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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
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history
Cash to Debt 1.15
WLK's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
78% of the 1410 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. WLK: 1.15 )
WLK' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.02   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.15

Equity to Asset 0.56
WLK's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
71% of the 1335 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. WLK: 0.56 )
WLK' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 0.6
Current: 0.56

0.32
0.6
Interest Coverage 30.09
WLK's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
66% of the 789 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 21.89 vs. WLK: 30.09 )
WLK' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 52.73
Current: 30.09

0.4
52.73
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 5.22
M-Score: -2.51
WACC vs ROIC
12.52%
26.84%
WACC
ROIC
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 : 8/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 25.46
WLK's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 1405 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.92 vs. WLK: 25.46 )
WLK' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -8.35   Max: 25.46
Current: 25.46

-8.35
25.46
Net-margin (%) 15.37
WLK's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 1407 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.98 vs. WLK: 15.37 )
WLK' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -6.62   Max: 16.24
Current: 15.37

-6.62
16.24
ROE (%) 25.20
WLK's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 1393 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 7.84 vs. WLK: 25.20 )
WLK' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -28.55   Max: 28.45
Current: 25.2

-28.55
28.45
ROA (%) 14.79
WLK's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 1424 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.68 vs. WLK: 14.79 )
WLK' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -10.47   Max: 16.34
Current: 14.79

-10.47
16.34
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 38.14
WLK's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 1418 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 10.49 vs. WLK: 38.14 )
WLK' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -1.71   Max: 41.64
Current: 38.14

-1.71
41.64
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 6.60
WLK's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 1156 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. WLK: 6.60 )
WLK' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 20
Current: 6.6

0
20
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 31.30
WLK's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 1054 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. WLK: 31.30 )
WLK' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 87.3
Current: 31.3

0
87.3
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 37.60
WLK's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 974 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. WLK: 37.60 )
WLK' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 115
Current: 37.6

0
115
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Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

WLK Guru Trades in Q1 2014

George Soros 7,800 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 52,900 sh (New)
RS Investment Management 4,270 sh (New)
Murray Stahl 11,731 sh (+30.17%)
Jim Simons 821,200 sh (+8.42%)
John Keeley 5,770 sh (unchged)
John Burbank Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham 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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Q2 2014

WLK Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Pioneer Investments 288,870 sh (+121.23%)
RS Investment Management 6,770 sh (+58.55%)
Jim Simons 856,538 sh (+4.30%)
Steven Cohen 76,100 sh (unchged)
George Soros Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Chuck Royce 2,599,035 sh (-18.51%)
Murray Stahl 9,306 sh (-20.67%)
Louis Moore Bacon 41,758 sh (-21.06%)
John Keeley 4,170 sh (-27.73%)
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Q3 2014

WLK Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Ray Dalio 10,666 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 169,300 sh (+122.47%)
Louis Moore Bacon 64,154 sh (+53.63%)
John Keeley 4,170 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 119,022 sh (unchged)
RS Investment Management 6,770 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 8,971 sh (-3.60%)
Jim Simons 767,300 sh (-10.42%)
Chuck Royce 1,996,535 sh (-23.18%)
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Q4 2014

WLK Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 11,002 sh (New)
Third Avenue Management 4,500 sh (New)
Murray Stahl 14,258 sh (+58.93%)
Pioneer Investments 127,437 sh (+7.07%)
Chuck Royce 2,086,505 sh (+4.51%)
RS Investment Management 7,070 sh (+4.43%)
Jim Simons 792,500 sh (+3.28%)
John Keeley 4,170 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon 28,216 sh (-56.02%)
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Using GuruFocus’s Peter Lynch charts can provide a quick, yet powerful snapshot of an equity’s valuation with respect to the earnings multiple. But a simple view that price should continuously mimic a static earnings line can lead to improper valuations. Peter Lynch stresses to categorize companies into, "slow growers, medium growers, fast growers, cyclicals, asset plays, and turnarounds," in his bestseller, One Up On Wall Street. One must also view the current situation in combination of these charts to get the correct valuation range. Setting a simple earnings multiple of 15 may lead one to observe an undervaluation when the stock is properly valued. Using Westlake Chemical (WLK) as an example explains this issue. If one were to view the years 2004-07, he or she would see a severe underperformance of the price with the earnings line set at P/E=15. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 15.20
WLK's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
84% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 31.30 vs. WLK: 15.20 )
WLK' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 7.22   Max: 32.2
Current: 15.2

