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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 0.07
SHLD's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
54% of the 1284 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.92 vs. SHLD: 0.07 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.07   Max: 8.36
Current: 0.07

0.07
8.36
Equity to Asset -0.07
SHLD's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
57% of the 1271 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. SHLD: -0.07 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.07   Max: 0.52
Current: -0.07

-0.07
0.52
F-Score: 2
Z-Score: 1.96
M-Score: -2.81
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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Operating margin (%) -4.83
SHLD's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 1285 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.88 vs. SHLD: -4.83 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -4.83   Max: 9.18
Current: -4.83

-4.83
9.18
Net-margin (%) -5.39
SHLD's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
51% of the 1285 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.14 vs. SHLD: -5.39 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -7.55   Max: 5.57
Current: -5.39

-7.55
5.57
ROE (%) -340.21
SHLD's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
57% of the 1266 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 8.72 vs. SHLD: -340.21 )
SHLD' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -426.9   Max: 33.12
Current: -340.21

-426.9
33.12
ROA (%) -10.51
SHLD's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 1290 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.98 vs. SHLD: -10.51 )
SHLD' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -13.76   Max: 15.02
Current: -10.51

-13.76
15.02
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -26.25
SHLD's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
53% of the 1286 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 17.53 vs. SHLD: -26.25 )
SHLD' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -26.85   Max: 152.7
Current: -26.25

-26.85
152.7
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -7.10
SHLD's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 1086 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. SHLD: -7.10 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -7.1   Max: 25.3
Current: -7.1

-7.1
25.3
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 11.50
SHLD's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 912 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. SHLD: 11.50 )
SHLD' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -37.4   Max: 67.5
Current: 11.5

-37.4
67.5
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -16.80
SHLD's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 854 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.00 vs. SHLD: -16.80 )
SHLD' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -59.4   Max: 56.4
Current: -16.8

-59.4
56.4
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

SHLD Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Murray Stahl 5,829,276 sh (+13.00%)
Bruce Berkowitz 24,672,823 sh (+0.70%)
Edward Lampert 27,173,317 sh (+0.40%)
Edward Lampert 27,061,734 sh (+2.30%)
Edward Lampert 26,438,272 sh (unchged)
Francis Chou 803,526 sh (unchged)
Steve Mandel 2,504,400 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%)
Bruce Berkowitz 25,555,473 sh (+0.19%)
Bruce Berkowitz 25,555,473 sh (unchged)
Mariko Gordon 13,000 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 150,000 sh (unchged)
Edward Lampert 26,438,272 sh (unchged)
Steve Mandel 2,987,500 sh (unchged)
Francis Chou 803,526 sh (unchged)
Bruce Berkowitz 25,506,273 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 5,548,472 sh (-4.82%)
Bruce Berkowitz 25,506,273 sh (-0.10%)
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Q4 2014

SHLD Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Francis Chou 896,088 sh (+11.52%)
Bruce Berkowitz 26,545,273 sh (+4.07%)
Edward Lampert 26,438,272 sh (unchged)
Steve Mandel 2,163,100 sh (unchged)
Bruce Berkowitz 26,587,173 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 150,000 sh (unchged)
Bruce Berkowitz 26,579,273 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 5,012,760 sh (-9.66%)
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2015

SHLD Guru Trades in 2015

Bruce Berkowitz 26,259,073 sh (-0.20%)
Bruce Berkowitz 26,308,973 sh (-0.70%)
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Guru Investment Theses on Sears Holdings Corp

Bruce Berkowitz Comments on Sears Holdings Corp - Feb 10, 2015

Market participants have often failed to ascribe appropriate intrinsic value to conglomerates, and Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD) (“SHC”, 7.1%) is no exception. For years, SHC has remained a misunderstood sum-of-parts story. Few have the inclination to examine all of the company’s pieces, which equate to a net asset value that we estimate to be multiples of current market prices.

SHC’s substantial portfolio of real estate is its most valuable component. The company’s 977 Kmart and 714 Sears properties total 195 million square feet of commercial retail space – more than Simon Property Group, the largest mall REIT with an enterprise value of $100 billion. The possibilities for SHC’s owned and leased properties are endless. Redevelopment is one feasible option that the company is actively pursuing, including: the transformation of its 162,000 square foot store at Janss Marketplace (Thousand Oaks, CA) into a mini-mall; the reorganization of a 14-acre site in St. Paul, Minnesota, with 111,000 square feet in adjacent structures including 130 units of housing; and the redevelopment of a 12.3-acre property at top-performing Aventura Mall in Florida into 251,250 square feet of high- end open-air retail and restaurant space, 43,802 square feet of office space, 128,737 square feet for a luxury hotel with 120 rooms, and 476,297 square feet of parking. At this proposed “Esplanade at Aventura,” Sears would retain a 20,000 square foot presence, effectively reducing its footprint by 90%. Subleasing to single and multiple tenants is another option: millions of square feet have already been subleased to tenants such as Ansar Gallery International, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kroger, Nordstrom Rack, Primark, and Whole Foods. Finally, some stores will remain as-is: for example, “cash cow” locations throughout the Northeast corridor, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands do not require any reconfiguration.

