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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

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.06
THS's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
61% of the 1426 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.75 vs. THS: 0.06 )
THS' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.06

Equity to Asset 0.47
THS's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
58% of the 1415 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. THS: 0.47 )
THS' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 0.84
Current: 0.47

0.41
0.84
Interest Coverage 3.61
THS's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
51% of the 907 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 16.52 vs. THS: 3.61 )
THS' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 3.16   Max: 136.85
Current: 3.61

3.16
136.85
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 2.47
M-Score: -2.50
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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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 7.77
THS's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 1415 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 5.72 vs. THS: 7.77 )
THS' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 4.04   Max: 15.27
Current: 7.77

4.04
15.27
Net-margin (%) 3.79
THS's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 1416 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.99 vs. THS: 3.79 )
THS' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 1.64   Max: 9.73
Current: 3.79

1.64
9.73
ROE (%) 6.83
THS's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 1399 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 7.24 vs. THS: 6.83 )
THS' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 2.25   Max: 12.8
Current: 6.83

2.25
12.8
ROA (%) 3.20
THS's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 1412 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.79 vs. THS: 3.20 )
THS' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.9   Max: 10.26
Current: 3.2

1.9
10.26
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 21.78
THS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 1410 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 15.01 vs. THS: 21.78 )
THS' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 13.33   Max: 40.84
Current: 21.78

13.33
40.84
Revenue Growth (%) 6.90
THS's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 1093 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. THS: 6.90 )
THS' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 28
Current: 6.9

0.4
28
EBITDA Growth (%) 2.80
THS's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 974 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. THS: 2.80 )
THS' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -24.1   Max: 34.7
Current: 2.8

-24.1
34.7
EPS Growth (%) -2.40
THS's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 890 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. THS: -2.40 )
THS' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -42.8   Max: 41.2
Current: -2.4

-42.8
41.2
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Q1 2013

THS Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Steven Cohen 7,390 sh (New)
Jim Simons 76,100 sh (New)
NWQ Managers 543,443 sh (+4.94%)
Ron Baron 1,736,004 sh (-0.53%)
Ken Fisher 906,477 sh (-0.83%)
Joel Greenblatt 25,098 sh (-22.34%)
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Q2 2013

THS Guru Trades in Q2 2013

John Keeley 424,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 113,600 sh (+49.28%)
NWQ Managers 628,943 sh (+15.73%)
Joel Greenblatt 27,597 sh (+9.96%)
Ken Fisher 916,527 sh (+1.11%)
Ron Baron 1,740,604 sh (+0.26%)
Steven Cohen 3,113 sh (-57.88%)
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Q3 2013

THS Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Louis Moore Bacon 80,000 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 7,700 sh (New)
John Burbank 14,000 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 4,716 sh (+51.49%)
Ron Baron 2,317,374 sh (+33.14%)
Ken Fisher 939,622 sh (+2.52%)
NWQ Managers 644,679 sh (+2.5%)
John Keeley 425,000 sh (+0.24%)
Jim Simons 83,400 sh (-26.58%)
Joel Greenblatt 13,713 sh (-50.31%)
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Q4 2013

THS Guru Trades in Q4 2013

John Burbank 22,500 sh (+60.71%)
Joel Greenblatt 21,655 sh (+57.92%)
Ron Baron 2,752,867 sh (+18.79%)
NWQ Managers 674,703 sh (+4.66%)
John Keeley 437,000 sh (+2.82%)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ken Fisher 928,782 sh (-1.15%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with THS

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Ron Baron 2013-12-31 Add 18.79%0.12%$67.54 - $75.19 $ 72.152%2752867
John Burbank 2013-12-31 Add 60.71%0.02%$67.54 - $75.19 $ 72.152%22500
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Add 57.92%0.01%$67.54 - $75.19 $ 72.152%21655
Ron Baron 2013-09-30 Add 33.14%0.18%$64.04 - $74 $ 72.155%2317374
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Reduce -50.31%0.04%$64.04 - $74 $ 72.155%13713
John Burbank 2013-09-30 New Buy0.03%$64.04 - $74 $ 72.155%14000
John Keeley 2013-06-30 New Buy0.56%$61.16 - $67.41 $ 72.1512%424000
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Reduce -22.34%0.02%$52.13 - $65.15 $ 72.1528%25098
John Keeley 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.23%$49.97 - $56.73 $ 72.1536%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Add 631.48%0.08%$49.97 - $56.73 $ 72.1536%32317
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Add 631.48%0.08%$49.97 - $56.73 $ 72.1536%32317
John Keeley 2012-09-30 Reduce -69.48%0.65%$48.39 - $63.22 $ 72.1532%202805
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 New Buy0.02%$48.39 - $63.22 $ 72.1532%4418
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.05%$58.54 - $66.46 $ 72.1516%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Reduce -50.31%0.04%$51.1 - $61.98 $ 72.1532%4651
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 New Buy0.07%$54.1 - $60.93 $ 72.1524%9360
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Guru Investment Theses on Treehouse Foods, Inc.

