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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
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history
Cash to Debt 0.59
SWY's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
66% of the 500 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.65 vs. SWY: 0.59 )
SWY' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.59

Equity to Asset 0.41
SWY's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
70% of the 506 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.42 vs. SWY: 0.41 )
SWY' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 0.41
Current: 0.41

0.12
0.41
Interest Coverage 2.33
SWY's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
53% of the 369 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 13.64 vs. SWY: 2.33 )
SWY' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.3   Max: 6.82
Current: 2.33

1.3
6.82
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 3.81
M-Score: -1.56
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 (%) 1.76
SWY's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 506 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.67 vs. SWY: 1.76 )
SWY' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -1.54   Max: 7.55
Current: 1.76

-1.54
7.55
Net-margin (%) 9.71
SWY's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 506 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.15 vs. SWY: 9.71 )
SWY' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -2.69   Max: 9.71
Current: 9.71

-2.69
9.71
ROE (%) 60.27
SWY's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 496 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 10.58 vs. SWY: 60.27 )
SWY' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -22.83   Max: 60.27
Current: 60.27

-22.83
60.27
ROA (%) 20.37
SWY's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 506 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.35 vs. SWY: 20.37 )
SWY' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -7.33   Max: 20.37
Current: 20.37

-7.33
20.37
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 8.43
SWY's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 505 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 19.49 vs. SWY: 8.43 )
SWY' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -6.11   Max: 32.35
Current: 8.43

-6.11
32.35
Revenue Growth (%) 11.40
SWY's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 448 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 vs. SWY: 11.40 )
SWY' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 3.3   Max: 22
Current: 11.4

3.3
22
EBITDA Growth (%) 1.40
SWY's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 401 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. SWY: 1.40 )
SWY' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -39.1   Max: 90.7
Current: 1.4

-39.1
90.7
EPS Growth (%) -15.10
SWY's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 378 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. SWY: -15.10 )
SWY' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -20   Max: 32.7
Current: -15.1

-20
32.7
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

SWY Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Mario Cibelli 110,000 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 62,819 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 220,287 sh (New)
Jeff Auxier 6,516 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 110,123 sh (+226.54%)
Paul Tudor Jones 150,000 sh (+185.71%)
Steven Cohen 55,301 sh (+118.06%)
Mario Gabelli 136,750 sh (+24.94%)
Jim Simons 543,400 sh (+19.25%)
Charles Brandes Sold Out
Howard Marks Sold Out
John Hussman 798,500 sh (-34.09%)
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Q4 2013

SWY Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Jim Simons 1,008,000 sh (+85.5%)
Mario Cibelli 110,000 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Jeff Auxier 6,241 sh (-4.22%)
Jeremy Grantham 100,735 sh (-8.53%)
Mario Gabelli 122,950 sh (-10.09%)
Joel Greenblatt 192,351 sh (-12.68%)
John Hussman 615,000 sh (-22.98%)
Steven Cohen 24,838 sh (-55.09%)
Paul Tudor Jones 17,655 sh (-88.23%)
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Q1 2014

SWY Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Louis Moore Bacon 113,294 sh (New)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 10,000 sh (New)
Mario Gabelli 549,350 sh (+346.81%)
Jim Simons 3,739,599 sh (+270.99%)
Joel Greenblatt 629,204 sh (+227.11%)
Steven Cohen 56,250 sh (+126.47%)
Paul Tudor Jones 23,600 sh (+33.67%)
Kyle Bass 2,200 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 6,241 sh (unchged)
Mario Cibelli 110,000 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon 200,000 sh (unchged)
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
John Hussman 515,000 sh (-16.26%)
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Q2 2014

SWY Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jeremy Grantham 1,085,800 sh (New)
Caxton Associates 33,834 sh (New)
Mario Gabelli 611,944 sh (+11.39%)
Mario Cibelli 110,000 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 6,241 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Jean-Marie Eveillard Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones 15,800 sh (-33.05%)
John Hussman 257,500 sh (-50%)
Jim Simons 1,788,100 sh (-52.18%)
Louis Moore Bacon 13,294 sh (-88.27%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with SWY

