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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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Cash to Debt 0.41
SLCA's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
60% of the 2400 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 170.20 vs. SLCA: 0.41 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.08   Max: 0.41
Current: 0.41

0.08
0.41
Equity to Asset 0.36
SLCA's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
60% of the 1248 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.64 vs. SLCA: 0.36 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.19   Max: 0.36
Current: 0.36

0.19
0.36
Interest Coverage 7.25
SLCA's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
55% of the 1397 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: 4
Z-Score: 3.76
M-Score: -2.11
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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Operating margin (%) 20.37
SLCA's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 1267 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.19 vs. SLCA: 20.37 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 13.37   Max: 26.93
Current: 20.37

13.37
26.93
Net-margin (%) 13.78
SLCA's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 1267 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.19 vs. SLCA: 13.78 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.89   Max: 17.91
Current: 13.78

2.89
17.91
ROE (%) 24.33
SLCA's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 2322 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -9.21 vs. SLCA: 24.33 )
SLCA' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 4.36   Max: 34.16
Current: 24.33

4.36
34.16
ROA (%) 8.72
SLCA's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 2398 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -7.73 vs. SLCA: 8.72 )
SLCA' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.19   Max: 11.52
Current: 8.72

1.19
11.52
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 20.07
SLCA's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 2327 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: -10.19 vs. SLCA: 20.07 )
SLCA' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 7.71   Max: 25.97
Current: 20.07

7.71
25.97
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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

SLCA Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 21,000 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 359,750 sh (-3.99%)
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Q2 2013

SLCA Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Steven Cohen 2,092,400 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 42,600 sh (+102.86%)
Chuck Royce 385,850 sh (+7.26%)
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Q3 2013

SLCA Guru Trades in Q3 2013

John Rogers 2,084,240 sh (New)
George Soros 350,000 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 349,100 sh (-9.52%)
Paul Tudor Jones 27,900 sh (-34.51%)
Steven Cohen 68,400 sh (-96.73%)
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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%)
George Soros Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones 24,400 sh (-12.54%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with SLCA

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
George Soros 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.1%$26.22 - $35.78 $ 42.2628%0
George Soros 2013-09-30 New Buy0.1%$20.85 - $25.37 $ 42.2681%350000
Wallace Weitz 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.04%$9.42 - $14.77 $ 42.26261%0
Wallace Weitz 2012-06-30 New Buy0.04%$10.1 - $21.21 $ 42.26189%69887
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Guru Investment Theses on US Silica Holdings Inc

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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John Rogers Comments on Silica Holdings Inc.
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.

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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 30.30
SLCA's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
58% of the 614 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 14.80 vs. SLCA: 30.30 )
SLCA' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.54   Max: 30.3
Current: 30.3

8.54
30.3
P/B 7.20
SLCA's P/B is ranked lower than
63% of the 2296 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. SLCA: 7.20 )
SLCA' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.35   Max: 7.2
Current: 7.2

2.35
7.2
P/S 4.10
SLCA's P/S is ranked lower than
64% of the 1295 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. SLCA: 4.10 )
SLCA' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.37   Max: 4.1
Current: 4.1

1.37
4.1
EV-to-EBIT 22.70
SLCA's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
54% of the 1059 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 11.90 vs. SLCA: 22.70 )
SLCA' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.4   Max: 20.9
Current: 22.7

7.4
20.9

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 1.20
SLCA's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
70% of the 546 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.39 vs. SLCA: 1.20 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.53   Max: 1.4
Current: 1.2

0.53
1.4
Dividend Payout 0.27
SLCA's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
81% of the 324 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.45 vs. SLCA: 0.27 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 0.27
Current: 0.27

Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.20
SLCA's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
71% of the 569 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.00 vs. SLCA: 1.20 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.53   Max: 1.4
Current: 1.2

0.53
1.4

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 10.10
SLCA's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
72% of the 2267 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. SLCA: 10.10 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 6.04   Max: 8.12
Current: 10.1

6.04
8.12
Price/Median PS Value 1.70
SLCA's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
64% of the 1212 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.60 vs. SLCA: 1.70 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.79   Max: 1.34
Current: 1.7

0.79
1.34
Price/Graham Number 3.70
SLCA's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
62% of the 613 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. SLCA: 3.70 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.73   Max: 2.96
Current: 3.7

1.73
2.96
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 4.40
SLCA's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
56% of the 1064 Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: 9.90 vs. SLCA: 4.40 )
SLCA' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 4.4   Max: 13.5
Current: 4.4

4.4
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 in 2008. 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 it to produce and cost-effectively deliver over 200 products to customers across these end 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. It operates around 13 facilities across the United States and controls approximately 283 million tons of reserves, including approximately 138 million tons of reserves that can be processed to meet American Petroleum Institute ("API") frac-sand size specifications. Its operations are organized into two segments based on end markets served: Oil & Gas Proppants, and Industrial & Specialty Products.

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