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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 0.53
SLCA's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
69% of the 2345 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.72 vs. SLCA: 0.53 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.16   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.53

Equity to Asset 0.37
SLCA's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
65% of the 1326 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.62 vs. SLCA: 0.37 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.19   Max: 0.38
Current: 0.37

0.19
0.38
Interest Coverage 7.25
SLCA's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
58% of the 1274 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 10000.00 vs. SLCA: 7.25 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 8.63
Current: 7.25

0.91
8.63
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 3.05
M-Score: -1.95
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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Operating margin (%) 19.91
SLCA's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 1414 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.78 vs. SLCA: 19.91 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 13.37   Max: 26.93
Current: 19.91

13.37
26.93
Net-margin (%) 13.49
SLCA's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 1414 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -1.81 vs. SLCA: 13.49 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.89   Max: 17.91
Current: 13.49

2.89
17.91
ROE (%) 31.40
SLCA's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 2306 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -7.48 vs. SLCA: 31.40 )
SLCA' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 10.14   Max: 44.77
Current: 31.4

10.14
44.77
ROA (%) 11.42
SLCA's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 2363 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -5.77 vs. SLCA: 11.42 )
SLCA' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.34   Max: 12.25
Current: 11.42

2.34
12.25
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 26.95
SLCA's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 2331 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -6.91 vs. SLCA: 26.95 )
SLCA' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 16.96   Max: 28.53
Current: 26.95

16.96
28.53
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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

SLCA Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Bill Frels 15,000 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 504,500 sh (+44.51%)
John Rogers 2,341,378 sh (+12.34%)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
George Soros Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones 24,400 sh (-12.54%)
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Q1 2014

SLCA Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Chuck Royce 656,500 sh (+30.13%)
John Rogers 2,943,928 sh (+25.73%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Bill Frels 5,400 sh (-64%)
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Q2 2014

SLCA Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Joel Greenblatt 5,965 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 11,882 sh (New)
Columbia Wanger 506,700 sh (New)
Bill Frels 5,400 sh (unchged)
John Rogers 1,312,318 sh (-55.42%)
Chuck Royce 272,000 sh (-58.57%)
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Q3 2014

SLCA Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Louis Moore Bacon 112,700 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 15,107 sh (+27.14%)
Columbia Wanger 506,700 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce Sold Out
Bill Frels Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 4,889 sh (-18.04%)
John Rogers 731,698 sh (-44.24%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with SLCA

(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
John Rogers 2014-09-30 Reduce -44.24%0.39%$54.5 - $71.95 $ 25.86-59%731698
John Rogers 2014-06-30 Reduce -55.42%0.78%$38.36 - $54.32 $ 25.86-45%1312318
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 New Buy$38.36 - $54.32 $ 25.86-45%5965
John Rogers 2014-03-31 Add 25.73%0.29%$26.25 - $36.95 $ 25.86-20%2943928
John Rogers 2013-12-31 Add 12.34%0.11%$26.22 - $35.78 $ 25.86-21%2341378
George Soros 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.1%$26.22 - $35.78 $ 25.86-21%0
John Rogers 2013-09-30 New Buy0.76%$20.85 - $25.37 $ 25.8611%2084240
George Soros 2013-09-30 New Buy0.1%$20.85 - $25.37 $ 25.8611%350000
Wallace Weitz 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.04%$9.42 - $14.77 $ 25.86121%0
Wallace Weitz 2012-06-30 New Buy0.04%$10.1 - $21.21 $ 25.8677%69887
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Guru Investment Theses on US Silica Holdings Inc

John Rogers Comments on US Silica Holdings Inc - Jul 22, 2014

Industrial sand producer U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA) piled up a +45.60% return after a great earnings report. Recent results were solid, but the key takeaway from management’s comments was the comparison of the current environment to that of 2011 and 2012, when business boomed based on heavy demand. All along, we have viewed Silica as a cyclical business, so we expected it to improve along the way; by the same token, we do not think a great environment will persist forever.

From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' Ariel Fund Second Quarter 2014 Commentary.

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John Rogers Comments on Silica Holdings Inc. - Dec 12, 2013


Second is U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. (SLCA), which provides silica—industrial grade sand—chiefly to energy companies; we own it in Ariel Fund as well as our small cap separate account. When many look quickly at the company, they see a straightforward supplier of a pure commodity product, which therefore has no barrier to entry from competition. We believe, on the other hand, that Silica has a substantial competitive advantage due to its top-notch distribution network and its low costs. Two thirds of its customers are oil and gas producers and another third are industrial companies. In both cases, Silica’s customers need continual supplies of industrial sand or else they must idle their operations, costing a significant amount of time and money. In addition, Silica has 75% of its volume under contract, with an average weighted contract life of two years. In our view, Silica’s customers are highly unlikely to simply switch providers based on price.

From John Rogers' November 2013 commentary.
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John Rogers Comments on U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. - Oct 24, 2013

During the quarter, we initiated a position in U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. (SLCA), a supplier of industrial-grade sand to the oil and gas markets. Silica (the technical name for this sand) is critical in the process of hydraulic fracturing, and in our view, mastering the logistics and transportation of this commodity constitutes a durable competitive advantage. We believe the market is underestimating the likely pace of growth in U.S. Silica's revenue and earnings over the next several years (as demand continues to meaningfully increase), as well as the attractive cash flow characteristics of the company's business.

