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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 0.03
SWX's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
56% of the 751 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 0.17 vs. SWX: 0.03 )
SWX' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 0.1
Current: 0.03

0.01
0.1
Equity to Asset 0.31
SWX's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
65% of the 747 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 0.35 vs. SWX: 0.31 )
SWX' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.22   Max: 0.31
Current: 0.31

0.22
0.31
Interest Coverage 4.30
SWX's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
78% of the 507 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. SWX: 4.30 )
SWX' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.07   Max: 4.3
Current: 4.3

1.07
4.3
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 1.22
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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history
Operating margin (%) 14.06
SWX's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 768 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 12.20 vs. SWX: 14.06 )
SWX' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 8.79   Max: 14.81
Current: 14.06

8.79
14.81
Net-margin (%) 7.45
SWX's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 768 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 6.88 vs. SWX: 7.45 )
SWX' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -2.63   Max: 7.45
Current: 7.45

-2.63
7.45
ROE (%) 10.27
SWX's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 767 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 7.95 vs. SWX: 10.27 )
SWX' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -4.16   Max: 10.27
Current: 10.27

-4.16
10.27
ROA (%) 3.18
SWX's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 775 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 2.79 vs. SWX: 3.18 )
SWX' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -0.97   Max: 3.18
Current: 3.18

-0.97
3.18
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 7.80
SWX's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 770 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 7.81 vs. SWX: 7.80 )
SWX' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 5.12   Max: 8.3
Current: 7.8

5.12
8.3
Revenue Growth (%) 1.50
SWX's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 640 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. SWX: 1.50 )
SWX' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -7.4   Max: 11
Current: 1.5

-7.4
11
EBITDA Growth (%) 6.30
SWX's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 614 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. SWX: 6.30 )
SWX' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 39.1
Current: 6.3

0
39.1
EPS Growth (%) 11.10
SWX's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 562 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. SWX: 11.10 )
SWX' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -17.6   Max: 154.6
Current: 11.1

-17.6
154.6
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Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

SWX Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 13,300 sh (New)
Jim Simons 114,200 sh (+43.65%)
Mario Gabelli 1,474,137 sh (-1.6%)
Ken Fisher 14,665 sh (-22.88%)
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Q2 2013

SWX Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Jim Simons 121,600 sh (+6.48%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 1,461,938 sh (-0.83%)
Ken Fisher 12,448 sh (-15.12%)
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Q3 2013

SWX Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Joel Greenblatt 7,180 sh (New)
Jim Simons 124,300 sh (+2.22%)
Mario Gabelli 1,430,305 sh (-2.16%)
Ken Fisher 11,265 sh (-9.5%)
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Q4 2013

SWX Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Ken Fisher Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 7,105 sh (-1.04%)
Mario Gabelli 1,409,855 sh (-1.43%)
Jim Simons 52,300 sh (-57.92%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with SWX

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 New Buy0.01%$45.95 - $50.66 $ 54.1512%7180
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.08%$35.01 - $43 $ 54.1538%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 Reduce -20.9%0.04%$36.72 - $40.3 $ 54.1541%13519
Mario Gabelli 2011-03-31 Reduce -47.47%0.42%$36.33 - $39.68 $ 54.1543%1673756
Joel Greenblatt 2011-03-31 Add 114.71%0.11%$36.33 - $39.68 $ 54.1543%17091
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Ratios

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history
P/E(ttm) 17.70
SWX's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
70% of the 655 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 17.50 vs. SWX: 17.70 )
SWX' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 12.66   Max: 24.65
Current: 17.7

12.66
24.65
P/B 1.70
SWX's P/B is ranked higher than
58% of the 749 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. SWX: 1.70 )
SWX' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.72   Max: 1.86
Current: 1.7

0.72
1.86
P/S 1.30
SWX's P/S is ranked higher than
62% of the 787 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.44 vs. SWX: 1.30 )
SWX' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 1.34
Current: 1.3

0.38
1.34
EV-to-EBIT 13.90
SWX's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
74% of the 707 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 15.47 vs. SWX: 13.90 )
SWX' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 9.8   Max: 16
Current: 13.9

9.8
16
PEG 2.80
SWX's PEG is ranked higher than
65% of the 469 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 2.83 vs. SWX: 2.80 )
SWX' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.67   Max: 61.26
Current: 2.8

0.67
61.26
Shiller P/E 22.20
SWX's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
50% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 18.50 vs. SWX: 22.20 )
SWX' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 10.31   Max: 26.13
Current: 22.2

