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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 1.01
MTSC's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
60% of the 2641 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.29 vs. MTSC: 1.01 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 347.18
Current: 1.01

0.11
347.18
Equity to Asset 0.53
MTSC's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
57% of the 2611 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 0.56 vs. MTSC: 0.53 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.48   Max: 0.6
Current: 0.53

0.48
0.6
Interest Coverage No Debt
MTSC's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
87% of the 1629 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 126.19 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: 5.60
M-Score: -2.64
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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history
Operating margin (%) 10.68
MTSC's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 2641 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 3.83 vs. MTSC: 10.68 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 3.33   Max: 15.66
Current: 10.68

3.33
15.66
Net-margin (%) 7.44
MTSC's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 2641 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.99 vs. MTSC: 7.44 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 10.9
Current: 7.44

0.92
10.9
ROE (%) 16.54
MTSC's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 2604 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 5.75 vs. MTSC: 16.54 )
MTSC' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 2.26   Max: 27.03
Current: 16.54

2.26
27.03
ROA (%) 9.04
MTSC's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 2652 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 3.05 vs. MTSC: 9.04 )
MTSC' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.09   Max: 13.43
Current: 9.04

1.09
13.43
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 26.75
MTSC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 2648 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 9.62 vs. MTSC: 26.75 )
MTSC' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 6.79   Max: 87.06
Current: 26.75

6.79
87.06
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 7.30
MTSC's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 1951 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. MTSC: 7.30 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -7   Max: 16.2
Current: 7.3

-7
16.2
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -2.40
MTSC's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 1603 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. MTSC: -2.40 )
MTSC' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -15.8   Max: 37.5
Current: -2.4

-15.8
37.5
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -5.50
MTSC's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 1461 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. MTSC: -5.50 )
MTSC' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -45.5   Max: 74.9
Current: -5.5

-45.5
74.9
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Financials


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Guru Trades

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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Q3 2014

MTSC Guru Trades in Q3 2014

John Rogers 1,375,920 sh (+43.91%)
John Keeley Sold Out
Jim Simons 245,400 sh (-1.52%)
Bill Frels 1,683,003 sh (-6.29%)
Chuck Royce 658,108 sh (-14.71%)
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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 2014-09-30 Add 43.91%0.37%$64.08 - $72.57 $ 75.4910%1375920
John Keeley 2014-09-30 Sold Out 0.03%$64.08 - $72.57 $ 75.4910%0
John Rogers 2013-12-31 Add 24.14%0.17%$62.99 - $71.87 $ 75.4914%1003574
John Rogers 2013-09-30 Add 16.9%0.11%$57.575 - $64.81 $ 75.4923%808429
John Keeley 2013-09-30 Add 243.26%0.02%$57.575 - $64.81 $ 75.4923%24440
John Rogers 2013-06-30 New Buy0.64%$54.15 - $61.6 $ 75.4931%691567
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.13%$50.93 - $58.15 $ 75.4937%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Add 64.13%0.05%$45.99 - $54.42 $ 75.4950%43668
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Add 104.51%0.05%$37.87 - $54.39 $ 75.4962%26605
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 New Buy0.04%$37.22 - $53.07 $ 75.4976%13009
Richard Pzena 2012-03-31 Sold Out 0.09%$41.95 - $54.15 $ 75.4966%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 Sold Out 0.08%$41.95 - $54.15 $ 75.4966%0
Richard Pzena 2011-12-31 Reduce -59.63%0.11%$29.74 - $41.31 $ 75.49104%204450
John Keeley 2011-12-31 New Buy0.01%$29.74 - $41.31 $ 75.49104%6620
George Soros 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.0035%$29.74 - $41.31 $ 75.49104%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 New Buy0.07%$29.54 - $44.48 $ 75.49104%14413
Richard Pzena 2011-09-30 Reduce -24.4%0.06%$29.54 - $44.48 $ 75.49104%506455
John Keeley 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.008%$29.54 - $44.48 $ 75.49104%0
George Soros 2011-09-30 New Buy$29.54 - $44.48 $ 75.49104%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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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 27.70
MTSC's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
67% of the 2788 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 32.50 vs. MTSC: 27.70 )
MTSC' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 7.78   Max: 71.24
Current: 27.7

7.78
71.24
P/B 4.40
MTSC's P/B is ranked lower than
60% of the 2788 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.62 vs. MTSC: 4.40 )
MTSC' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.67   Max: 6.2
Current: 4.4

1.67
6.2
P/S 2.10
MTSC's P/S is ranked lower than
51% of the 2788 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 0.97 vs. MTSC: 2.10 )
MTSC' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 2.53
Current: 2.1

0.75
2.53
PFCF 25.90
MTSC's PFCF is ranked higher than
74% of the 2788 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 100.00 vs. MTSC: 25.90 )
MTSC' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 9.72   Max: 166.49
Current: 25.9

