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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
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history
Cash to Debt 0.36
SCL's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
61% of the 1032 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. SCL: 0.36 )
SCL' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 0.95
Current: 0.36

0.01
0.95
Equity to Asset 0.48
SCL's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
59% of the 1025 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. SCL: 0.48 )
SCL' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 0.49
Current: 0.48

0.32
0.49
Interest Coverage 10.48
SCL's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
57% of the 691 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 21.51 vs. SCL: 10.48 )
SCL' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.22   Max: 16.73
Current: 10.48

1.22
16.73
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 3.78
M-Score: -2.52
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 (%) 5.41
SCL's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 1035 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.86 vs. SCL: 5.41 )
SCL' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 1.25   Max: 8.22
Current: 5.41

1.25
8.22
Net-margin (%) 3.54
SCL's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 1035 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.81 vs. SCL: 3.54 )
SCL' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 4.94
Current: 3.54

0.57
4.94
ROE (%) 12.49
SCL's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 7.00 vs. SCL: 12.49 )
SCL' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 3.06   Max: 25.35
Current: 12.49

3.06
25.35
ROA (%) 5.87
SCL's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1036 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.71 vs. SCL: 5.87 )
SCL' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.09   Max: 10.12
Current: 5.87

1.09
10.12
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 13.74
SCL's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 1034 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 10.59 vs. SCL: 13.74 )
SCL' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 3.25   Max: 28.7
Current: 13.74

3.25
28.7
Revenue Growth (%) 8.30
SCL's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 880 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. SCL: 8.30 )
SCL' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -2.2   Max: 16.1
Current: 8.3

-2.2
16.1
EBITDA Growth (%) 2.00
SCL's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 802 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. SCL: 2.00 )
SCL' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -9.2   Max: 30.2
Current: 2

-9.2
30.2
EPS Growth (%) 2.50
SCL's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 737 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. SCL: 2.50 )
SCL' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -35.1   Max: 109
Current: 2.5

-35.1
109
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

SCL Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Third Avenue Management 533,312 sh (+13.05%)
Jim Simons 49,600 sh (+2.48%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Chuck Royce 1,275,884 sh (-21.41%)
Joel Greenblatt 9,793 sh (-24.51%)
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Q4 2013

SCL Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 3,800 sh (New)
Third Avenue Management 617,103 sh (+15.71%)
Jim Simons 53,800 sh (+8.47%)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Chuck Royce 1,085,424 sh (-14.93%)
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Q1 2014

SCL Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Joel Greenblatt 3,911 sh (New)
Jim Simons 60,600 sh (+12.64%)
Third Avenue Management 617,103 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Chuck Royce 999,636 sh (-7.9%)
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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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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with SCL

(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
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Add 84.81%$51.17 - $66.47 $ 45.28-19%7228
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 New Buy$59.49 - $65.84 $ 45.28-28%3911
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.02%$56.37 - $66.85 $ 45.28-26%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Reduce -24.51%0.01%$55.7 - $59.86 $ 45.28-22%9793
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Reduce -53.14%0.05%$52.58 - $61.72 $ 45.28-20%12973
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Reduce -24.09%0.03%$55.54 - $64.32 $ 45.28-25%27687
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Add 108.94%0.06%$26.11 - $51.04 $ 45.280%72948
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Add 310.75%0.08%$42.94 - $49.61 $ 45.28-4%34914
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 New Buy0.03%$42.66 - $46.84 $ 45.281%8500
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 15.20
SCL's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
82% of the 1065 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 23.80 vs. SCL: 15.20 )
SCL' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 6.29   Max: 71.4
Current: 15.2

6.29
71.4
P/B 1.73
SCL's P/B is ranked higher than
67% of the 1065 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. SCL: 1.73 )
SCL' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.22   Max: 2.89
Current: 1.73

1.22
2.89
P/S 0.54
SCL's P/S is ranked higher than
82% of the 1065 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.02 vs. SCL: 0.54 )
SCL' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 0.82
Current: 0.54

0.18
0.82
PFCF 30.59
SCL's PFCF is ranked higher than
82% of the 1065 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SCL: 30.59 )
SCL' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.16   Max: 458.33
Current: 30.59

4.16
458.33
EV-to-EBIT 11.37
SCL's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
85% of the 1065 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 18.61 vs. SCL: 11.37 )
SCL' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.1   Max: 37
Current: 11.37

5.1
37
PEG 4.61
SCL's PEG is ranked higher than
82% of the 1065 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SCL: 4.61 )
SCL' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 12.32
Current: 4.61

0.41
12.32
Shiller P/E 14.09
SCL's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
91% of the 1065 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 55.87 vs. SCL: 14.09 )
SCL' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 12.09   Max: 44.88
Current: 14.09

12.09
44.88
Current Ratio 2.26
SCL's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
79% of the 1033 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.74 vs. SCL: 2.26 )
SCL' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.46   Max: 2.36
Current: 2.26

1.46
2.36
Quick Ratio 1.54
SCL's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
78% of the 1033 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. SCL: 1.54 )
SCL' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.01   Max: 1.89
Current: 1.54

1.01
1.89

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 1.50
SCL's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
53% of the 830 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.62 vs. SCL: 1.50 )
SCL' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.8   Max: 3.67
Current: 1.5

0.8
3.67
Dividend Payout 0.22
SCL's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
84% of the 1065 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.51 vs. SCL: 0.22 )
SCL' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 10.11
Current: 0.22

0.12
10.11
Dividend growth (3y) 20.70
SCL's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
90% of the 547 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. SCL: 20.70 )
SCL' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -3.6   Max: 20.7
Current: 20.7

-3.6
20.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.52
SCL's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
63% of the 841 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. SCL: 2.52 )
SCL' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.34   Max: 6.16
Current: 2.52

1.34
6.16
Share Buyback Rate -1.10
SCL's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
67% of the 615 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. SCL: -1.10 )
SCL' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 6.6   Max: -5.2
Current: -1.1

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 1.84
SCL's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
69% of the 1065 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.18 vs. SCL: 1.84 )
SCL' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.01   Max: 2.93
Current: 1.84

1.01
2.93
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.29
SCL's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
83% of the 1065 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.71 vs. SCL: 1.29 )
SCL' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.49   Max: 3.23
Current: 1.29

0.49
3.23
Price/Median PS Value 1.74
SCL's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
54% of the 1065 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. SCL: 1.74 )
SCL' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.61   Max: 2.58
Current: 1.74

0.61
2.58
Price/Graham Number 1.10
SCL's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
79% of the 1065 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. SCL: 1.10 )
SCL' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.58   Max: 1.84
Current: 1.1

0.58
1.84
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.80
SCL's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
81% of the 919 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. SCL: 8.80 )
SCL' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.7   Max: 19.4
Current: 8.8

2.7
19.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 6.31
SCL's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
72% of the 796 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.95 vs. SCL: 6.31 )
SCL' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -3.3   Max: 29.1
Current: 6.31

-3.3
29.1

Business Description

Industry: Chemicals » Specialty Chemicals
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Stepan Company 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, which has ability of water to remove soil from another surface, wetting and foaming, dispersing, emulsification, which is 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 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 include two main product lines, polyols and phthalic anhydride, are used in multiple types of specialty polymers. Specialty products include chemicals used in food, flavoring and pharmaceutical applications. Substantially all of the Company's manufacturing plants operate on electricity and interruptible natural gas. In the manufacture of polymers, the Company competes with the chemical divisions of several large companies, as well as with other small specialty chemical manufacturers. The raw materials used by the Company are petroleum or plant based.
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