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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 0.15
MERC's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
51% of the 376 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 0.35 vs. MERC: 0.15 )
MERC' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.03   Max: 1.23
Current: 0.15

0.03
1.23
Equity to Asset 0.23
MERC's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
62% of the 379 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. MERC: 0.23 )
MERC' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 0.7
Current: 0.23

0.11
0.7
Interest Coverage 0.46
MERC's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
65% of the 204 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 6.64 vs. MERC: 0.46 )
MERC' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.05   Max: 14.05
Current: 0.46

0.05
14.05
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 0.97
M-Score: -2.67
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 : 4/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 2.91
MERC's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 3.56 vs. MERC: 2.91 )
MERC' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -9.28   Max: 25.59
Current: 2.91

-9.28
25.59
Net-margin (%) -2.42
MERC's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 2.86 vs. MERC: -2.42 )
MERC' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -29.8   Max: 23.28
Current: -2.42

-29.8
23.28
ROE (%) -7.35
MERC's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
55% of the 375 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 4.31 vs. MERC: -7.35 )
MERC' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -78.76   Max: 41.35
Current: -7.35

-78.76
41.35
ROA (%) -1.70
MERC's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
53% of the 380 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 2.05 vs. MERC: -1.70 )
MERC' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -15.5   Max: 19.5
Current: -1.7

-15.5
19.5
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 2.51
MERC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 380 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 5.91 vs. MERC: 2.51 )
MERC' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -3.37   Max: 50.09
Current: 2.51

-3.37
50.09
Revenue Growth (%) -2.60
MERC's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 0.80 vs. MERC: -2.60 )
MERC' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -19   Max: 24.5
Current: -2.6

-19
24.5
EBITDA Growth (%) -22.00
MERC's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
50% of the 290 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: -1.20 vs. MERC: -22.00 )
MERC' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -43.7   Max: 61
Current: -22

-43.7
61
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Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q4 2012

MERC Guru Trades in Q4 2012

Joel Greenblatt 51,479 sh (+100.84%)
Michael Price 52,200 sh (unchged)
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Q1 2013

MERC Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Michael Price 52,200 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
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Q2 2013

MERC Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Michael Price 19,725 sh (-62.21%)
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Q3 2013

MERC Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Michael Price Sold Out
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with MERC

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Michael Price 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.02%$6.58 - $7.67 $ 7.6911%0
Michael Price 2013-06-30 Reduce -62.21%0.03%$6.13 - $7 $ 7.6917%19725
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.02%$6.6 - $7.41 $ 7.699%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Add 100.84%0.01%$6.32 - $7.65 $ 7.699%51479
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Reduce -86.49%0.07%$5.14 - $7.46 $ 7.6929%25632
Michael Price 2012-09-30 Add 123.08%0.03%$5.14 - $7.46 $ 7.6929%52200
Michael Price 2012-06-30 New Buy0.02%$5.64 - $8.01 $ 7.6917%23400
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 Add 72.69%0.05%$6.23 - $8.68 $ 7.696%184151
Michael Price 2012-03-31 Sold Out 0.03%$6.23 - $8.68 $ 7.696%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 New Buy0.08%$5.34 - $7.46 $ 7.6920%106637
Michael Price 2011-12-31 New Buy0.03%$5.34 - $7.46 $ 7.6920%32500
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.06%$7.08 - $11.25 $ 7.69-14%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 Reduce -26.37%0.06%$10.49 - $14.88 $ 7.69-38%42531
George Soros 2011-06-30 Sold Out $10.49 - $14.88 $ 7.69-38%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-03-31 New Buy0.24%$7.66 - $14.05 $ 7.69-30%57765
George Soros 2011-03-31 New Buy$7.66 - $14.05 $ 7.69-30%21500
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/B 1.10
MERC's P/B is ranked higher than
57% of the 355 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 0.97 vs. MERC: 1.10 )
MERC' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.07   Max: 1.87
Current: 1.1

0.07
1.87
P/S 0.40
MERC's P/S is ranked higher than
74% of the 385 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 0.61 vs. MERC: 0.40 )
MERC' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 0.8
Current: 0.4

0.01
0.8
EV-to-EBIT 43.50
MERC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
64% of the 295 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 15.90 vs. MERC: 43.50 )
MERC' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.3   Max: 520.3
Current: 43.5

5.3
520.3

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 1.20
MERC's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
58% of the 344 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. MERC: 1.20 )
MERC' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 1.55
Current: 1.2

0.3
1.55
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.90
MERC's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
69% of the 180 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. MERC: 0.90 )
MERC' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 1.27
Current: 0.9

0.59
1.27
Price/Median PS Value 1.10
MERC's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
56% of the 361 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. MERC: 1.10 )
MERC' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 2.19
Current: 1.1

0.18
2.19
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 2.30
MERC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
57% of the 310 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. MERC: 2.30 )
MERC' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.2   Max: 18.9
Current: 2.3

0.2
18.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 4.90
MERC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
82% of the 257 Companies
in the Global Paper & Paper Products industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. MERC: 4.90 )
MERC' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -2558.7   Max: 12.1
Current: 4.9

-2558.7
12.1

Business Description

Industry: Forest Products » Paper & Paper Products
Compare:SWM, UPMKF, WPP, FBR, SEOAY » details
Traded in other countries:MRI.U.Canada, AEZ.Germany
Mercer International, Inc is a Washington corporation. The Company operates in the pulp business and is the producer of market northern bleached softwood kraft, or 'NBSK', pulp in the world. It is the sole kraft pulp producer, and the only producer of pulp for resale, known as 'market pulp', in Germany, which is the pulp import market in Europe. Its operations are located in Eastern Germany and Western Canada. Pulp is used in the production of paper, tissues and paper related products. Kraft pulp is produced through a sulphate chemical process in which lignin, the component of wood which binds individual fibers, is dissolved in a chemical reaction. Chemically prepared pulp allows the wood's fiber to retain its length and flexibility, resulting in stronger paper products. Most uses of market kraft pulp, including fine printing papers, coated and uncoated magazine papers and various tissue products, utilize a mix of softwood and hardwood grades to optimize production and product qualities. NBSK pulp, which is a bleached kraft pulp manufactured using species of northern softwood, is considered a premium grade because of its strength. Kraft pulp could be made in different grades, with varying technical specifications, for different end uses. The Company manufactures and sells NBSK pulp produced from wood chips and pulp logs. The kraft pulp produced at the Rosenthal mill is a long-fibered softwood pulp produced by a sulphate cooking process and manufactured primarily from wood chips and pulp logs. The Company's main raw material is fiber in the form of wood chips and pulp logs. Pulp markets are highly competitive. Producers ranging from small independent manufacturers to integrated companies produce pulp worldwide. The Company's key NBSK pulp competitors are principally located in Northern Europe and Canada. The Company's operations are subject to a range of environmental laws and regulations, dealing mainly with water, air and land pollution control.

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