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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 : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.32
SCL's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
65% of the 1007 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.60 vs. SCL: 0.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
SCL' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.04 Max: 0.95
Current: 0.32
0.01
0.95
Equity to Asset 0.47
SCL's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
58% of the 866 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. SCL: 0.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
SCL' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.32  Med: 0.37 Max: 0.49
Current: 0.47
0.32
0.49
Interest Coverage 7.75
SCL's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
76% of the 564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 48.18 vs. SCL: 7.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
SCL' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.22  Med: 5.30 Max: 16.73
Current: 7.75
1.22
16.73
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 3.92
M-Score: -2.99
WACC vs ROIC
2.47%
9.56%
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 : 6/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 5.11
SCL's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
51% of the 992 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. SCL: 5.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
SCL' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 1.25  Med: 5.26 Max: 8.22
Current: 5.11
1.25
8.22
Net-margin (%) 3.12
SCL's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
56% of the 993 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.70 vs. SCL: 3.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
SCL' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.57  Med: 3.01 Max: 4.94
Current: 3.12
0.57
4.94
ROE (%) 10.44
SCL's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 980 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.99 vs. SCL: 10.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
SCL' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 2.56  Med: 14.12 Max: 25.35
Current: 10.44
2.56
25.35
ROA (%) 4.93
SCL's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 1015 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.58 vs. SCL: 4.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
SCL' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.09  Med: 5.14 Max: 10.12
Current: 4.93
1.09
10.12
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 11.80
SCL's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
57% of the 1009 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9.92 vs. SCL: 11.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
SCL' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 4.42  Med: 15.26 Max: 28.29
Current: 11.8
4.42
28.29
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 0.80
SCL's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
64% of the 791 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.70 vs. SCL: 0.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SCL' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -2.2  Med: 8.30 Max: 16.1
Current: 0.8
-2.2
16.1
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -2.90
SCL's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
63% of the 700 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. SCL: -2.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SCL' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -9.2  Med: 1.90 Max: 30.2
Current: -2.9
-9.2
30.2
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -8.10
SCL's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
64% of the 634 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. SCL: -8.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SCL' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -35.1  Med: 6.10 Max: 109
Current: -8.1
-35.1
109
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Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

SCL Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 16,182 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 7,228 sh (+84.81%)
Jim Simons 91,241 sh (+50.56%)
Third Avenue Management 478,486 sh (-22.46%)
Chuck Royce 752,964 sh (-24.68%)
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Q3 2014

SCL Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 20,469 sh (+26.49%)
Third Avenue Management 589,115 sh (+23.12%)
Joel Greenblatt 8,897 sh (+23.09%)
Jim Simons 93,000 sh (+1.93%)
Chuck Royce 616,044 sh (-18.18%)
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Q4 2014

SCL Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 23,838 sh (+16.46%)
Joel Greenblatt 8,018 sh (-9.88%)
Jim Simons 74,800 sh (-19.57%)
Chuck Royce 326,414 sh (-47.01%)
Third Avenue Management 188,471 sh (-68.01%)
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Q1 2015

SCL Guru Trades in Q1 2015

David Dreman 92,081 sh (New)
James Barrow 37,712 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 39,670 sh (+66.41%)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Jim Simons 72,807 sh (-2.66%)
Chuck Royce 289,814 sh (-11.21%)
Third Avenue Management 59,197 sh (-68.59%)
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 27.30
SCL's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
61% of the 761 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 20.30 vs. SCL: 27.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
SCL' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 6.29  Med: 16.95 Max: 51.01
Current: 27.3
6.29
51.01
Forward P/E 12.76
SCL's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
56% of the 346 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 13.97 vs. SCL: 12.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 27.40
SCL's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
61% of the 763 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 20.40 vs. SCL: 27.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
SCL' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 6.26  Med: 16.96 Max: 49.89
Current: 27.4
6.26
49.89
P/B 1.98
SCL's P/B is ranked lower than
56% of the 948 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.66 vs. SCL: 1.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
SCL' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.22  Med: 1.86 Max: 2.89
Current: 1.98
1.22
2.89
P/S 0.60
SCL's P/S is ranked higher than
69% of the 986 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. SCL: 0.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
SCL' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.18  Med: 0.46 Max: 0.82
Current: 0.6
0.18
0.82
PFCF 38.90
SCL's PFCF is ranked lower than
66% of the 492 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 23.96 vs. SCL: 38.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
SCL' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.16  Med: 33.70 Max: 458.33
Current: 38.9
4.16
458.33
POCF 7.67
SCL's POCF is ranked higher than
74% of the 677 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 13.56 vs. SCL: 7.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
SCL' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 3.09  Med: 8.18 Max: 43.58
Current: 7.67
3.09
43.58
EV-to-EBIT 13.57
SCL's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
57% of the 782 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 15.74 vs. SCL: 13.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
SCL' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.1  Med: 12.40 Max: 30.1
Current: 13.57
5.1
30.1
PEG 30.44
SCL's PEG is ranked lower than
93% of the 349 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. SCL: 30.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
SCL' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.41  Med: 0.94 Max: 45.87
Current: 30.44
0.41
45.87
Shiller P/E 15.17
SCL's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
71% of the 470 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 21.70 vs. SCL: 15.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
SCL' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 11.75  Med: 20.55 Max: 44.22
Current: 15.17
11.75
44.22
Current Ratio 2.41
SCL's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
71% of the 877 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.73 vs. SCL: 2.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
SCL' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.46  Med: 1.82 Max: 2.41
Current: 2.41
1.46
2.41
Quick Ratio 1.65
SCL's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
67% of the 877 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.19 vs. SCL: 1.65 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
SCL' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.01  Med: 1.24 Max: 1.89
Current: 1.65
1.01
1.89
Days Inventory 42.98
SCL's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
72% of the 969 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 65.62 vs. SCL: 42.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
SCL' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 23.88  Med: 35.63 Max: 46.75
Current: 42.98
23.88
46.75
Days Sales Outstanding 51.94
SCL's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
59% of the 831 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 58.66 vs. SCL: 51.94 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
SCL' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 42.99  Med: 51.12 Max: 57.82
Current: 51.94
42.99
57.82

