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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
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history
Cash to Debt 0.06
POST's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
90% of the 1422 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.62 vs. POST: 0.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
POST' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0  Med: 0.10 Max: N/A
Current: 0.06
Equity to Asset 0.30
POST's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
82% of the 1261 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.51 vs. POST: 0.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
POST' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.44 Max: 0.62
Current: 0.3
0.28
0.62
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 0.76
M-Score: -1.84
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 : 5/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) -1.57
POST's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
83% of the 1426 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 4.67 vs. POST: -1.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
POST' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -38.07  Med: 10.42 Max: 19.14
Current: -1.57
-38.07
19.14
Net-margin (%) -7.54
POST's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
88% of the 1430 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.18 vs. POST: -7.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
POST' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -43.82  Med: 1.47 Max: 9.23
Current: -7.54
-43.82
9.23
ROE (%) -14.18
POST's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
89% of the 1407 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 6.84 vs. POST: -14.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
POST' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -24.27  Med: -9.12 Max: 3.74
Current: -14.18
-24.27
3.74
ROA (%) -4.09
POST's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
86% of the 1452 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.38 vs. POST: -4.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
POST' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -13.98  Med: -2.82 Max: 1.83
Current: -4.09
-13.98
1.83
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -5.07
POST's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
86% of the 1438 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 11.33 vs. POST: -5.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
POST' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -158.16  Med: -0.26 Max: 30.42
Current: -5.07
-158.16
30.42
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Guru Trades

Q3 2014

POST Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Arnold Van Den Berg 500,410 sh (New)
Wallace Weitz 243,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 227,300 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 275,000 sh (New)
PRIMECAP Management 12,000 sh (New)
Diamond Hill Capital 835,395 sh (+111.47%)
Mario Gabelli 1,344,129 sh (+29.89%)
John Paulson 1,925,400 sh (+4.08%)
Mario Gabelli 1,342,769 sh (+29.75%)
John Griffin 1,705,000 sh (unchged)
Julian Robertson Sold Out
Murray Stahl Sold Out
John Keeley Sold Out
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Q4 2014

POST Guru Trades in Q4 2014

John Paulson 3,938,640 sh (+104.56%)
Jim Simons 401,700 sh (+76.73%)
Diamond Hill Capital 1,186,195 sh (+41.99%)
PRIMECAP Management 12,000 sh (unchged)
John Paulson 1,925,400 sh (unchged)
John Griffin 1,705,000 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Arnold Van Den Berg 460,030 sh (-8.07%)
Mario Gabelli 1,229,454 sh (-8.53%)
Wallace Weitz 145,000 sh (-40.33%)
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Q1 2015

POST Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 495,320 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 250,000 sh (New)
John Paulson 2,575,400 sh (+33.76%)
John Griffin 2,205,000 sh (+29.33%)
Diamond Hill Capital 1,333,095 sh (+12.38%)
PRIMECAP Management 12,000 sh (unchged)
Wallace Weitz 145,000 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 1,221,106 sh (-0.68%)
Arnold Van Den Berg 412,658 sh (-10.30%)
Jim Simons 173,000 sh (-56.93%)
Mario Gabelli 1,218,119 sh (-0.92%)
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Q2 2015

POST Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Joel Greenblatt 21,758 sh (New)
Wallace Weitz 392,860 sh (+170.94%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 634,890 sh (+28.18%)
Diamond Hill Capital 1,686,332 sh (+26.50%)
John Griffin 2,635,000 sh (+19.50%)
John Paulson 2,876,000 sh (+11.67%)
Mario Gabelli 1,275,751 sh (+4.48%)
Arnold Van Den Berg 256,355 sh (unchged)
PRIMECAP Management 12,000 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Arnold Van Den Berg 206,226 sh (-50.02%)
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Preferred stocks of Post Holdings Inc

SymbolPriceYieldDescription
POSTZ0.000.00
POSHZ0.000.002 1/2 % Perp Cum Conv Pfd Shs Series -C- -144A-

Guru Investment Theses on Post Holdings Inc

Diamond Hill Capital Comments on Post Holdings Inc - Oct 17, 2014

We took advantage of an opportunity to purchase shares in food products company Post Holdings, Inc. (POST) when its stock fell sharply after the company’s quarterly earnings came in below Wall Street analysts’ estimates, and company management lowered its full-year earnings guidance. We believe the stock is attractive at current valuations and view favorably the company’s diversification away from the slow growing cereal category through acquisitions.

From Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio)'s Small Cap Fund Third Quarter 2014 Commentary.

