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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

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.25
WRB's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
85% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 3.39 vs. WRB: 0.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
WRB' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: N/A
Current: 0.25

Equity to Asset 0.21
WRB's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
72% of the 128 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.28 vs. WRB: 0.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
WRB' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 0.26
Current: 0.21

0.12
0.26
Interest Coverage 7.43
WRB's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
79% of the 111 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 41.04 vs. WRB: 7.43 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
WRB' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.86   Max: 25.07
Current: 7.43

1.86
25.07
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 1.07
WACC vs ROIC
7.02%
9.91%
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
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 12.19
WRB's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
50% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 12.30 vs. WRB: 12.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
WRB' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -5.44   Max: 77.34
Current: 12.19

-5.44
77.34
Net-margin (%) 8.34
WRB's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
54% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 9.51 vs. WRB: 8.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
WRB' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -4.71   Max: 13.71
Current: 8.34

-4.71
13.71
ROE (%) 13.06
WRB's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 128 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 11.00 vs. WRB: 13.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
WRB' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -11.35   Max: 23.7
Current: 13.06

-11.35
23.7
ROA (%) 2.78
WRB's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
53% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 2.87 vs. WRB: 2.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
WRB' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -1.72   Max: 4.73
Current: 2.78

-1.72
4.73
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 261.95
WRB's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 104 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 253.35 vs. WRB: 261.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
WRB' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -165.97   Max: 807.7
Current: 261.95

-165.97
807.7
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 14.70
WRB's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 112 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 7.20 vs. WRB: 14.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
WRB' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -0.1   Max: 20.2
Current: 14.7

-0.1
20.2
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 21.30
WRB's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 86 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 19.70 vs. WRB: 21.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
WRB' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -16.5   Max: 51.4
Current: 21.3

-16.5
51.4
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 21.80
WRB's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 76 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 17.00 vs. WRB: 21.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
WRB' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -23.4   Max: 85.4
Current: 21.8

-23.4
85.4
» WRB's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

WRB Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Chuck Royce 12,546 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 4,398 sh (New)
David Dreman 2,163 sh (New)
John Keeley 52,995 sh (+3.90%)
Mario Gabelli 566,479 sh (+0.90%)
First Eagle Investment 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%)
First Eagle Investment 6,809,096 sh (+2.14%)
Murray Stahl 17,317 sh (+1.15%)
Mario Gabelli 569,869 sh (+0.60%)
Chris Davis 5,080 sh (unchged)
John Keeley 51,905 sh (-2.06%)
David Dreman 1,993 sh (-7.86%)
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Q4 2014

WRB Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 7,000 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 34,347 sh (+17.44%)
First Eagle Investment 6,818,496 sh (+0.14%)
First Eagle Investment 6,818,496 sh (+0.14%)
Chris Davis 5,080 sh (unchged)
Charles Brandes Sold Out
John Keeley 51,010 sh (-1.72%)
Murray Stahl 16,631 sh (-3.96%)
Joel Greenblatt 4,422 sh (-6.15%)
David Dreman 1,784 sh (-10.49%)
Mario Gabelli 499,694 sh (-12.31%)
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Q1 2015

WRB Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Jim Simons 139,200 sh (New)
John Hussman 200,000 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 7,300 sh (+4.29%)
Joel Greenblatt 4,484 sh (+1.40%)
Murray Stahl 16,768 sh (+0.82%)
First Eagle Investment 6,869,826 sh (+0.75%)
Chris Davis 5,080 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce Sold Out
David Dreman Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 489,994 sh (-1.94%)
John Keeley 45,670 sh (-10.47%)
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Ratios

vs
industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 10.80
WRB's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
64% of the 147 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 12.00 vs. WRB: 10.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
WRB' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 6.5   Max: 62.15
Current: 10.8

6.5
62.15
Forward P/E 12.69
WRB's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
50% of the 159 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 12.67 vs. WRB: 12.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 11.00
WRB's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
60% of the 109 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 11.60 vs. WRB: 11.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
WRB' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 6.51   Max: 62.15
Current: 11

6.51
62.15
P/B 1.30
WRB's P/B is ranked lower than
52% of the 166 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.29 vs. WRB: 1.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
WRB' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.98   Max: 2.88
Current: 1.3

0.98
2.88
P/S 0.91
WRB's P/S is ranked higher than
64% of the 166 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. WRB: 0.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
WRB' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.64   Max: 1.59
Current: 0.91

0.64
1.59
PFCF 10.50
WRB's PFCF is ranked lower than
52% of the 130 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.22 vs. WRB: 10.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
WRB' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 2.3   Max: 14.88
Current: 10.5

2.3
14.88
POCF 10.08
WRB's POCF is ranked lower than
55% of the 105 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 8.94 vs. WRB: 10.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
WRB' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 2.25   Max: 13.55
Current: 10.08

2.25
13.55
EV-to-EBIT 9.22
WRB's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
54% of the 109 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 8.98 vs. WRB: 9.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
WRB' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 3.9   Max: 581.5
Current: 9.22

3.9
581.5
PEG 0.60
WRB's PEG is ranked higher than
62% of the 52 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.76 vs. WRB: 0.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
WRB' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.2   Max: 14.71
Current: 0.6

0.2
14.71
Shiller P/E 13.70
WRB's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
74% of the 154 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 17.10 vs. WRB: 13.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
WRB' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 6.33   Max: 34.75
Current: 13.7

6.33
34.75
Days Sales Outstanding 86.93
WRB's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
51% of the 78 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 87.26 vs. WRB: 86.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
WRB' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 7.18   Max: 201.39
Current: 86.93

7.18
201.39

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 0.90
WRB's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
117% of the 165 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 3.98 vs. WRB: 0.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
WRB' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 1.23
Current: 0.9

0.34
1.23
Dividend Payout 0.10
WRB's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
91% of the 120 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.33 vs. WRB: 0.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
WRB' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.04   Max: 0.77
Current: 0.1

0.04
0.77
Dividend growth (3y) 11.50
WRB's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
63% of the 76 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 9.10 vs. WRB: 11.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
WRB' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 20
Current: 11.5

0.6
20
Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.63
WRB's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
104% of the 166 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 4.65 vs. WRB: 1.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
WRB' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.62   Max: 2.23
Current: 1.63

0.62
2.23
Share Buyback Rate 2.80
WRB's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
76% of the 94 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: -0.20 vs. WRB: 2.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
WRB' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 7.6   Max: -14.1
Current: 2.8

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 1.40
WRB's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
62% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. WRB: 1.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
WRB' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 2.81
Current: 1.4

0.91
2.81
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.50
WRB's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
85% of the 130 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.80 vs. WRB: 0.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Projected) only.
WRB' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 1.32
Current: 0.5

0.18
1.32
Price/Median PS Value 0.90
WRB's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
80% of the 166 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. WRB: 0.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
WRB' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 1.56
Current: 0.9

0.32
1.56
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.80
WRB's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
54% of the 54 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.70 vs. WRB: 0.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
WRB' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 227.15
Current: 0.8

0.32
227.15
Price/Graham Number 0.80
WRB's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
76% of the 157 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. WRB: 0.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
WRB' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 1.8
Current: 0.8

0.59
1.8
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 11.00
WRB's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
54% of the 166 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.60 vs. WRB: 11.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) only.
WRB' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.2   Max: 25.5
Current: 11

0.2
25.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 23.10
WRB's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
62% of the 81 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 17.09 vs. WRB: 23.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) only.
WRB' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 6.2   Max: 63.5
Current: 23.1

6.2
63.5

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 lar
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