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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
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.02
LG's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
92% of the 558 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 0.26 vs. LG: 0.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
LG' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.05 Max: 1.2
Current: 0.02
0.01
1.2
Equity to Asset 0.31
LG's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
58% of the 549 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 0.35 vs. LG: 0.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
LG' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.24  Med: 0.31 Max: 0.45
Current: 0.31
0.24
0.45
Interest Coverage 3.60
LG's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
57% of the 295 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 4.31 vs. LG: 3.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
LG' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.32  Med: 3.60 Max: 5.05
Current: 3.6
2.32
5.05
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 1.02
M-Score: -2.58
WACC vs ROIC
4.65%
6.29%
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 : 5/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 13.32
LG's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 571 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 11.97 vs. LG: 13.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
LG' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 5.04  Med: 7.91 Max: 17.24
Current: 13.32
5.04
17.24
Net-margin (%) 7.05
LG's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
50% of the 571 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 7.05 vs. LG: 7.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
LG' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.51  Med: 3.76 Max: 5.89
Current: 7.05
2.51
5.89
ROE (%) 9.48
LG's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
54% of the 566 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 8.74 vs. LG: 9.48 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
LG' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 6.41  Med: 10.99 Max: 17.02
Current: 9.48
6.41
17.02
ROA (%) 3.09
LG's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 581 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.05 vs. LG: 3.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
LG' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.06  Med: 3.19 Max: 4.95
Current: 3.09
2.06
4.95
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 10.18
LG's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 577 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 9.00 vs. LG: 10.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
LG' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 6.42  Med: 12.17 Max: 14.36
Current: 10.18
6.42
14.36
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -14.40
LG's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
91% of the 481 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.50 vs. LG: -14.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LG' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -77.2  Med: -3.00 Max: 415.5
Current: -14.4
-77.2
415.5
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -1.30
LG's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
63% of the 450 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. LG: -1.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LG' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0  Med: 0.40 Max: 386.3
Current: -1.3
0
386.3
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -6.40
LG's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
68% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. LG: -6.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LG' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -76.8  Med: 0.60 Max: 409.2
Current: -6.4
-76.8
409.2
» LG's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

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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Q3 2014

LG Guru Trades in Q3 2014

NWQ Managers 711,920 sh (+59.54%)
Jim Simons 353,000 sh (+16.23%)
Paul Tudor Jones 6,790 sh (-74.34%)
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Q4 2014

LG Guru Trades in Q4 2014

NWQ Managers 981,670 sh (+37.89%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Jim Simons 210,000 sh (-40.51%)
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Q1 2015

LG Guru Trades in Q1 2015

NWQ Managers 1,229,018 sh (+25.20%)
Jim Simons Sold Out
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 16.05
LG's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
57% of the 470 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 17.40 vs. LG: 16.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
LG' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.94  Med: 14.45 Max: 20.8
Current: 16.05
8.94
20.8
Forward P/E 15.48
LG's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
58% of the 262 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 14.53 vs. LG: 15.48 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 15.90
LG's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
56% of the 466 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 17.20 vs. LG: 15.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
LG' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 9.64  Med: 14.73 Max: 20.69
Current: 15.9
9.64
20.69
P/B 1.39
LG's P/B is ranked higher than
57% of the 562 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.55 vs. LG: 1.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
LG' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.24  Med: 1.53 Max: 2.4
Current: 1.39
1.24
2.4
P/S 1.10
LG's P/S is ranked higher than
58% of the 604 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. LG: 1.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
LG' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.29  Med: 0.49 Max: 1.16
Current: 1.1
0.29
1.16
PFCF 79.14
LG's PFCF is ranked lower than
86% of the 251 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 17.55 vs. LG: 79.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
LG' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 3.51  Med: 13.74 Max: 81.08
Current: 79.14
3.51
81.08
POCF 8.33
LG's POCF is ranked lower than
56% of the 468 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 7.71 vs. LG: 8.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
LG' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 2.8  Med: 6.67 Max: 97.03
Current: 8.33
2.8
97.03
EV-to-EBIT 16.48
LG's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
58% of the 485 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 14.70 vs. LG: 16.48 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
LG' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.8  Med: 12.20 Max: 3151.8
Current: 16.48
8.8
3151.8
Shiller P/E 18.31
LG's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
56% of the 343 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 19.44 vs. LG: 18.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
LG' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 11.12  Med: 15.16 Max: 20.32
Current: 18.31
11.12
20.32
Current Ratio 0.75
LG's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
76% of the 561 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. LG: 0.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
LG' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.67  Med: 1.07 Max: 4.6
Current: 0.75
0.67
4.6
Quick Ratio 0.61
LG's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
77% of the 561 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.03 vs. LG: 0.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
LG' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.34  Med: 0.75 Max: 4.21
Current: 0.61
0.34
4.21
Days Inventory 52.68
LG's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
78% of the 508 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 23.47 vs. LG: 52.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
LG' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 33.68  Med: 82.20 Max: 119.89
Current: 52.68
33.68
119.89
Days Sales Outstanding 66.13
LG's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
69% of the 458 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 50.66 vs. LG: 66.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
LG' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 23.11  Med: 31.84 Max: 61.48
Current: 66.13
23.11
61.48

