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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 0.19
SHLD's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
54% of the 1281 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.75 vs. SHLD: 0.19 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 8.36
Current: 0.19

0.13
8.36
Equity to Asset 0.03
SHLD's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
57% of the 1266 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. SHLD: 0.03 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.03   Max: 0.52
Current: 0.03

0.03
0.52
F-Score: 1
Z-Score: 1.88
M-Score: -2.94
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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industry
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Operating margin (%) -4.37
SHLD's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 1281 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.03 vs. SHLD: -4.37 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -3.61   Max: 9.18
Current: -4.37

-3.61
9.18
Net-margin (%) -5.37
SHLD's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 1281 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.32 vs. SHLD: -5.37 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -7.55   Max: 5.57
Current: -5.37

-7.55
5.57
ROE (%) -123.86
SHLD's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
57% of the 1256 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 8.93 vs. SHLD: -123.86 )
SHLD' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -60.75   Max: 33.12
Current: -123.86

-60.75
33.12
ROA (%) -10.25
SHLD's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
53% of the 1285 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.14 vs. SHLD: -10.25 )
SHLD' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -13.73   Max: 15.02
Current: -10.25

-13.73
15.02
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -22.51
SHLD's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
53% of the 1281 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 16.92 vs. SHLD: -22.51 )
SHLD' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -16.89   Max: 152.7
Current: -22.51

-16.89
152.7
Revenue Growth (%) -3.70
SHLD's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 1115 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. SHLD: -3.70 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -3.7   Max: 25.3
Current: -3.7

-3.7
25.3
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

SHLD Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 9,244 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 36,095 sh (New)
Murray Stahl 4,120,612 sh (+16.36%)
Bruce Berkowitz 21,331,673 sh (+2.76%)
Steve Mandel 2,273,500 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 60,700 sh (unchged)
Francis Chou 803,526 sh (unchged)
Fairholme Fund 14,212,673 sh (unchged)
Lee Ainslie Sold Out
Chuck Royce 50,000 sh (-16.67%)
Jeremy Grantham 122,211 sh (-19.96%)
Edward Lampert 26,438,272 sh (-21.91%)
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Q1 2014

SHLD Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Murray Stahl 5,158,485 sh (+25.19%)
Bruce Berkowitz 24,502,323 sh (+14.86%)
Steve Mandel 2,584,400 sh (unchged)
Edward Lampert 26,438,272 sh (unchged)
Francis Chou 803,526 sh (unchged)
Fairholme Fund 14,212,673 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham 71,800 sh (-41.25%)
Chuck Royce 20,000 sh (-60%)
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Q2 2014

SHLD Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Murray Stahl 5,829,276 sh (+13%)
Bruce Berkowitz 24,672,823 sh (+0.7%)
Edward Lampert 26,438,272 sh (unchged)
Francis Chou 803,526 sh (unchged)
Steve Mandel 2,504,400 sh (unchged)
Fairholme Fund 14,212,673 sh (unchged)
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Chuck Royce Sold Out
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Q3 2014

SHLD Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Bruce Berkowitz 25,506,273 sh (+3.38%)
Mariko Gordon 13,000 sh (unchged)
Steve Mandel 2,987,500 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 150,000 sh (unchged)
Edward Lampert 26,438,272 sh (unchged)
Francis Chou 803,526 sh (unchged)
Fairholme Fund 14,212,673 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 5,548,472 sh (-4.82%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with SHLD

