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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 : 9/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.87
MTSC's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
56% of the 2589 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.24 vs. MTSC: 0.87 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 674.97
Current: 0.87

0.11
674.97
Equity to Asset 0.52
MTSC's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
57% of the 2579 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 0.55 vs. MTSC: 0.52 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 0.63
Current: 0.52

0.46
0.63
Interest Coverage No Debt
MTSC's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
96% of the 1615 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 111.15 vs. MTSC: No Debt )
MTSC' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.05   Max: 9999.99
Current: No Debt

2.05
9999.99
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 5.24
M-Score: -2.23
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 : 8/10

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industry
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Operating margin (%) 12.46
MTSC's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 2596 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 3.86 vs. MTSC: 12.46 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 3.33   Max: 15.66
Current: 12.46

3.33
15.66
Net-margin (%) 9.11
MTSC's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 2596 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.88 vs. MTSC: 9.11 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 10.9
Current: 9.11

0.92
10.9
ROE (%) 20.73
MTSC's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 2571 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 5.78 vs. MTSC: 20.73 )
MTSC' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 2.26   Max: 27.03
Current: 20.73

2.26
27.03
ROA (%) 11.60
MTSC's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 2603 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.99 vs. MTSC: 11.60 )
MTSC' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.09   Max: 13.43
Current: 11.6

1.09
13.43
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 33.04
MTSC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 2597 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 10.23 vs. MTSC: 33.04 )
MTSC' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 6.79   Max: 87.06
Current: 33.04

6.79
87.06
Revenue Growth (%) 16.20
MTSC's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1918 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. MTSC: 16.20 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -7   Max: 16.2
Current: 16.2

-7
16.2
EBITDA Growth (%) 34.00
MTSC's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 1558 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. MTSC: 34.00 )
MTSC' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -15.8   Max: 37.5
Current: 34

-15.8
37.5
EPS Growth (%) 47.30
MTSC's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 1410 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. MTSC: 47.30 )
MTSC' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -45.5   Max: 74.9
Current: 47.3

-45.5
74.9
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

MTSC Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 3,600 sh (New)
John Keeley 24,440 sh (+243.26%)
John Rogers 808,429 sh (+16.9%)
Jim Simons 183,900 sh (+13.79%)
Bill Frels 1,780,305 sh (+0.42%)
Chuck Royce 911,975 sh (-2.1%)
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Q4 2013

MTSC Guru Trades in Q4 2013

John Rogers 1,003,574 sh (+24.14%)
Jim Simons 224,000 sh (+21.81%)
John Keeley 25,940 sh (+6.14%)
Chuck Royce 937,948 sh (+2.85%)
Bill Frels 1,781,382 sh (+0.06%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
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Q1 2014

MTSC Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Jim Simons 239,400 sh (+6.88%)
John Keeley 26,240 sh (+1.16%)
Bill Frels 1,782,222 sh (+0.05%)
John Rogers 977,578 sh (-2.59%)
Chuck Royce 849,404 sh (-9.44%)
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Q2 2014

MTSC Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jim Simons 249,200 sh (+4.09%)
Bill Frels 1,795,884 sh (+0.77%)
John Rogers 956,091 sh (-2.2%)
John Keeley 25,040 sh (-4.57%)
Chuck Royce 771,625 sh (-9.16%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with MTSC

(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
John Rogers 2013-12-31 Add 24.14%0.17%$62.99 - $71.87 $ 64.28-3%1003574
John Rogers 2013-09-30 Add 16.9%0.11%$57.575 - $64.81 $ 64.284%808429
John Keeley 2013-09-30 Add 243.26%0.02%$57.575 - $64.81 $ 64.284%24440
John Rogers 2013-06-30 New Buy0.64%$54.15 - $61.6 $ 64.2811%691567
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.13%$50.93 - $58.15 $ 64.2817%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Add 64.13%0.05%$45.99 - $54.42 $ 64.2828%43668
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Add 104.51%0.05%$37.87 - $54.39 $ 64.2838%26605
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 New Buy0.04%$37.22 - $53.07 $ 64.2850%13009
Richard Pzena 2012-03-31 Sold Out 0.09%$41.95 - $54.15 $ 64.2842%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 Sold Out 0.08%$41.95 - $54.15 $ 64.2842%0
Richard Pzena 2011-12-31 Reduce -59.63%0.11%$29.74 - $41.31 $ 64.2874%204450
John Keeley 2011-12-31 New Buy0.01%$29.74 - $41.31 $ 64.2874%6620
George Soros 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.0035%$29.74 - $41.31 $ 64.2874%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 New Buy0.07%$29.54 - $44.48 $ 64.2873%14413
Richard Pzena 2011-09-30 Reduce -24.4%0.06%$29.54 - $44.48 $ 64.2873%506455
John Keeley 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.008%$29.54 - $44.48 $ 64.2873%0
George Soros 2011-09-30 New Buy$29.54 - $44.48 $ 64.2873%6600
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Guru Investment Theses on MTS Systems Corp

John Rogers Comments on MTS Systems Corp. - Nov 05, 2013

During the quarter, we initiated one position and exited two positions in Ariel Fund. We added MTS Systems Corp. (MTSC), which specializes in physical testing equipment. It occupies a key, important niche for manufacturing firms that are doing more and more virtual testing. In our view, companies are unlikely to abandon real-world physical tests; that stance is a contrarian one in a world where many believe virtual testing will eventually completely take over. In addition to significant potential growth, it boasts good operating margins, a sturdy balance sheet, and remains a very trusted brand.

From John Rogers' Ariel Fund and Ariel Appreciate Fund portfolio manager letter third quarter 2013.


