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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 : 8/10

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industry
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history
Cash-to-Debt 0.32
FAST's Cash-to-Debt is ranked lower than
68% of the 194 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.78 vs. FAST: 0.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash-to-Debt only.
FAST' s Cash-to-Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.02  Med: No Debt Max: No Debt
Current: 0.32
0.02
No Debt
Equity-to-Asset 0.72
FAST's Equity-to-Asset is ranked higher than
87% of the 193 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. FAST: 0.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity-to-Asset only.
FAST' s Equity-to-Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.69  Med: 0.86 Max: 0.9
Current: 0.72
0.69
0.9
Debt-to-Equity 0.19
FAST's Debt-to-Equity is ranked higher than
70% of the 158 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. FAST: 0.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-Equity only.
FAST' s Debt-to-Equity Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.02  Med: 0.07 Max: 0.23
Current: 0.19
0.02
0.23
Debt-to-EBITDA 0.40
FAST's Debt-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
87% of the 152 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.42 vs. FAST: 0.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-EBITDA only.
FAST' s Debt-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.11  Med: 0.41 Max: 0.43
Current: 0.4
0.11
0.43
Interest Coverage 84.24
FAST's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
63% of the 169 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 22.36 vs. FAST: 84.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
FAST' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 84.24  Med: 8150.51 Max: No Debt
Current: 84.24
84.24
No Debt
Piotroski F-Score: 7
Altman Z-Score: 15.58
Beneish M-Score: -2.23
WACC vs ROIC
9.30%
28.68%
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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Operating Margin % 20.00
FAST's Operating Margin % is ranked higher than
96% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 3.76 vs. FAST: 20.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating Margin % only.
FAST' s Operating Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.37  Med: 20.42 Max: 21.49
Current: 20
15.37
21.49
Net Margin % 14.57
FAST's Net Margin % is ranked higher than
94% of the 198 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.32 vs. FAST: 14.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net Margin % only.
FAST' s Net Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.55  Med: 13.06 Max: 14.57
Current: 14.57
9.55
14.57
ROE % 32.39
FAST's ROE % is ranked higher than
95% of the 195 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 6.49 vs. FAST: 32.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE % only.
FAST' s ROE % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.8  Med: 26.78 Max: 32.39
Current: 32.39
15.8
32.39
ROA % 23.02
FAST's ROA % is ranked higher than
99% of the 200 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.85 vs. FAST: 23.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA % only.
FAST' s ROA % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14.01  Med: 21.7 Max: 24.03
Current: 23.02
14.01
24.03
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % 39.16
FAST's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % is ranked higher than
87% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 13.92 vs. FAST: 39.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % only.
FAST' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 28.61  Med: 42.02 Max: 47.18
Current: 39.16
28.61
47.18
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate 6.60
FAST's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked higher than
75% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: -0.10 vs. FAST: 6.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate only.
FAST' s 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.8  Med: 17.6 Max: 38.1
Current: 6.6
2.8
38.1
3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate 6.50
FAST's 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate is ranked higher than
53% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. FAST: 6.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate only.
FAST' s 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1  Med: 22.1 Max: 43.9
Current: 6.5
-1
43.9
3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate 6.60
FAST's 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate is ranked higher than
50% of the 149 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. FAST: 6.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate only.
FAST' s 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.1  Med: 23.2 Max: 44.2
Current: 6.6
-2.1
44.2
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Joel Greenblatt 2018-06-30 Add 181.08%0.07%$48.13 - $55.59 $ 57.9912%152,452
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Ruane Cunniff 2018-03-31 Reduce -41.64%$52.06 - $58.36 $ 57.995%3,795
John Rogers 2018-03-31 Sold Out $52.06 - $58.36 $ 57.995%0
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Industry: Industrial Distribution » Industrial Distribution    NAICS: 238290    SIC: 5039
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Traded in other countries:FAST.Austria, FAS.Germany,
Headquarter Location:USA
Fastenal Co is an industrial supplies company. It distributes maintains, repairs, and operates supplies to industrial and construction customers. Its product portfolio includes OEM fasteners, safety products, tools and equipment.

