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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 : 5/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.55
WRB's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
63% of the 213 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. WRB: 0.55 )
WRB' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: 5.86
Current: 0.55

0
5.86
Equity to Asset 0.21
WRB's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
64% of the 212 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.26 vs. WRB: 0.21 )
WRB' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 0.26
Current: 0.21

0.12
0.26
Interest Coverage 5.67
WRB's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
54% of the 174 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 25.59 vs. WRB: 5.67 )
WRB' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 3.64   Max: 26.93
Current: 5.67

3.64
26.93
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 1.08
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
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 13.79
WRB's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 213 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 12.36 vs. WRB: 13.79 )
WRB' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -5.44   Max: 77.34
Current: 13.79

-5.44
77.34
Net-margin (%) 9.49
WRB's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 213 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.16 vs. WRB: 9.49 )
WRB' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -4.71   Max: 13.39
Current: 9.49

-4.71
13.39
ROE (%) 14.92
WRB's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 212 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 11.84 vs. WRB: 14.92 )
WRB' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -11.35   Max: 23.7
Current: 14.92

-11.35
23.7
ROA (%) 3.18
WRB's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 213 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 3.39 vs. WRB: 3.18 )
WRB' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -1.72   Max: 4.73
Current: 3.18

-1.72
4.73
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 288.43
WRB's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 170 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 311.36 vs. WRB: 288.43 )
WRB' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -86.02   Max: 945.74
Current: 288.43

-86.02
945.74
Revenue Growth (%) 14.30
WRB's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 8.70 vs. WRB: 14.30 )
WRB' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -0.1   Max: 20.2
Current: 14.3

-0.1
20.2
EBITDA Growth (%) 8.70
WRB's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.20 vs. WRB: 8.70 )
WRB' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -16.5   Max: 51.4
Current: 8.7

-16.5
51.4
EPS Growth (%) 7.20
WRB's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 175 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.70 vs. WRB: 7.20 )
WRB' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -23.4   Max: 85.4
Current: 7.2

-23.4
85.4
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Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Equity & Asset
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

WRB Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 19,573 sh (New)
Murray Stahl 12,336 sh (+57.93%)
Joel Greenblatt 8,486 sh (+50.94%)
Mario Gabelli 546,416 sh (+3.25%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 6,571,288 sh (+0.55%)
Chris Davis 5,080 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce Sold Out
John Keeley 674,495 sh (-0.24%)
Arnold Schneider 60,906 sh (-0.69%)
Jim Simons 175,900 sh (-55.17%)
Steven Cohen 10,682 sh (-80.44%)
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Q1 2014

WRB Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Steven Cohen 16,735 sh (+56.67%)
Murray Stahl 19,054 sh (+54.46%)
Mario Gabelli 561,416 sh (+2.75%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 6,632,335 sh (+0.93%)
Chris Davis 5,080 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Arnold Schneider Sold Out
Jim Simons 130,137 sh (-26.02%)
John Keeley 51,005 sh (-92.44%)
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Q2 2014

WRB Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Joel Greenblatt 4,398 sh (New)
David Dreman 2,163 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 12,546 sh (New)
John Keeley 52,995 sh (+3.9%)
Mario Gabelli 566,479 sh (+0.9%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 6,666,740 sh (+0.52%)
Chris Davis 5,080 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Murray Stahl 17,120 sh (-10.15%)
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Q3 2014

WRB Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Charles Brandes 4,190 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 29,247 sh (+133.12%)
Joel Greenblatt 4,712 sh (+7.14%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 6,809,096 sh (+2.14%)
Murray Stahl 17,317 sh (+1.15%)
Mario Gabelli 569,869 sh (+0.6%)
Chris Davis 5,080 sh (unchged)
John Keeley 51,905 sh (-2.06%)
David Dreman 1,993 sh (-7.86%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with WRB

(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
Charles Brandes 2014-09-30 New Buy$44.61 - $48.67 $ 52.2212%4190
David Dreman 2014-06-30 New Buy0.01%$40.61 - $46.13 $ 52.2219%2163
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 New Buy$40.61 - $46.13 $ 52.2219%4398
John Keeley 2014-03-31 Reduce -92.44%0.46%$37.93 - $43.39 $ 52.2228%51005
Arnold Schneider 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.24%$37.93 - $43.39 $ 52.2228%0
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$37.93 - $43.39 $ 52.2228%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Add 50.94%$42.06 - $44.55 $ 52.2220%8486
Arnold Schneider 2013-09-30 Reduce -28.76%0.09%$40.7 - $44.62 $ 52.2223%61331
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 New Buy0.01%$40.7 - $44.62 $ 52.2223%5622
Chris Davis 2013-03-31 New Buy$37.74 - $44.37 $ 52.2226%5080
Arnold Schneider 2012-09-30 New Buy0.4%$36.61 - $39.48 $ 52.2238%117591
Mario Gabelli 2012-06-30 Add 583.18%0.11%$36.03 - $39.09 $ 52.2238%436550
Mario Gabelli 2012-03-31 New Buy0.02%$33.85 - $36.55 $ 52.2256%63900
Robert Olstein 2011-12-31 Sold Out 1.09%$28.65 - $35.68 $ 52.2258%0
Ruane Cunniff 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.24%$28.65 - $35.68 $ 52.2258%0
John Hussman 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.05%$28.65 - $35.68 $ 52.2258%0
Ruane Cunniff 2011-09-30 Reduce -50.24%0.24%$27.6 - $32.94 $ 52.2272%797305
John Hussman 2011-09-30 New Buy0.05%$27.6 - $32.94 $ 52.2272%100000
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 10.50
WRB's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
84% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 12.10 vs. WRB: 10.50 )
WRB' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 6.5   Max: 62.15
Current: 10.5

