construction Products operating segment includes products used for tile setting (adhesives, grouts, mortars, sealers, levelers, etc.), heating, ventilation and air conditioning and insulation applications (duct sealants, weather barriers and fungicidal coatings, block fillers, etc.). Construction product sales are made through a direct sales force, distributors and retailers. The EIMEA operating segment is comprised of an adhesives component with the same range of products as the North America Adhesives operating segment. EIMEA adhesives sales are made through both a direct sales force and distributors. The Latin America Adhesives operating segment is similar to that of the North America Adhesives operating segment and sales are made mainly through a direct sales force. The Latin America Paints operating segment has a market position in Central America under the Glidden and Protecto brands. Paint sales for residential and commercial applications (architectural, marine, highway safety, etc.) are made mainly through distributors and its network of retail stores located throughout Central America. The Asia Pacif

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