Fastenal opened its first fastener store in 1967 in Winona, Minnesota. In the subsequent years, Fastenal greatly expanded its footprint as well as its products and services. Today, Fastenal serves its 400,000 active customers through approximately 2,400 stores and 14 distribution centers. Since 1993, the company has added other product categories, but fasteners remain its largest category at about 37% of sales. Fastenal also offers customers supply-chain solutions, such as vending and vendor-managed inventory.

Guru Investment Theses on Fastenal Co

David Rolfe Comments on Fastenal - Jul 13, 2018

We trimmed our position in Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) this quarter, and we also note that it was one of our biggest detractors from performance. As we have highlighted before, we have seen a significant recovery in both the U.S. manufacturing and energy industries, as well as a recovery in Fastenal’s fundamental results, since we first purchased the stock in October 2016.

In fact, the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) – a widely-consulted gauge of industrial activity – has rallied significantly off the current economic cycle’s trough, which it hit in 2016, and continues to bounce around its peak levels for this cycle.

Since our purchase, the Company’s results have seen an inflection from declining operating profits in each of the four quarters before our purchase to double-digit percentage growth in both revenues and operating profits in each of the last four quarters. Much of this has been due to the recovery of the U.S. energy complex, which in turn has driven improvement in the broad U.S. industrial industry; however, as we have laid out before, we believe Fastenal remains the best-positioned industrial distributor, with a substantially differentiated business model, and this has led to industry-leading revenue growth, as shown below.

So why trim? We made a modest reduction this quarter, as we have been disappointed that the Company hasn’t been able to generate better operating profit leverage from the tremendous revenue growth it has experienced. In the past few quarters, the Company has seen margin pressures due primarily to rising freight costs and rising raw material costs. While we believe inflation and deflation of raw material costs are normal, and while it is also customary for the Company to take a few quarters to pass along rising raw material costs, the freight issues are a bit more abnormal. Persistent long-haul truck driver shortages have been exacerbated recently by a government mandate forcing trucking companies to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) to track driver hours; this basically means that drivers can no longer cheat on their hours. This has caused a massive reduction in available long-haul trucking supply in a very short period of time, leading to what many industry participants have called the “tightest” trucking market (i.e. shortage of supply vs. demand) they’ve ever seen. Accordingly, trucking rates have skyrocketed in recent months. This is not just a Fastenal problem, of course; we have been hearing this from everyone who uses the trucking industry, which is just about everyone involved in shipping any sort of physical goods. So, to some degree, this is just another input cost that Fastenal—and everyone else—will eventually need to recover in pricing.

Our frustration with the Company, however, has been that Fastenal should be in a better position than its peers to handle these rising freight costs, as the Company has spent decades building a competitive advantage in its own captive fleet, to go along with all the points of distribution, inventory, plus people it has on the ground. This means that Fastenal can divert more freight to its internal fleet when external costs are rising; however, we have not seen the Company increasing utilization of its internal fleet, and that has caused greater than necessary pressure on margins. Fortunately, the available internal capacity is still there, and we do believe the Company can improve its execution on this front.

Overall, we continue to believe in the strength of the U.S. industrial economy, and we believe the Company will continue to benefit. In the shorter term, we expect to continue to see strength in sales, with the Company growing at or near the top of its industry; as the Company focuses on internal execution and pricing initiatives, we expect to see margin improvement flowing through again, as well. Finally, we would highlight that the Company is trading at a valuation last seen at the depth of the last recession, which, honestly, is preposterous. All of this explains why we have maintained a healthy position in the stock.

From David Rolfe (Trades, Portfolio)'s second quarter 2018 shareholder letter.

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David Rolfe Comments on Fastenal - Oct 16, 2017

Since we first bought Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) at the end of October last year, the U.S. manufacturing and energy industries have transitioned from approximately two years of recessionary conditions to a healthy recovery, driven in large part by a rebound in U.S. energy production. In fact, we note that the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Managers Index – a widely-used gauge of manufacturing activity – just hit a 6-year high in September, with the component of the index representing actual production hitting its highest level in 13 years. Fastenal’s own results have moved from declining revenues and operating margins to double-digit percentage revenue growth and improving operating margins.