6.5
62.15
P/B 1.41
WRB's P/B is ranked higher than
68% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.32 vs. WRB: 1.41 )
WRB' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.98   Max: 2.88
Current: 1.41

0.98
2.88
P/S 1.00
WRB's P/S is ranked higher than
80% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.19 vs. WRB: 1.00 )
WRB' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.65   Max: 1.59
Current: 1

0.65
1.59
PFCF 9.76
WRB's PFCF is ranked higher than
79% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 14.46 vs. WRB: 9.76 )
WRB' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 2.13   Max: 14.88
Current: 9.76

2.13
14.88
EV-to-EBIT 8.01
WRB's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
78% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 8.79 vs. WRB: 8.01 )
WRB' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 3.9   Max: 581.5
Current: 8.01

3.9
581.5
PEG 0.60
WRB's PEG is ranked higher than
93% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WRB: 0.60 )
WRB' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.2   Max: 8.39
Current: 0.6

0.2
8.39
Shiller P/E 15.93
WRB's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
84% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 19.39 vs. WRB: 15.93 )
WRB' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 6.37   Max: 45.29
Current: 15.93

6.37
45.29

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 0.80
WRB's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
90% of the 177 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 2.56 vs. WRB: 0.80 )
WRB' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 1.23
Current: 0.8

0.34
1.23
Dividend Payout 0.09
WRB's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
96% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. WRB: 0.09 )
WRB' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.04   Max: 0.77
Current: 0.09

0.04
0.77
Dividend growth (3y) 13.00
WRB's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
91% of the 146 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 7.80 vs. WRB: 13.00 )
WRB' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 20
Current: 13

0.6
20
Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.48
WRB's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
80% of the 179 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 3.41 vs. WRB: 1.48 )
WRB' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.63   Max: 2.28
Current: 1.48

0.63
2.28
Share Buyback Rate 3.20
WRB's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
89% of the 167 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: -0.30 vs. WRB: 3.20 )
WRB' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 7.6   Max: -14.1
Current: 3.2

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 1.45
WRB's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
77% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.55 vs. WRB: 1.45 )
WRB' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 2.81
Current: 1.45

0.91
2.81
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.56
WRB's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
86% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.86 vs. WRB: 0.56 )
WRB' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 1.32
Current: 0.56

0.18
1.32
Price/Median PS Value 1.04
WRB's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
79% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. WRB: 1.04 )
WRB' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 1.56
Current: 1.04

0.32
1.56
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.71
WRB's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
92% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WRB: 0.71 )
WRB' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 227.15
Current: 0.71

0.32
227.15
Price/Graham Number 0.80
WRB's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
82% of the 218 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.93 vs. WRB: 0.80 )
WRB' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.61   Max: 2.17
Current: 0.8

0.61
2.17
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 12.50
WRB's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
78% of the 211 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 11.40 vs. WRB: 12.50 )
WRB' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.2   Max: 25.5
Current: 12.5

0.2
25.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 23.24
WRB's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
89% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.25 vs. WRB: 23.24 )
WRB' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 6.4   Max: 63.6
Current: 23.24

6.4
63.6

Business Description

Industry: Insurance - Property & Casualty » Insurance - Property & Casualty
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Traded in other countries:WR1.Germany
WR Berkley Corp, a Delaware corporation, is an insurance holding company. The Company operates in property casualty insurance business and has three segments: Insurance-Domestic; Insurance-International and Reinsurance-Global. These three business segments are composed of individual operating units that serve a market defined by geography, products, services or types of customers. Insurance-Domestic is comprised of commercial insurance business, including excess and surplus lines and admitted lines, primarily throughout the United States. It underwrites specialty risks within the excess and surplus lines market and on an admitted basis. The specialty lines of business include premises operations, commercial automobile, property, products liability and professional liability lines. The customers are diverse. Each operating unit delivers their products through a variety of distribution channels, depending on the customer base and particular risks insured. Some of the operating units comprising the Insurance-Domestic segment are as follows: Acadia Insurance; Admiral Insurance; American Mining Insurance; Berkley Accident and Health; Berkley Asset Protection; Berkley Aviation; and Berkley Custom Insurance; Berkley Design Professional; Berkley Life Sciences; Berkley Medical Excess; Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group. Insurance-International consists of business in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, South America, Canada, Scandinavia, and Australia. Reinsurance-Global consists of reinsurance business on a facultative and treaty basis in the United States, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, and the Asia-Pacific Region. Through Insurance-International the Company writes businesses in almost 40 countries internationally with branches or offices in 15 locations outside the United States, including the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, South America, Canada, Scandinavia, and Australia. The operating units are Berkley Canada; Berkley Latinoamerica; W. R. Berkley Insurance (Europe); and W. R. Berkley Syndicate 1967 at Lloyd's. In Reinsurance-Global, the Company provides other insurance companies and self-insures with assistance in managing their net risk through reinsurance on either a portfolio basis, through treaty reinsurance, or on an individual basis, through facultative reinsurance. The operating units are Berkley Re America; Berkley Re Asia Pacific; Berkley Re Direct; Berkley Re U.K.; Facultative ReSources; and Lloyd's Reinsurance. The Company follows a common industry practice of reinsuring a portion of its exposures and paying to reinsurers a portion of the premiums received on the policies that that the Company writes. The Company competes directly with a large number of these companies. Competition for Insurance-Domestic business comes from other specialty insurers, regional carriers, large national multi-line companies and reinsurers. Insurance-International operation competes with native insurance operations both large
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