Baron Funds Comments on TreeHouse Foods - Feb 21, 2014

TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (THS) is a leading vendor of private label food to supermarkets.While the food business is a low growth industry, private label is a fast growing segment within this industry. Private label growth allows TreeHouse to grow units at twice the rate of branded food companies, as it takes share from second tier products. This is because consumers save money on less expensive private label items, and retailers earn approximately 500 basis points higher margin selling the private label equivalent. Domestic private label penetration is only 17%. It surpasses 45% in many European countries. Additionally, TreeHouse's higher margin premium segment accounts for approximately 15% of sales but is the fastest growing segment, as retailers attempt to distinguish themselves from competition. We believe TreeHouse should continue to increase market share within the growing segment of private label foods, as it introduces additional products and integrates acquired product through its distribution network. (Michael Baron)



From Baron Funds fourth quarter commentary 2013.



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Baron Funds Comments on TreeHouse Foods Inc. - Nov 21, 2013

TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (THS) is a leading provider of private label food, one of the few growing segments within the food industry. Private label penetration in the U.S. is considerably lower relative to in other countries, despite the lower costs to consumers and 500 basis points higher margins to the retailer. We anticipate this market size to grow over time as retailers place more emphasis on offering a unique product selection, consumers recognize the value and suppliers grow their distribution capabilities. Additionally, the private label food industry is highly fragmented domestically and TreeHouse is rapidly consolidating the business with strategic product and geographic acquisitions. The company, in our opinion, should be able to increase its market share in this growing industry. Finally, and potentially most intriguing, is TreeHouse's ability to completely alter the private label industry. While, historically, private label was an inferior but cheaper product compared to branded goods, TreeHouse is increasingly producing higher quality products at similar prices to its branded competition. These products should produce higher revenue and superior margins for the company. (Michael Baron)

From Ron Baron’s Baron Funds third quarter 2013 report.


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Baron Funds Comments on TreeHouse Foods Inc. - Dec 07, 2012

TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (THS), a producer of private label foods, declined 15.7% in the third quarter. Higher commodity costs, an absence of acquisitions, and a consumer shift to alternative shopping channels have slowed TreeHouse Foods's recent growth. We believe the private label food segment will continue to take share from branded grocery products over the long term, and we expect the category to continue to consolidate and result in greater profitability for TreeHouse Foods. (Michael Baron)

From Baron Funds third quarter letter.


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Top Ranked Articles about Treehouse Foods, Inc.

Baron Funds Comments on TreeHouse Foods
TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (THS) is a leading vendor of private label food to supermarkets.While the food business is a low growth industry, private label is a fast growing segment within this industry. Private label growth allows TreeHouse to grow units at twice the rate of branded food companies, as it takes share from second tier products. This is because consumers save money on less expensive private label items, and retailers earn approximately 500 basis points higher margin selling the private label equivalent. Domestic private label penetration is only 17%. It surpasses 45% in many European countries. Additionally, TreeHouse's higher margin premium segment accounts for approximately 15% of sales but is the fastest growing segment, as retailers attempt to distinguish themselves from competition. We believe TreeHouse should continue to increase market share within the growing segment of private label foods, as it introduces additional products and integrates acquired product through its distribution network. (Michael Baron) Read more...
Baron Funds Comments on TreeHouse Foods Inc.
TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (THS) is a leading provider of private label food, one of the few growing segments within the food industry. Private label penetration in the U.S. is considerably lower relative to in other countries, despite the lower costs to consumers and 500 basis points higher margins to the retailer. We anticipate this market size to grow over time as retailers place more emphasis on offering a unique product selection, consumers recognize the value and suppliers grow their distribution capabilities. Additionally, the private label food industry is highly fragmented domestically and TreeHouse is rapidly consolidating the business with strategic product and geographic acquisitions. The company, in our opinion, should be able to increase its market share in this growing industry. Finally, and potentially most intriguing, is TreeHouse's ability to completely alter the private label industry. While, historically, private label was an inferior but cheaper product compared to branded goods, TreeHouse is increasingly producing higher quality products at similar prices to its branded competition. These products should produce higher revenue and superior margins for the company. (Michael Read more...

Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 31.00
THS's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
53% of the 1168 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 19.40 vs. THS: 31.00 )
THS' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 13.59   Max: 103.47
Current: 31

13.59
103.47
P/B 2.10
THS's P/B is ranked higher than
54% of the 1342 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.66 vs. THS: 2.10 )
THS' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.99   Max: 2.23
Current: 2.1

0.99
2.23
P/S 1.18
THS's P/S is ranked lower than
51% of the 1446 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. THS: 1.18 )
THS' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 1.38
Current: 1.18

0.46
1.38
PFCF 20.10
THS's PFCF is ranked higher than
61% of the 824 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 19.20 vs. THS: 20.10 )
THS' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 5.76   Max: 33.11
Current: 20.1

5.76
33.11
EV-to-EBIT 20.00
THS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
52% of the 1237 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 15.33 vs. THS: 20.00 )
THS' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 10.4   Max: 38.5
Current: 20

10.4
38.5
PEG 4.80
THS's PEG is ranked lower than
53% of the 686 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.28 vs. THS: 4.80 )
THS' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.51   Max: 4.8
Current: 4.8

0.51
4.8
Shiller P/E 31.50
THS's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
51% of the 681 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 20.60 vs. THS: 31.50 )
THS' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 23.24   Max: 37.68
Current: 31.5

23.24
37.68

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.10
THS's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
78% of the 644 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. THS: 1.10 )
THS' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.76   Max: 1.06
Current: 1.1

0.76
1.06
Price/Median PS Value 1.20
THS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
55% of the 1305 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. THS: 1.20 )
THS' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 1.23
Current: 1.2

0.59
1.23
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.50
THS's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
56% of the 358 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. THS: 2.50 )
THS' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.63   Max: 2.35
Current: 2.5

0.63
2.35
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.00
THS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
56% of the 1310 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 6.40 vs. THS: 5.00 )
THS' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.6   Max: 9.6
Current: 5

2.6
9.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 16.48
THS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
87% of the 884 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 7.11 vs. THS: 16.48 )
THS' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 17.1   Max: 37.6
Current: 16.48

17.1
37.6

Business Description

Industry: Consumer Packaged Goods » Packaged Foods
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Traded in other countries:T4H.Germany
TreeHouse Foods, Inc., a Delaware corporation was incorporated on January 25, 2005 by Dean Foods Company to accomplish a spin-off of certain specialty businesses to its shareholders which was completed on June 27, 2005. Since the Company began operating as an independent entity, it has expanded its product offerings through a number of acquisitions. TreeHouse is a food manufacturer servicing mainly the retail grocery and foodservice distribution channels. Its products include non-dairy powdered coffee creamers; private label soups, salad dressings and sauces; Mexican sauces; jams and pie fillings; pickles and related products; infant feeding products; aseptic sauces; refrigerated salad dressings and liquid non-dairy creamer. TreeHouse manufactures and sells the following: private label products to retailers, such as supermarkets and mass merchandisers, for resale under the retailers' own or controlled labels, private label and branded products to the foodservice industry, including foodservice distributors and national restaurant operators, branded products under its own proprietary brands, mainly on a regional basis to retailers, and products to its industrial customer base, for repackaging in portion control packages and for use as ingredients by other food manufacturers. The Company's North American Retail Grocery segment sells branded and private label products to customers within the United States and Canada. These products include non-dairy powdered creamers; condensed and ready to serve soups, broths and gravies; infant feeding products; salad dressings and sauces; pickles, peppers and relishes; Mexican sauces; jams and pie fillings; aseptic products and liquid non-dairy creamer. The Company's Food Away From Home segment sells non-dairy powdered creamers, pickle products, Mexican sauces, refrigerated dressings, and aseptic products to foodservice customers, including restaurant chains and food distribution companies, within the United States and Canada. The Company's Industrial and Export segment includes the Company's co-pack soup and infant feeding business; non-dairy powdered creamer sales to industrial customers for use in industrial applications, including products for repackaging in portion control packages and for use as ingredients by other food manufacturers; pickles; Mexican sauces; and refrigerated dressings. Export sales are mainly to industrial customers. TreeHouse operates its business as Bay Valley Foods, LLC in the United States and E.D. Smith Foods, LTD in Canada. Bay Valley is a Delaware limited liability company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company and holds all of the real estate and operating assets related to its business. E.D. Smith is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bay Valley. The Company produces a variety of products at its pickle production facilities, including pickles, peppers, pickled vegetables, jalapeno peppers, pepperoncini peppers, sliced banana peppers and pickled okra. TreeHouse also

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