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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 0.31
BID's Cash-to-Debt is ranked lower than
61% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.99 vs. BID: 0.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash-to-Debt only.
BID' s Cash-to-Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.42 Max: 33.91
Current: 0.31
0.01
33.91
Equity-to-Asset 0.24
BID's Equity-to-Asset is ranked lower than
90% of the 952 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. BID: 0.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity-to-Asset only.
BID' s Equity-to-Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.09  Med: 0.34 Max: 0.51
Current: 0.24
0.09
0.51
Debt-to-Equity 1.93
BID's Debt-to-Equity is ranked lower than
90% of the 716 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. BID: 1.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-Equity only.
BID' s Debt-to-Equity Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.76 Max: 7.16
Current: 1.93
0.01
7.16
Debt-to-EBITDA 5.50
BID's Debt-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
82% of the 668 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.36 vs. BID: 5.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-EBITDA only.
BID' s Debt-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.8  Med: 3.51 Max: 7.86
Current: 5.5
0.8
7.86
Interest Coverage 5.01
BID's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
80% of the 815 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 29.86 vs. BID: 5.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
BID' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.16  Med: 5.53 Max: 9.64
Current: 5.01
1.16
9.64
Piotroski F-Score: 7
Altman Z-Score: 2.30
Beneish M-Score: -2.48
WACC vs ROIC
10.17%
10.12%
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 % 15.69
BID's Operating Margin % is ranked higher than
88% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 3.62 vs. BID: 15.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating Margin % only.
BID' s Operating Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.76  Med: 25.09 Max: 35.39
Current: 15.69
10.76
35.39
Net Margin % 10.95
BID's Net Margin % is ranked higher than
83% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.37 vs. BID: 10.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net Margin % only.
BID' s Net Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.35  Med: 13.33 Max: 23.22
Current: 10.95
-1.35
23.22
ROE % 20.48
BID's ROE % is ranked higher than
74% of the 944 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 6.73 vs. BID: 20.48 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE % only.
BID' s ROE % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.14  Med: 11.48 Max: 47.07
Current: 20.48
-1.14
47.07
ROA % 4.39
BID's ROA % is ranked higher than
50% of the 972 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.98 vs. BID: 4.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA % only.
BID' s ROA % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.4  Med: 4.13 Max: 12.19
Current: 4.39
-0.4
12.19
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % 36.54
BID's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % is ranked higher than
71% of the 965 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 13.48 vs. BID: 36.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % only.
BID' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.27  Med: 46.2 Max: 105.41
Current: 36.54
10.27
105.41
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate 4.20
BID's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked higher than
61% of the 862 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. BID: 4.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate only.
BID' s 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -20.2  Med: 4.3 Max: 27.5
Current: 4.2
-20.2
27.5
3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate -10.30
BID's 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate is ranked lower than
74% of the 750 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. BID: -10.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate only.
BID' s 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -53.7  Med: -0.1 Max: 106.5
Current: -10.3
-53.7
106.5
3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate -12.30
BID's 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate is ranked lower than
68% of the 681 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. BID: -12.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate only.
BID' s 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -67.1  Med: -8.5 Max: 102.4
Current: -12.3
-67.1
102.4
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Guru Trades

Q4 2016

BID Guru Trades in Q4 2016

Jim Simons 163,500 sh (New)
Daniel Loeb 6,661,604 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 106,878 sh (-0.35%)
John Rogers 584,214 sh (-11.07%)
Ken Fisher 555,456 sh (-35.09%)
Chuck Royce 306,200 sh (-42.47%)
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Q1 2017

BID Guru Trades in Q1 2017

Jim Simons 343,203 sh (+109.91%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 110,456 sh (+3.35%)
Daniel Loeb 6,661,604 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher Sold Out
Chuck Royce 287,000 sh (-6.27%)
John Rogers 541,844 sh (-7.25%)
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Q2 2017

BID Guru Trades in Q2 2017

Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 110,456 sh (unchged)
Daniel Loeb 6,661,604 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 287,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
John Rogers 487,339 sh (-10.06%)
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Q3 2017

BID Guru Trades in Q3 2017

Paul Tudor Jones 10,684 sh (New)
Lee Ainslie 69,474 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 287,276 sh (+0.10%)
Daniel Loeb 6,661,604 sh (unchged)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 109,954 sh (-0.45%)
John Rogers 434,663 sh (-10.81%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with BID

