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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 0.01
WCN's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
96% of the 167 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 0.56 vs. WCN: 0.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
WCN' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.01 Max: 0.32
Current: 0.01
0.01
0.32
Equity to Asset 0.39
WCN's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
60% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. WCN: 0.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
WCN' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.35  Med: 0.40 Max: 0.49
Current: 0.39
0.35
0.49
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 2.28
M-Score: -3.24
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
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history
Operating margin (%) -2.91
WCN's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
68% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 3.96 vs. WCN: -2.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
WCN' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.91  Med: 20.52 Max: 21.61
Current: -2.91
-2.91
21.61
Net-margin (%) -4.52
WCN's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
68% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.87 vs. WCN: -4.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
WCN' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -4.52  Med: 9.97 Max: 11.18
Current: -4.52
-4.52
11.18
ROE (%) -4.49
WCN's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
63% of the 160 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 3.39 vs. WCN: -4.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
WCN' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -4.55  Med: 10.05 Max: 13.11
Current: -4.49
-4.55
13.11
ROA (%) -1.86
WCN's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
63% of the 168 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 0.99 vs. WCN: -1.86 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
WCN' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.85  Med: 4.49 Max: 5.29
Current: -1.86
-1.85
5.29
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -2.37
WCN's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
64% of the 166 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 7.20 vs. WCN: -2.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
WCN' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.32  Med: 19.84 Max: 24.03
Current: -2.37
-2.32
24.03
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 7.90
WCN's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 118 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. WCN: 7.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
WCN' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.3  Med: 11.45 Max: 19
Current: 7.9
7.3
19
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -26.30
WCN's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 96 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: -0.60 vs. WCN: -26.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
WCN' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -26.3  Med: 12.10 Max: 114.3
Current: -26.3
-26.3
114.3
» WCN's 10-Y Financials

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Guru Trades

Q1 2015

WCN Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Ray Dalio 4,816 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 81,500 sh (+74.52%)
RS Investment Management 905,122 sh (+5.44%)
Ron Baron 2,500,000 sh (unchged)
Columbia Wanger Sold Out
Chris Davis 263,150 sh (-0.12%)
Jim Simons 822,036 sh (-37.30%)
Lee Ainslie 1,697,739 sh (-42.14%)
Paul Tudor Jones 17,046 sh (-66.34%)
Joel Greenblatt 290,179 sh (-66.68%)
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Q2 2015

WCN Guru Trades in Q2 2015

RS Investment Management 1,124,192 sh (+24.20%)
Ron Baron 2,500,000 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Chris Davis 262,910 sh (-0.09%)
Chuck Royce 68,600 sh (-15.83%)
Paul Tudor Jones 11,724 sh (-31.22%)
Jim Simons 549,038 sh (-33.21%)
Lee Ainslie 812,233 sh (-52.16%)
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Q3 2015

WCN Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Ray Dalio 13,616 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 82,604 sh (New)
RS Investment Management 1,631,071 sh (+45.09%)
Lee Ainslie 971,219 sh (+19.57%)
Jim Simons 619,738 sh (+12.88%)
Chuck Royce 65,349 sh (-4.74%)
Chris Davis 236,660 sh (-9.98%)
Ron Baron 2,250,000 sh (-10.00%)
Paul Tudor Jones 4,591 sh (-60.84%)
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Q4 2015

WCN Guru Trades in Q4 2015

Ray Dalio Sold Out
RS Investment Management 1,393,986 sh (-14.54%)
Chris Davis 198,900 sh (-15.96%)
Chuck Royce 45,799 sh (-29.92%)
Jim Simons 98,600 sh (-84.09%)
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Guru Investment Theses on Waste Connections Inc

Baron Funds Comments on Waste Connections Inc. - Jan 14, 2016

We invested in Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE:WCN), a solid waste collection and disposal service, in 2009. At the time, revenues were $1.1 billion. Today, revenues have nearly doubled to $2.1 billion. The company enjoys a monopoly in the majority of the regions in which it operates due to high barriers to entry and avoidance of high-competition urban markets, and volumes are increasing through steady organic growth augmented by strategic acquisitions.



From the Baron Funds Small Cap Fund winter newsletter 2016.



