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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 3.56
SFE's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
69% of the 959 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.72 vs. SFE: 3.56 )
SFE' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 11.71
Current: 3.56

0.02
11.71
F-Score: 2
Z-Score: 2.27
M-Score: -3.46
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 : 2/10

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history
ROE (%) -12.48
SFE's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
60% of the 919 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.28 vs. SFE: -12.48 )
SFE' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -119.21   Max: 35.49
Current: -12.48

-119.21
35.49
ROA (%) -10.27
SFE's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
60% of the 965 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.48 vs. SFE: -10.27 )
SFE' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -189.7   Max: 23.97
Current: -10.27

-189.7
23.97
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -15684.06
SFE's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
66% of the 960 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 33.29 vs. SFE: -15684.06 )
SFE' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -15684.06   Max: 17.92
Current: -15684.06

-15684.06
17.92
» SFE's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q3 2012

SFE Guru Trades in Q3 2012

Jeremy Grantham 16,500 sh (New)
John Keeley 119,000 sh (+2.59%)
Michael Price 109,006 sh (-0.46%)
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Q4 2012

SFE Guru Trades in Q4 2012

Michael Price 109,006 sh (unchged)
John Keeley Sold Out
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Q1 2013

SFE Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Michael Price 55,508 sh (-49.08%)
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Q2 2013

SFE Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Michael Price Sold Out
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with SFE

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Michael Price 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.11%$15.34 - $16.5 $ 20.3728%0
Michael Price 2013-03-31 Reduce -49.08%0.11%$14.62 - $16.23 $ 20.3733%55508
John Keeley 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.04%$13.71 - $16.09 $ 20.3737%0
Michael Price 2012-03-31 Reduce -41.72%0.2%$15.52 - $18.09 $ 20.3728%110606
Michael Price 2011-12-31 Reduce -39.38%0.33%$14.02 - $17.99 $ 20.3729%189770
Mario Gabelli 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0014%$13.35 - $18.82 $ 20.3727%0
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Ratios

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P/B 1.50
SFE's P/B is ranked higher than
74% of the 899 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. SFE: 1.50 )
SFE' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 2.87
Current: 1.5

0.41
2.87
EV-to-EBIT 15.60
SFE's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
56% of the 843 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.40 vs. SFE: 15.60 )
SFE' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 18.5   Max: 10974.5
Current: 15.6

18.5
10974.5

Valuation & Return

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Price/Net Cash 3.80
SFE's Price/Net Cash is ranked higher than
80% of the 166 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.30 vs. SFE: 3.80 )
SFE' s 10-Year Price/Net Cash Range
Min: 2.6   Max: 14.12
Current: 3.8

2.6
14.12
Price/Net Current Asset Value 3.80
SFE's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
79% of the 222 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.90 vs. SFE: 3.80 )
SFE' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 2.6   Max: 14.12
Current: 3.8

2.6
14.12
Price/Tangible Book 1.50
SFE's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
75% of the 678 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. SFE: 1.50 )
SFE' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 16.96
Current: 1.5

0.91
16.96
Price/DCF (Projected) 34.50
SFE's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked lower than
84% of the 514 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. SFE: 34.50 )
SFE' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 35.12
Current: 34.5

0.16
35.12
Price/Median PS Value 61.70
SFE's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
85% of the 897 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. SFE: 61.70 )
SFE' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 73.75
Current: 61.7

0.02
73.75
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -4.46
SFE's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
51% of the 660 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. SFE: -4.46 )
SFE' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -3.7   Max: -3.5
Current: -4.46

-3.7
-3.5

Business Description

Industry: Business Services » Business Services
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Traded in other countries:SFU1.Germany
Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1953. The Company's charter is to build value in growing businesses by providing partner companies with capital and a range of strategic, operational and management resources. Safeguard may participate in expansion financings, corporate spin-outs, management buy-outs, recapitalizations, industry consolidations and early-stage financings. Its vision is to be the preferred catalyst to build great companies across diverse capital platforms. The Company focuses principally on companies that operate in two sectors and in which it anticipates deploying up to $25 million. The two sectors on which it presently focuses are: Life Sciences — including companies focused on molecular and point-of-care diagnostics, medical devices, specialty pharmaceuticals and selected healthcare services that have lesser regulatory risk and have achieved or are near commercialization; and Technology — including companies focused on Internet/new media, financial services IT, healthcare IT, enterprise software and selected business services that have transaction-enabling applications with a recurring revenue stream. The Company faces intense competition from other companies that acquire or provide capital to life sciences and technology businesses. Competitors include venture capital and, occasionally, private equity investors, as well as companies seeking to make strategic acquisitions. Many providers of growth capital also offer strategic guidance, networking access for recruiting and general advice. The operations of Safeguard and its partner companies are subject to environmental laws and regulations.

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