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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

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.02
ZEP's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
97% of the 974 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.58 vs. ZEP: 0.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
ZEP' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: N/A
Current: 0.02

Equity to Asset 0.35
ZEP's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
76% of the 845 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. ZEP: 0.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
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
89% of the 543 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 38.98 vs. ZEP: 2.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
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
5.85%
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
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history
Operating margin (%) 4.67
ZEP's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
53% of the 966 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 5.06 vs. ZEP: 4.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
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 lower than
69% of the 966 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.57 vs. ZEP: 1.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
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 lower than
59% of the 955 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 6.93 vs. ZEP: 4.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
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 lower than
63% of the 982 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.48 vs. ZEP: 1.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
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
75% of the 977 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 8.82 vs. ZEP: 19.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
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 lower than
62% of the 774 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.70 vs. ZEP: 1.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
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 lower than
52% of the 681 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.70 vs. ZEP: -0.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
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 lower than
80% of the 617 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. ZEP: -22.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
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
Mario Gabelli 2,818,156 sh (-1.31%)
Jim Simons 96,030 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

Jim Simons 83,000 sh (+17.23%)
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
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history
P/E(ttm) 49.00
ZEP's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
77% of the 820 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 20.50 vs. ZEP: 49.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
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
72% of the 551 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 14.43 vs. ZEP: 11.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 48.60
ZEP's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
75% of the 742 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 20.20 vs. ZEP: 48.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
ZEP' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 12.32   Max: 58.38
Current: 48.6

12.32
58.38
P/B 2.40
ZEP's P/B is ranked lower than
59% of the 1079 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. ZEP: 2.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
ZEP' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.55   Max: 4.69
Current: 2.4

1.55
4.69
P/S 0.70
ZEP's P/S is ranked higher than
65% of the 1175 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.98 vs. ZEP: 0.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
ZEP' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 0.98
Current: 0.7

0.27
0.98
POCF 124.56
ZEP's POCF is ranked lower than
95% of the 750 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 10.56 vs. ZEP: 124.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
ZEP' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 5.99   Max: 1625
Current: 124.56

5.99
1625
EV-to-EBIT 20.45
ZEP's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
57% of the 765 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 16.94 vs. ZEP: 20.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
ZEP' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 9.4   Max: 28.2
Current: 20.45

9.4
28.2
PEG 3.47
ZEP's PEG is ranked lower than
60% of the 358 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.48 vs. ZEP: 3.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
ZEP' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 8.47
Current: 3.47

0.73
8.47
Shiller P/E 27.60
ZEP's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
59% of the 593 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 24.60 vs. ZEP: 27.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
ZEP' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 16.2   Max: 27.88
Current: 27.6

16.2
27.88
Current Ratio 1.76
ZEP's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
53% of the 853 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.69 vs. ZEP: 1.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
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 lower than
55% of the 853 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. ZEP: 1.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
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 lower than
64% of the 944 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 65.48 vs. ZEP: 78.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
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
61% of the 810 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 59.01 vs. ZEP: 49.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
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
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history
Dividend Yield 1.10
ZEP's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
70% of the 1099 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.74 vs. ZEP: 1.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
ZEP' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 2.28
Current: 1.1

0.23
2.28
Dividend Payout 0.52
ZEP's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
71% of the 691 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 0.33 vs. ZEP: 0.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
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
62% of the 420 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. ZEP: 7.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
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
69% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. ZEP: 1.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
ZEP' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 2.67
Current: 1.29

0.27
2.67
Share Buyback Rate -1.30
ZEP's Share Buyback Rate is ranked lower than
54% of the 466 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: -0.90 vs. ZEP: -1.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
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
58% of the 589 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. ZEP: 1.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Projected) only.
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
58% of the 1098 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. ZEP: 1.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
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 8.40
ZEP's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
93% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. ZEP: 8.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
ZEP' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.87   Max: 7.02
Current: 8.4

0.87
7.02
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 4.90
ZEP's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
53% of the 1037 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. ZEP: 4.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) only.
ZEP' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3.5   Max: 10.7
Current: 4.9

3.5
10.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 9.56
ZEP's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
69% of the 478 Companies
in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 3.18 vs. ZEP: 9.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) only.
ZEP' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 9.5   Max: 29.3
Current: 9.56

9.5
29.3

Analyst Estimate

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

Business Description

Industry: Chemicals » Specialty Chemicals
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Traded in other countries:14Z.Germany,
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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