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Baron Funds Comments on Waste Connections Inc - Jul 22, 2014

Clean Harbors, Inc. (CLH), and Waste Connections, Inc. (WCN), are two examples of classic growth stocks in the portfolio. … Waste Connections provides solid waste services in non-urban U.S. markets. It has a monopoly in many areas due to high barriers to entry, and derives more than half of its revenue from long-term, exclusive agreements. We have held these two stocks for seven and five years, respectively, during which periods our investments have more than doubled.



From Baron Funds' Second Quarter 2014 Shareholder Letter.



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We invested in Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE:WCN), a solid waste collection and disposal service, in 2009. At the time, revenues were $1.1 billion. Today, revenues have nearly doubled to $2.1 billion. The company enjoys a monopoly in the majority of the regions in which it operates due to high barriers to entry and avoidance of high-competition urban markets, and volumes are increasing through steady organic growth augmented by strategic acquisitions. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
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history
Forward P/E 25.45
WCN's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
79% of the 78 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 16.18 vs. WCN: 25.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
P/B 3.69
WCN's P/B is ranked lower than
81% of the 222 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.35 vs. WCN: 3.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
WCN' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.27  Med: 2.50 Max: 3.81
Current: 3.69
1.27
3.81
P/S 3.50
WCN's P/S is ranked lower than
77% of the 222 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.02 vs. WCN: 3.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
WCN' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.48  Med: 2.46 Max: 3.53
Current: 3.5
1.48
3.53
PFCF 22.39
WCN's PFCF is ranked lower than
63% of the 103 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 11.82 vs. WCN: 22.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
WCN' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.99  Med: 17.40 Max: 23.28
Current: 22.39
9.99
23.28
POCF 12.52
WCN's POCF is ranked lower than
69% of the 154 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 7.31 vs. WCN: 12.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
WCN' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.7  Med: 9.73 Max: 12.52
Current: 12.52
5.7
12.52
EV-to-EBITDA 43.92
WCN's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
92% of the 168 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 10.66 vs. WCN: 43.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
WCN' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.1  Med: 10.60 Max: 43.92
Current: 43.92
7.1
43.92
Shiller P/E 56.40
WCN's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
80% of the 44 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 25.33 vs. WCN: 56.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
WCN' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 21.13  Med: 34.31 Max: 56.58
Current: 56.4
21.13
56.58
Current Ratio 0.96
WCN's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
81% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. WCN: 0.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
WCN' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.6  Med: 0.87 Max: 1.99
Current: 0.96
0.6
1.99
Quick Ratio 0.96
WCN's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
77% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.25 vs. WCN: 0.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
WCN' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.6  Med: 0.87 Max: 1.99
Current: 0.96
0.6
1.99
Days Sales Outstanding 43.99
WCN's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
71% of the 125 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 68.27 vs. WCN: 43.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
WCN' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 41.19  Med: 44.14 Max: 51.79
Current: 43.99
41.19
51.79
Days Payable 35.71
WCN's Days Payable is ranked higher than
50% of the 108 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 43.28 vs. WCN: 35.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
WCN' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 35.71  Med: 38.99 Max: 49.71
Current: 35.71
35.71
49.71

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 0.89
WCN's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
84% of the 130 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. WCN: 0.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
WCN' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.25  Med: 0.97 Max: 1.22
Current: 0.89
0.25
1.22
Dividend Payout 0.27
WCN's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
57% of the 70 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. WCN: 0.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
WCN' s Dividend Payout Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.07  Med: 0.26 Max: 0.28
Current: 0.27
0.07
0.28
Dividend Growth (3y) 13.10
WCN's Dividend Growth (3y) is ranked higher than
58% of the 45 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 7.80 vs. WCN: 13.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Growth (3y) only.
WCN' s Dividend Growth (3y) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0.00 Max: 76.9
Current: 13.1
0
76.9
Forward Dividend Yield 0.97
WCN's Forward Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
84% of the 117 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 2.28 vs. WCN: 0.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield only.
N/A
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.39
WCN's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
86% of the 134 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 2.42 vs. WCN: 4.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
WCN' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.23  Med: 4.78 Max: 6.02
Current: 4.39
1.23
6.02
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -0.50
WCN's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
50% of the 107 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: -3.20 vs. WCN: -0.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
WCN' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -61  Med: -2.60 Max: 1.9
Current: -0.5
-61
1.9