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John Rogers Comments on MTS Systems Corp. - Jul 25, 2013

During the quarter, we initiated one position and exited two positions in Ariel Fund. We added MTS Systems Corp. (MTSC), which specializes in physical testing equipment. It occupies a key, important niche for manufacturing firms that are doing more and more virtual testing. In our view, companies are unlikely to abandon real-world physical tests; that stance is a contrarian one in a world where many believe virtual testing will eventually completely take over. In addition to significant potential growth, it boasts good operating margins, a sturdy balance sheet, and remains a very trusted brand.

From John RogersAriel Fund Second Quarter 2013 Commentary.


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John Rogers Comments on MTS Systems Corp.
During the quarter, we initiated one position and exited two positions in Ariel Fund. We added MTS Systems Corp. (MTSC), which specializes in physical testing equipment. It occupies a key, important niche for manufacturing firms that are doing more and more virtual testing. In our view, companies are unlikely to abandon real-world physical tests; that stance is a contrarian one in a world where many believe virtual testing will eventually completely take over. In addition to significant potential growth, it boasts good operating margins, a sturdy balance sheet, and remains a very trusted brand. Read more...

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 19.60
MTSC's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
71% of the 2717 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 30.60 vs. MTSC: 19.60 )
MTSC' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 7.78   Max: 50.67
Current: 19.6

7.78
50.67
P/B 3.90
MTSC's P/B is ranked lower than
60% of the 2717 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.51 vs. MTSC: 3.90 )
MTSC' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.67   Max: 6.2
Current: 3.9

1.67
6.2
P/S 1.80
MTSC's P/S is ranked lower than
52% of the 2717 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. MTSC: 1.80 )
MTSC' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 2.53
Current: 1.8

0.75
2.53
PFCF 44.20
MTSC's PFCF is ranked higher than
71% of the 2717 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 398.83 vs. MTSC: 44.20 )
MTSC' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 8.26   Max: 166.49
Current: 44.2

8.26
166.49
EV-to-EBIT 13.76
MTSC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
73% of the 2717 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 21.44 vs. MTSC: 13.76 )
MTSC' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 4.6   Max: 38.4
Current: 13.76

4.6
38.4
PEG 0.59
MTSC's PEG is ranked higher than
95% of the 2717 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MTSC: 0.59 )
MTSC' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 430.7
Current: 0.59

0.56
430.7
Shiller P/E 23.70
MTSC's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
87% of the 2717 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MTSC: 23.70 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 9.9   Max: 54.21
Current: 23.7

9.9
54.21
Current Ratio 1.67
MTSC's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
56% of the 2597 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.92 vs. MTSC: 1.67 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.51   Max: 2.5
Current: 1.67

1.51
2.5
Quick Ratio 1.27
MTSC's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
57% of the 2597 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. MTSC: 1.27 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.04   Max: 2.14
Current: 1.27

1.04
2.14

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 1.80
MTSC's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
50% of the 1724 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. MTSC: 1.80 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.76   Max: 2.88
Current: 1.8

0.76
2.88
Dividend Payout 0.35
MTSC's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
77% of the 2717 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MTSC: 0.35 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 6
Current: 0.35

0.11
6
Dividend growth (3y) 26.00
MTSC's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
92% of the 866 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 0.30 vs. MTSC: 26.00 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 32.6
Current: 26

0
32.6
Yield on cost (5-Year) 6.36
MTSC's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1778 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.04 vs. MTSC: 6.36 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 2.68   Max: 10.17
Current: 6.36

2.68
10.17
Share Buyback Rate 1.00
MTSC's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
87% of the 1387 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. MTSC: 1.00 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 5.7   Max: -5.4
Current: 1

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 4.78
MTSC's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
58% of the 2717 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.83 vs. MTSC: 4.78 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.83   Max: 5.58
Current: 4.78

0.83
5.58
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.13
MTSC's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
79% of the 2717 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MTSC: 2.13 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 2.46
Current: 2.13

0.54
2.46
Price/Median PS Value 1.07
MTSC's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
58% of the 2717 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.07 vs. MTSC: 1.07 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 1.37
Current: 1.07

0.21
1.37
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.76
MTSC's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
95% of the 2717 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MTSC: 0.76 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.51   Max: 34.66
Current: 0.76

0.51
34.66
Price/Graham Number 1.98
MTSC's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
64% of the 2717 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.27 vs. MTSC: 1.98 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 3.15
Current: 1.98

0.75
3.15
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 7.20
MTSC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
64% of the 2273 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 7.20 vs. MTSC: 7.20 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.6   Max: 21.7
Current: 7.2

2.6
21.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 32.57
MTSC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
94% of the 1720 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 3.44 vs. MTSC: 32.57 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -5.8   Max: 32.9
Current: 32.57

-5.8
32.9

Business Description

Industry: Computer Hardware » Scientific & Technical Instruments
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Traded in other countries:MT7.Germany
MTS Systems Corporation was incorporated under Minnesota law in 1967. The Company is a supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors. The Company's operations are organized and managed in two business segments, the Test segment and the Sensors segment. The Test segment provides testing solutions including hardware, software and aftermarket support. Products are used by customers in their development of new products and in certain quality control applications to characterize the product's mechanical properties. The Company's products simulate forces and motions that these customers expect their products to encounter in use. The Sensors segment products are used by industrial machinery and mobile equipment manufacturers to automate the operation of their products for improved end-user productivity and safety. Test systems are largely built to order and mainly engineered and assembled at the Company's headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The Company also operates manufacturing facilities in Shenzhen and Shanghai, China, which manufacture less complex test systems serving the materials market. Sensors are mainly built to order, engineered and assembled regionally at facilities located in Cary, North Carolina; Ludenscheid, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan. The Company's manufacturing operations and past and present ownership and operations of real property are subject to extensive and changing federal, state, local and foreign laws and regulations.

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