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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 0.15
KR's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
51% of the 484 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.83 vs. KR: 0.15 )
KR' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.15

Equity to Asset 0.20
KR's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
52% of the 482 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. KR: 0.20 )
KR' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.53   Max: 0.25
Current: 0.2

-0.53
0.25
Interest Coverage 5.98
KR's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
54% of the 359 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 14.64 vs. KR: 5.98 )
KR' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.51   Max: 5.98
Current: 5.98

1.51
5.98
F-Score: 8
Z-Score: 5.30
M-Score: -2.79
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 : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 2.86
KR's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 486 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. KR: 2.86 )
KR' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 1.41   Max: 4.97
Current: 2.86

1.41
4.97
Net-margin (%) 1.55
KR's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 486 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.37 vs. KR: 1.55 )
KR' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -0.18   Max: 2.33
Current: 1.55

-0.18
2.33
ROE (%) 35.58
KR's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 477 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.99 vs. KR: 35.58 )
KR' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -2.94   Max: 35.58
Current: 35.58

-2.94
35.58
ROA (%) 6.07
KR's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 485 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.42 vs. KR: 6.07 )
KR' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -0.51   Max: 7.38
Current: 6.07

-0.51
7.38
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 18.58
KR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 485 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.02 vs. KR: 18.58 )
KR' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 7.33   Max: 40.7
Current: 18.58

7.33
40.7
Revenue Growth (%) 15.10
KR's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 330 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. KR: 15.10 )
KR' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 3   Max: 15.1
Current: 15.1

3
15.1
EBITDA Growth (%) 26.90
KR's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 298 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. KR: 26.90 )
KR' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -11.8   Max: 26.9
Current: 26.9

-11.8
26.9
EPS Growth (%) 193.80
KR's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
100% of the 297 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 vs. KR: 193.80 )
KR' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -58.5   Max: 193.8
Current: 193.8

-58.5
193.8
» KR's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

KR Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Ken Heebner 1,150,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 347,200 sh (New)
David Dreman 14,593 sh (+18.23%)
Ken Fisher 396,901 sh (+12.82%)
Jeff Auxier 246,084 sh (+0.55%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 111,000 sh (unchged)
John Hussman Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Ruane Cunniff Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Charles Brandes 4,102,875 sh (-9.88%)
Paul Tudor Jones 20,800 sh (-29.73%)
Joel Greenblatt 58,359 sh (-57.91%)
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Q2 2013

KR Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Steven Cohen 16,496 sh (New)
John Hussman 500,000 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 158,985 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 113,544 sh (+94.56%)
Paul Tudor Jones 32,200 sh (+54.81%)
Ken Fisher 436,835 sh (+10.06%)
Jeff Auxier 246,234 sh (+0.06%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 111,000 sh (unchged)
Ken Heebner Sold Out
Charles Brandes 3,576,172 sh (-12.84%)
David Dreman 10,578 sh (-27.51%)
Jim Simons 35,000 sh (-89.92%)
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Q3 2013

KR Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Jim Simons 2,354,500 sh (+6627.14%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2,025,968 sh (+1725.2%)
Steven Cohen 56,788 sh (+244.25%)
David Dreman 13,880 sh (+31.22%)
Jeremy Grantham 192,353 sh (+20.99%)
Jeff Auxier 246,234 sh (unchged)
John Hussman 500,000 sh (unchged)
Charles Brandes Sold Out
Ken Fisher 395,785 sh (-9.4%)
Joel Greenblatt 67,593 sh (-40.47%)
Paul Tudor Jones 15,400 sh (-52.17%)
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Q4 2013

KR Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Ray Dalio 26,000 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 27,694 sh (+79.83%)
Jeremy Grantham 274,392 sh (+42.65%)
David Dreman 14,701 sh (+5.91%)
John Hussman Sold Out
Jeff Auxier 245,934 sh (-0.12%)
Steven Cohen 53,554 sh (-5.69%)
Ken Fisher 351,532 sh (-11.18%)
Jim Simons 1,392,300 sh (-40.87%)
Joel Greenblatt 31,052 sh (-54.06%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 111,000 sh (-94.52%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with KR

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
John Hussman 2013-12-31 Sold Out 1.1%$39.54 - $43.42 $ 44.287%0
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2013-12-31 Reduce -94.52%0.23%$39.54 - $43.42 $ 44.287%111000
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Reduce -54.06%0.05%$39.54 - $43.42 $ 44.287%31052
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 New Buy0.01%$39.54 - $43.42 $ 44.287%26000
Charles Brandes 2013-09-30 Sold Out 1.5%$35.6 - $40.99 $ 44.2815%0
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2013-09-30 Add 1725.2%0.23%$35.6 - $40.99 $ 44.2815%2025968
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Reduce -40.47%0.07%$35.6 - $40.99 $ 44.2815%67593
David Dreman 2013-09-30 Add 31.22%0.01%$35.6 - $40.99 $ 44.2815%13880
John Hussman 2013-06-30 New Buy0.79%$31.88 - $35.52 $ 44.2830%500000
Charles Brandes 2013-06-30 Reduce -12.84%0.21%$31.88 - $35.52 $ 44.2830%3576172
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Add 94.56%0.08%$31.88 - $35.52 $ 44.2830%113544
David Dreman 2013-06-30 Reduce -27.51%$31.88 - $35.52 $ 44.2830%10578
John Hussman 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.69%$25.28 - $33.14 $ 44.2854%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Reduce -57.91%0.12%$25.28 - $33.14 $ 44.2854%58359
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.11%$25.28 - $33.14 $ 44.2854%0
Ruane Cunniff 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.03%$25.28 - $33.14 $ 44.2854%0
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 15.10
KR's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
79% of the 432 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.70 vs. KR: 15.10 )
KR' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 9.14   Max: 3385.71
Current: 15.1