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 3.48
LG's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
56% of the 832 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.72 vs. LG: 3.48 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
LG' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 2.84  Med: 4.20 Max: 5.1
Current: 3.48
2.84
5.1
Dividend Payout 0.54
LG's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
51% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. LG: 0.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
LG' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.16  Med: 0.38 Max: 33.5
Current: 0.54
0.16
33.5
Dividend growth (3y) 2.80
LG's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked lower than
53% of the 299 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. LG: 2.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
LG' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0  Med: 2.10 Max: 3
Current: 2.8
0
3
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.96
LG's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
52% of the 832 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 4.09 vs. LG: 3.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
LG' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 3.23  Med: 4.78 Max: 5.8
Current: 3.96
3.23
5.8
Share Buyback Rate -17.40
LG's Share Buyback Rate is ranked lower than
89% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: -1.40 vs. LG: -17.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
LG' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 78.2  Med: -1.30 Max: -381.5
Current: -17.4

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 3.40
LG's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
74% of the 509 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.88 vs. LG: 3.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
LG' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.24  Med: 1.61 Max: 3.87
Current: 3.4
1.24
3.87
Price/Projected FCF 1.17
LG's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
66% of the 284 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.61 vs. LG: 1.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
LG' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.83  Med: 1.53 Max: 1461.5
Current: 1.17
0.83
1461.5
Price/Median PS Value 2.28
LG's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
93% of the 527 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. LG: 2.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
LG' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.71  Med: 1.14 Max: 2.28
Current: 2.28
0.71
2.28
Price/Graham Number 1.57
LG's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
69% of the 398 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.21 vs. LG: 1.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
LG' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.82  Med: 1.05 Max: 2.03
Current: 1.57
0.82
2.03
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 6.05
LG's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 575 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. LG: 6.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
LG' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 3.8  Med: 8.30 Max: 11.4
Current: 6.05
3.8
11.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 6.66
LG's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 351 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.05 vs. LG: 6.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
LG' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: 2.4  Med: 6.60 Max: 11.8
Current: 6.66
2.4
11.8

Analyst Estimate

Sep15 Sep16 Sep17 Sep18
EPS($) 3.16 3.38 3.51 3.75
EPS without NRI($) 3.16 3.38 3.51 3.75

Business Description

Industry: Utilities - Regulated » Utilities - Regulated Gas
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Traded in other countries:LGPRU.USA, LGR.Germany,
Laclede Group Inc is a public utility holding company formed through a corporate restructuring that became effective October 1, 2001. The Company has two business segments: Gas Utility and Gas Marketing. The Gas Utility segment includes the regulated operations of Laclede Gas Company (the Utility). It is engaged in the retail distribution and sale of natural gas, and is the natural gas distribution utility in Missouri, serving more than 1.13 million residential, commercial and industrial customers. The Gas Marketing segment includes Laclede Energy Resources, Inc. (LER), a wholly owned subsidiary engaged in the marketing of natural gas and related activities on a non-regulated basis. The Utility focuses its gas supply portfolio around a number of natural gas suppliers with equity ownership or control of assets strategically situated to complement its regionally diverse firm transportation arrangements. It also engages in other businesses, including transportation of liquid propane regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as well as non-regulated activities, including, among other activities, real estate development, the compression of natural gas, and financial investments in other enterprises. It is engaged in the marketing of natural gas and providing energy services to both on-system utility transportation customers and customers outside of the Utilitys traditional service area. The Utility's business has monopoly characteristics in that it is the only distributor of natural gas within its franchised service areas. The principal competition are the local electric companies. Other competitors in the Utility's service areas include suppliers of fuel oil, coal, propane, natural gas pipelines which can directly connect to large volume customers, and district steam systems in the downtown areas of both St. Louis and Kansas City. 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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