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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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history
Cash to Debt 1.11
SWY's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
70% of the 484 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.84 vs. SWY: 1.11 )
SWY' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 1.11
Current: 1.11

0.01
1.11
Equity to Asset 0.34
SWY's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
57% of the 481 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. SWY: 0.34 )
SWY' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 0.39
Current: 0.34

0.13
0.39
Interest Coverage 2.33
SWY's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
55% of the 357 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 14.60 vs. SWY: 2.33 )
SWY' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.3   Max: 6.82
Current: 2.33

1.3
6.82
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 3.18
M-Score: -1.59
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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history
Operating margin (%) 1.76
SWY's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.77 vs. SWY: 1.76 )
SWY' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -1.54   Max: 7.69
Current: 1.76

-1.54
7.69
Net-margin (%) 9.71
SWY's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.36 vs. SWY: 9.71 )
SWY' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -2.69   Max: 9.71
Current: 9.71

-2.69
9.71
ROE (%) 60.27
SWY's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 471 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.86 vs. SWY: 60.27 )
SWY' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -22.83   Max: 60.27
Current: 60.27

-22.83
60.27
ROA (%) 20.37
SWY's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 478 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.39 vs. SWY: 20.37 )
SWY' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -7.33   Max: 20.37
Current: 20.37

-7.33
20.37
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 8.43
SWY's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 478 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 19.26 vs. SWY: 8.43 )
SWY' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -6.11   Max: 32.35
Current: 8.43

-6.11
32.35
Revenue Growth (%) 11.40
SWY's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 329 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.40 vs. SWY: 11.40 )
SWY' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 3.3   Max: 15.6
Current: 11.4

3.3
15.6
EBITDA Growth (%) 1.40
SWY's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 298 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.00 vs. SWY: 1.40 )
SWY' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -39.1   Max: 73.4
Current: 1.4

-39.1
73.4
EPS Growth (%) -15.10
SWY's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 297 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. SWY: -15.10 )
SWY' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -20   Max: 34.8
Current: -15.1

-20
34.8
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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

SWY Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Ken Heebner 560,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 888,000 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 36,952 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 133,919 sh (+266.03%)
Paul Tudor Jones 41,000 sh (+36.21%)
John Hussman 3,000 sh (unchged)
Howard Marks 1,000,000 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
HOTCHKIS & WILEY Sold Out
Edward Lampert Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 181,750 sh (-10.41%)
Charles Brandes 7,538,735 sh (-13.31%)
NWQ Managers 8,550 sh (-32.14%)
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Q2 2013

SWY Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Steven Cohen 25,360 sh (New)
John Hussman 1,211,500 sh (+40283.3%)
Paul Tudor Jones 52,500 sh (+28.05%)
Louis Moore Bacon 50,000 sh (unchged)
NWQ Managers Sold Out
Ken Heebner Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham 33,724 sh (-8.74%)
Charles Brandes 5,204,381 sh (-30.96%)
Mario Gabelli 109,450 sh (-39.78%)
Jim Simons 455,700 sh (-48.68%)
Howard Marks 500,000 sh (-50%)
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Q3 2013

SWY Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Ray Dalio 62,819 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 220,287 sh (New)
Jeff Auxier 6,516 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 110,123 sh (+226.54%)
Paul Tudor Jones 150,000 sh (+185.71%)
Steven Cohen 55,301 sh (+118.06%)
Mario Gabelli 136,750 sh (+24.94%)
Jim Simons 543,400 sh (+19.25%)
Howard Marks Sold Out
Charles Brandes Sold Out
John Hussman 798,500 sh (-34.09%)
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Q4 2013

SWY Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Jim Simons 1,008,000 sh (+85.5%)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Jeff Auxier 6,241 sh (-4.22%)
Jeremy Grantham 100,735 sh (-8.53%)
Mario Gabelli 122,950 sh (-10.09%)
Joel Greenblatt 192,351 sh (-12.68%)
John Hussman 615,000 sh (-22.98%)
Steven Cohen 24,838 sh (-55.09%)
Paul Tudor Jones 17,655 sh (-88.23%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with SWY

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
John Hussman 2013-12-31 Reduce -22.98%0.32%$30.8 - $36.54 $ 34.122%615000
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.02%$30.8 - $36.54 $ 34.122%0
Charles Brandes 2013-09-30 Sold Out 1.5%$23.58 - $32.54 $ 34.1228%0
John Hussman 2013-09-30 Reduce -34.09%0.44%$23.58 - $32.54 $ 34.1228%798500
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 New Buy0.23%$23.58 - $32.54 $ 34.1228%220287
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 New Buy0.02%$23.58 - $32.54 $ 34.1228%62819
Mario Gabelli 2013-09-30 Add 24.94%0.01%$23.58 - $32.54 $ 34.1228%136750
John Hussman 2013-06-30 Add 40283.3%1.3%$22.47 - $28.26 $ 34.1240%1211500
Charles Brandes 2013-06-30 Reduce -30.96%0.71%$22.47 - $28.26 $ 34.1240%5204381
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.18%$22.47 - $28.26 $ 34.1240%0
Mario Gabelli 2013-06-30 Reduce -39.78%0.01%$22.47 - $28.26 $ 34.1240%109450
Edward Lampert 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.4%$17.22 - $26.35 $ 34.1260%0
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.22%$17.22 - $26.35 $ 34.1260%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Add 266.03%0.13%$17.22 - $26.35 $ 34.1260%133919
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 2.40
SWY's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
100% of the 432 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.70 vs. SWY: 2.40 )
SWY' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 2.16   Max: 20.3
Current: 2.4

