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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 : 5/10

Interest Coverage 5.56
PPO's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
79% of the 1765 Companies
in the Global Diversified Industrials industry.

( Industry Median: 29.67 vs. PPO: 5.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
PPO' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0 Max: 5.56
Current: 5.56
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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Guru Trades

Q4 2014

PPO Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 13,300 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 360,456 sh (+1.65%)
PRIMECAP Management 6,159,500 sh (+0.17%)
Michael Price 25,000 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 34,563 sh (-11.52%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 39,320 sh (-20.81%)
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Q1 2015

PPO Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Jeremy Grantham 906,984 sh (New)
Mario Gabelli 152,528 sh (New)
Jim Simons 214,800 sh (+1515.04%)
Michael Price Sold Out
Ron Baron Sold Out
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 5,901,058 sh (-4.20%)
Joel Greenblatt 170,831 sh (-52.61%)
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Q2 2015

PPO Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Prem Watsa 34,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 635,300 sh (+195.76%)
Mario Gabelli 251,800 sh (+65.08%)
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 5,110,640 sh (-13.39%)
Joel Greenblatt 12,116 sh (-92.91%)
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Q3 2015

PPO Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Prem Watsa Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management Sold Out
Mario Gabelli Sold Out
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Business Description

Industry: Industrial Products » Diversified Industrials
Traded in other countries:QL2.Germany,

Polypore International Inc is a Delaware corporation is a high technology filtration company that develops, manufactures and markets specialized microporous membranes used in separation and filtration processes. The microporous membranes that Company produces are highly engineered polymeric structures that contain millions of pores per square inch, enabling the management of ions, gases and particles that range in size from the cellular to the nano or molecular level. Its operations are mainly managed on a products basis and are comprised of three operating segments that have been aggregated into two reportable segments: energy storage and separations media. The energy storage segment produces and markets membranes that provide the critical function of separating the cathode and anode in a variety of battery markets, including lithium, industrial and transportation applications. The separations media segment produces and markets membranes used as the high technology filtration element in various medical and industrial applications. Electronics applications: The Company develops, manufactures and markets a line of patented polypropylene and polyethylene monolayer and multilayer membrane separators for lithium batteries that are used in numerous applications such as personal electronic devices, cordless power tools and HEVs and other electric vehicles. Transportation and industrial applications: Polypore develops, manufactures and markets a complete line of high-performance polymer-based membrane separators for lead-acid batteries. Approximately 80% of its lead-acid battery separators are used in batteries for automobiles and other motor vehicles. The Company develops, manufactures and markets a complete line of patented polyethersulfone membranes for the hemodialysis market. Hemodialysis is the artificial process that performs the function of a healthy kidney for patients with permanent kidney failure, a condition known as End Stage Renal Disease. Polypore develops, manufactures and markets polypropylene and polymethylpentene membranes for the blood oxygenation market. As a component of heart-lung machines, blood oxygenators temporarily replace the functions of the lungs during on-pump open-heart surgery. The Company develops, manufactures and markets polypropylene and polyethersulfone membranes for the plasmapheresis market. In plasmapheresis, plasma is separated from the blood and either retained for the production of therapeutic proteins or filtered and returned to the blood as a treatment for various autoimmune disorders. Polypore produces a range of membranes and membrane-based elements for micro- and ultrafiltration and gasification/degasification of liquids, covering a range of applications in the filtration market. The Company sells its products and services to customers in both the domestic and international marketplace. Polypore sells mainly to manufacturers and converters that incorporate its products into their finishe

Guru Investment Theses on Polypore International Inc

Mario Gabelli Comments on Polypore International Inc. - Oct 19, 2015

Polypore International Inc. (NYSE:PPO), based in Charlotte, North Carolina, develops and manufactures microporous membranes used in products such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, and lawn and garden equipment. On February 23, 2015, it announced that the company would be sold to a U.S. subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Corp. for $60.50 in cash. Additionally, immediately prior to the completion of Asahi Kasei’s acquisition, 3M would purchase the assets of Polypore’s Separations Media Segment for $1 billion, with Asahi Kasei receiving the proceeds from the sale. After receiving regulatory and shareholder approvals, the merger closed on August 26, 2015. The Fund earned a 4.57% annualized return.

From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)'s ABC Fund third quarter commentary.

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Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $617.0
EPS (TTM) $ 1.11
Short Percentage of Float4.37%
52-Week Range $36.38 - 60.49
Shares Outstanding (Mil)45.01

Analyst Estimate

Dec15 Dec16
Revenue (Mil $) 715 775
EPS ($) 2.00 2.43
EPS w/o NRI ($) 2.00 2.43
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