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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 : 9/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash-to-Debt No Debt
NYSE:CATO's Cash-to-Debt is ranked higher than
100% of the 979 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.99 vs. NYSE:CATO: No Debt )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash-to-Debt only.
NYSE:CATO' s Cash-to-Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.09  Med: No Debt Max: No Debt
Current: No Debt
0.09
No Debt
Equity-to-Asset 0.64
NYSE:CATO's Equity-to-Asset is ranked higher than
75% of the 961 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. NYSE:CATO: 0.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity-to-Asset only.
NYSE:CATO' s Equity-to-Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.24  Med: 0.65 Max: 0.74
Current: 0.64
0.24
0.74
Interest Coverage 207.86
NYSE:CATO's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
67% of the 814 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 27.47 vs. NYSE:CATO: 207.86 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
NYSE:CATO' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 96.28  Med: 918.63 Max: 4594.05
Current: 207.86
96.28
4594.05
Piotroski F-Score: 9
Altman Z-Score: 4.20
Beneish M-Score: -2.63
WACC vs ROIC
1.37%
12.23%
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
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history
Operating Margin % 2.79
NYSE:CATO's Operating Margin % is ranked lower than
66% of the 978 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.64 vs. NYSE:CATO: 2.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating Margin % only.
NYSE:CATO' s Operating Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.29  Med: 8.87 Max: 10.36
Current: 2.79
1.29
10.36
Net Margin % 2.14
NYSE:CATO's Net Margin % is ranked lower than
62% of the 980 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.32 vs. NYSE:CATO: 2.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net Margin % only.
NYSE:CATO' s Net Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1  Med: 6.02 Max: 6.96
Current: 2.14
1
6.96
ROE % 5.27
NYSE:CATO's ROE % is ranked lower than
65% of the 962 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.49 vs. NYSE:CATO: 5.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE % only.
NYSE:CATO' s ROE % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.36  Med: 15.95 Max: 19.08
Current: 5.27
2.36
19.08
ROA % 3.49
NYSE:CATO's ROA % is ranked lower than
60% of the 986 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. NYSE:CATO: 3.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA % only.
NYSE:CATO' s ROA % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.52  Med: 10.02 Max: 12.08
Current: 3.49
1.52
12.08
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % 21.37
NYSE:CATO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
54% of the 982 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 13.80 vs. NYSE:CATO: 21.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % only.
NYSE:CATO' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.88  Med: 57.95 Max: 86.05
Current: 21.37
10.88
86.05
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate -1.50
NYSE:CATO's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked lower than
62% of the 874 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. NYSE:CATO: -1.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate only.
NYSE:CATO' s 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.5  Med: 5.5 Max: 12.9
Current: -1.5
-1.5
12.9
3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate -29.60
NYSE:CATO's 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate is ranked lower than
90% of the 764 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.90 vs. NYSE:CATO: -29.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate only.
NYSE:CATO' s 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 3 Max: 58.3
Current: -29.6
0
58.3
3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate -45.90
NYSE:CATO's 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate is ranked lower than
92% of the 673 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. NYSE:CATO: -45.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate only.
NYSE:CATO' s 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: -0.6 Max: 71.3
Current: -45.9
0
71.3
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Guru Trades

Q4 2017

CATO Guru Trades in Q4 2017

HOTCHKIS & WILEY 107,524 sh (+672.00%)
Paul Tudor Jones 31,752 sh (+23.11%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 15,182 sh (-20.73%)
Chuck Royce 153,496 sh (-3.41%)
Jim Simons 113,750 sh (-58.25%)
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Q1 2018

CATO Guru Trades in Q1 2018

HOTCHKIS & WILEY 132,571 sh (+23.29%)
Chuck Royce 153,622 sh (+0.08%)
Paul Tudor Jones 31,837 sh (+0.27%)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Jim Simons 14,700 sh (-87.08%)
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Q2 2018

CATO Guru Trades in Q2 2018

Joel Greenblatt 26,616 sh (New)
Philippe Laffont 32,043 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 49,940 sh (+56.86%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Chuck Royce 152,642 sh (-0.64%)
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Q3 2018

CATO Guru Trades in Q3 2018

Jim Simons 109,750 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 34,872 sh (+31.02%)
Paul Tudor Jones 58,992 sh (+18.13%)
Chuck Royce 152,642 sh (unchged)
Philippe Laffont 16,093 sh (-49.78%)
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Business Description

Industry: Retail - Apparel & Specialty » Apparel Stores    NAICS: 448190    SIC: 5699
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Traded in other countries:CO2A.Germany,
Headquarter Location:USA
Cato Corp is a fashion specialty retailer. The Company operates women's fashion specialty retail stores in the southeastern United States under two segment: the operation of a fashion specialty stores segment and a credit card segment.