Aside from an aggressive run in the stock for a brief period after the U.S. presidential election, Fastenal’s stock has barely noticed the significant recovery in both the end markets and the Company’s results, leaving valuations still near 2009’s recessionary lows. Persistent noise about potential disruption to the industry from Amazon has weighed on the stock to some degree; we note that Amazon is actually Fastenal’s largest vending customer, meaning that Fastenal clearly can offer value that Amazon is not able to provide itself. This highlights, again, that the strategies used by the Company for decades to differentiate its business model versus traditional competitors are the same strategies that differentiate its business versus online competition: specifically, Fastenal has people, products, branches, and a local delivery fleet on the ground as close to the customer as possible – in fact, in many cases, Fastenal is managing a customer’s inventory right on the customer’s factory floor. We continue to view Fastenal as a high-quality growth business, benefitting from the continuing long-term renaissance in U.S. manufacturing and energy production, while gaining share in this highly fragmented industry from a variety of competitors who are unable to offer the services Fastenal provides. We believe this is a great example of the sort of investment opportunity that occasionally will be tossed up by an exceptionally narrow market. In Fastenal, we have a company and its end markets involved in the creation of real products, real profits, and real cash flows, which create real economic value for stakeholders and for the economy as a whole.



From David Rolfe (Trades, Portfolio)'s Wedgewood Partners 3rd quarter shareholder letter.

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David Rolfe Comments on Fastenal - Jan 16, 2017

Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) is a company we have followed and admired for many years. The Company is a distributor of manufacturing and construction supplies - generally consumable parts and products such as fasteners (i.e., screws, nuts/bolts) and various items used in the maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) of customers’ plants. The company has established a differentiated position in its industry by investing heavily to get itself as close as possible to a generally smaller, less urban customer base than its competitors. This is most evident in its extensive network of more than 2,500 branch locations, which the company effectively uses as selling and distribution outposts to serve its customer base. We contrast this with Fastenal’s largest competitor, Grainger, for example, which has only 300-odd branch locations (and shrinking) despite having twice the revenues as Fastenal. We believe this has led to a fairly healthy segmentation between the Company and its competitors: Fastenal has specialized in smaller, geographically dispersed clients who are more heavily reliant on the Company’s local distribution capabilities, sales expertise, and somewhat more specialized, locally tailored product lines; Grainger and other competitors specialize in larger, more urban clients who have more distribution and service requirements, so these distributors generally focus on more standardized products, in large quantities at the lowest cost. When we observe the healthy, and remarkably steady, returns on investment across the major competitors in the space, we view this as confirmation that the major players, for the most part, have managed to carve out profitable segments of an attractive industry without tripping over each other.

Fastenal has extended its differentiation in recent years through three other initiatives designed to get closer to its customers. First, the Company has installed over 60,000 vending machines in customers’ plants, in which they constantly replenish products customers use regularly in their manufacturing processes. Second, the Company has accelerated the expansion of its Onsite program, in which it basically opens a small Fastenal store within a larger customer’s plant. Fastenal staffs and stocks this mini-location, effectively taking control of a portion of the customer’s supply chain. It is important to note that both the Vending and (especially) Onsite initiatives further integrate the Company into a customer’s operations, helping to make these customers stickier. Third, Fastenal has invested in additional inventories over the past several quarters, while also shifting a higher percentage of its inventory from its distribution centers into its branch locations. This once again is designed to get Fastenal as close to its customers as possible - if the Company has the products its customers need, already waiting in their market, available for same-day delivery, at an attractive price, there is no need for those customers to take their business elsewhere, whether that be to a larger, out-of-market competitor such as Grainger or to an online competitor such as Amazon.