7.22
32.2
Forward P/E 13.39
WLK's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
86% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. WLK: 13.39 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 15.00
WLK's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 31.40 vs. WLK: 15.00 )
WLK' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 7.17   Max: 32.53
Current: 15

7.17
32.53
P/B 3.60
WLK's P/B is ranked higher than
50% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.26 vs. WLK: 3.60 )
WLK' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 4.75
Current: 3.6

0.57
4.75
P/S 2.33
WLK's P/S is ranked lower than
59% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. WLK: 2.33 )
WLK' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.22   Max: 3.26
Current: 2.33

0.22
3.26
PFCF 17.50
WLK's PFCF is ranked higher than
84% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 136.60 vs. WLK: 17.50 )
WLK' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.07   Max: 99999999.99
Current: 17.5

4.07
99999999.99
POCF 9.86
WLK's POCF is ranked higher than
79% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 16.25 vs. WLK: 9.86 )
WLK' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 2.12   Max: 68.63
Current: 9.86

2.12
68.63
EV-to-EBIT 9.15
WLK's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
91% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 23.92 vs. WLK: 9.15 )
WLK' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -51.3   Max: 18.6
Current: 9.15

-51.3
18.6
PEG 0.40
WLK's PEG is ranked higher than
99% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 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 27.50
WLK's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
85% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. WLK: 27.50 )
WLK' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 5.42   Max: 42.6
Current: 27.5

5.42
42.6
Current Ratio 3.74
WLK's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
92% of the 1353 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.68 vs. WLK: 3.74 )
WLK' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.9   Max: 4.82
Current: 3.74

1.9
4.82
Quick Ratio 2.77
WLK's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
91% of the 1353 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. WLK: 2.77 )
WLK' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.93   Max: 3.47
Current: 2.77

0.93
3.47
Days Inventory 55.96
WLK's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
77% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 75.19 vs. WLK: 55.96 )
WLK' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 31.43   Max: 69.59
Current: 55.96

31.43
69.59
Days Sales Outstanding 42.33
WLK's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
84% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 70.26 vs. WLK: 42.33 )
WLK' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 34.33   Max: 58.02
Current: 42.33

34.33
58.02

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 0.81
WLK's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
76% of the 1114 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.75 vs. WLK: 0.81 )
WLK' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 1.92
Current: 0.81

0.06
1.92
Dividend Payout 0.11
WLK's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
96% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.73 vs. WLK: 0.11 )
WLK' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 0.28
Current: 0.11

0.01
0.28
Dividend growth (3y) 62.00
WLK's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
99% of the 733 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. WLK: 62.00 )
WLK' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 101.5
Current: 62

0
101.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.88
WLK's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1120 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.99 vs. WLK: 4.88 )
WLK' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.37   Max: 11.72
Current: 4.88

0.37
11.72
Share Buyback Rate -0.30
WLK's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
74% of the 802 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.90 vs. WLK: -0.30 )
WLK' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0   Max: -9.6
Current: -0.3

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 3.80
WLK's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
56% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. WLK: 3.80 )
WLK' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.66   Max: 4.43
Current: 3.8

0.66
4.43
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.80
WLK's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
82% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. WLK: 1.80 )
WLK' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.13   Max: 2.5
Current: 1.8

1.13
2.5
Price/Median PS Value 2.80
WLK's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
59% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. WLK: 2.80 )
WLK' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.35   Max: 2.65
Current: 2.8

0.35
2.65
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.60
WLK's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
98% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. WLK: 0.60 )
WLK' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.45   Max: 0.55
Current: 0.6

0.45
0.55
Price/Graham Number 1.60
WLK's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
73% of the 1564 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.00 vs. WLK: 1.60 )
WLK' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 1.5
Current: 1.6

0.7
1.5
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 10.70
WLK's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1399 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.80 vs. WLK: 10.70 )
WLK' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5.4   Max: 23.4
Current: 10.7

5.4
23.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 35.10
WLK's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
97% of the 748 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.02 vs. WLK: 35.10 )
WLK' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -28.6   Max: 82
Current: 35.1

-28.6
82

Business Description

Industry: Chemicals » Specialty Chemicals
Compare:NEU, SCL, VAL, POL, CYT » details
Traded in other countries:UEO.Germany,
Westlake Chemical Corp was founded in 1986. It is a manufacturer and marketer of basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers and fabricated products. The Company's products include some of the chemicals, 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 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 evolving and increasingly stringent federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations.
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