From John Rogers' Ariel Funds third quarter 2013 commentary.
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Top Ranked Articles about US Silica Holdings Inc

John Rogers Comments on US Silica Holdings Inc
Industrial sand producer U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA) piled up a +45.60% return after a great earnings report. Recent results were solid, but the key takeaway from management’s comments was the comparison of the current environment to that of 2011 and 2012, when business boomed based on heavy demand. All along, we have viewed Silica as a cyclical business, so we expected it to improve along the way; by the same token, we do not think a great environment will persist forever. Read more...
John Rogers' Ariel Fund Second Quarter 2014 Commentary
Quarter Ended June 30, 2014 Read more...

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 13.40
SLCA's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
96% of the 2640 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SLCA: 13.40 )
SLCA' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.54   Max: 45.59
Current: 13.4

8.54
45.59
P/B 3.53
SLCA's P/B is ranked higher than
67% of the 2640 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.35 vs. SLCA: 3.53 )
SLCA' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.35   Max: 10.95
Current: 3.53

2.35
10.95
P/S 1.80
SLCA's P/S is ranked higher than
88% of the 2639 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SLCA: 1.80 )
SLCA' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.37   Max: 5.7
Current: 1.8

1.37
5.7
PFCF 23.72
SLCA's PFCF is ranked higher than
94% of the 2640 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SLCA: 23.72 )
SLCA' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 22.2   Max: 88.65
Current: 23.72

22.2
88.65
EV-to-EBIT 10.16
SLCA's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
95% of the 2640 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SLCA: 10.16 )
SLCA' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.4   Max: 32.6
Current: 10.16

7.4
32.6
Current Ratio 3.33
SLCA's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
81% of the 2348 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.40 vs. SLCA: 3.33 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 2.21   Max: 5.17
Current: 3.33

2.21
5.17
Quick Ratio 2.82
SLCA's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
81% of the 2347 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.69 vs. SLCA: 2.82 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.72   Max: 4.39
Current: 2.82

1.72
4.39

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 1.93
SLCA's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
53% of the 682 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.08 vs. SLCA: 1.93 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.53   Max: 2.07
Current: 1.93

0.53
2.07
Dividend Payout 0.26
SLCA's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
97% of the 2640 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SLCA: 0.26 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 0.41
Current: 0.26

0.16
0.41
Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.90
SLCA's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
61% of the 698 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.92 vs. SLCA: 1.90 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.53   Max: 2.07
Current: 1.9

0.53
2.07

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 4.60
SLCA's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
68% of the 2640 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.57 vs. SLCA: 4.60 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 4.45   Max: 11.34
Current: 4.6

4.45
11.34
Price/Median PS Value 0.70
SLCA's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
90% of the 2640 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SLCA: 0.70 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.61   Max: 1.72
Current: 0.7

0.61
1.72
Price/Graham Number 1.64
SLCA's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
93% of the 2640 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SLCA: 1.64 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.41   Max: 4.05
Current: 1.64

1.41
4.05
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 9.80
SLCA's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
94% of the 2314 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -5.30 vs. SLCA: 9.80 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3.1   Max: 13.5
Current: 9.8

3.1
13.5

Business Description

Industry: Metals & Mining » Industrial Metals & Minerals
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Traded in other countries:USI.Germany,
US Silica Holdings Inc was incorporated as a Delaware corporation on November 14, 2008. On January 31, 2012, the Company completed an initial public offering of common stock (the "IPO"). It is domestic producer of commercial silica, a specialized mineral that is a critical input into a variety of attractive end markets. It has developed core competencies in mining, processing, logistics and materials science that enable us to produce and cost-effectively deliver over 250 products to customers across these markets. In its largest end market, oil and gas proppants, its frac-sand is used to stimulate and maintain the flow of hydrocarbons in horizontally drilled oil and natural gas wells. Its commercial silica is also used as an economically irreplaceable raw material in a wide range of industrial applications, including glassmaking and chemical manufacturing. In recent years a number of attractive new end markets have developed for its high-margin, performance silica products, including solar panels, specialty coatings, wind turbines, polymer additives and geothermal energy systems. Its operations are organized into two segments based on end markets served: Oil & Gas Proppants, and Industrial & Specialty Products. In the Oil & Gas Proppants segment, it serves the oil and gas recovery market providing fracturing sand, or "frac sand," which is pumped down oil and natural gas wells to prop open rock fissures and increase the flow rate of natural gas and oil from the wells. The Industrial & Specialty Products segment consists of over 250 products and materials used in a variety of industries including, container glass, fiberglass, specialty glass, flat glass, building products, fillers and extenders, foundry products, chemicals, recreation products and filtration products. The Company's trademarks, includes "U.S. Silica" and products such as "OTTAWA WHITE". Its operations may be subject to broad environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA").
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Buy U. S. Silica Now And Enjoy Triple Digit Profits From The Misplaced Fear Of Others Dec 23 2014 
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John Rogers Comments on US Silica Holdings Inc Jul 22 2014 
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