Cato Corp operates over 1,000 fashion specialty stores under the Cato, It's Fashion, and Versona names. Stores are primarily located in strip shopping centers in the southeastern United States. The company's objective is to offer all types of fashion apparel and accessories at low prices. It also offers its own credit card and layaway plan. Most goods are sold under the company's private-label brands. The company purchases merchandise from hundreds of suppliers, most of whom are domestic importers. All merchandise is shipped to and distributed to stores from the company's distribution center in North Carolina.

Ratios

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industry
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history
PE Ratio 18.68
CATO's PE Ratio is ranked lower than
87% of the 724 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 19.95 vs. CATO: 18.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio only.
CATO' s PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.12  Med: 14.68 Max: 59.21
Current: 18.68
10.12
59.21
PE Ratio without NRI 18.68
CATO's PE Ratio without NRI is ranked lower than
87% of the 727 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 19.89 vs. CATO: 18.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio without NRI only.
CATO' s PE Ratio without NRI Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.12  Med: 14.68 Max: 59.21
Current: 18.68
10.12
59.21
Price-to-Owner-Earnings 21.08
CATO's Price-to-Owner-Earnings is ranked lower than
81% of the 440 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 19.71 vs. CATO: 21.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Owner-Earnings only.
CATO' s Price-to-Owner-Earnings Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.65  Med: 13.31 Max: 72.68
Current: 21.08
6.65
72.68
PB Ratio 1.08
CATO's PB Ratio is ranked lower than
53% of the 952 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.63 vs. CATO: 1.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
CATO' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.85  Med: 2.09 Max: 3.27
Current: 1.08
0.85
3.27
PS Ratio 0.40
CATO's PS Ratio is ranked lower than
51% of the 951 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.68 vs. CATO: 0.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
CATO' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.33  Med: 0.78 Max: 1.25
Current: 0.4
0.33
1.25
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 7.51
CATO's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked higher than
62% of the 437 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.20 vs. CATO: 7.51 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
CATO' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.43  Med: 13.08 Max: 26.57
Current: 7.51
6.43
26.57
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 6.69
CATO's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
53% of the 552 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 10.71 vs. CATO: 6.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
CATO' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.86  Med: 9 Max: 12.98
Current: 6.69
4.86
12.98
EV-to-EBIT 5.00
CATO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
74% of the 758 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 14.76 vs. CATO: 5.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
CATO' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.8  Med: 6.8 Max: 50.7
Current: 5
3.8
50.7
EV-to-EBITDA 3.14
CATO's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
53% of the 794 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 11.82 vs. CATO: 3.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
CATO' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2  Med: 5 Max: 11.2
Current: 3.14
2
11.2
EV-to-Revenue 0.16
CATO's EV-to-Revenue is ranked higher than
68% of the 961 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.77 vs. CATO: 0.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-Revenue only.
CATO' s EV-to-Revenue Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.1  Med: 0.5 Max: 1
Current: 0.16
0.1
1
Shiller PE Ratio 7.39
CATO's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked higher than
71% of the 321 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.09 vs. CATO: 7.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
CATO' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.91  Med: 16.04 Max: 24.45
Current: 7.39
5.91
24.45
Current Ratio 2.71
CATO's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
79% of the 972 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.63 vs. CATO: 2.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
CATO' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.71  Med: 2.45 Max: 3.19
Current: 2.71
1.71
3.19
Quick Ratio 1.90
CATO's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
81% of the 972 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.94 vs. CATO: 1.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
CATO' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.68  Med: 1.6 Max: 2.42
Current: 1.9
0.68
2.42
Days Inventory 78.18
CATO's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
53% of the 938 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 83.79 vs. CATO: 78.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
CATO' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 75  Med: 84.21 Max: 93.16
Current: 78.18
75
93.16
Days Sales Outstanding 15.89
CATO's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
50% of the 932 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 16.10 vs. CATO: 15.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
CATO' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.58  Med: 15.52 Max: 18.78
Current: 15.89
11.58
18.78
Days Payable 49.38
CATO's Days Payable is ranked lower than
58% of the 925 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 52.44 vs. CATO: 49.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
CATO' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 49.38  Med: 66.94 Max: 71.25
Current: 49.38
49.38
71.25