10.31
26.13

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 2.40
SWX's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
64% of the 677 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. SWX: 2.40 )
SWX' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 2.09   Max: 5.13
Current: 2.4

2.09
5.13
Dividend Payout 0.41
SWX's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
74% of the 576 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 0.57 vs. SWX: 0.41 )
SWX' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 4.04
Current: 0.41

0.4
4.04
Dividend growth (3y) 9.20
SWX's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
90% of the 471 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 2.70 vs. SWX: 9.20 )
SWX' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -6.7   Max: 15.5
Current: 9.2

-6.7
15.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.97
SWX's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
62% of the 686 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. SWX: 3.97 )
SWX' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 3.46   Max: 8.49
Current: 3.97

3.46
8.49
Share Buyback Rate -0.70
SWX's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
83% of the 517 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: -1.60 vs. SWX: -0.70 )
SWX' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: -0.7   Max: -8.5
Current: -0.7

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Tangible Book 1.80
SWX's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
63% of the 703 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. SWX: 1.80 )
SWX' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.86   Max: 1.83
Current: 1.8

0.86
1.83
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.80
SWX's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
62% of the 437 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. SWX: 1.80 )
SWX' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.3   Max: 51.85
Current: 1.8

1.3
51.85
Price/Median PS Value 2.00
SWX's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
68% of the 725 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. SWX: 2.00 )
SWX' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.68   Max: 2.06
Current: 2

0.68
2.06
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 3.00
SWX's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
69% of the 224 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. SWX: 3.00 )
SWX' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.72   Max: 3.1
Current: 3

0.72
3.1
Price/Graham Number 1.20
SWX's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
64% of the 614 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. SWX: 1.20 )
SWX' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 2.74
Current: 1.2

0.69
2.74
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 7.20
SWX's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
77% of the 725 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. SWX: 7.20 )
SWX' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 6.2   Max: 10.2
Current: 7.2

6.2
10.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 7.62
SWX's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
83% of the 612 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 4.21 vs. SWX: 7.62 )
SWX' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -7.9   Max: 16.6
Current: 7.62

-7.9
16.6

Business Description

Industry: Utilities - Regulated » Utilities - Regulated Gas
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Southwest Gas Corporation was incorporated in March 1931 under the laws of the state of California. The Company consists of two business segments namely natural gas operations and construction services. It is engaged in the business of purchasing, distributing and transporting natural gas to customers in portions of Arizona, Nevada, and California. Southwest is a distributor of natural gas in Arizona, selling and transporting natural gas in central and southern Arizona, including the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. The Company is also a distributor of natural gas in Nevada, serving the Las Vegas metropolitan area and northern Nevada. In addition, it distributes and transports natural gas in portions of California, including the Lake Tahoe area and the high desert and mountain areas in San Bernardino County. NPL Construction Co. or NPL, a wholly owned subsidiary, is a full-service underground piping contractor that provides utility companies with trenching and installation, replacement, and maintenance services for energy distribution systems. The Company is responsible for acquiring and arranging delivery of natural gas to its system for all sales customers. The Company acquires natural gas from a various sources and a mix of purchase provisions, including spot market purchases and firm supplies with a variety of terms. During 2011, the Company acquired natural gas from 46 suppliers. It regularly monitors the number of suppliers, their quality and their relative contribution to the overall customer supply portfolio. NPL is a full-service underground piping contractor that provides utility companies with trenching and installation, replacement, and maintenance services for energy distribution systems. NPL contracts mainly with LDCs to install, repair, and maintain energy distribution systems from the town border station to the end-user. The main focus of business operations is main and service replacement as well as new business installations. NPL business activities are often concentrated in utility service territories where existing energy lines are scheduled for replacement. An LDC would typically contract with NPL to provide pipe replacement services and new line installations. Contract terms generally specify unit-price or fixed-price arrangements. Materials used by NPL in its pipeline construction activities are typically specified, purchased, and supplied by NPL's customers. Construction contracts also contain provisions which make customers generally liable for remediating environmental hazards encountered during the construction process. Southwest competes with interstate transmission pipeline companies, such as El Paso, Kern River, Transwestern and Tuscarora, to provide service to certain large end-users. The Company's operations are subject to inherent hazards and risks such as gas leaks, fires, natural disasters, explosions, pipeline ruptures, and other hazards and risks that might cause unforeseen interruptions

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