9.14
3385.71
P/B 4.60
KR's P/B is ranked lower than
62% of the 471 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. KR: 4.60 )
KR' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.38   Max: 4.66
Current: 4.6

2.38
4.66
P/S 0.23
KR's P/S is ranked higher than
81% of the 490 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. KR: 0.23 )
KR' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 0.33
Current: 0.23

0.13
0.33
PFCF 21.20
KR's PFCF is ranked higher than
69% of the 298 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 21.50 vs. KR: 21.20 )
KR' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 8.33   Max: 71.63
Current: 21.2

8.33
71.63
EV-to-EBIT 11.60
KR's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
72% of the 457 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 13.48 vs. KR: 11.60 )
KR' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.4   Max: 29.4
Current: 11.6

5.4
29.4
PEG 1.60
KR's PEG is ranked higher than
72% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.29 vs. KR: 1.60 )
KR' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 774.51
Current: 1.6

0.56
774.51
Shiller P/E 25.90
KR's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
54% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.14 vs. KR: 25.90 )
KR' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 12.02   Max: 29.08
Current: 25.9

12.02
29.08

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 1.42
KR's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
63% of the 408 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.88 vs. KR: 1.42 )
KR' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 2.1
Current: 1.42

0.27
2.1
Dividend Payout 0.21
KR's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
81% of the 361 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.33 vs. KR: 0.21 )
KR' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 0.32
Current: 0.21

0.12
0.32
Dividend growth (3y) 10.70
KR's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
84% of the 231 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. KR: 10.70 )
KR' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 23.2
Current: 10.7

0
23.2
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.18
KR's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
55% of the 415 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. KR: 2.18 )
KR' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.42   Max: 3.28
Current: 2.18

0.42
3.28
Share Buyback Rate 6.20
KR's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
96% of the 271 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.10 vs. KR: 6.20 )
KR' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 6.2   Max: -18.1
Current: 6.2

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 6.10
KR's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
65% of the 414 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. KR: 6.10 )
KR' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 3.19   Max: 92.76
Current: 6.1

3.19
92.76
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.50
KR's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
65% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. KR: 1.50 )
KR' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.87   Max: 7.3
Current: 1.5

0.87
7.3
Price/Median PS Value 1.10
KR's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
56% of the 460 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. KR: 1.10 )
KR' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 2.09
Current: 1.1

0.41
2.09
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.30
KR's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
68% of the 141 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. KR: 1.30 )
KR' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 555.75
Current: 1.3

0.6
555.75
Price/Graham Number 2.00
KR's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
56% of the 380 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. KR: 2.00 )
KR' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.29   Max: 34.2
Current: 2

1.29
34.2
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.60
KR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
75% of the 467 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.40 vs. KR: 8.60 )
KR' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3.4   Max: 18.7
Current: 8.6

3.4
18.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 14.02
KR's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
83% of the 279 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.93 vs. KR: 14.02 )
KR' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -4.3   Max: 22.8
Current: 14.02

-4.3
22.8

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Defensive » Grocery Stores
Compare:TSCDY, WOLWF, WFAFY, CBD, CRRFY » details
Traded in other countries:KOG.Germany
Kroger Company, an Ohio corporation was founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1902. It operates as a retailer in the United States. It also manufactures and processes some of the food for sale in its supermarkets. The Company operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores throughout the United States. It operates 2,424 supermarkets and multi-department stores, 1,169 of which had fuel centers. The Company's retail operating divisions have been aggregated into one reportable segment due to the operating divisions having similar economic characteristics with similar long-term financial performance. The Company's corporate brand products are produced and sold in three tiers. 'Private Selection' is the premium quality brand designed to be a unique item in a category or to meet or beat the 'gourmet' or 'upscale' brands. The 'banner brand' (Kroger, Ralphs, King Soopers, etc.), which represents the majority of the Company's private label items, is designed to satisfy its customers' families with quality products. In addition, the Company recently introduced two corporate brand lines, Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic. The Company's stores operate under several banners that have strong local ties and brand recognition. Supermarkets are generally operated under one of the following formats: combination food and drug stores (combo stores); multi-department stores; marketplace stores; or price impact warehouses. The combo stores are the main food store format. Multi-department stores are significantly larger in size than combo stores. In addition to the departments offered at a typical combo store, multi-department stores sell a selection of general merchandise items such as apparel, home fashion and furnishings, electronics, automotive products, toys and fine jewelry. Marketplace stores are smaller in size than multi-department stores. They offer full-service grocery and pharmacy departments as well as an expanded general merchandise area that includes outdoor living products, electronics, home goods and toys. Price impact warehouse stores offer a 'no-frills, low cost' warehouse format and feature everyday low prices plus promotions for a selection of grocery and health and beauty care items. The operating environment for the food retailing industry continues to be characterized by intense price competition, aggressive supercenter expansion, increasing fragmentation of retail formats, entry of non-traditional competitors and market consolidation. Its stores are subject to various laws, regulations, and administrative practices that affect its business.

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