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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 : 6/10

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industry
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Cash to Debt 0.59
LG's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
87% of the 825 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 0.20 vs. LG: 0.59 )
LG' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.59

Equity to Asset 0.42
LG's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
81% of the 819 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 0.34 vs. LG: 0.42 )
LG' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 0.45
Current: 0.42

0.24
0.45
Interest Coverage 3.37
LG's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
75% of the 531 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.47 vs. LG: 3.37 )
LG' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.32   Max: 5.05
Current: 3.37

2.32
5.05
F-Score: 3
Z-Score: 1.57
M-Score: -1.97
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 : 5/10

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Operating margin (%) 10.64
LG's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 847 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 12.84 vs. LG: 10.64 )
LG' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 5.04   Max: 17.24
Current: 10.64

5.04
17.24
Net-margin (%) 5.79
LG's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 847 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 7.45 vs. LG: 5.79 )
LG' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.51   Max: 5.89
Current: 5.79

2.51
5.89
ROE (%) 7.70
LG's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 844 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 8.61 vs. LG: 7.70 )
LG' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 6.4   Max: 17.02
Current: 7.7

6.4
17.02
ROA (%) 2.88
LG's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 853 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 2.95 vs. LG: 2.88 )
LG' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.11   Max: 4.95
Current: 2.88

2.11
4.95
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 9.11
LG's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 851 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 8.36 vs. LG: 9.11 )
LG' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 6.26   Max: 24.39
Current: 9.11

6.26
24.39
Revenue Growth (%) -20.70
LG's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 752 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 4.30 vs. LG: -20.70 )
LG' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -77.2   Max: 415.5
Current: -20.7

-77.2
415.5
EBITDA Growth (%) -4.80
LG's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 725 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. LG: -4.80 )
LG' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 386.3
Current: -4.8

0
386.3
EPS Growth (%) -6.10
LG's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 642 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. LG: -6.10 )
LG' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -76.8   Max: 409.2
Current: -6.1

-76.8
409.2
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

LG Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Jim Simons 20,600 sh (-21.71%)
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Q4 2013

LG Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 14,617 sh (New)
Jim Simons 68,800 sh (+233.98%)
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Q1 2014

LG Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Jim Simons 44,569 sh (-35.22%)
Paul Tudor Jones 7,636 sh (-47.76%)
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Q2 2014

LG Guru Trades in Q2 2014

NWQ Managers 446,243 sh (New)
Jim Simons 303,700 sh (+581.42%)
Paul Tudor Jones 26,457 sh (+246.48%)
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NWQ Managers 2014-06-30 New Buy0.22%$45.11 - $48.5 $ 48.384%446243
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.03%$37.37 - $41.96 $ 48.3821%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 New Buy0.03%$33.52 - $39.74 $ 48.3828%5420
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 17.80
LG's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
81% of the 892 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 20.00 vs. LG: 17.80 )
LG' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.94   Max: 19.43
Current: 17.8

8.94
19.43
P/B 1.36
LG's P/B is ranked higher than
82% of the 892 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.53 vs. LG: 1.36 )
LG' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.24   Max: 2.4
Current: 1.36

1.24
2.4
P/S 1.03
LG's P/S is ranked higher than
84% of the 892 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.55 vs. LG: 1.03 )
LG' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.29   Max: 1.12
Current: 1.03

0.29
1.12
PFCF 40.66
LG's PFCF is ranked higher than
81% of the 892 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 107.67 vs. LG: 40.66 )
LG' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 3.51   Max: 69.12
Current: 40.66

3.51
69.12
EV-to-EBIT 15.10
LG's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
84% of the 892 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 17.78 vs. LG: 15.10 )
LG' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.8   Max: 3151.8
Current: 15.1

8.8
3151.8
Shiller P/E 16.70
LG's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
90% of the 892 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 22.53 vs. LG: 16.70 )
LG' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 11.2   Max: 19.83
Current: 16.7

11.2
19.83
Current Ratio 3.11
LG's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
96% of the 839 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.03 vs. LG: 3.11 )
LG' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.67   Max: 4.6
Current: 3.11

