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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 : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 1.02
WLK's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
67% of the 1011 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.76 vs. WLK: 1.02 )
WLK' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.02

Equity to Asset 0.62
WLK's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
75% of the 1004 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. WLK: 0.62 )
WLK' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 0.62
Current: 0.62

0.34
0.62
Interest Coverage 52.73
WLK's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
70% of the 628 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 22.80 vs. WLK: 52.73 )
WLK' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 52.73
Current: 52.73

0.4
52.73
F-Score: 9
Z-Score: 7.13
M-Score: -2.56
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 : 9/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 25.36
WLK's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 959 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.92 vs. WLK: 25.36 )
WLK' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -8.35   Max: 25.36
Current: 25.36

-8.35
25.36
Net-margin (%) 16.24
WLK's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 960 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.83 vs. WLK: 16.24 )
WLK' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -6.62   Max: 16.24
Current: 16.24

-6.62
16.24
ROE (%) 25.24
WLK's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 954 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.94 vs. WLK: 25.24 )
WLK' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -2.38   Max: 25.24
Current: 25.24

-2.38
25.24
ROA (%) 15.03
WLK's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.52 vs. WLK: 15.03 )
WLK' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -1.29   Max: 15.03
Current: 15.03

-1.29
15.03
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 36.23
WLK's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 959 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 11.60 vs. WLK: 36.23 )
WLK' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -1.74   Max: 36.23
Current: 36.23

-1.74
36.23
Revenue Growth (%) 5.20
WLK's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 866 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. WLK: 5.20 )
WLK' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 20
Current: 5.2

0
20
EBITDA Growth (%) 29.00
WLK's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 790 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. WLK: 29.00 )
WLK' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 87.3
Current: 29

0
87.3
EPS Growth (%) 39.20
WLK's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 717 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. WLK: 39.20 )
WLK' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 115
Current: 39.2

0
115
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Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

WLK Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Jeremy Grantham 2,200 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 657,200 sh (+4007.5%)
Jim Simons 313,800 sh (-3.12%)
Pioneer Investments 83,092 sh (-7.9%)
Paul Tudor Jones 6,600 sh (-10.81%)
Chuck Royce 2,748,965 sh (-17.04%)
Joel Greenblatt 6,668 sh (-67.38%)
John Burbank 110,686 sh (-82.99%)
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Q3 2013

WLK Guru Trades in Q3 2013

John Keeley 2,885 sh (New)
Murray Stahl 3,233 sh (New)
Jim Simons 342,700 sh (+9.21%)
Paul Tudor Jones 7,100 sh (+7.58%)
Pioneer Investments 83,288 sh (+0.24%)
Jeremy Grantham 2,200 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Chuck Royce 2,240,418 sh (-18.5%)
Steven Cohen 374,800 sh (-42.97%)
John Burbank 42,461 sh (-61.64%)
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Q4 2013

WLK Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Steven Cohen 702,418 sh (+87.41%)
Murray Stahl 4,506 sh (+39.38%)
Paul Tudor Jones 9,376 sh (+32.06%)
Jim Simons 378,700 sh (+10.5%)
John Keeley 2,885 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 79,765 sh (-4.23%)
John Burbank 40,000 sh (-5.8%)
Chuck Royce 2,023,218 sh (-9.69%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,900 sh (-13.64%)
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Q1 2014

WLK Guru Trades in Q1 2014

RS Investment Management 4,270 sh (New)
George Soros 7,800 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 52,900 sh (New)
Murray Stahl 11,731 sh (+30.17%)
Jim Simons 821,200 sh (+8.42%)
John Keeley 5,770 sh (unchged)
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
John Burbank Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 130,573 sh (-18.15%)
Chuck Royce 3,189,436 sh (-21.18%)
Steven Cohen 538,204 sh (-61.69%)
Paul Tudor Jones 5,360 sh (-71.42%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with WLK

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
John Burbank 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.04%$57.66 - $68.73 $ 89.6841%0
George Soros 2014-03-31 New Buy0.01%$57.66 - $68.73 $ 89.6841%7800
John Burbank 2013-09-30 Reduce -61.64%0.22%$48.86 - $53.41 $ 89.6876%42461
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.03%$48.86 - $53.41 $ 89.6876%0
John Keeley 2013-09-30 New Buy0.01%$48.86 - $53.41 $ 89.6876%2885
John Burbank 2013-06-30 Reduce -82.99%1.99%$39.31 - $48.97 $ 89.68100%110686
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Reduce -67.38%0.07%$39.31 - $48.97 $ 89.68100%6668
John Burbank 2013-03-31 Add 67.56%0.97%$39.65 - $48.61 $ 89.68100%650660
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Reduce -52.33%0.1%$39.65 - $48.61 $ 89.68100%20441
John Burbank 2012-12-31 New Buy1.2%$35 - $40.05 $ 89.68137%388322
Daniel Loeb 2012-12-31 Sold Out 1%$35 - $40.05 $ 89.68137%0
Daniel Loeb 2012-09-30 Add 40%0.29%$26.22 - $37.76 $ 89.68179%700000
Daniel Loeb 2012-06-30 New Buy0.8%$24.64 - $32.66 $ 89.68219%500000
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Add 49.69%0.06%$24.64 - $32.66 $ 89.68219%42897
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 Reduce -47.52%0.13%$20.43 - $33.09 $ 89.68228%28657
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 Add 30.71%0.06%$16.16 - $21.82 $ 89.68354%54603
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 Add 108.98%0.15%$24.38 - $33.09 $ 89.68219%39785
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 18.80
WLK's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 23.20 vs. WLK: 18.80 )
WLK' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 7.22   Max: 32.2
Current: 18.8