2.16
20.3
P/B 1.45
SWY's P/B is ranked higher than
68% of the 471 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. SWY: 1.45 )
SWY' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.11   Max: 2.92
Current: 1.45

1.11
2.92
P/S 0.22
SWY's P/S is ranked higher than
79% of the 496 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. SWY: 0.22 )
SWY' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 0.42
Current: 0.22

0.1
0.42
PFCF 17.86
SWY's PFCF is ranked higher than
76% of the 294 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 21.92 vs. SWY: 17.86 )
SWY' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.78   Max: 89.62
Current: 17.86

4.78
89.62
EV-to-EBIT 10.44
SWY's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
77% of the 456 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 13.48 vs. SWY: 10.44 )
SWY' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.8   Max: 121.3
Current: 10.44

6.8
121.3
PEG 0.73
SWY's PEG is ranked higher than
89% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.47 vs. SWY: 0.73 )
SWY' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.55   Max: 15.75
Current: 0.73

0.55
15.75
Shiller P/E 10.50
SWY's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
93% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.16 vs. SWY: 10.50 )
SWY' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 9.53   Max: 52.82
Current: 10.5

9.53
52.82

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 2.30
SWY's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
66% of the 410 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. SWY: 2.30 )
SWY' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 4.11
Current: 2.3

0.21
4.11
Dividend Payout 0.06
SWY's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
99% of the 352 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.33 vs. SWY: 0.06 )
SWY' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.05   Max: 0.37
Current: 0.06

0.05
0.37
Dividend growth (3y) 19.00
SWY's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
91% of the 232 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.80 vs. SWY: 19.00 )
SWY' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 28.3
Current: 19

0
28.3
Yield on cost (5-Year) 5.63
SWY's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
88% of the 417 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.06 vs. SWY: 5.63 )
SWY' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.51   Max: 10.06
Current: 5.63

0.51
10.06
Share Buyback Rate 14.00
SWY's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
99% of the 270 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.10 vs. SWY: 14.00 )
SWY' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 15.9   Max: -2.6
Current: 14

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 1.57
SWY's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
67% of the 402 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. SWY: 1.57 )
SWY' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.5   Max: 48.65
Current: 1.57

1.5
48.65
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.48
SWY's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
97% of the 235 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. SWY: 0.48 )
SWY' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 3.92
Current: 0.48

0.3
3.92
Price/Median PS Value 0.91
SWY's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
80% of the 451 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. SWY: 0.91 )
SWY' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.49   Max: 5.29
Current: 0.91

0.49
5.29
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.13
SWY's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
72% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.36 vs. SWY: 1.13 )
SWY' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.71   Max: 2.84
Current: 1.13

0.71
2.84
Price/Graham Number 1.55
SWY's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
56% of the 368 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.45 vs. SWY: 1.55 )
SWY' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.02   Max: 7.45
Current: 1.55

1.02
7.45
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 9.60
SWY's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
79% of the 467 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.40 vs. SWY: 9.60 )
SWY' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.8   Max: 14.6
Current: 9.6

0.8
14.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 34.23
SWY's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
96% of the 289 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.91 vs. SWY: 34.23 )
SWY' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -16.6   Max: 36.3
Current: 34.23

-16.6
36.3

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Defensive » Grocery Stores
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Traded in other countries:SWY.Germany
Safeway Inc. was incorporated in the state of Delaware in July 1986 as SSI Holdings Corporation and, thereafter, its name was changed to Safeway Stores, Incorporated. In February 1990, the Company changed its name to Safeway Inc. The Company is a food and drug retailer in North America, with 1,641 stores at year-end 2012. The Company's U.S. retail operations are located mainly in California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, the Chicago metropolitan area and the Mid-Atlantic region. The Company's Canadian retail operations are located mainly in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba/Saskatchewan. The Company is organized into 11 geographic retail operating segments: Chicago, Denver, Eastern, Northern California, Phoenix, Northwest, Texas, Vons, Alberta, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Across all 11 retail operating segments, the Company operates one store format, Safeway's Lifestyle store, where each store offers the same general mix of products with similar pricing to similar categories of customers. Safeway's stores provide grocery items tailored to local preferences. Its stores offer a selection of food and general merchandise and feature a variety of specialty departments such as bakery, delicatessen, floral and pharmacy. In addition, many stores offer Starbucks coffee shops and adjacent fuel centers. The Company has 17 distribution/warehousing centers, which collectively provide the majority of all products to its 11 retail operating areas. The Company's distribution centers in Maryland and British Columbia are operated by third parties. In support of its retail operations, the Company has an extensive network of distribution, manufacturing and food-processing facilities. Safeway owns more than 300 other trademarks registered and/or pending in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and other jurisdictions, including trademarks for its product lines such as Safeway, Safeway SELECT, Rancher's Reserve, O ORGANICS, Lucerne, Primo Taglio, Eating Right, Eating Right Kids, mom to mom, waterfront BISTRO, Bright Green, Basic Red and Priority and other trademarks such as Pak'N Save Foods, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick's, Randall's, Tom Thumb, Genuard's and Carrs Quality Centers. Various agricultural commodities constitute the main raw materials used by the Company in the manufacture of its food products. The Company owns and operates GroceryWorks.com Operating Company, LLC, an online grocery channel doing business under the names Safeway.com, Vons.com and Genuardis.com. Blackhawk, a subsidiary of Safeway, provides third-party gift cards, prepaid cards, telecom cards and sports and entertainment cards to a group of top North American retailers for sale to retail customers. The competitive factors that affect the Company's business are location, quality, price, condition of assets, marketing and promotional strategies, service and consumer loyalty to other brands and stores. It faces intense competition from tradi

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