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 142.88
WCN's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
100% of the 173 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 2.31 vs. WCN: 142.88 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
WCN' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 17.99  Med: 55.06 Max: 219.95
Current: 142.88
17.99
219.95
Price/Projected FCF 1.64
WCN's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
64% of the 107 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. WCN: 1.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
WCN' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.86  Med: 1.05 Max: 1.22
Current: 1.64
0.86
1.22
Price/Median PS Value 1.43
WCN's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
85% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 0.85 vs. WCN: 1.43 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
WCN' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.61  Med: 0.96 Max: 1.14
Current: 1.43
0.61
1.14
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) -0.49
WCN's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
61% of the 161 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 2.40 vs. WCN: -0.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
WCN' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.49  Med: 6.30 Max: 9.8
Current: -0.49
-0.49
9.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 8.62
WCN's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
54% of the 67 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 7.91 vs. WCN: 8.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
WCN' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.5  Med: 16.30 Max: 20.8
Current: 8.62
8.5
20.8

More Statistics

Revenue(Mil) $2117
EPS $ -0.78
Beta0.76
Short Percentage of Float5.35%
52-Week Range $44.81 - 60.32
Shares Outstanding(Mil)122.40

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17 Dec18
Revenue(Mil) 2,200 2,341 2,485
EPS($) 2.11 2.36 2.61
EPS without NRI($) 2.11 2.36 2.61

Business Description

Industry: Waste Management » Waste Management
Compare:WM, RSG, SRCL, CLH, UMICY » details
Traded in other countries:WAJ.Germany,
Waste Connections Inc was incorporated in Delaware on September 9, 1997. It is an integrated solid waste services company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in mostly secondary markets in the Western and Southern U.S. The Company provides residential solid waste services, other than those it performs under exclusive arrangements, under contracts with homeowners' associations, apartment owners, and mobile home park operators or on a subscription basis with individual households. It sets base residential fees on a contract basis mainly based on route density, the frequency and level of service, the distance to the disposal or processing facility, weight and type of waste collected, type of equipment and containers furnished, the cost of disposal or processing and prices charged by competitors in that market for similar services. Collection fees are paid either by the municipalities from tax revenues or directly by the residents receiving the services. It provides commercial and industrial services, other than those it performs under exclusive arrangements, under customer service agreements generally ranging from one to five years in duration. The Company determines fees under these agreements by such factors as collection frequency, level of service, route density, the type, volume and weight of the waste collected, type of equipment and containers furnished, the distance to the disposal or processing facility, the cost of disposal or processing and prices charged by competitors in its collection markets for similar services. Collection of larger volumes of commercial and industrial waste streams generally helps improve its operating efficiencies, and consolidation of these volumes allows it to negotiate more favorable disposal prices. It provides one- to ten-cubic yard containers to commercial customers and ten- to 50-cubic yard containers to industrial customers. The Company own solid waste landfills to achieve vertical integration in markets where the economic and regulatory environments make landfill ownership attractive. Where its operations are vertically integrated, it eliminates third-party disposal costs and generally realizes higher margins and stronger operating cash flows. The fees charged at disposal facilities, which are known as tipping fees, are based on market factors and take into account the type and weight or volume of solid waste deposited and the type and size of the vehicles used to transport waste. It offers residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers recycling services for different recyclable materials, including cardboard, office paper, plastic containers, glass bottles and ferrous and aluminum metals. The Companys main competitors include Waste Management, Inc. and Republic Services, Inc.; several regional, publicly-held and privately-owned companies; and several thousand small, local, privately-owned companies. The operations of the Company, i
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Amid Poor Results Waste Management Is More and More Expensive Jan 28 2015 
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A Good Investment in the Waste Industry? Oct 06 2014 
Baron Funds Comments on Waste Connections Inc Jul 22 2014 
Waste Management Inc. (WM) Dividend Stock Analysis Jun 06 2014 
Waste Management Inc. (WM) Dividend Stock Analysis Dec 06 2013 

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