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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 : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.02
ZEP's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
64% of the 1441 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.38 vs. ZEP: 0.02 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 0.47
Current: 0.02

0.01
0.47
Equity to Asset 0.35
ZEP's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
50% of the 1407 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. ZEP: 0.35 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 0.47
Current: 0.35

0.3
0.47
Interest Coverage 2.62
ZEP's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
58% of the 809 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 21.02 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: 4
Z-Score: 2.62
M-Score: -2.51
WACC vs ROIC
5.83%
4.96%
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 : 6/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 4.67
ZEP's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 1437 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.04 vs. ZEP: 4.67 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 3.61   Max: 7.25
Current: 4.67

3.61
7.25
Net-margin (%) 1.32
ZEP's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
54% of the 1439 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.92 vs. ZEP: 1.32 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 1.21   Max: 4.31
Current: 1.32

1.21
4.31
ROE (%) 4.87
ZEP's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 1424 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 7.53 vs. ZEP: 4.87 )
ZEP' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 4.45   Max: 30.74
Current: 4.87

4.45
30.74
ROA (%) 1.70
ZEP's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
57% of the 1456 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.64 vs. ZEP: 1.70 )
ZEP' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.52   Max: 9.57
Current: 1.7

1.52
9.57
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 19.01
ZEP's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 1450 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 10.28 vs. ZEP: 19.01 )
ZEP' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 15.33   Max: 67.85
Current: 19.01

15.33
67.85
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 1.20
ZEP's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 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 1088 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.70 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
51% of the 1003 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.70 vs. ZEP: -22.30 )
ZEP' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -25   Max: 32
Current: -22.3

-25
32
» ZEP's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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

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Guru Trades

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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Q4 2014

ZEP Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Mario Gabelli 2,779,612 sh (-1.37%)
Jim Simons 70,800 sh (-26.27%)
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Q1 2015

ZEP Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Mario Gabelli 2,720,809 sh (-2.12%)
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2015

ZEP Guru Trades in 2015

Mario Gabelli 2,820,159 sh (+0.76%)
Mario Gabelli 2,819,459 sh (-0.02%)
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 49.00
ZEP's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
60% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 31.30 vs. ZEP: 49.00 )
ZEP' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 12.35   Max: 58.74
Current: 49

12.35
58.74
Forward P/E 11.33
ZEP's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
90% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ZEP: 11.33 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 48.50
ZEP's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
65% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 31.20 vs. ZEP: 48.50 )
ZEP' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 12.32   Max: 58.38
Current: 48.5

12.32
58.38
P/B 2.40
ZEP's P/B is ranked higher than
60% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.22 vs. ZEP: 2.40 )
ZEP' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.55   Max: 4.69
Current: 2.4

1.55
4.69
P/S 0.65
ZEP's P/S is ranked higher than
75% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. ZEP: 0.65 )
ZEP' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 0.98
Current: 0.65

0.27
0.98
POCF 124.38
ZEP's POCF is ranked higher than
56% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 16.37 vs. ZEP: 124.38 )
ZEP' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 5.99   Max: 1625
Current: 124.38

5.99
1625
EV-to-EBIT 20.43
ZEP's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
74% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 25.72 vs. ZEP: 20.43 )
ZEP' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 11.9   Max: 28.2
Current: 20.43

11.9
28.2
PEG 3.46
ZEP's PEG is ranked higher than
86% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ZEP: 3.46 )
ZEP' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 8.45
Current: 3.46

0.73
8.45
Shiller P/E 27.50
ZEP's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
86% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ZEP: 27.50 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 16.2   Max: 27.88
Current: 27.5

16.2
27.88
Current Ratio 1.76
ZEP's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
70% of the 1431 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.67 vs. ZEP: 1.76 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.33   Max: 2.03
Current: 1.76

1.33
2.03
Quick Ratio 1.07
ZEP's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
65% of the 1431 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. ZEP: 1.07 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.87   Max: 1.41
Current: 1.07

0.87
1.41
Days Inventory 78.57
ZEP's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
65% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 76.41 vs. ZEP: 78.57 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 36.11   Max: 71.37
Current: 78.57

36.11
71.37
Days Sales Outstanding 49.69
ZEP's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
80% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 70.24 vs. ZEP: 49.69 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 52.23   Max: 62.94
Current: 49.69

52.23
62.94

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 1.11
ZEP's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
68% of the 1135 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. ZEP: 1.11 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.45   Max: 2.28
Current: 1.11

0.45
2.28
Dividend Payout 0.52
ZEP's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
69% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.73 vs. ZEP: 0.52 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 6
Current: 0.52

0.1
6
Dividend growth (3y) 7.70
ZEP's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
78% of the 750 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.30 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) 1.29
ZEP's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
67% of the 1141 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.03 vs. ZEP: 1.29 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.53   Max: 2.67
Current: 1.29

0.53
2.67
Share Buyback Rate -1.30
ZEP's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
67% of the 820 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) 1.30
ZEP's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
85% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ZEP: 1.30 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 1.15
Current: 1.3

0.73
1.15
Price/Median PS Value 1.20
ZEP's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
72% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. ZEP: 1.20 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.55   Max: 1.66
Current: 1.2

0.55
1.66
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 8.50
ZEP's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
88% of the 1599 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ZEP: 8.50 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.87   Max: 7.02
Current: 8.5

0.87
7.02
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 4.90
ZEP's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
67% of the 1414 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.70 vs. ZEP: 4.90 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3.5   Max: 8.4
Current: 4.9

3.5
8.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 9.49
ZEP's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
80% of the 709 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.34 vs. ZEP: 9.49 )
ZEP' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 9.5   Max: 29.4
Current: 9.49

9.5
29.4

Analyst Estimate

Aug15
EPS($) 1.52
EPS without NRI($) 1.52

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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