7.22
32.2
P/B 4.50
WLK's P/B is ranked lower than
58% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.77 vs. WLK: 4.50 )
WLK' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 4.5
Current: 4.5

0.57
4.5
P/S 3.10
WLK's P/S is ranked lower than
54% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. WLK: 3.10 )
WLK' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.22   Max: 3
Current: 3.1

0.22
3
PFCF 57.70
WLK's PFCF is ranked higher than
70% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 55.37 vs. WLK: 57.70 )
WLK' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.07   Max: 99999999.99
Current: 57.7

4.07
99999999.99
EV-to-EBIT 11.50
WLK's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
85% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 18.26 vs. WLK: 11.50 )
WLK' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 4.3   Max: 18.6
Current: 11.5

4.3
18.6
PEG 0.40
WLK's PEG is ranked higher than
98% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 14.33 vs. WLK: 0.40 )
WLK' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 4.01
Current: 0.4

0.16
4.01
Shiller P/E 42.30
WLK's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
79% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WLK: 42.30 )
WLK' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 5.42   Max: 42.3
Current: 42.3

5.42
42.3
Current Ratio 4.69
WLK's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
94% of the 1008 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.78 vs. WLK: 4.69 )
WLK' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 2.32   Max: 5.83
Current: 4.69

2.32
5.83
Quick Ratio 3.47
WLK's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
93% of the 1008 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.21 vs. WLK: 3.47 )
WLK' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.22   Max: 4.63
Current: 3.47

1.22
4.63

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 0.50
WLK's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
86% of the 803 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.58 vs. WLK: 0.50 )
WLK' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 1.92
Current: 0.5

0.06
1.92
Dividend Payout 0.09
WLK's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
97% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WLK: 0.09 )
WLK' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 0.63
Current: 0.09

0.02
0.63
Dividend growth (3y) 50.60
WLK's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
98% of the 523 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. WLK: 50.60 )
WLK' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 101.5
Current: 50.6

0
101.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.76
WLK's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
74% of the 808 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.90 vs. WLK: 2.76 )
WLK' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.33   Max: 10.59
Current: 2.76

0.33
10.59
Share Buyback Rate -0.60
WLK's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
71% of the 603 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. WLK: -0.60 )
WLK' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0   Max: -9.6
Current: -0.6

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 5.00
WLK's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
53% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.08 vs. WLK: 5.00 )
WLK' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.66   Max: 3.66
Current: 5

0.66
3.66
Price/DCF (Projected) 3.20
WLK's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
80% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WLK: 3.20 )
WLK' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 2.5
Current: 3.2

0.5
2.5
Price/Median PS Value 3.80
WLK's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
62% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. WLK: 3.80 )
WLK' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.31   Max: 2.82
Current: 3.8

0.31
2.82
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.70
WLK's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
95% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WLK: 0.70 )
WLK' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.45   Max: 0.65
Current: 0.7

0.45
0.65
Price/Graham Number 2.00
WLK's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
65% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. WLK: 2.00 )
WLK' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 1.57
Current: 2

0.5
1.57
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.70
WLK's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
81% of the 909 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.40 vs. WLK: 8.70 )
WLK' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5.4   Max: 23.4
Current: 8.7

5.4
23.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 68.64
WLK's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
99% of the 736 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 7.11 vs. WLK: 68.64 )
WLK' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -28.9   Max: 81.5
Current: 68.64

-28.9
81.5

Business Description

Industry: Chemicals » Specialty Chemicals
Compare:NEU, SCL, VAL, POL, CYT » details
Traded in other countries:UEO.Germany
Westlake Chemical Corp. is a vertically integrated manufacturer and marketer of basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers and fabricated products. The Company's products include some of the most widely used chemicals in the world, which are fundamental to many diverse consumer and industrial markets, including flexible and rigid packaging, automotive products, coatings, residential and commercial construction as well as other durable and non-durable goods. The Company operates in two principal business segments, Olefins and Vinyls, and it is one of the few North American integrated producers of vinyls with downstream integration into polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, fabricated products. Olefins are the basic building blocks used to create a wide variety of petrochemical products. The Company manufactures ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, and associated co-products at its manufacturing facility in Lake Charles and polyethylene at its Longview, Texas facility. It has two ethylene plants, two polyethylene plants and one styrene monomer plant at its Lake Charles complex. It has three polyethylene plants and a specialty polyethylene wax plant at its Longview facility. The Company also produces ethylene in its Vinyls segment at its Calvert City facility, all of which is used internally in the production of VCM. In addition, it produces ethylene co-products including chemical grade propylene, crude butadiene, pyrolysis gasoline and hydrogen. It sells its entire output of these co-products to external customers. The Company has the capacity to produce 980 million pounds of LLDPE per year in various different formulations. Its Lake Charles facility has the capability to produce High-Density Polyethylene, or HDPE. It produces LDPE and LLDPE at Lake Charles and Longview. It sells polyethylene to external customers as a final product in pellet form. Styrene is used to produce derivatives such as polystyrene, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, unsaturated polyester and synthetic rubber. It produces styrene at its Lake Charles plant, where it has the capacity to produce 570 million pounds of styrene per year, all of which is sold to external customers. The Company competes in the ethylene, polyethylene and styrene markets are some of the world's largest chemical companies, including Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, The Dow Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, INEOS (successor to BP Chemicals Ltd.), LyondellBasell Industries and NOVA Chemicals Corporation, a subsidiary of The International Petroleum Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Company is subject to extensive, evolving and increasingly stringent federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations.
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