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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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history
Cash to Debt 0.30
LXU's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
50% of the 628 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.63 vs. LXU: 0.30 )
LXU' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 1.59
Current: 0.3

0.01
1.59
Equity to Asset 0.38
LXU's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
53% of the 620 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. LXU: 0.38 )
LXU' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.07   Max: 0.62
Current: 0.38

-0.07
0.62
F-Score: 3
Z-Score: 2.24
M-Score: 3.65
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 (%) 15.50
LXU's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 638 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 5.67 vs. LXU: 15.50 )
LXU' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -0.36   Max: 16.94
Current: 15.5

-0.36
16.94
Net-margin (%) 8.09
LXU's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 640 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 3.46 vs. LXU: 8.09 )
LXU' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -19.58   Max: 10.41
Current: 8.09

-19.58
10.41
ROE (%) 13.35
LXU's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 634 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 5.80 vs. LXU: 13.35 )
LXU' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -51.57   Max: 51.28
Current: 13.35

-51.57
51.28
ROA (%) 5.07
LXU's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 641 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 2.97 vs. LXU: 5.07 )
LXU' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -26.38   Max: 16.7
Current: 5.07

-26.38
16.7
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 20.41
LXU's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 639 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 10.41 vs. LXU: 20.41 )
LXU' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -0.73   Max: 50.32
Current: 20.41

-0.73
50.32
Revenue Growth (%) 3.20
LXU's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 498 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. LXU: 3.20 )
LXU' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -25.8   Max: 35.7
Current: 3.2

-25.8
35.7
EBITDA Growth (%) 21.20
LXU's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 417 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. LXU: 21.20 )
LXU' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -11.6   Max: 25.5
Current: 21.2

-11.6
25.5
EPS Growth (%) 20.70
LXU's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 355 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 6.00 vs. LXU: 20.70 )
LXU' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -38.5   Max: 119
Current: 20.7

-38.5
119
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

LXU Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Jim Simons 110,096 sh (+12.34%)
Third Avenue Management 990,975 sh (+11.94%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Chuck Royce 1,139,415 sh (-20.1%)
Joel Greenblatt 17,429 sh (-61.08%)
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Q2 2013

LXU Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 7,900 sh (New)
Third Avenue Management 1,120,478 sh (+13.07%)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Jim Simons 101,700 sh (-7.63%)
Chuck Royce 550,699 sh (-51.67%)
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Q3 2013

LXU Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Richard Snow 15,045 sh (New)
Third Avenue Management 1,120,678 sh (+0.02%)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones 6,100 sh (-22.78%)
Chuck Royce 423,799 sh (-23.04%)
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Q4 2013

LXU Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Richard Snow 28,675 sh (+90.59%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Third Avenue Management 1,117,393 sh (-0.29%)
Chuck Royce 137,300 sh (-67.6%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with LXU

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.03%$29.21 - $34.17 $ 38.9620%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Reduce -61.08%0.06%$33.99 - $42.67 $ 38.960%17429
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Add 64.26%0.04%$31.78 - $44.74 $ 38.965%44776
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Reduce -48.25%0.06%$30.27 - $43.87 $ 38.969%27260
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Add 38.82%0.03%$25.77 - $39.44 $ 38.9623%52678
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 Add 22.02%0.02%$29.51 - $40.82 $ 38.9614%37946
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 Add 49.31%0.04%$25.74 - $40.5 $ 38.9623%31099
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Add 292.68%0.07%$30.63 - $46.42 $ 38.962%20828
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 New Buy0.03%$36.05 - $47.94 $ 38.96-8%5304
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Guru Investment Theses on LSB Industries, Inc.

Third Avenue Management Comments on LSB Industries - Oct 02, 2012

LSB Industries (LXU) is the unlikely combination of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) business and a nitrogen-based chemical products company. The business mix had been more eclectic until the 1990s, when management focused the company on those businesses in which it had a more compelling market position.

The HVAC business is a market leader in geothermal and water source heat pumps, which are highly efficient heating and cooling systems. The business is leveraged to commercial, institutional and residential construction, as well as a longer-term trend towards "green" or more energyefficient construction. We think the business is under earning its potential in an economic recovery, something that we are not paying for at present.

The chemicals business provides nitrogen or ammoniabased agricultural, mining and industrial chemicals to the North American market. Low domestic natural gas prices are providing attractive feedstock costs relative to imports, while longer-term "cost plus" agreements for industrial and mining products mitigate feedstock price volatility and help provide a steadily profitable base load.

