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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 : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.16
SON's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
71% of the 306 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.57 vs. SON: 0.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
SON' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.04  Med: 0.10 Max: 0.33
Current: 0.16
0.04
0.33
Equity to Asset 0.36
SON's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
74% of the 258 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. SON: 0.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
SON' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.34  Med: 0.39 Max: 0.47
Current: 0.36
0.34
0.47
Interest Coverage 7.10
SON's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
61% of the 161 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 12.21 vs. SON: 7.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
SON' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 3.03  Med: 5.76 Max: 9.04
Current: 7.1
3.03
9.04
F-Score: 8
Z-Score: 3.24
M-Score: -2.67
WACC vs ROIC
9.52%
11.87%
WACC
ROIC
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 : 8/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 8.59
SON's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 307 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 4.81 vs. SON: 8.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
SON' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 5.75  Med: 8.01 Max: 13.08
Current: 8.59
5.75
13.08
Net-margin (%) 5.46
SON's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 3.04 vs. SON: 5.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
SON' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.09  Med: 4.86 Max: 7.37
Current: 5.46
0.09
7.37
ROE (%) 16.75
SON's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 300 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 6.69 vs. SON: 16.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
SON' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -0.06  Med: 14.77 Max: 21.8
Current: 16.75
-0.06
21.8
ROA (%) 6.74
SON's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 313 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 3.43 vs. SON: 6.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
SON' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.11  Med: 5.65 Max: 8.58
Current: 6.74
0.11
8.58
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 29.92
SON's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 311 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 9.08 vs. SON: 29.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
SON' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 8.84  Med: 25.53 Max: 51.8
Current: 29.92
8.84
51.8
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 3.30
SON's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
52% of the 251 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. SON: 3.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SON' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -1.2  Med: 3.50 Max: 9.4
Current: 3.3
-1.2
9.4
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 5.10
SON's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. SON: 5.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SON' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -11.9  Med: 3.10 Max: 23.1
Current: 5.1
-11.9
23.1
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 2.90
SON's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. SON: 2.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SON' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -21.6  Med: 4.75 Max: 33.9
Current: 2.9
-21.6
33.9
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Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q3 2014

SON Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 31,702 sh (+55.81%)
Murray Stahl 27,450 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 305,778 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 310,314 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 155,000 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt 172,382 sh (-27.18%)
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Q4 2014

SON Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 58,400 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 351,778 sh (+15.04%)
Mario Gabelli 155,000 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 27,450 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 297,392 sh (-4.16%)
Joel Greenblatt 138,953 sh (-19.39%)
Paul Tudor Jones 19,202 sh (-39.43%)
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Q1 2015

SON Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Mario Gabelli 155,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 297,392 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Chuck Royce 341,178 sh (-3.01%)
Murray Stahl 26,550 sh (-3.28%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 54,710 sh (-6.32%)
Paul Tudor Jones 13,500 sh (-29.69%)
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Q2 2015

SON Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 56,040 sh (+2.43%)
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 15.59
SON's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
60% of the 237 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 17.80 vs. SON: 15.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
SON' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 10.2  Med: 17.64 Max: 23.19
Current: 15.59
10.2
23.19
Forward P/E 14.25
SON's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
60% of the 86 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 12.41 vs. SON: 14.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 15.10
SON's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
60% of the 237 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 17.90 vs. SON: 15.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
SON' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 10.18  Med: 17.74 Max: 23.25
Current: 15.1
10.18
23.25
P/B 2.79
SON's P/B is ranked lower than
74% of the 293 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.27 vs. SON: 2.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
SON' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.5  Med: 2.31 Max: 3.51
Current: 2.79
1.5
3.51
P/S 0.84
SON's P/S is ranked lower than
55% of the 305 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.75 vs. SON: 0.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
SON' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.45  Med: 0.83 Max: 1.17
Current: 0.84
0.45
1.17
PFCF 17.18
SON's PFCF is ranked higher than
53% of the 139 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 17.92 vs. SON: 17.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
SON' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.02  Med: 16.01 Max: 47.51
Current: 17.18
6.02
47.51
POCF 9.97
SON's POCF is ranked higher than
54% of the 193 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 10.11 vs. SON: 9.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
SON' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 4.49  Med: 9.28 Max: 14.68
Current: 9.97
4.49
14.68
EV-to-EBIT 12.11
SON's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
62% of the 237 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 13.75 vs. SON: 12.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
SON' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.9  Med: 13.50 Max: 17.3
Current: 12.11
8.9
17.3
PEG 2.36
SON's PEG is ranked higher than
50% of the 103 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 2.36 vs. SON: 2.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
SON' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.6  Med: 3.05 Max: 24.67
Current: 2.36
1.6
24.67
Shiller P/E 19.05
SON's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
53% of the 143 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 17.32 vs. SON: 19.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
SON' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 9.79  Med: 17.87 Max: 25.7
Current: 19.05
9.79
25.7
Current Ratio 1.65
SON's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
55% of the 258 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.51 vs. SON: 1.65 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
SON' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.11  Med: 1.48 Max: 2.1
Current: 1.65
1.11
2.1
Quick Ratio 1.18
SON's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
55% of the 258 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. SON: 1.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
SON' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.74  Med: 0.99 Max: 1.55
Current: 1.18
0.74
1.55
Days Inventory 36.77
SON's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
76% of the 301 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 59.11 vs. SON: 36.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
SON' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 35.3  Med: 40.11 Max: 48.12
Current: 36.77
35.3
48.12
Days Sales Outstanding 49.98
SON's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
71% of the 254 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 65.00 vs. SON: 49.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
SON' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 34.72  Med: 45.05 Max: 53.83
Current: 49.98
34.72
53.83