(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
Bruce Berkowitz 2014-09-30 Add 3.38%0.29%$23.388 - $39.002 $ 36.099%25506273
Bruce Berkowitz 2014-03-31 Add 14.86%1.27%$22.32 - $32.2 $ 36.0931%24502323
Edward Lampert 2013-12-31 Reduce -21.91%12.69%$35.62 - $53.32 $ 36.09-20%26438272
Lee Ainslie 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.42%$35.62 - $53.32 $ 36.09-20%0
Bruce Berkowitz 2013-12-31 Add 2.76%0.29%$35.62 - $53.32 $ 36.09-20%21331673
Chuck Akre 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.57%$31.88 - $50.27 $ 36.09-5%0
Lee Ainslie 2013-09-30 New Buy0.42%$31.88 - $50.27 $ 36.09-5%517974
Bruce Berkowitz 2013-09-30 Add 1.79%0.26%$31.88 - $50.27 $ 36.09-5%20758173
Bruce Berkowitz 2013-06-30 Add 4.53%0.49%$34.1 - $48.45 $ 36.09-11%20392973
Bruce Berkowitz 2013-03-31 Add 7.51%0.87%$32.54 - $42.54 $ 36.09-5%19508773
Whitney Tilson 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.39%$32.54 - $42.54 $ 36.09-5%0
Bruce Berkowitz 2012-12-31 Add 7.16%0.72%$31.85 - $54.1 $ 36.09-13%18146573
Whitney Tilson 2012-12-31 New Buy0.39%$31.85 - $54.1 $ 36.09-13%11600
Lee Ainslie 2012-06-30 Sold Out 1%$38.78 - $54.68 $ 36.09-19%0
Chuck Akre 2012-03-31 New Buy2%$23.66 - $67.61 $ 36.09-16%300000
Lee Ainslie 2012-03-31 New Buy1%$23.66 - $67.61 $ 36.09-16%1092755
Bruce Berkowitz 2012-03-31 Add 4.38%0.6%$23.66 - $67.61 $ 36.09-16%16813480
Steve Mandel 2012-03-31 Sold Out 0.3%$23.66 - $67.61 $ 36.09-16%0
Michael Price 2012-03-31 Sold Out 0.23%$23.66 - $67.61 $ 36.09-16%0
Michael Price 2011-12-31 Reduce -51.1%0.49%$25.75 - $66.8 $ 36.09-30%45549
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Guru Investment Theses on Sears Holdings Corp

Bruce Berkowitz Comments on Sears Holdings Corp - Aug 04, 2014

Sears (SHLD) remains the Fund’s least successful investment, yet has the highest potential based on our estimates of tangible values.

From Bruce Berkowitz (Trades, Portfolio)'s Fairholme Fund Second Quarter 2014 Shareholder Letter.

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Francis Chou Comments on Sears Holdings - Mar 11, 2014

We believe that Sears Holdings (SHLD) is a misunderstood story. There are many moving parts but we believe Sears Holdings’ intrinsic value lies in its real estate assets. It also has other valuable assets such as Lands’ End, Kenmore, Craftsman and Diehard. Being a traditional department store has become a tough business during the last decade but, according to management, Sears is transitioning its historic focus on running a brick and mortar department store into a business that provides and delivers value by serving its members in the manner most convenient for them: whether in store, at home or through digital devices. The value of its real estate allows Eddie Lampert, the controlling shareholder and CEO, the time and money to effect the changes. If the transformation does not work out as expected, we believe the real estate values are high enough that we would not lose money in our investment at current prices after netting out all liabilities.



In general, we believe that stocks and non-investment grade bonds are fairly valued. We do not time the market but when bargains are scarce, we are happy to hold cash equivalents as an alternative.





From Franis Chou's 2013 letter to shareholders.



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Bruce Berkowitz Comments on Sears Holdings - Feb 10, 2014

Headlines shout of Sears (SHLD)' disastrous 2013 loss of $12 per share. A longer history shows that since the merger of Sears with Kmart, about 9 years ago, s ears has distributed over $66 of cash per share via buybacks and spin-offs and has paid down $27 per share of a pension liability that is no different, in our view, from debt. Fairholme research estimates that the fair value of s ears' net assets exceeds $150 per share. If our research is accurate, we expect s ears' market price of $38 to increase to this value over time.



From Bruce Berkowitz (Trades, Portfolio)'s fourth quarter shareholder letter.

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Francis Chou Trades Two Sears Spin-offs
During the third quarter, Francis Chou (Trades, Portfolio) of Chou Associates Management made only two adjustments to the Associates Fund portfolio — both companies are spin-offs of Sears Holdings (SHLD) whose insiders are purchasing the stock. Read more...
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Francis Chou Comments on Sears Holdings
We believe that Sears Holdings (SHLD) is a misunderstood story. There are many moving parts but we believe Sears Holdings’ intrinsic value lies in its real estate assets. It also has other valuable assets such as Lands’ End, Kenmore, Craftsman and Diehard. Being a traditional department store has become a tough business during the last decade but, according to management, Sears is transitioning its historic focus on running a brick and mortar department store into a business that provides and delivers value by serving its members in the manner most convenient for them: whether in store, at home or through digital devices. The value of its real estate allows Eddie Lampert, the controlling shareholder and CEO, the time and money to effect the changes. If the transformation does not work out as expected, we believe the real estate values are high enough that we would not lose money in our investment at current prices after netting out all liabilities. Read more...
Bruce Berkowitz Comments on Sears Holdings
Headlines shout of Sears (SHLD)' disastrous 2013 loss of $12 per share. A longer history shows that since the merger of Sears with Kmart, about 9 years ago, s ears has distributed over $66 of cash per share via buybacks and spin-offs and has paid down $27 per share of a pension liability that is no different, in our view, from debt. Fairholme research estimates that the fair value of s ears' net assets exceeds $150 per share. If our research is accurate, we expect s ears' market price of $38 to increase to this value over time. Read more...
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Though Edward Lampert insists cutting his stake in Sears had nothing to do with a loss of faith in the company, news of the reduction sent shares plunging more than 20% this week. The hedge fund manager and chief executive of Sears Holding (SHLD) cut back the scope of his ownership in the company from 55.4% to 48.4%, according to a regulatory filing released Tuesday. Read more...