Dividend & Buy Back

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history
Dividend Yield % 9.17
CATO's Dividend Yield % is ranked higher than
84% of the 1058 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.29 vs. CATO: 9.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield % only.
CATO' s Dividend Yield % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.62  Med: 3.3 Max: 11.82
Current: 9.17
0.62
11.82
Dividend Payout Ratio 1.71
CATO's Dividend Payout Ratio is ranked lower than
97% of the 608 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. CATO: 1.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout Ratio only.
CATO' s Dividend Payout Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.11  Med: 0.48 Max: 3.88
Current: 1.71
0.11
3.88
3-Year Dividend Growth Rate 3.20
CATO's 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate is ranked lower than
53% of the 416 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.10 vs. CATO: 3.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate only.
CATO' s 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 9.9 Max: 102.7
Current: 3.2
0
102.7
Forward Dividend Yield % 8.82
CATO's Forward Dividend Yield % is ranked higher than
83% of the 1037 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.29 vs. CATO: 8.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield % only.
N/A
5-Year Yield-on-Cost % 25.19
CATO's 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % is ranked higher than
95% of the 1055 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.12 vs. CATO: 25.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % only.
CATO' s 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.7  Med: 9.07 Max: 32.47
Current: 25.19
1.7
32.47
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 3.70
CATO's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
91% of the 568 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: -0.70 vs. CATO: 3.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
CATO' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -8.8  Med: 1.1 Max: 7
Current: 3.7
-8.8
7

Valuation & Return

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history
Price-to-Net-Cash 12.19
CATO's Price-to-Net-Cash is ranked lower than
58% of the 148 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 10.32 vs. CATO: 12.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Net-Cash only.
CATO' s Price-to-Net-Cash Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.63  Med: 17.86 Max: 689.25
Current: 12.19
7.63
689.25
Price-to-Net-Current-Asset-Value 1.83
CATO's Price-to-Net-Current-Asset-Value is ranked higher than
60% of the 526 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.95 vs. CATO: 1.83 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Net-Current-Asset-Value only.
CATO' s Price-to-Net-Current-Asset-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.2  Med: 3.46 Max: 154.25
Current: 1.83
1.2
154.25
Price-to-Tangible-Book 1.09
CATO's Price-to-Tangible-Book is ranked higher than
53% of the 871 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.91 vs. CATO: 1.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Tangible-Book only.
CATO' s Price-to-Tangible-Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.47  Med: 2.07 Max: 7.63
Current: 1.09
0.47
7.63
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 0.43
CATO's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked higher than
73% of the 558 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. CATO: 0.43 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
CATO' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.37  Med: 0.93 Max: 5.49
Current: 0.43
0.37
5.49
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 0.52
CATO's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked higher than
59% of the 854 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. CATO: 0.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
CATO' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.07  Med: 0.88 Max: 2.19
Current: 0.52
0.07
2.19
Price-to-Graham-Number 0.95
CATO's Price-to-Graham-Number is ranked lower than
70% of the 619 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.36 vs. CATO: 0.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Graham-Number only.
CATO' s Price-to-Graham-Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.66  Med: 1.17 Max: 2.88
Current: 0.95
0.66
2.88
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % 20.00
CATO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
57% of the 988 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.31 vs. CATO: 20.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
CATO' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2  Med: 14.6 Max: 26.4
Current: 20
2
26.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % -8.09
CATO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked lower than
79% of the 595 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.78 vs. CATO: -8.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % only.
CATO' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -13.3  Med: 10.3 Max: 26.9
Current: -8.09
-13.3
26.9

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $850.24
EPS (TTM) $ 0.77
Beta-0.25
Volatility68.32%
52-Week Range $10.76 - 26.88
Shares Outstanding (Mil)24.61

Piotroski F-Score Details

Piotroski F-Score: 99
Positive ROAY
Positive CFROAY
Higher ROA yoyY
CFROA > ROAY
Lower Leverage yoyY
Higher Current Ratio yoyY
Less Shares Outstanding yoyY
Higher Gross Margin yoyY
Higher Asset Turnover yoyY

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