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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 : 6/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.07
ZEP's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
60% of the 1108 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.38 vs. ZEP: 0.07 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.07

Equity to Asset 0.35
ZEP's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
52% of the 1100 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.51 vs. ZEP: 0.35 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 0.44
Current: 0.35

0.3
0.44
Interest Coverage 2.62
ZEP's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
58% of the 737 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 21.08 vs. ZEP: 2.62 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.62   Max: 9999.99
Current: 2.62

2.62
9999.99
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 2.29
M-Score: -2.67
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 : 7/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 4.71
ZEP's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 1120 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.86 vs. ZEP: 4.71 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 3.61   Max: 7.25
Current: 4.71

3.61
7.25
Net-margin (%) 1.21
ZEP's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
54% of the 1120 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.99 vs. ZEP: 1.21 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 1.21   Max: 4.31
Current: 1.21

1.21
4.31
ROE (%) 4.44
ZEP's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 7.11 vs. ZEP: 4.44 )
ZEP' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 4.45   Max: 30.74
Current: 4.44

4.45
30.74
ROA (%) 1.53
ZEP's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
57% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.78 vs. ZEP: 1.53 )
ZEP' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.52   Max: 9.57
Current: 1.53

1.52
9.57
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 19.97
ZEP's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 1119 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 10.06 vs. ZEP: 19.97 )
ZEP' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 15.33   Max: 67.85
Current: 19.97

15.33
67.85
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 1.20
ZEP's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 953 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. ZEP: 1.20 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -3.9   Max: 7.8
Current: 1.2

-3.9
7.8
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -0.50
ZEP's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 882 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. ZEP: -0.50 )
ZEP' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -21.7   Max: 30
Current: -0.5

-21.7
30
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -22.30
ZEP's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
52% of the 795 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. ZEP: -22.30 )
ZEP' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -25   Max: 32
Current: -22.3

-25
32
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

ZEP Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Jim Simons 117,700 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 52,400 sh (+39.1%)
Mario Gabelli 2,896,844 sh (-1.16%)
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Q1 2014

ZEP Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Jim Simons 117,860 sh (+0.14%)
Mario Gabelli 2,885,907 sh (-0.38%)
Joel Greenblatt 25,074 sh (-52.15%)
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Q2 2014

ZEP Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Mario Gabelli 2,855,566 sh (-1.05%)
Jim Simons 97,300 sh (-17.44%)
Joel Greenblatt 13,934 sh (-44.43%)
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Q3 2014

ZEP Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Jim Simons 96,030 sh (-1.31%)
Mario Gabelli 2,818,156 sh (-1.31%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ZEP

(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
Joel Greenblatt 2014-09-30 Sold Out $14.2 - $18.68 $ 15.66-2%0
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Reduce -44.43%$16.92 - $18.6 $ 15.66-11%13934
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Reduce -52.15%0.01%$15.61 - $18.87 $ 15.66-9%25074
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Add 39.1%0.01%$15.7 - $20.91 $ 15.66-17%52400
David Dreman 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.07%$12.8 - $16.13 $ 15.6612%0
Scott Black 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.04%$12.8 - $16.13 $ 15.6612%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 New Buy0.02%$12.8 - $16.13 $ 15.6612%37672
Scott Black 2013-06-30 Reduce -50.42%0.04%$14.49 - $16.89 $ 15.660%19410
David Dreman 2013-03-31 New Buy0.08%$14.11 - $15.89 $ 15.666%190715
Scott Black 2013-03-31 Add 106.87%0.04%$14.11 - $15.89 $ 15.666%39150
John Keeley 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.41%$12.2 - $15.24 $ 15.6614%0
Scott Black 2012-12-31 Add 42.67%0.01%$12.2 - $15.24 $ 15.6614%18925
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.05%$12.88 - $14.9 $ 15.6613%0
Scott Black 2012-06-30 New Buy0.03%$12.88 - $14.9 $ 15.6613%12081
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 Add 33.8%0.01%$14.11 - $17.52 $ 15.668%40191
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Add 46.43%0.02%$13.92 - $20.8 $ 15.66-10%26636
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 42.70
ZEP's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
62% of the 1166 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 26.40 vs. ZEP: 42.70 )
ZEP' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 12.35   Max: 58.74
Current: 42.7

12.35
58.74
P/B 1.86
ZEP's P/B is ranked higher than
66% of the 1166 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.82 vs. ZEP: 1.86 )
ZEP' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.55   Max: 4.69
Current: 1.86

1.55
4.69
P/S 0.51
ZEP's P/S is ranked higher than
85% of the 1166 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.02 vs. ZEP: 0.51 )
ZEP' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 0.98
Current: 0.51

0.27
0.98
PFCF 29.00
ZEP's PFCF is ranked higher than
78% of the 1166 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 76.13 vs. ZEP: 29.00 )
ZEP' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 7.92   Max: 113.5
Current: 29