Ratios

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P/B 8.39
SHLD's P/B is ranked higher than
51% of the 1357 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.31 vs. SHLD: 8.39 )
SHLD' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 9.45
Current: 8.39

0.28
9.45
P/S 0.12
SHLD's P/S is ranked higher than
96% of the 1357 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.87 vs. SHLD: 0.12 )
SHLD' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 0.53
Current: 0.12

0.06
0.53
EV-to-EBIT -5.34
SHLD's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
58% of the 1357 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 17.88 vs. SHLD: -5.34 )
SHLD' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -299.5   Max: 55.3
Current: -5.34

-299.5
55.3
Current Ratio 1.00
SHLD's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
53% of the 1279 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.56 vs. SHLD: 1.00 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1   Max: 3.62
Current: 1

1
3.62
Quick Ratio 0.22
SHLD's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
55% of the 1279 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.85 vs. SHLD: 0.22 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 2.05
Current: 0.22

0.16
2.05

Valuation & Return

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Price/Median PS Value 0.83
SHLD's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
87% of the 1357 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. SHLD: 0.83 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 3.12
Current: 0.83

0.54
3.12
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) -18.70
SHLD's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
55% of the 1265 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. SHLD: -18.70 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1.8   Max: 72.9
Current: -18.7

1.8
72.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -3.29
SHLD's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
58% of the 1036 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.40 vs. SHLD: -3.29 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -11.7   Max: 22.5
Current: -3.29

-11.7
22.5

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Department Stores
Compare:M, DFIHY, SRHGY, JWN, KSS » details
Traded in other countries:SEE.Germany
Sears Holdings Corp was formed as a Delaware corporation in 2004 in connection with the merger of Kmart and Sears on March 24, 2005. The Company is an integrated retailer with 1,980 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States, operating through Kmart and Sears, and 449 full-line and specialty retail stores in Canada operating through Sears Canada Inc. (Sears Canada), a 51%-owned subsidiary. The Company has three reportable segments namely Kmart, Sears Domestic and Sears Canada. In the Kmart segment the Company operated a total of 1,152 Kmart stores across 49 states, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This store count consists of 1,135 discount stores, averaging 94,000 square feet, and 17 Super Centers, averaging 165,000 square feet. Kmart stores are one-floor, free-standing units that carry various products across many merchandise categories, including consumer electronics, seasonal merchandise, outdoor living, toys, lawn and garden equipment, food and consumables and apparel, including products sold under such labels as Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer and Alphaline, and certain proprietary Sears brand products (such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard) and services. It also offers an assortment of appliances, including Kenmore-branded products, all of its locations. In the segment Seras, the Company conducted 778 stores, of which 768 are Full-line stores located across all 50 states and Puerto Rico. These stores are primarily mall-based locations averaging 136,000 square feet. Full-line stores offers product and service offerings across many merchandise categories, including appliances, consumer electronics, tools, sporting goods, outdoor living, lawn and garden equipment, certain automotive services and products, such as tires and batteries, home fashion products, as well as apparel, footwear, jewelry and accessories for the whole family. Sears Canada conducts retail operations in Canada similar to those conducted by Sears Domestic, with a greater emphasis on apparel and other softlines than in the U.S. stores. The Company competes with retailers, including other department stores, discounters, home improvement stores, consumer electronics dealers, auto service providers, specialty retailers, wholesale clubs, as well as many other retailers operating on a national, regional or local level in the U.S. and Canada.
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Edward Lampert's Sears Announces Steeper Losses Aug 21 2014 

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