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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
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.01
WCN's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
57% of the 180 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 0.33 vs. WCN: 0.01 )
WCN' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.01

Equity to Asset 0.42
WCN's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
61% of the 179 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. WCN: 0.42 )
WCN' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.31   Max: 0.57
Current: 0.42

0.31
0.57
Interest Coverage 5.36
WCN's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
57% of the 101 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 5.36 vs. WCN: 5.36 )
WCN' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.69   Max: 7.15
Current: 5.36

2.69
7.15
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 2.31
M-Score: -2.69
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 : 9/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 21.75
WCN's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 181 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 4.84 vs. WCN: 21.75 )
WCN' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -2.78   Max: 26.84
Current: 21.75

-2.78
26.84
Net-margin (%) 11.11
WCN's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 181 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.72 vs. WCN: 11.11 )
WCN' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -7.92   Max: 12.11
Current: 11.11

-7.92
12.11
ROE (%) 10.37
WCN's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 3.38 vs. WCN: 10.37 )
WCN' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -53.62   Max: 12.78
Current: 10.37

-53.62
12.78
ROA (%) 4.38
WCN's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 185 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. WCN: 4.38 )
WCN' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -19.58   Max: 5.01
Current: 4.38

-19.58
5.01
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 17.74
WCN's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 180 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 9.88 vs. WCN: 17.74 )
WCN' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -30.95   Max: 23.99
Current: 17.74

-30.95
23.99
Revenue Growth (%) 11.20
WCN's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 154 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. WCN: 11.20 )
WCN' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 7.3   Max: 19
Current: 11.2

7.3
19
EBITDA Growth (%) 13.30
WCN's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 114 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 4.80 vs. WCN: 13.30 )
WCN' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 9.3   Max: 114.3
Current: 13.3

9.3
114.3
EPS Growth (%) 10.80
WCN's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 94 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 8.40 vs. WCN: 10.80 )
WCN' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 3.9   Max: 122.4
Current: 10.8

3.9
122.4
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Financials


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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

WCN Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Ron Baron 2,500,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Chris Davis 264,690 sh (-15.96%)
Columbia Wanger 1,643,500 sh (-25.38%)
RS Investment Management 1,419,354 sh (-40.39%)
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Q4 2013

WCN Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Steven Cohen 29,638 sh (New)
Jim Simons 348,938 sh (New)
Columbia Wanger 1,643,500 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 2,500,000 sh (unchged)
RS Investment Management 1,396,594 sh (-1.6%)
Chris Davis 240,440 sh (-9.16%)
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Q1 2014

WCN Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 6,136 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 37,900 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 260,640 sh (New)
Columbia Wanger 1,643,500 sh (unchged)
Chris Davis 240,440 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 2,500,000 sh (unchged)
RS Investment Management 1,345,126 sh (-3.69%)
Jim Simons 319,387 sh (-8.47%)
Steven Cohen 4,702 sh (-84.14%)
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Q2 2014

WCN Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Lee Ainslie 2,567,077 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 7,743 sh (+26.19%)
Joel Greenblatt 308,960 sh (+18.54%)
Columbia Wanger 1,643,500 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 37,900 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 2,500,000 sh (unchged)
Chris Davis 240,440 sh (unchged)
RS Investment Management 1,247,866 sh (-7.23%)
Jim Simons 82,338 sh (-74.22%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with WCN

(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
Lee Ainslie 2014-06-30 New Buy1.8%$42.1 - $48.14 $ 49.5510%2567077
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 New Buy0.17%$39.74 - $44.56 $ 49.5516%260640
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.06%$29.49 - $33.47 $ 49.5555%0
Mario Gabelli 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.0049%$29.49 - $33.47 $ 49.5555%0
Meridian Funds 2012-09-30 Reduce -79.36%1.43%$28.95 - $32.58 $ 49.5564%364800
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Add 167.68%0.04%$28.95 - $32.58 $ 49.5564%27801
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Reduce -58.33%0.04%$28.97 - $33.05 $ 49.5558%10386
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 Add 188.24%0.05%$30.97 - $33.88 $ 49.5563%24927
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Reduce -36.36%0.03%$29.51 - $35.28 $ 49.5550%9986
George Soros 2011-06-30 Sold Out $29.18 - $32.49 $ 49.5562%0
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Guru Investment Theses on Waste Connections Inc

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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Baron Funds Comments on Waste Connections Inc. - Aug 07, 2013

Waste Connections, Inc. (WCN), the operator of municipal solid waste businesses in secondary markets, rose 14.6% in the quarter.Waste volumes are picking up after years in the doldrums. Also, the company announced it is reviewing a tax efficient MLP strategy for its disposal assets, which would potentially eliminate taxes and raise the company's valuation.