We believe that the company’s non-real estate assets have significant value as well. SHC’s $5.6 billion in cash, receivables, and net inventory (or $44 per diluted SHC common share), leading brands (e.g., Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard), and Shop Your Way loyalty program (which has helped the company generate $4 billion in online sales) are important components. SHC also operates 750+ pharmacies with $1.75 billion in annual sales. Sears Home Services is the largest national delivery and home repair service with over $2.5 billion in sales. Annual service repair calls exceed nine million, in addition to 4 million deliveries and 1 million installations. Sears Commerce Services provides e-commerce and logistics solutions for third-party businesses, akin to Amazon Services. Sears Logistics has 49 distribution and fulfillment facilities across the U.S. (46.5 million square feet) providing end-to-end supply chain solutions for SHC and competitors. Sears Protection Company has over 15 million products under protection agreement contracts. Sears Reinsurance Company provides management of all insurance risks. And there is more.

We believe that SHC’s liabilities are easily offset by its non-real estate assets. Proceeds from recent and anticipated corporate actions as well as further inventory reductions would re-pay the: (i) $400 million in short-term debt due February 2015; (ii) $1.6 billion from the domestic credit facility expiring April 2016; (iii) $1.0 billion term loan due June 2018; and (iv) remaining pension plan obligations forecasted to be $1.1 billion through 2019 at prevailing low rates.

SHC’s management acknowledges that operating performance must improve, and we remain confident that the company has the ability to effectively address its cash burn by reducing: (i) investments in integrated retail and Shop Your Way; (ii) the dual marketing program spend; (iii) rent and associated costs; (iv) corporate overhead; and (v) the pension deficit. The company indicated that it is “currently carrying costs of two promotional programs: [Shop Your Way] Points and Promotional Markdowns (‘PMDs’)” and intends to expedite the transition from PMDs to Points for a “more efficient promotional model.” SHC is also accelerating unprofitable store closings, and can terminate approximately 80% of existing leases without penalty over the next four years by not exercising its extension options. Retail analysts predictably focus on “revenue per square foot” and “same store sales.” We prefer to ignore the crowd by assessing all the parts. Consider this: at one point last year, the market cap of newly independent Lands’ End almost rivaled the market cap of its former parent, SHC.

Form Bruce Berkowitz (Trades, Portfolio)'s Fairholme Fund 2014 Annual Report and Investor Letter.

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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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Top Ranked Articles about Sears Holdings Corp

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Bruce Berkowitz Comments on Sears Holdings Corp
Market participants have often failed to ascribe appropriate intrinsic value to conglomerates, and Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD) (“SHC”, 7.1%) is no exception. For years, SHC has remained a misunderstood sum-of-parts story. Few have the inclination to examine all of the company’s pieces, which equate to a net asset value that we estimate to be multiples of current market prices. Read more...
Bruce Berkowitz Increases Position in SHLD
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Francis Chou Trades Two Sears Spin-offs
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Ratios

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P/S 0.10
SHLD's P/S is ranked higher than
94% of the 1365 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.92 vs. SHLD: 0.10 )
SHLD' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 0.53
Current: 0.1

0.06
0.53
EV-to-EBIT -5.30
SHLD's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
56% of the 1365 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.90 vs. SHLD: -5.30 )
SHLD' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -67.4   Max: 434.2
Current: -5.3

-67.4
434.2
Current Ratio 0.96
SHLD's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
53% of the 1281 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.58 vs. SHLD: 0.96 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.96   Max: 3.62
Current: 0.96

0.96
3.62
Quick Ratio 0.15
SHLD's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
57% of the 1281 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.86 vs. SHLD: 0.15 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.15   Max: 2.05
Current: 0.15

0.15
2.05
Days Inventory 95.77
SHLD's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
71% of the 1365 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 99.00 vs. SHLD: 95.77 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 63.05   Max: 103.46
Current: 95.77

63.05
103.46
Days Sales Outstanding 5.02
SHLD's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
86% of the 1365 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 22.48 vs. SHLD: 5.02 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 5.02   Max: 11.88
Current: 5.02

5.02
11.88

Valuation & Return

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Price/Median PS Value 1.00
SHLD's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
75% of the 1365 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. SHLD: 1.00 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.58   Max: 2.69
Current: 1

0.58
2.69
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) -18.90
SHLD's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
58% of the 1283 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. SHLD: -18.90 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: -18.9   Max: 72.9
Current: -18.9

-18.9
72.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -12.23
SHLD's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
56% of the 892 Companies
in the Global Department Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.47 vs. SHLD: -12.23 )
SHLD' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -20.6   Max: 37.6
Current: -12.23

-20.6
37.6

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Department Stores
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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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Bruce Berkowitz: It's a Sears Thing Mar 26 2015 
A Prologue To Fairholme Funds Comprehensive Presentation On Sears Holdings Mar 26 2015 
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Bruce Berkowitz Reduced Stake In One Of The Largest Broadline Retailers In The U.S. Mar 19 2015 
Simple Concept of Intrinsic Value Part 2 Mar 09 2015 
Star Value Investor Mohnish Pabrai Explains Why Investing Is Nothing Like Brain Surgery Mar 03 2015 
Chou Opportunity Fund Q4 Investor Letter – Discusses A Big Long Position in Sears Mar 03 2015 
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Eddie Lampert's 2015 Chairman Letter for Sears Feb 26 2015 
Edward Lampert Shifts Investment Gears in Fourth Quarter Feb 19 2015 

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