Our first encounter with LSB Industries occurred at a conference in early 2011, where we were intrigued by its resource conversion potential as a small company with disparate businesses, a healthy balance sheet with a net cash position, and apparent alignment of management with shareholders given management's ownership of more than 20% of the company. We elected to wait on the sidelines watching the business develop and business value grow until this past quarter when operational issues associated with the restart of a long dormant facility in Pryor, Oklahoma and a separate explosion at an El Dorado, Arkansas plant clouded the near-term earnings picture, providing entrée for the Fund. Earnings from the HVAC business, replacement value of the chemical assets, a longer-term feedstock cost advantage provided by U.S. shale gas production and insurance coverage appear to more than offset the near-term disruption and decline in share price. We estimate intrinsic value is north of $40 per share.

From Third Avenue's third-quarter letter, by Curtis R. Jensen, chief investment officer and portfolio manager of Third Avenue Small-Cap Value Fund.
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 16.90
LXU's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
66% of the 505 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 17.60 vs. LXU: 16.90 )
LXU' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 4.39   Max: 55.87
Current: 16.9

4.39
55.87
P/B 2.20
LXU's P/B is ranked lower than
55% of the 600 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.32 vs. LXU: 2.20 )
LXU' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.17   Max: 15.15
Current: 2.2

1.17
15.15
P/S 1.35
LXU's P/S is ranked lower than
58% of the 658 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. LXU: 1.35 )
LXU' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 1.72
Current: 1.35

0.18
1.72
EV-to-EBIT 12.00
LXU's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
71% of the 547 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 15.08 vs. LXU: 12.00 )
LXU' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 3.4   Max: 96.4
Current: 12

3.4
96.4
PEG 0.70
LXU's PEG is ranked higher than
82% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.84 vs. LXU: 0.70 )
LXU' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 34.6
Current: 0.7

0.16
34.6
Shiller P/E 18.90
LXU's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
72% of the 257 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 23.52 vs. LXU: 18.90 )
LXU' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.2   Max: 559.5
Current: 18.9

8.2
559.5

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 2.10
LXU's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
56% of the 567 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. LXU: 2.10 )
LXU' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.42   Max: 12.87
Current: 2.1

0.42
12.87
Price/DCF (Projected) 4.70
LXU's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked lower than
71% of the 275 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. LXU: 4.70 )
LXU' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.09   Max: 6.68
Current: 4.7

1.09
6.68
Price/Median PS Value 2.20
LXU's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
77% of the 605 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. LXU: 2.20 )
LXU' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 2.31
Current: 2.2

0.11
2.31
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.00
LXU's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
60% of the 126 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. LXU: 1.00 )
LXU' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.22   Max: 70.89
Current: 1

0.22
70.89
Price/Graham Number 1.20
LXU's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
51% of the 477 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. LXU: 1.20 )
LXU' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.64   Max: 6.12
Current: 1.2

0.64
6.12
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.30
LXU's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
73% of the 569 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. LXU: 8.30 )
LXU' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1   Max: 29.1
Current: 8.3

1
29.1
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 18.76
LXU's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
85% of the 394 Companies
in the Global Building Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 5.48 vs. LXU: 18.76 )
LXU' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -27.2   Max: 29.8
Current: 18.76

-27.2
29.8

Business Description

Industry: Building Materials » Building Materials
Compare:HCMLF, JHX, AHCHY, LFRGY, SHW » details
Traded in other countries:LS3.Germany
LSB Industries, Inc., was formed in 1968 as an Oklahoma corporation, and became a Delaware corporation in 1977. It is a diversified holding company involved in manufacturing and marketing operations through its subsidiaries. The Company owns and operates its wholly-owned subsidiaries Climate Control Business and Chemical Business. Climate Control Business manufactures and sells heating, ventilation and air conditioning products in the niche markets it serves consisting of geothermal and water source heat pumps, hydronic fan coils, large custom air handlers, modular geothermal and other chillers and other related products used to control the environment in various structures. The Company's markets include commercial/institutional and residential new building construction, renovation of existing buildings and replacement of existing systems. Chemical Business manufactures and sells nitrogen-based chemical products produced from four facilities located in El Dorado, Arkansas; Cherokee, Alabama; Pryor, Oklahoma; and Baytown, Texas for the agricultural industrial and mining markets. Its products include high purity and commercial grade anhydrous ammonia for industrial and agricultural applications, industrial and fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate ("AN"), urea ammonium nitrate, sulfuric acids, nitric acids in various concentrations, nitrogen solutions, diesel exhaust fluid and various other products. The Company's Chemical Business competes with several chemical companies in its markets, such as Agrium, CF Industries, Dyno Nobel, Koch, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, and Yara International, many of whom have greater financial and other resources than the Company does.

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