From Ron Baron’s second quarter 2013 commentary.


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Top Ranked Articles about Waste Connections Inc

Baron Funds Comments on Waste Connections Inc
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. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 28.10
WCN's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
78% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 175.80 vs. WCN: 28.10 )
WCN' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 15.95   Max: 31.79
Current: 28.1

15.95
31.79
P/B 2.90
WCN's P/B is ranked higher than
57% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.77 vs. WCN: 2.90 )
WCN' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.27   Max: 3.07
Current: 2.9

1.27
3.07
P/S 3.10
WCN's P/S is ranked higher than
55% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.01 vs. WCN: 3.10 )
WCN' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.52   Max: 3.12
Current: 3.1

1.52
3.12
PFCF 20.50
WCN's PFCF is ranked higher than
84% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WCN: 20.50 )
WCN' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 10.34   Max: 23.28
Current: 20.5

10.34
23.28
EV-to-EBIT 18.72
WCN's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
79% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 33.35 vs. WCN: 18.72 )
WCN' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 10.5   Max: 21.5
Current: 18.72

10.5
21.5
PEG 2.04
WCN's PEG is ranked higher than
88% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WCN: 2.04 )
WCN' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 2.72
Current: 2.04

0.46
2.72
Shiller P/E 36.60
WCN's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
88% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WCN: 36.60 )
WCN' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 17.57   Max: 36.73
Current: 36.6

17.57
36.73
Current Ratio 0.93
WCN's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
52% of the 124 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.67 vs. WCN: 0.93 )
WCN' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 2.69
Current: 0.93

0.6
2.69
Quick Ratio 0.93
WCN's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
52% of the 124 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. WCN: 0.93 )
WCN' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 2.69
Current: 0.93

0.6
2.69

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 0.90
WCN's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
80% of the 113 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 2.08 vs. WCN: 0.90 )
WCN' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.25   Max: 1.22
Current: 0.9

0.25
1.22
Dividend Payout 0.25
WCN's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
90% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WCN: 0.25 )
WCN' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 0.34
Current: 0.25

0.18
0.34
Dividend growth (3y) 76.90
WCN's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
99% of the 74 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. WCN: 76.90 )
WCN' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 76.9
Current: 76.9

0
76.9
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.90
WCN's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
81% of the 118 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. WCN: 0.90 )
WCN' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.25   Max: 1.22
Current: 0.9

0.25
1.22
Share Buyback Rate -2.00
WCN's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
77% of the 115 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: -2.80 vs. WCN: -2.00 )
WCN' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 1.9   Max: -61
Current: -2

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.20
WCN's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
86% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WCN: 1.20 )
WCN' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.74   Max: 1.55
Current: 1.2

0.74
1.55
Price/Median PS Value 1.30
WCN's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
62% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 1.09 vs. WCN: 1.30 )
WCN' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 1.66
Current: 1.3

0.5
1.66
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.09
WCN's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
92% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WCN: 2.09 )
WCN' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 2.55
Current: 2.09

0.7
2.55
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.30
WCN's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
68% of the 159 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. WCN: 5.30 )
WCN' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 4.6   Max: 9.5
Current: 5.3

4.6
9.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 16.69
WCN's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
87% of the 131 Companies
in the Global Waste Management industry.

( Industry Median: 5.43 vs. WCN: 16.69 )
WCN' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 14.3   Max: 38.5
Current: 16.69

14.3
38.5

Business Description

Industry: Waste Management » Waste Management
Compare:WM, RSG, SRCL, CLH, UMICY » details
Traded in other countries:WAJ.Germany
Waste Connections, Inc., is a Delaware corporation organized in 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 customer's 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 Company's 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, in
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