7.92
113.5
EV-to-EBIT 16.84
ZEP's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
75% of the 1166 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 19.46 vs. ZEP: 16.84 )
ZEP' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 9.4   Max: 28.2
Current: 16.84

9.4
28.2
PEG 5.72
ZEP's PEG is ranked higher than
80% of the 1166 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ZEP: 5.72 )
ZEP' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 5.06
Current: 5.72

0.73
5.06
Shiller P/E 23.34
ZEP's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
83% of the 1166 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 51.79 vs. ZEP: 23.34 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 16.2   Max: 27.97
Current: 23.34

16.2
27.97
Current Ratio 1.57
ZEP's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
63% of the 1114 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. ZEP: 1.57 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.33   Max: 1.86
Current: 1.57

1.33
1.86
Quick Ratio 1.05
ZEP's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
62% of the 1114 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. ZEP: 1.05 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.87   Max: 1.31
Current: 1.05

0.87
1.31

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 1.28
ZEP's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
60% of the 882 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. ZEP: 1.28 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 2.28
Current: 1.28

0.23
2.28
Dividend Payout 0.55
ZEP's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
69% of the 1166 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. ZEP: 0.55 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 0.54
Current: 0.55

0.16
0.54
Dividend growth (3y) 7.70
ZEP's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
78% of the 583 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. ZEP: 7.70 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 10.1
Current: 7.7

0
10.1
Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.63
ZEP's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
57% of the 895 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.06 vs. ZEP: 1.63 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.29   Max: 2.85
Current: 1.63

0.29
2.85
Share Buyback Rate -1.30
ZEP's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
67% of the 667 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. ZEP: -1.30 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0   Max: -1.5
Current: -1.3

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.99
ZEP's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
87% of the 1166 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.91 vs. ZEP: 0.99 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.88   Max: 1
Current: 0.99

0.88
1
Price/Median PS Value 0.92
ZEP's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
83% of the 1166 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. ZEP: 0.92 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.82   Max: 1.29
Current: 0.92

0.82
1.29
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 4.88
ZEP's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
87% of the 1166 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ZEP: 4.88 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.97   Max: 4.95
Current: 4.88

0.97
4.95
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.90
ZEP's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
74% of the 1106 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. ZEP: 5.90 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3.5   Max: 10.7
Current: 5.9

3.5
10.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 14.78
ZEP's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
86% of the 710 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.33 vs. ZEP: 14.78 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 13.5   Max: 29.4
Current: 14.78

13.5
29.4

Business Description

Industry: Chemicals » Specialty Chemicals
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Zep Inc. was founded in 1937. It is a producer, marketer, and service provider of a range of cleaning and maintenance solutions for commercial, industrial, institutional, and consumer end-markets. Zeps product portfolio includes anti-bacterial and industrial hand care products, cleaners, degreasers, deodorizers, disinfectants, floor finishes, sanitizers, and pest and weed control products. It continually refreshes its product portfolio and service offerings. Zep reaches its customers through an experienced, international organization of sales representatives supported by highly skilled marketing, research and development and technical services teams, who collectively provide creative solutions for its customers' diverse cleaning and maintenance needs by utilizing their product expertise and providing customized value added services that it distinguish Zep among its competitors. Through its direct sales organization, Zep provides convenient, highly effective cleaning and maintenance solutions to customers in a broad array of commercial, industrial, and institutional end-markets, including transportation, food processing and service, manufacturing, government, and housekeeping. These customers include government entities and businesses ranging from small sole proprietorships to large corporations. It sells its products to customers mainly in the United States, Canada and Western Europe. Zep markes these products and services under well recognized and established brand names, such as Zep , Zep Commercial, Zep Professional, Enforcer, and Selig. Zep is its flagship brand and represents largest portfolio of cleaning and maintenance solutions for commercial, industrial, and institutional customers needing highly effective product solutions and professional technical support. Zep Commercial provides professional cleaning and plumbing chemical products targeted to contractors and small business owners and are currently sold through The Home Depot, HD Supply and other retailers. Zep Professional was introduced in fiscal year 2009 and represents its portfolio of cleaning and maintenance solutions that are offered to customers in the commercial, industrial, and institutional end-markets who prefer to acquire product through the distribution channel. Selig offers a limited assortment of cleaning solutions targeted to commercial, industrial and institutional customers. It produces a range of cleaning and maintenance solutions for commercial, industrial, institutional, and consumer customers. Zeps commercial, industrial, and institutional customers include government entities and businesses ranging from small sole proprietorships to large corporations as well as distributors. Its sales and service organization covers the United States, Canada, Italy, Belgium, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and certain other smaller markets. It manufactures products at six facilities located in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and Italy.The key raw materi
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