9.72
166.49
EV-to-EBIT 18.91
MTSC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
70% of the 2788 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 23.98 vs. MTSC: 18.91 )
MTSC' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 4.6   Max: 38.4
Current: 18.91

4.6
38.4
PEG 1.70
MTSC's PEG is ranked higher than
88% of the 2788 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MTSC: 1.70 )
MTSC' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 430.7
Current: 1.7

0.56
430.7
Shiller P/E 28.00
MTSC's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
86% of the 2788 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MTSC: 28.00 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 9.9   Max: 53.42
Current: 28

9.9
53.42
Current Ratio 1.73
MTSC's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
57% of the 2637 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.93 vs. MTSC: 1.73 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.51   Max: 2.42
Current: 1.73

1.51
2.42
Quick Ratio 1.32
MTSC's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
59% of the 2637 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. MTSC: 1.32 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.19   Max: 2.11
Current: 1.32

1.19
2.11

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 1.60
MTSC's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
52% of the 1731 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.73 vs. MTSC: 1.60 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.76   Max: 2.88
Current: 1.6

0.76
2.88
Dividend Payout 0.44
MTSC's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
73% of the 2788 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 6.59 vs. MTSC: 0.44 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 1.41
Current: 0.44

0.18
1.41
Dividend growth (3y) 12.20
MTSC's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
83% of the 879 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. MTSC: 12.20 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 32.6
Current: 12.2

0
32.6
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.80
MTSC's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1785 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. MTSC: 3.80 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.81   Max: 6.84
Current: 3.8

1.81
6.84
Share Buyback Rate 0.70
MTSC's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
85% of the 1385 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. MTSC: 0.70 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 5.7   Max: -5.4
Current: 0.7

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 5.42
MTSC's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
57% of the 2788 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. MTSC: 5.42 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 4.9
Current: 5.42

0.92
4.9
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.32
MTSC's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
79% of the 2788 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MTSC: 2.32 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.88   Max: 2.8
Current: 2.32

0.88
2.8
Price/Median PS Value 1.27
MTSC's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
58% of the 2788 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. MTSC: 1.27 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 1.27
Current: 1.27

0.24
1.27
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.11
MTSC's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
95% of the 2788 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MTSC: 1.11 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.79   Max: 5.37
Current: 1.11

0.79
5.37
Price/Graham Number 2.57
MTSC's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
62% of the 2788 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. MTSC: 2.57 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 2.32
Current: 2.57

0.73
2.32
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.30
MTSC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
68% of the 2615 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 4.80 vs. MTSC: 5.30 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.6   Max: 21.7
Current: 5.3

2.6
21.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 29.28
MTSC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
91% of the 1183 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 7.35 vs. MTSC: 29.28 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -6.5   Max: 32.9
Current: 29.28

-6.5
32.9

Business Description

Industry: Computer Hardware » Scientific & Technical Instruments
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MTS Systems Corp was incorporated under Minnesota law in 1966. The Company is a supplier of test systems and position sensors. Its operations are organized and managed in two business segments, the Test segment and the Sensors segment. The Test segment (Test) provides testing solutions including hardware, software and service. Its testing solutions are used by customers in their development of new products to characterize the product's mechanical properties. Its solutions simulate forces and motions that these customers expect their products to encounter in use. Mechanical testing in a lab setting is an accepted method to accelerate product development compared to reliance on full physical prototypes in real-world settings, proving ground testing and virtual testing because it provides more controlled simulation and accurate measurement. The need for mechanical simulation increases in proportion to the cost of a product, the range and complexity of the physical environment in which the product will be used, expected warranty or recall risk and expense, governmental regulation and potential legal liability. Because a significant portion of the products in Test are considered by its customers to be capital expenditures, the timing of purchases may be impacted by interest rates, customer capital spending, and product development cycles. A typical test system includes a reaction frame to hold the prototype specimen, a hydraulic pump or electro-mechanical power source, piston actuators to create the force or motion, and a computer controller with specialized software to coordinate the actuator movement and record and manipulate results. Lower force and less dynamic testing can usually be accomplished with electro-mechanical power sources, which are generally less expensive than hydraulic systems. Higher force and more dynamic testing typically requires hydraulically powered systems, which are usually more expensive. In addition to these basic components, Test sells a variety of accessories and spare parts, as well as services, including installation, calibration, maintenance, training and consulting. The Sensors segment (Sensors) products are used by industrial machinery and mobile equipment manufacturers to automate the operation of their products for improved safety and end-user productivity. Examples of customer industries include manufacturers of plastic injection molding machines, steel mills, fluid power, oil and gas, medical, wood product processing equipment, mobile equipment, and energy. Its products are also used to measure fluid displacement, such as liquid levels for customers in the process industries. Sensors manufactures products utilizing magnetostriction technology. It has developed a technology, known as Temposonics . This technology offers high speed and precise non-contact position sensing and is ideal for use in harsh operating environments. The Company's manufacturing operations and past and present ownership and
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