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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

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.87
MKL's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
67% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. MKL: 0.87 )
MKL' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 0.92
Current: 0.87

0.02
0.92
Equity to Asset 0.30
MKL's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
78% of the 217 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.26 vs. MKL: 0.30 )
MKL' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.14   Max: 0.31
Current: 0.3

0.14
0.31
Interest Coverage 3.75
MKL's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
53% of the 177 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 22.74 vs. MKL: 3.75 )
MKL' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 11.17
Current: 3.75

0.01
11.17
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 0.77
WACC vs ROIC
7.84%
5.55%
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 : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 8.58
MKL's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 12.37 vs. MKL: 8.58 )
MKL' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -9.56   Max: 25.3
Current: 8.58

-9.56
25.3
Net-margin (%) 6.26
MKL's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.39 vs. MKL: 6.26 )
MKL' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -9   Max: 16.34
Current: 6.26

-9
16.34
ROE (%) 4.53
MKL's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 217 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 11.79 vs. MKL: 4.53 )
MKL' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -13.68   Max: 19.62
Current: 4.53

-13.68
19.62
ROA (%) 1.30
MKL's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 3.49 vs. MKL: 1.30 )
MKL' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -2.11   Max: 4.01
Current: 1.3

-2.11
4.01
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 10.50
MKL's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 189 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 7.50 vs. MKL: 10.50 )
MKL' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -5.9   Max: 29.4
Current: 10.5

-5.9
29.4
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 14.90
MKL's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 180 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.60 vs. MKL: 14.90 )
MKL' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -34   Max: 78.8
Current: 14.9

-34
78.8
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 15.10
MKL's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 172 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 13.00 vs. MKL: 15.10 )
MKL' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -19.5   Max: 47.4
Current: 15.1

-19.5
47.4
» MKL's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Equity & Asset
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

MKL Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Arnold Van Den Berg 45,409 sh (New)
Chris Davis 347,245 sh (+14.66%)
Chuck Akre 381,007 sh (+0.08%)
Chuck Royce 67,900 sh (unchged)
Tom Russo 18,927 sh (-1.05%)
Murray Stahl 32,936 sh (-10.9%)
Paul Tudor Jones 1,257 sh (-13.73%)
Jim Simons 19,581 sh (-64.12%)
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Q2 2014

MKL Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Chuck Akre 493,273 sh (+29.47%)
Chuck Royce 67,900 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Arnold Van Den Berg 45,168 sh (-0.53%)
Tom Russo 18,502 sh (-2.25%)
Chris Davis 329,134 sh (-5.22%)
Murray Stahl 30,229 sh (-8.22%)
Jim Simons 10,800 sh (-44.84%)
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Q3 2014

MKL Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 567 sh (New)
Jim Simons 25,181 sh (+133.16%)
Chris Davis 344,882 sh (+4.78%)
Chuck Akre 508,844 sh (+3.16%)
Arnold Van Den Berg 45,751 sh (+1.29%)
Chuck Royce 67,900 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 30,173 sh (-0.19%)
Tom Russo 17,946 sh (-3.01%)
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Q4 2014

MKL Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 77,558 sh (+208%)
Chris Davis 351,824 sh (+2.01%)
Chuck Akre 510,004 sh (+0.23%)
Chuck Royce 67,900 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Murray Stahl 30,083 sh (-0.3%)
Arnold Van Den Berg 42,419 sh (-7.28%)
Tom Russo 16,521 sh (-7.94%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with MKL

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Arnold Van Den Berg 2014-12-31 Reduce -7.28%0.21%$637.2 - $703.95 $ 749.4610%42419
Chuck Akre 2014-09-30 Add 3.16%0.28%$632.11 - $659.8 $ 749.4616%508844
Chuck Akre 2014-06-30 Add 29.47%2.14%$595.99 - $654.5 $ 749.4619%493273
Arnold Van Den Berg 2014-03-31 New Buy2.3%$529 - $590 $ 749.4632%45409
Chuck Akre 2013-12-31 Add 9.1%0.68%$514.53 - $579.18 $ 749.4638%380717
Chuck Akre 2013-09-30 Add 41.77%2.27%$510.28 - $547.02 $ 749.4643%348963
John Rogers 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.15%$510.28 - $547.02 $ 749.4643%0
Chuck Akre 2013-03-31 Add 5.41%0.36%$433.42 - $508.85 $ 749.4655%246769
Donald Yacktman 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.0021%$433.42 - $508.85 $ 749.4655%0
Chuck Akre 2012-12-31 Add 17.13%1.05%$428.3 - $500.68 $ 749.4658%234094
Mason Hawkins 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.45%$421.76 - $458.49 $ 749.4672%0
Chuck Akre 2012-06-30 Add 47.47%2.32%$422.94 - $448.99 $ 749.4671%199973
Mason Hawkins 2012-06-30 Reduce -56.86%0.63%$422.94 - $448.99 $ 749.4671%241791
Chuck Akre 2011-12-31 Add 2.43%0.21%$347.36 - $415 $ 749.4692%135285
John Rogers 2011-12-31 Reduce -28.91%0.07%$347.36 - $415 $ 749.4692%17303
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Guru Investment Theses on Markel Corporation

Chuck Akre Comments on Markel Corp. - Mar 25, 2014

The last, Markel Corp. (MKL), is a specialty property and casualty insurer which we believe is positioned exceptionally well for what lies ahead, including the possibility of higher interest rates, firming of insurance pricing, growing free cash flow from its Markel Ventures segment, and lastly the opportunity for a more robust management of its balance sheet. In other portfolios we manage, we have owned shares of Markel Corp. for more than twenty years.