(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 Hussman 2014-06-30 Reduce -50%0.65%$33.827 - $34.45 $ 34.782%257500
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Sold Out 0.31%$33.827 - $34.45 $ 34.782%0
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2014-06-30 Sold Out $33.827 - $34.45 $ 34.782%0
John Hussman 2014-03-31 Reduce -16.26%0.23%$26.91 - $35.34 $ 34.7813%515000
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Add 227.11%0.22%$24.09 - $31.64 $ 34.7826%629204
Mario Gabelli 2014-03-31 Add 346.81%0.08%$24.09 - $31.64 $ 34.7826%549350
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2014-03-31 New Buy$24.09 - $31.64 $ 34.7826%10000
John Hussman 2013-12-31 Reduce -22.98%0.32%$27.57 - $32.71 $ 34.7816%615000
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.02%$27.57 - $32.71 $ 34.7816%0
Mario Cibelli 2013-09-30 New Buy1.8%$18.9 - $26.08 $ 34.7863%110000
Charles Brandes 2013-09-30 Sold Out 1.5%$21.11 - $29.13 $ 34.7846%0
John Hussman 2013-09-30 Reduce -34.09%0.44%$21.11 - $29.13 $ 34.7846%798500
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 New Buy0.23%$21.11 - $29.13 $ 34.7846%220287
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 New Buy0.02%$21.11 - $29.13 $ 34.7846%62819
Mario Gabelli 2013-09-30 Add 24.94%0.01%$21.11 - $29.13 $ 34.7846%136750
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Guru Investment Theses on Safeway Inc

Mario Gabelli Comments on Safeway Inc. - Apr 30, 2014

Safeway Inc. (SWY)(1.0%) (SWY - $36.94 - NYSE), based in California, is the third largest food and drug retailer in North America, with over 1,300 stores. On March 6, 2014, the company entered into a $9 billion merger with Albertsons grocery chain, which is controlled by Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. The offer consists of $32.50 in cash, the distribution of 37.8 million shares of Blackhawk Network Holdings, and a contingent value right (tied to real estate and Safeway's interest in a Mexican food retailer) estimated at $3.65 per share. The offer included a "go-shop" period, which expired on March 27, 2014. The merger is expected to close by the end of 2014, pending regulatory approval and the shareholder vote.

From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)'s first quarter 2014 ABC Fund commentary.

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Mario Gabelli Comments on Safeway Inc.
Safeway Inc. (SWY)(1.0%) (SWY - $36.94 - NYSE), based in California, is the third largest food and drug retailer in North America, with over 1,300 stores. On March 6, 2014, the company entered into a $9 billion merger with Albertsons grocery chain, which is controlled by Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. The offer consists of $32.50 in cash, the distribution of 37.8 million shares of Blackhawk Network Holdings, and a contingent value right (tied to real estate and Safeway's interest in a Mexican food retailer) estimated at $3.65 per share. The offer included a "go-shop" period, which expired on March 27, 2014. The merger is expected to close by the end of 2014, pending regulatory approval and the shareholder vote. Read more...

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 2.50
SWY's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
99% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 21.20 vs. SWY: 2.50 )
SWY' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 1.94   Max: 18.17
Current: 2.5

1.94
18.17
P/B 1.44
SWY's P/B is ranked higher than
74% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.07 vs. SWY: 1.44 )
SWY' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.99   Max: 2.61
Current: 1.44

0.99
2.61
P/S 0.23
SWY's P/S is ranked higher than
82% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. SWY: 0.23 )
SWY' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.08   Max: 0.37
Current: 0.23

0.08
0.37
EV-to-EBIT 16.72
SWY's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
71% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 15.76 vs. SWY: 16.72 )
SWY' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.4   Max: 147.6
Current: 16.72

6.4
147.6
PEG 1.77
SWY's PEG is ranked higher than
89% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 155.00 vs. SWY: 1.77 )
SWY' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 8.58
Current: 1.77

0.4
8.58
Shiller P/E 11.07
SWY's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
96% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 35.44 vs. SWY: 11.07 )
SWY' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.56   Max: 47.28
Current: 11.07

8.56
47.28
Current Ratio 1.77
SWY's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
86% of the 382 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. SWY: 1.77 )
SWY' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 1.77
Current: 1.77

0.75
1.77
Quick Ratio 1.02
SWY's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
83% of the 382 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.71 vs. SWY: 1.02 )
SWY' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 1.09
Current: 1.02

0.16
1.09

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 2.39
SWY's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
71% of the 431 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. SWY: 2.39 )
SWY' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 4.59
Current: 2.39

