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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

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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Guru Trades

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)
First Eagle Investment Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones 15,800 sh (-33.05%)
John Hussman 257,500 sh (-50.00%)
Jim Simons 1,788,100 sh (-52.18%)
Louis Moore Bacon 13,294 sh (-88.27%)
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Q3 2014

SWY Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jeremy Grantham 2,316,716 sh (+113.36%)
Mario Gabelli 773,044 sh (+26.33%)
Jeff Auxier 6,241 sh (unchged)
Mario Cibelli Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones 14,905 sh (-5.66%)
Caxton Associates 18,129 sh (-46.42%)
Jim Simons 764,900 sh (-57.22%)
John Hussman 7,500 sh (-97.09%)
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Q4 2014

SWY Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 5,980,800 sh (+681.91%)
Jeremy Grantham 3,267,300 sh (+41.03%)
Paul Tudor Jones 20,205 sh (+35.56%)
Mario Gabelli 932,444 sh (+20.62%)
Jeff Auxier 6,241 sh (unchged)
John Hussman 7,500 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates Sold Out
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Q1 2015

SWY Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
John Hussman Sold Out
Mario Gabelli Sold Out
Jeff Auxier Sold Out
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Guru Investment Theses on Safeway Inc

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

Safeway Inc. (NYSE: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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Dividend & Buy Back

Dividend Yield 2.50
SWY's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
64% of the 454 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.92 vs. SWY: 2.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
SWY' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0  Med: 0.00 Max: 2.5
Current: 2.5
Dividend Payout 3.20
SWY's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
98% of the 294 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.38 vs. SWY: 3.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
SWY' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0  Med: 0.00 Max: 0
Current: 3.2
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.50
SWY's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
82% of the 453 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.32 vs. SWY: 2.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
SWY' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0  Med: 0.00 Max: 2.5
Current: 2.5

Valuation & Return


Analyst Estimate

Dec14 Dec15 Dec16
Revenue(Mil) 35,561 35,802 35,929
EPS($) 1.02 1.05 0.58
EPS without NRI($) 1.02 1.05 0.58

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Defensive » Grocery Stores
Compare:TSCDY, WOLWF, WFAFY, CBD, CRRFY » details
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 retailers in the United States, with 1,335 stores at year-end 2013. The Company's U.S. retail operations are located principally in California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, Texas and the Mid-Atlantic region. The Company also has a network of distribution, manufacturing and food-processing facilities. The Company retail business operates into seven geographic retail operating segments; Denver, Eastern, Northern California, Phoenix, Northwest, Texas and Southern California. In all geographical retail operating segments, it operates one store format, where each store offers the same general mix of products with similar pricing to similar categories of customers. The Company does not operate supercenters, warehouse formats, combination clothing/grocery stores or discount stores. It owns and operates GroceryWorks.com Operating Company, LLC ("GroceryWorks"), an online grocery channel doing business under the names Safeway.com and Vons.com. 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, its stores offer Starbucks coffee shops and adjacent fuel centers. The Company also 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 and services such as Safeway, Safeway SELECT, Rancher's Reserve, O Organics, Lucerne, Primo Taglio, Eating Right, mom to mom, waterfront BISTRO, Bright Green, Pantry Essentials, Open Nature, Refreshe, Snack Artist, Signature Café, Priority, just for U, My Simple Nutrition, Ingredients for Life, and other trademarks such as Pak'N Save Foods, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, and Carrs Quality Centers. 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 traditional grocery retailers, non-traditional competitors such as supercenters and club stores, as well as from specialty supermarkets, drug stores, dollar stores, convenience stores and restaurants. The Company's compliance with the federal, state, local and foreign laws and regulations have been adopted regulating the discharge of materials into the environment or otherwise related to the p
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