(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
John Rogers 2017-09-30 Reduce -10.81%0.03%$42.97 - $57.7 $ 49.11-1%434,663
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 2017-09-30 Reduce -0.45%$42.97 - $57.7 $ 49.11-1%109,954
John Rogers 2017-06-30 Reduce -10.06%0.03%$43.94 - $55.42 $ 49.11-1%487,339
John Rogers 2017-03-31 Reduce -7.25%0.02%$38.72 - $48.54 $ 49.1115%541,844
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 2017-03-31 Add 3.35%$38.72 - $48.54 $ 49.1115%110,456
Ken Fisher 2017-03-31 Sold Out 0.04%$38.72 - $48.54 $ 49.1115%0
John Rogers 2016-12-31 Reduce -11.07%0.03%$34.52 - $41.65 $ 49.1130%584,214
Ken Fisher 2016-12-31 Reduce -35.09%0.02%$34.52 - $41.65 $ 49.1130%555,456
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 2016-12-31 Reduce -0.35%$34.52 - $41.65 $ 49.1130%106,878
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Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Specialty Retail    NAICS: 453920    SIC: 7389
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Traded in other countries:SBYA.Germany, BID.Mexico,
Headquarter Location:USA
Sothebys is a global art business company, whose operations are organized under two segments namely Agency and Finance.

Sothebys is a global art business company, whose operations are organized under two segments namely Agency and Finance. The Agency segment earns commissions by matching buyers and sellers of authenticated fine art, decorative art, jewelry, wine, and collectibles, through the auction or private sale process. The Finance segment earns interest income through art-related financing activities by making loans that are secured by works of art. Geographically, it operates through the market of United States and derives most of the revenue from Agency segment.

Guru Investment Theses on Sothebys

Royce Funds Comments on Sotheby’s - Mar 15, 2016

Slotted in Consumer Discretionary, Sotheby’s (NYSE:BID) auctions fine art, antiques, and collectibles, along with brokering luxury residential real estate. A company we have owned a number of times dating back to 1992, we like its market share in a highly specialized niche. Declining revenues and earnings kept investors from bidding up its shares in 2015, but we were content to hold a position at year-end.





From the Royce Premier Fund fourth quarter 2015 commentary.



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John Rogers Comments on Sotheby’s - Jan 22, 2016

Auctioneer Sotheby’s (NYSE:BID) sold off -19.17% as it became clearer the art cycle is late in its growth phase. Management is acknowledging that buyers’ discernment on quality is increasing: good lots that once sold at high prices have not reached estimated prices recently. Unfortunately, the market also viewed the company’s auction of A. Alfred Taubman, the owner of Sotheby’s before it went public in 1988, unfavorably.

From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' fourth quarter 2015 Ariel Fund Commentary.

