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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
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.85
MTSC's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
57% of the 2876 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.19 vs. MTSC: 0.85 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 674.97
Current: 0.85

0.11
674.97
Equity to Asset 0.51
MTSC's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
55% of the 2814 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 0.55 vs. MTSC: 0.51 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 0.63
Current: 0.51

0.46
0.63
Interest Coverage No Debt
MTSC's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
80% of the 1687 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 127.59 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: 5.27
M-Score: -2.39
WACC vs ROIC
13.17%
19.11%
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
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history
Operating margin (%) 10.89
MTSC's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 2882 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. MTSC: 10.89 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 3.33   Max: 15.66
Current: 10.89

3.33
15.66
Net-margin (%) 8.21
MTSC's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 2882 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 3.01 vs. MTSC: 8.21 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 10.9
Current: 8.21

0.92
10.9
ROE (%) 18.40
MTSC's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 2845 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. MTSC: 18.40 )
MTSC' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 2.26   Max: 27.03
Current: 18.4

2.26
27.03
ROA (%) 9.83
MTSC's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 2901 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 3.09 vs. MTSC: 9.83 )
MTSC' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.09   Max: 13.43
Current: 9.83

1.09
13.43
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 27.10
MTSC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 2893 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 9.90 vs. MTSC: 27.10 )
MTSC' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 6.79   Max: 87.06
Current: 27.1

6.79
87.06
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 7.30
MTSC's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 2050 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
61% of the 1653 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 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
60% of the 1510 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 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
» MTSC's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

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 (-2.20%)
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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Q4 2014

MTSC Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Joel Greenblatt 5,300 sh (New)
John Rogers 1,446,559 sh (+5.13%)
Jim Simons 257,100 sh (+4.77%)
John Rogers 1,446,559 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 642,708 sh (unchged)
Bill Frels 1,656,840 sh (-1.55%)
Chuck Royce 642,708 sh (-2.34%)
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2015

MTSC Guru Trades in 2015

John Rogers 1,548,744 sh (+7.06%)
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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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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 24.00
MTSC's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
69% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 37.50 vs. MTSC: 24.00 )
MTSC' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 7.78   Max: 71.24
Current: 24

7.78
71.24
Forward P/E 14.31
MTSC's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
86% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. MTSC: 14.31 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 24.30
MTSC's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
70% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 37.70 vs. MTSC: 24.30 )
MTSC' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 8.09   Max: 71.4
Current: 24.3

8.09
71.4
P/B 4.30
MTSC's P/B is ranked lower than
61% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.92 vs. MTSC: 4.30 )
MTSC' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.67   Max: 6.2
Current: 4.3

1.67
6.2
P/S 2.00
MTSC's P/S is ranked lower than
59% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. MTSC: 2.00 )
MTSC' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 2.53
Current: 2

0.75
2.53
PFCF 32.90
MTSC's PFCF is ranked higher than
70% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 233.86 vs. MTSC: 32.90 )
MTSC' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 9.72   Max: 166.49
Current: 32.9

9.72
166.49
POCF 20.88
MTSC's POCF is ranked higher than
67% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 23.29 vs. MTSC: 20.88 )
MTSC' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 8.19   Max: 71.09
Current: 20.88

8.19
71.09
EV-to-EBIT 17.98
MTSC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
72% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 29.23 vs. MTSC: 17.98 )
MTSC' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 4.6   Max: 38.4
Current: 17.98

4.6
38.4
PEG 1.13
MTSC's PEG is ranked higher than
94% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. MTSC: 1.13 )
MTSC' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 430.7
Current: 1.13

0.56
430.7
Shiller P/E 26.70
MTSC's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
87% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. MTSC: 26.70 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 9.9   Max: 53.42
Current: 26.7

9.9
53.42
Current Ratio 1.67
MTSC's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
55% of the 2837 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.89 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 1.26
MTSC's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
56% of the 2837 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. MTSC: 1.26 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.04   Max: 2.14
Current: 1.26

1.04
2.14
Days Inventory 88.31
MTSC's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
59% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 79.04 vs. MTSC: 88.31 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 59.77   Max: 103.08
Current: 88.31

59.77
103.08
Days Sales Outstanding 70.01
MTSC's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
73% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 85.17 vs. MTSC: 70.01 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 56.62   Max: 134.72
Current: 70.01

56.62
134.72

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 1.60
MTSC's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
54% of the 1906 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.81 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 0.39
MTSC's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
78% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. MTSC: 0.39 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 6
Current: 0.39

0.11
6
Dividend growth (3y) 12.20
MTSC's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
80% of the 999 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 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) 4.47
MTSC's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
80% of the 1953 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.93 vs. MTSC: 4.47 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 2.12   Max: 8.04
Current: 4.47

2.12
8.04
Share Buyback Rate 0.70
MTSC's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
86% of the 1592 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: -1.00 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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history
Price/Tangible Book 5.30
MTSC's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
58% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. MTSC: 5.30 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.83   Max: 5.58
Current: 5.3

0.83
5.58
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.20
MTSC's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
79% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. MTSC: 2.20 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 2.8
Current: 2.2

0.54
2.8
Price/Median PS Value 1.20
MTSC's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
65% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. MTSC: 1.20 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 1.35
Current: 1.2

0.21
1.35
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.10
MTSC's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
95% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. MTSC: 1.10 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.51   Max: 34.66
Current: 1.1

0.51
34.66
Price/Graham Number 2.40
MTSC's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
62% of the 3135 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. MTSC: 2.40 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 3.15
Current: 2.4

0.75
3.15
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.60
MTSC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
67% of the 2853 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. MTSC: 5.60 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.6   Max: 21.7
Current: 5.6

2.6
21.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 24.29
MTSC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1229 Companies
in the Global Scientific & Technical Instruments industry.

( Industry Median: 6.75 vs. MTSC: 24.29 )
MTSC' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -6.5   Max: 33
Current: 24.29

-6.5
33

Analyst Estimate

Sep15
EPS($) 4.94
EPS without NRI($) 4.94

Business Description

Industry: Computer Hardware » Scientific & Technical Instruments
Compare:A, ROP, GRMN, HXGBY, TRMB » details
Traded in other countries:MT7.Germany,
MTS Systems Corp was incorporated under the 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 require 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 a
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