0.23
4.59
Dividend Payout 1.84
SWY's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
54% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.56 vs. SWY: 1.84 )
SWY' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 6.67
Current: 1.84

0.02
6.67
Dividend growth (3y) 19.00
SWY's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
92% of the 337 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. SWY: 19.00 )
SWY' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 28.3
Current: 19

0
28.3
Yield on cost (5-Year) 5.87
SWY's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
87% of the 436 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.97 vs. SWY: 5.87 )
SWY' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 11.23
Current: 5.87

0.56
11.23
Share Buyback Rate 14.00
SWY's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
98% of the 338 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: -0.20 vs. SWY: 14.00 )
SWY' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 15.9   Max: -2.6
Current: 14

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 1.53
SWY's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
80% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.44 vs. SWY: 1.53 )
SWY' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.22   Max: 656.17
Current: 1.53

1.22
656.17
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.70
SWY's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
95% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.86 vs. SWY: 0.70 )
SWY' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.25   Max: 8.41
Current: 0.7

0.25
8.41
Price/Median PS Value 1.11
SWY's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
74% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. SWY: 1.11 )
SWY' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 5.41
Current: 1.11

0.41
5.41
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 3.02
SWY's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
86% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SWY: 3.02 )
SWY' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 3.48
Current: 3.02

0.46
3.48
Price/Graham Number 2.16
SWY's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
70% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.31 vs. SWY: 2.16 )
SWY' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.66   Max: 28.89
Current: 2.16

0.66
28.89
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.00
SWY's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
67% of the 494 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.70 vs. SWY: 6.00 )
SWY' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 15.6
Current: 6

0.7
15.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 45.57
SWY's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
97% of the 366 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 10.60 vs. SWY: 45.57 )
SWY' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -15.7   Max: 47.1
Current: 45.57

-15.7
47.1

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Defensive » Grocery Stores
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Traded in other countries:SWY.Germany
Safeway Inc. was incorporated in the state of Delaware in July 1986 as SSI Holdings Corporation and, thereafter, its name was changed to Safeway Stores, Incorporated. In February 1990, the Company changed its name to Safeway Inc. The Company is a food and drug retailer in North America, with 1,641 stores at year-end 2012. The Company's U.S. retail operations are located mainly in California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, the Chicago metropolitan area and the Mid-Atlantic region. The Company's Canadian retail operations are located mainly in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba/Saskatchewan. The Company is organized into 11 geographic retail operating segments: Chicago, Denver, Eastern, Northern California, Phoenix, Northwest, Texas, Vons, Alberta, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Across all 11 retail operating segments, the Company operates one store format, Safeway's Lifestyle store, where each store offers the same general mix of products with similar pricing to similar categories of customers. Safeway's stores provide grocery items tailored to local preferences. Its stores offer a selection of food and general merchandise and feature a variety of specialty departments such as bakery, delicatessen, floral and pharmacy. In addition, many stores offer Starbucks coffee shops and adjacent fuel centers. The Company has 17 distribution/warehousing centers, which collectively provide the majority of all products to its 11 retail operating areas. The Company's distribution centers in Maryland and British Columbia are operated by third parties. In support of its retail operations, the Company has an extensive network of distribution, manufacturing and food-processing facilities. Safeway owns more than 300 other trademarks registered and/or pending in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and other jurisdictions, including trademarks for its product lines such as Safeway, Safeway SELECT, Rancher's Reserve, O ORGANICS, Lucerne, Primo Taglio, Eating Right, Eating Right Kids, mom to mom, waterfront BISTRO, Bright Green, Basic Red and Priority and other trademarks such as Pak'N Save Foods, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick's, Randall's, Tom Thumb, Genuard's and Carrs Quality Centers. Various agricultural commodities constitute the main raw materials used by the Company in the manufacture of its food products. The Company owns and operates GroceryWorks.com Operating Company, LLC, an online grocery channel doing business under the names Safeway.com, Vons.com and Genuardis.com. Blackhawk, a subsidiary of Safeway, provides third-party gift cards, prepaid cards, telecom cards and sports and entertainment cards to a group of top North American retailers for sale to retail customers. The competitive factors that affect the Company's business are location, quality, price, condition of assets, marketing and promotional strategies, service and consumer loyalty to other brands and stores. It faces intense competition from tradi

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