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 1.45
SCL's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
62% of the 1113 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. SCL: 1.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
SCL' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.8  Med: 1.61 Max: 3.67
Current: 1.45
0.8
3.67
Dividend Payout 0.28
SCL's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
61% of the 700 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SCL: 0.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
SCL' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.12  Med: 0.28 Max: 10.11
Current: 0.28
0.12
10.11
Dividend growth (3y) 9.20
SCL's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
64% of the 420 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 vs. SCL: 9.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
SCL' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -3.6  Med: 4.80 Max: 20.7
Current: 9.2
-3.6
20.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.49
SCL's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
56% of the 1126 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.21 vs. SCL: 2.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
SCL' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.37  Med: 2.76 Max: 6.3
Current: 2.49
1.37
6.3
Share Buyback Rate -0.70
SCL's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
54% of the 559 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -1.00 vs. SCL: -0.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
SCL' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 6.6  Med: -0.80 Max: -5.2
Current: -0.7

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 2.10
SCL's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
56% of the 906 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.78 vs. SCL: 2.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
SCL' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.14  Med: 1.85 Max: 2.93
Current: 2.1
1.14
2.93
Price/DCF (Earnings Based) 0.60
SCL's Price/DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked higher than
90% of the 50 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.38 vs. SCL: 0.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Earnings Based) only.
N/A
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 7.40
SCL's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 996 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. SCL: 7.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
SCL' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 3.3  Med: 8.05 Max: 19.4
Current: 7.4
3.3
19.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 2.31
SCL's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
50% of the 467 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.62 vs. SCL: 2.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
SCL' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -4.1  Med: 6.40 Max: 27.2
Current: 2.31
-4.1
27.2

Business Description

Industry: Chemicals » Specialty Chemicals
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Stepan Co was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware on February 19, 1959. The Company and its subsidiaries produce specialty and intermediate chemicals, which are sold to other manufacturers and then made into a variety of end products. The Company has three reportable segments namely Surfactants, Polymers and Specialty products. Surfactants are chemical agents that affect the interaction between two surfaces; they can provide actions such as detergency (i.e., the ability of water to remove soil from another surface), wetting and foaming, dispersing, emulsification (aiding two dissimilar liquids to mix), demulsification, viscosity modifications and biocidal disinfectants. Surfactants are the basic cleaning agent in detergents for washing clothes, dishes, carpets, fine fabrics, floors and walls. Surfactants are also used for the same purpose in shampoos, body wash and conditioners, fabric softeners, toothpastes, cosmetics and other personal care products. Commercial and industrial applications include emulsifiers for agricultural products, emulsion polymers such as floor polishes and latex foams and coatings, wetting and foaming agents for wallboard manufacturing, surfactants for enhanced oil recovery and biodiesel. Polymers, which includes two primary product lines, polyols and phthalic anhydride, are used in multiple types of specialty polymers. Polyurethane polyols are used in the manufacture of rigid foam for thermal insulation in the construction industry. They are also a base for raw material for coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers. Phthalic anhydride is used in polyester resins, alkyd resins, and plasticizers for applications in construction materials and components of automotive, boating, and other consumer products and internally in the Company's polyols. Specialty products are chemicals used in food, flavoring, nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical applications. The raw materials used by the Company are petroleum or plant based. Customers for surfactants are manufacturers of detergents, shampoos, lotions, fabric softeners, toothpastes and cosmetics. In addition, surfactants are sold to the producers of agricultural emulsifiers and lubricating products. Surfactants are also sold into the enhanced oil recovery and biodiesel end markets. Polymers are used in the construction and refrigeration industries, as well as in applications for the coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers and flexible foam industries. Polymers are also used by automotive, boating and other consumer product companies. Specialty products are used primarily by food, nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The Company's operations are subject to extensive local, state and federal regulations.
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