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Top Ranked Articles about Post Holdings Inc

Half of Van Den Berg's Third-Quarter Transactions Were Reductions in Holdings
Since founding Century Management in Austin, Texas, more than 40 years ago, value investor Arnold Van Den Berg (Trades, Portfolio) has made a habit of beating the indices. Typically, nearly half of his holdings are in industrial and financial services stocks. It remains to be seen if the moves he made in the third quarter will extend his successful streak, but many of his deals did involve stocks in those segments. Read more...
Diamond Hill Capital Comments on Post Holdings Inc
We took advantage of an opportunity to purchase shares in food products company Post Holdings, Inc. (POST) when its stock fell sharply after the company’s quarterly earnings came in below Wall Street analysts’ estimates, and company management lowered its full-year earnings guidance. We believe the stock is attractive at current valuations and view favorably the company’s diversification away from the slow growing cereal category through acquisitions. Read more...
Texas Superinvestor Arnold Van Den Berg Buys Chicago Bridge & Iron, Post Holdings, Era Group, Sells McDermott International, Lawson Products Inc
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Ratios

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industry
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history
Forward P/E 24.51
POST's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
78% of the 456 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 16.45 vs. POST: 24.51 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
P/B 1.35
POST's P/B is ranked higher than
53% of the 1305 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.52 vs. POST: 1.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
POST' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.54  Med: 0.90 Max: 1.36
Current: 1.35
0.54
1.36
P/S 0.79
POST's P/S is ranked higher than
51% of the 1417 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.87 vs. POST: 0.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
POST' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.55  Med: 1.14 Max: 1.72
Current: 0.79
0.55
1.72
PFCF 14.55
POST's PFCF is ranked higher than
63% of the 655 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 21.16 vs. POST: 14.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
POST' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 7.44  Med: 18.50 Max: 52.1
Current: 14.55
7.44
52.1
POCF 10.05
POST's POCF is ranked higher than
60% of the 902 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 12.73 vs. POST: 10.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
POST' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 6.34  Med: 9.35 Max: 18.77
Current: 10.05
6.34
18.77
Current Ratio 2.17
POST's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
68% of the 1295 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.58 vs. POST: 2.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
POST' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.01  Med: 2.26 Max: 7.38
Current: 2.17
1.01
7.38
Quick Ratio 1.33
POST's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
62% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. POST: 1.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
POST' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.48  Med: 1.51 Max: 6.58
Current: 1.33
0.48
6.58
Days Inventory 47.65
POST's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
63% of the 1385 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 63.30 vs. POST: 47.65 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
POST' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 48.4  Med: 50.63 Max: 60.06
Current: 47.65
48.4
60.06
Days Sales Outstanding 33.26
POST's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
56% of the 1107 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 37.93 vs. POST: 33.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
POST' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 3.81  Med: 24.17 Max: 62.63
Current: 33.26
3.81
62.63

Valuation & Return

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Price/Median PS Value 0.74
POST's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
77% of the 1309 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. POST: 0.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
POST' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.5  Med: 1.01 Max: 1.3
Current: 0.74
0.5
1.3
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) -0.90
POST's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
81% of the 1414 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 4.80 vs. POST: -0.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
POST' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -0.9  Med: 4.75 Max: 7.2
Current: -0.9
-0.9
7.2

Analyst Estimate

Sep15 Sep16
Revenue(Mil) 4,785 5,257
EPS($) 0.57 2.64
EPS without NRI($) 0.57 2.64

Business Description

Industry: Consumer Packaged Goods » Packaged Foods
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Traded in other countries:2PO.Germany,
Post Holdings Inc was incorporated in the state of Missouri on September 22, 2011. The Company is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded ready-to-eat cereals in the United States and Canada. The Company is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded and private label ready-to-eat cereals, snacks and active nutrition products in the United States and Canada. The Company's products are manufactured at facilities located in Battle Creek, Michigan; Jonesboro, Arkansas; Modesto, California; and Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Company operates in three reportable segments namely Post Foods, Attune Foods and Active Nutrition. The Post Foods segment predominately includes the Post branded ready-to-eat cereal business. The Attune Foods segment includes premium healthy and organic cereals and snacks. It also includes the business of Attune Foods, Inc., and the Active Nutrition segment includes the business of Premier Nutrition Corporation. The portfolio brands of Post Foods Segment include Honey Bunches of Oats, Pebbles, Great Grains, Honeycomb and Golden Crisp and among others. Through Attune Foods Segment the Company manufactures and markets branded healthy and organic cereals and snacks, including Uncle Sam high fiber cereals, Attune chocolate probiotic bars and Erewhon gluten-free cereals and organic graham crackers. Attune Foods also includes the Golden Temple, Peace Cereal, Sweet Home Farm and Willamette Valley Granola Company brands as well as a private label granola business. Through Active Nutrition Segment the Company markets and distributes protein beverages and foods under the Premier Protein brand and nutritional joint health supplements under the Joint Juice brand. The raw materials used are agricultural commodities, including wheat, oats, other grain products, vegetable oils, fruits, almonds and other tree nuts, milk and soy based proteins, cocoa, corn syrup and sugar. The Company's channels of distribution, including retail chains, mass merchandisers, grocery wholesalers, warehouse club stores, drug stores, health food stores and foodservice distributors across the U.S. and Canada. Its competitors are Kellogg, General Mills and Quaker Oats (owned by PepsiCo). Ralcorp (owned by ConAgra), Malt-O-Meal and Gilster Mary Lee. The Company is subject to regulation by federal, state, local and foreign governmental entities and agencies.
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