0.67
4.6
Quick Ratio 2.69
LG's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
96% of the 839 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 0.92 vs. LG: 2.69 )
LG' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 4.21
Current: 2.69

0.34
4.21

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 3.64
LG's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
59% of the 748 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.28 vs. LG: 3.64 )
LG' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 2.84   Max: 5.1
Current: 3.64

2.84
5.1
Dividend Payout 0.65
LG's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
70% of the 892 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 0.72 vs. LG: 0.65 )
LG' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 33.5
Current: 0.65

0.16
33.5
Dividend growth (3y) 2.50
LG's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
77% of the 563 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 2.60 vs. LG: 2.50 )
LG' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 3
Current: 2.5

0
3
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.07
LG's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
63% of the 754 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.49 vs. LG: 4.07 )
LG' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 3.21   Max: 5.77
Current: 4.07

3.21
5.77
Share Buyback Rate -5.60
LG's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
66% of the 585 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: -1.60 vs. LG: -5.60 )
LG' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 78.2   Max: -381.5
Current: -5.6

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 1.58
LG's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
84% of the 892 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 2.19 vs. LG: 1.58 )
LG' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.24   Max: 2.21
Current: 1.58

1.24
2.21
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.09
LG's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
90% of the 892 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.00 vs. LG: 1.09 )
LG' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.83   Max: 1461.5
Current: 1.09

0.83
1461.5
Price/Median PS Value 2.14
LG's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
59% of the 892 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.03 vs. LG: 2.14 )
LG' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.72   Max: 2.22
Current: 2.14

0.72
2.22
Price/Graham Number 1.28
LG's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
82% of the 892 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.56 vs. LG: 1.28 )
LG' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.82   Max: 1.51
Current: 1.28

0.82
1.51
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.60
LG's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
80% of the 774 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 6.60 vs. LG: 6.60 )
LG' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3.9   Max: 11.4
Current: 6.6

3.9
11.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 4.09
LG's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
77% of the 733 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 4.14 vs. LG: 4.09 )
LG' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -1.9   Max: 11.2
Current: 4.09

-1.9
11.2

Business Description

Industry: Utilities - Regulated » Utilities - Regulated Gas
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Laclede Group, Inc. was established in the year 1857 and incorporated in the state of Missouri. It is a public utility holding Company. The company is committed towards providing natural gas services through its regulated core utility operations, while engaging in non-regulated activities that provide sustainable growth. All of its subsidiaries are wholly owned. The company operates through two key business segments: Regulated Gas Distribution & Non-Regulated Gas Marketing. The Regulated Gas Distribution segment includes Laclede Gas Company, its largest subsidiary and core business unit. Laclede Gas is a public utility engaged in the retail distribution and sale of natural gas. Laclede Gas is the largest natural gas distribution utility in Missouri, serving approximately 628,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the City of St. Louis and parts of ten counties in eastern Missouri. The Non-Regulated Gas Marketing segment includes Laclede Energy Resources, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary engaged in the marketing of natural gas and related activities on a non-regulated basis. LER markets natural gas to both on-system Utility transportation customers and customers outside of Laclede Gas'. The company focuses its gas supply portfolio around a number of large natural gas suppliers with equity ownership or control of assets strategically situated to complement Laclede's regionally diverse firm transportation arrangements. Laclede Gas utilizes both Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast gas sources to provide a level of supply diversity that facilitates the optimization of pricing differentials as well as protecting against the potential of regional supply disruptions. Laclede Gas purchased natural gas from 28 different suppliers to meet current gas sales and storage injection requirements. The main competition is the local electric company and suppliers of fuel oil, coal, propane in outlying areas. The business of Laclede Gas has monopoly characteristics being the lone distributor of natural gas within its franchised service area. Laclede Pipeline also provides transportation services to third parties. The company is subject to various environmental laws and regulations. Laclede Group is also engaged in other activities such as real estate development, compression of natural gas, and financial investments in other enterprises.
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