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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 0.31
SCL's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
60% of the 1104 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.39 vs. SCL: 0.31 )
SCL' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 0.95
Current: 0.31

0.01
0.95
Equity to Asset 0.46
SCL's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
59% of the 1100 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.51 vs. SCL: 0.46 )
SCL' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 0.49
Current: 0.46

0.32
0.49
Interest Coverage 7.75
SCL's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
53% of the 715 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 20.76 vs. SCL: 7.75 )
SCL' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.22   Max: 16.73
Current: 7.75

1.22
16.73
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 3.72
M-Score: -2.46
WACC vs ROIC
6.47%
9.43%
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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history
Operating margin (%) 4.71
SCL's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 1117 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.98 vs. SCL: 4.71 )
SCL' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 1.25   Max: 8.22
Current: 4.71

1.25
8.22
Net-margin (%) 2.96
SCL's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 1119 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.19 vs. SCL: 2.96 )
SCL' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 4.94
Current: 2.96

0.57
4.94
ROE (%) 10.16
SCL's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 7.31 vs. SCL: 10.16 )
SCL' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 3.06   Max: 25.35
Current: 10.16

3.06
25.35
ROA (%) 4.85
SCL's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 1120 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.65 vs. SCL: 4.85 )
SCL' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.09   Max: 10.12
Current: 4.85

1.09
10.12
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 11.65
SCL's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1116 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 10.28 vs. SCL: 11.65 )
SCL' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 3.25   Max: 28.89
Current: 11.65

3.25
28.89
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 0.80
SCL's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 936 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.90 vs. SCL: 0.80 )
SCL' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -2.2   Max: 16.1
Current: 0.8

-2.2
16.1
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -2.90
SCL's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 875 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.60 vs. SCL: -2.90 )
SCL' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -9.2   Max: 30.2
Current: -2.9

-9.2
30.2
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -8.10
SCL's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 797 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. SCL: -8.10 )
SCL' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -35.1   Max: 109
Current: -8.1

-35.1
109
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

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 (-7.90%)
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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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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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Ratios

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history
P/E(ttm) 16.40
SCL's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
82% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 28.20 vs. SCL: 16.40 )
SCL' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 6.29   Max: 56.01
Current: 16.4

6.29
56.01
Forward P/E 11.88
SCL's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
85% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 26.11 vs. SCL: 11.88 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 16.10
SCL's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
83% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 28.20 vs. SCL: 16.10 )
SCL' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 6.26   Max: 52.98
Current: 16.1

6.26
52.98
P/B 1.70
SCL's P/B is ranked higher than
69% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. SCL: 1.70 )
SCL' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.22   Max: 2.89
Current: 1.7

1.22
2.89
P/S 0.48
SCL's P/S is ranked higher than
85% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.16 vs. SCL: 0.48 )
SCL' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 0.82
Current: 0.48

0.18
0.82
POCF 11.21
SCL's POCF is ranked higher than
76% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 14.29 vs. SCL: 11.21 )
SCL' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 3.09   Max: 43.58
Current: 11.21

3.09
43.58
EV-to-EBIT 11.94
SCL's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
86% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 20.78 vs. SCL: 11.94 )
SCL' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.1   Max: 33.5
Current: 11.94

5.1
33.5
PEG 17.89
SCL's PEG is ranked higher than
75% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. SCL: 17.89 )
SCL' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 13.52
Current: 17.89

0.41
13.52
Shiller P/E 13.00
SCL's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
93% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 44.22 vs. SCL: 13.00 )
SCL' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 11.79   Max: 44.22
Current: 13

11.79
44.22
Current Ratio 2.31
SCL's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
81% of the 1110 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.75 vs. SCL: 2.31 )
SCL' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.46   Max: 2.31
Current: 2.31

1.46
2.31
Quick Ratio 1.57
SCL's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
78% of the 1110 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. SCL: 1.57 )
SCL' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.01   Max: 1.68
Current: 1.57

1.01
1.68
Days Inventory 40.99
SCL's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
86% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 70.38 vs. SCL: 40.99 )
SCL' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 23.88   Max: 46.75
Current: 40.99

23.88
46.75
Days Sales Outstanding 51.22
SCL's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
79% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 66.99 vs. SCL: 51.22 )
SCL' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 42.99   Max: 57.82
Current: 51.22

42.99
57.82

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 1.73
SCL's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
52% of the 891 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.73 vs. SCL: 1.73 )
SCL' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.8   Max: 3.67
Current: 1.73

0.8
3.67
Dividend Payout 0.28
SCL's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
79% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.54 vs. SCL: 0.28 )
SCL' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 1.69
Current: 0.28

0.13
1.69
Dividend growth (3y) 9.20
SCL's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
82% of the 572 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.30 vs. SCL: 9.20 )
SCL' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -3.6   Max: 20.7
Current: 9.2

-3.6
20.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.92
SCL's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
73% of the 899 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.97 vs. SCL: 2.92 )
SCL' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.37   Max: 6.3
Current: 2.92

1.37
6.3
Share Buyback Rate -0.70
SCL's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
73% of the 695 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.90 vs. SCL: -0.70 )
SCL' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 6.6   Max: -5.2
Current: -0.7

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 1.80
SCL's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
71% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. SCL: 1.80 )
SCL' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.01   Max: 2.93
Current: 1.8

1.01
2.93
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.30
SCL's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
83% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.10 vs. SCL: 1.30 )
SCL' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.55   Max: 2.94
Current: 1.3

0.55
2.94
Price/Median PS Value 1.10
SCL's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
73% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. SCL: 1.10 )
SCL' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 1.88
Current: 1.1

0.57
1.88
Price/Graham Number 1.10
SCL's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
78% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.45 vs. SCL: 1.10 )
SCL' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.78   Max: 1.84
Current: 1.1

0.78
1.84
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.20
SCL's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
84% of the 1110 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.10 vs. SCL: 8.20 )
SCL' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3   Max: 19.4
Current: 8.2

3
19.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 2.30
SCL's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
70% of the 745 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.61 vs. SCL: 2.30 )
SCL' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -4.1   Max: 27.2
Current: 2.3

-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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