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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
PE Ratio 25.82
BID's PE Ratio is ranked lower than
73% of the 732 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 19.75 vs. BID: 25.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio only.
BID' s PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.97  Med: 21.05 Max: 299.75
Current: 25.82
3.97
299.75
PE Ratio without NRI 25.82
BID's PE Ratio without NRI is ranked lower than
74% of the 734 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 19.90 vs. BID: 25.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio without NRI only.
BID' s PE Ratio without NRI Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.97  Med: 21 Max: 299.75
Current: 25.82
3.97
299.75
Price-to-Owner-Earnings 19.81
BID's Price-to-Owner-Earnings is ranked higher than
75% of the 442 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 21.11 vs. BID: 19.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Owner-Earnings only.
BID' s Price-to-Owner-Earnings Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.29  Med: 17.94 Max: 149.23
Current: 19.81
5.29
149.23
PB Ratio 4.96
BID's PB Ratio is ranked lower than
82% of the 937 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.74 vs. BID: 4.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
BID' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.79  Med: 3.05 Max: 10.11
Current: 4.96
0.79
10.11
PS Ratio 2.68
BID's PS Ratio is ranked lower than
84% of the 937 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.72 vs. BID: 2.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
BID' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.63  Med: 2.94 Max: 4.75
Current: 2.68
0.63
4.75
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 16.20
BID's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked higher than
73% of the 382 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 15.75 vs. BID: 16.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
BID' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.37  Med: 15.1 Max: 133.86
Current: 16.2
4.37
133.86
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 14.48
BID's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked higher than
57% of the 487 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 10.89 vs. BID: 14.48 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
BID' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.21  Med: 12.63 Max: 93.76
Current: 14.48
4.21
93.76
EV-to-EBIT 20.46
BID's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
71% of the 753 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 14.64 vs. BID: 20.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
BID' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -45.4  Med: 12.3 Max: 29.8
Current: 20.46
-45.4
29.8
EV-to-EBITDA 17.97
BID's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
72% of the 797 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 11.74 vs. BID: 17.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
BID' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -134.4  Med: 11.3 Max: 23.7
Current: 17.97
-134.4
23.7
EV-to-Revenue 3.36
BID's EV-to-Revenue is ranked lower than
88% of the 949 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.82 vs. BID: 3.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-Revenue only.
BID' s EV-to-Revenue Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.9  Med: 3.3 Max: 5.4
Current: 3.36
0.9
5.4
Shiller PE Ratio 31.47
BID's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked lower than
68% of the 256 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 18.84 vs. BID: 31.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
BID' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 12.06  Med: 30.44 Max: 670.67
Current: 31.47
12.06
670.67
Current Ratio 1.73
BID's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
55% of the 925 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.63 vs. BID: 1.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
BID' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.94  Med: 1.48 Max: 3.5
Current: 1.73
0.94
3.5
Quick Ratio 1.62
BID's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
68% of the 925 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 0.88 vs. BID: 1.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
BID' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.92  Med: 1.34 Max: 2.74
Current: 1.62
0.92
2.74
Days Inventory 163.96
BID's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
88% of the 919 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 89.91 vs. BID: 163.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
BID' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 163.96  Med: 454.33 Max: 884.11
Current: 163.96
163.96
884.11
Days Sales Outstanding 168.62
BID's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
98% of the 781 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 13.86 vs. BID: 168.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
BID' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 168.62  Med: 304.34 Max: 355.54
Current: 168.62
168.62
355.54

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3-Year Dividend Growth Rate -100.00
BID's 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate is ranked lower than
83% of the 440 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 4.00 vs. BID: -100.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate only.
BID' s 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: -26.3 Max: 112
Current: -100
0
112
5-Year Yield-on-Cost % 0.49
BID's 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % is ranked lower than
92% of the 1260 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.70 vs. BID: 0.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % only.
BID' s 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.47  Med: 1.69 Max: 18.01
Current: 0.49
0.47
18.01
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 8.50
BID's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
98% of the 558 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: -0.70 vs. BID: 8.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
BID' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -12.9  Med: -1 Max: 10
Current: 8.5
-12.9
10

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price-to-Tangible-Book 5.64
BID's Price-to-Tangible-Book is ranked lower than
77% of the 863 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 2.06 vs. BID: 5.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Tangible-Book only.
BID' s Price-to-Tangible-Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.08  Med: 3.82 Max: 15.86
Current: 5.64
1.08
15.86
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 1.56
BID's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked higher than
53% of the 514 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. BID: 1.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
BID' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.71  Med: 1.82 Max: 229.5
Current: 1.56
0.71
229.5
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 0.90
BID's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked higher than
64% of the 818 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. BID: 0.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
BID' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.92 Max: 1.53
Current: 0.9
0.28
1.53
Price-to-Graham-Number 2.54
BID's Price-to-Graham-Number is ranked lower than
76% of the 608 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 1.51 vs. BID: 2.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Graham-Number only.
BID' s Price-to-Graham-Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.75  Med: 2.29 Max: 6.31
Current: 2.54
0.75
6.31
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % 4.88
BID's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
55% of the 975 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 5.04 vs. BID: 4.88 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
BID' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -5.2  Med: 7.9 Max: 27.1
Current: 4.88
-5.2
27.1
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % 0.31
BID's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked lower than
55% of the 572 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 4.07 vs. BID: 0.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % only.
BID' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.3  Med: 3 Max: 47.6
Current: 0.31
-2.3
47.6

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $982.52
EPS (TTM) $ 1.90
Beta2.00
Short Percentage of Float14.20%
52-Week Range $37.84 - 57.95
Shares Outstanding (Mil)52.50

Piotroski F-Score Details

Piotroski F-Score: 77
Positive ROAY
Positive CFROAY
Higher ROA yoyY
CFROA > ROAY
Lower Leverage yoyY
Higher Current Ratio yoyN
Less Shares Outstanding yoyY
Higher Gross Margin yoyN
Higher Asset Turnover yoyY

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