From Chuck Akre (Trades, Portfolio)'s semi-annual 2013 report.

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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 33.80
MKL's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
59% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 13.70 vs. MKL: 33.80 )
MKL' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 9.35   Max: 72.71
Current: 33.8

9.35
72.71
Forward P/E 28.17
MKL's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
66% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 13.30 vs. MKL: 28.17 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 33.30
MKL's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
59% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 13.50 vs. MKL: 33.30 )
MKL' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 9.35   Max: 72.73
Current: 33.3

9.35
72.73
P/B 1.40
MKL's P/B is ranked higher than
71% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.39 vs. MKL: 1.40 )
MKL' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.01   Max: 2.23
Current: 1.4

1.01
2.23
P/S 2.10
MKL's P/S is ranked higher than
61% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. MKL: 2.10 )
MKL' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.14   Max: 2.24
Current: 2.1

1.14
2.24
PFCF 16.50
MKL's PFCF is ranked higher than
74% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 15.50 vs. MKL: 16.50 )
MKL' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 9.58   Max: 103.82
Current: 16.5

9.58
103.82
POCF 14.66
MKL's POCF is ranked higher than
66% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 9.95 vs. MKL: 14.66 )
MKL' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 4.41   Max: 19.84
Current: 14.66

4.41
19.84
EV-to-EBIT 20.31
MKL's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
61% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 9.45 vs. MKL: 20.31 )
MKL' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -26.1   Max: 68
Current: 20.31

-26.1
68
PEG 2.66
MKL's PEG is ranked higher than
66% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. MKL: 2.66 )
MKL' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 5.47
Current: 2.66

0.3
5.47
Shiller P/E 32.70
MKL's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
65% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 20.31 vs. MKL: 32.70 )
MKL' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 11.02   Max: 87.2
Current: 32.7

11.02
87.2
Days Sales Outstanding 80.71
MKL's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
81% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 161.64 vs. MKL: 80.71 )
MKL' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 43.55   Max: 507.01
Current: 80.71

43.55
507.01

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 1.80
MKL's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
70% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.75 vs. MKL: 1.80 )
MKL' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.31   Max: 4.02
Current: 1.8

1.31
4.02
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.90
MKL's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
75% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.09 vs. MKL: 0.90 )
MKL' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.66   Max: 1.65
Current: 0.9

0.66
1.65
Price/Median PS Value 1.30
MKL's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
69% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.19 vs. MKL: 1.30 )
MKL' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 1.51
Current: 1.3

0.7
1.51
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 5.50
MKL's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
85% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. MKL: 5.50 )
MKL' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.48   Max: 4.99
Current: 5.5

0.48
4.99
Price/Graham Number 1.60
MKL's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
61% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.03 vs. MKL: 1.60 )
MKL' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.94   Max: 1.74
Current: 1.6

0.94
1.74
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 4.90
MKL's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
61% of the 216 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.60 vs. MKL: 4.90 )
MKL' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1.5   Max: 14.6
Current: 4.9

1.5
14.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 10.69
MKL's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
75% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 11.17 vs. MKL: 10.69 )
MKL' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 1.3   Max: 37.4
Current: 10.69

1.3
37.4

Business Description

Industry: Insurance - Property & Casualty » Insurance - Property & Casualty
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Traded in other countries:MKV.Germany,
Markel Corporation was founded in 1930. The Company is a diverse financial holding company serving in niche markets. It is engaged in marketing and underwriting specialty insurance products. The Company is having five segments and one discontinues segment; the Excess and Surplus Lines, the Specialty Admitted, and the London Insurance Market. The Company's Excess and Surplus Lines segment writes hard-to-place risks outside of the standard market, including catastrophe-exposed property, professional liability, products liability, general liability, commercial umbrella and other coverages tailored for exposures. Its Specialty Admitted segment writes risks that, although and hard-to-place in the standard market must remain with an admitted insurance company for marketing and regulatory reasons. Its London Insurance Market segment writes specialty property, casualty, professional liability, equine, marine, energy and trade credit insurance and reinsurance. Its Alterra segment provides diversified specialty insurance and reinsurance products to corporations, public entities and other property and casualty insurers through offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Bermuda and Latin America. All investing activities related to the Company's insurance operations are included in the Investing segment. The Company competes with numerous domestic and international insurance companies and reinsurers, Lloyd's syndicates, risk retention groups, insurance buying groups, risk securitization programs and alternative self-insurance mechanisms. The Company's insurance subsidiaries are subject to regulation and supervision by the insurance regulatory authorities of the various jurisdictions in which they conduct business.
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