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 3.17
SON's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
72% of the 337 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 2.17 vs. SON: 3.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
SON' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 2.21  Med: 3.24 Max: 6.13
Current: 3.17
2.21
6.13
Dividend Payout 0.48
SON's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
64% of the 203 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.38 vs. SON: 0.48 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
SON' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.54 Max: 4
Current: 0.48
0.28
4
Dividend growth (3y) 3.40
SON's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
54% of the 124 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. SON: 3.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
SON' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 2.1  Med: 3.50 Max: 9.9
Current: 3.4
2.1
9.9
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.73
SON's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
65% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 2.60 vs. SON: 3.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
SON' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 2.61  Med: 3.83 Max: 7.25
Current: 3.73
2.61
7.25
Share Buyback Rate -0.30
SON's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
63% of the 155 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. SON: -0.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
SON' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 2.8  Med: -0.20 Max: -1.5
Current: -0.3

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 44.92
SON's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
99% of the 277 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.33 vs. SON: 44.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
SON' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 2.57  Med: 5.91 Max: 1648
Current: 44.92
2.57
1648
Price/Projected FCF 1.16
SON's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
53% of the 137 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. SON: 1.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
SON' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.64  Med: 1.12 Max: 2.91
Current: 1.16
0.64
2.91
Price/DCF (Earnings Based) 1.59
SON's Price/DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked lower than
55% of the 22 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.58 vs. SON: 1.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Earnings Based) only.
N/A
Price/Median PS Value 1.02
SON's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
69% of the 281 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. SON: 1.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
SON' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.66  Med: 1.04 Max: 1.63
Current: 1.02
0.66
1.63
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.77
SON's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
75% of the 51 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.36 vs. SON: 2.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
SON' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 1.52  Med: 2.68 Max: 5.27
Current: 2.77
1.52
5.27
Price/Graham Number 5.47
SON's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
91% of the 176 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.09 vs. SON: 5.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
SON' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.1  Med: 2.16 Max: 30.24
Current: 5.47
1.1
30.24
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 8.28
SON's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 303 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. SON: 8.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
SON' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 5.8  Med: 7.40 Max: 11.3
Current: 8.28
5.8
11.3
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 10.71
SON's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 145 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 3.76 vs. SON: 10.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
SON' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: 5.4  Med: 11.10 Max: 17.6
Current: 10.71
5.4
17.6

Business Description

Industry: Packaging & Containers » Packaging & Containers
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Sonoco Products Co is a South Carolina corporation founded in Hartsville, South Carolina, in 1899 as the Southern Novelty Company. The name was subsequently changed to Sonoco Products Company. It is a manufacturer of industrial and consumer packaging products and a provider of packaging services, with 355 locations in 33 countries. The Company's operations are organized, managed and reported in four segments, Consumer Packaging, Paper and Industrial Converted Products, Protective Packaging and Packaging Services. The Consumer Packaging segment includes the following products and services: round and shaped rigid containers and trays (both composite and thermoformed plastic); blow-molded plastic bottles and jars; extruded and injection-molded plastic products; printed flexible packaging; metal and peelable membrane ends and closures; and brand artwork management. The Paper and Industrial Converted Products segment includes the following products: high-performance paper and composite paperboard tubes and cores; fiber-based construction tubes and forms; wooden, metal and composite wire and cable reels and spools; and recycled paperboard, linerboard, corrugating medium, recovered paper and other recycled materials. The Packaging Services segment includes the following products and services: designing, manufacturing, assembling, packing and distributing temporary, semi-permanent and permanent point-of-purchase displays; supply chain management services, including contract packing, fulfillment and scalable service centers; and paper amenities, such as coasters and glass covers. The Protective Packaging segment includes the following products: custom-designed paperboard-based and expanded foam protective packaging; temperature-assurance packaging; and retail security packaging. The main raw materials used by the Company are recovered paper, paperboard, steel, aluminum and plastic resins. Raw materials are purchased from a number of outside sources. The Company considers the supply and availability of raw materials to be adequate to meet its needs. The Sonoco's products are marketed under trademarks such as Sonoco, Sonotube, Safe-top, Sealed-safe, Duro and Durox. The Company sells its products in competitive markets, which include paper, textile, film, food, chemical, pharmaceutical, packaging, construction, and wire and cable. The Company is subject to various federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations concerning, among other matters, solid waste disposal, wastewater effluent and air emissions.
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