We became increasingly interested in the stock around the middle of the year, as we saw Fastenal’s valuation begin to imply an accelerated decline in its end markets, particularly energy and manufacturing. However, our research from our energy holdings helped inform us on this score, as we see North American energy production approaching an inflection, which should help reinvigorate manufacturing-heavy energy service and support industries. We also noted that both presidential candidates were pitching large infrastructure spending projects which would be supplemented by a federal highway bill passed in 2015 - the first long-term bill in over ten years after a series of short-term stop-gaps that did not allow states to plan any large or long- term construction projects – and could begin to generate some demand in the near future as states begin to implement spending plans. That said, with the stock trading at or near post-recession lows on most valuation metrics, we did not believe we needed any of these potential catalysts to emerge in the near future, but we were happy to have the possibilities in front of us.

Overall, over a multiyear timeframe, we believe Fastenal should be able to continue to grow at an attractive pace for several years, particularly due to the Company’s continuous reinvestment and explicit focus on profitability. With the stock trading at valuation multiples similar to the last recession, and with key end markets already having been in recession for two years with signs of potential recovery emerging, we think Fastenal represents an excellent long-term investment opportunity for portfolios.

From David Rolfe (Trades, Portfolio)'s fourth quarter 2016 Wedgewood Partners investor letter.



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Ratios

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industry
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history
PE Ratio 24.37
FAST's PE Ratio is ranked lower than
77% of the 155 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 16.19 vs. FAST: 24.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio only.
FAST' s PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.07  Med: 28.34 Max: 43.57
Current: 24.37
15.07
43.57
Forward PE Ratio 20.16
FAST's Forward PE Ratio is ranked lower than
86% of the 28 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 16.92 vs. FAST: 20.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward PE Ratio only.
N/A
PE Ratio without NRI 24.37
FAST's PE Ratio without NRI is ranked lower than
77% of the 155 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 16.23 vs. FAST: 24.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio without NRI only.
FAST' s PE Ratio without NRI Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.07  Med: 28.34 Max: 43.57
Current: 24.37
15.07
43.57
Price-to-Owner-Earnings 36.96
FAST's Price-to-Owner-Earnings is ranked lower than
82% of the 101 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 18.14 vs. FAST: 36.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Owner-Earnings only.
FAST' s Price-to-Owner-Earnings Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 19.15  Med: 38.58 Max: 81.33
Current: 36.96
19.15
81.33
PB Ratio 7.47
FAST's PB Ratio is ranked lower than
94% of the 194 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.26 vs. FAST: 7.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
FAST' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.44  Med: 6.97 Max: 10.52
Current: 7.47
3.44
10.52
PS Ratio 3.58
FAST's PS Ratio is ranked lower than
91% of the 195 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.61 vs. FAST: 3.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
FAST' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.73  Med: 3.52 Max: 5.56
Current: 3.58
1.73
5.56
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 34.74
FAST's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
71% of the 69 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 23.29 vs. FAST: 34.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
FAST' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 18.12  Med: 39.77 Max: 103.32
Current: 34.74
18.12
103.32
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 27.65
FAST's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
76% of the 89 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 15.71 vs. FAST: 27.65 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
FAST' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14.69  Med: 27.86 Max: 57.3
Current: 27.65
14.69
57.3
EV-to-EBIT 18.10
FAST's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
70% of the 166 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 12.05 vs. FAST: 18.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
FAST' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.1  Med: 18 Max: 26.5
Current: 18.1
9.1
26.5
EV-to-EBITDA 15.84
FAST's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
73% of the 173 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 10.17 vs. FAST: 15.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
FAST' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.3  Med: 16.2 Max: 24.6
Current: 15.84
8.3
24.6
EV-to-Revenue 3.63
FAST's EV-to-Revenue is ranked lower than
89% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.68 vs. FAST: 3.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-Revenue only.
FAST' s EV-to-Revenue Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.7  Med: 3.5 Max: 5.5
Current: 3.63
1.7
5.5
PEG Ratio 3.41
FAST's PEG Ratio is ranked lower than
72% of the 82 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.66 vs. FAST: 3.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG Ratio only.
FAST' s PEG Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.66  Med: 2.54 Max: 6.1
Current: 3.41
0.66
6.1
Shiller PE Ratio 36.87
FAST's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked lower than
79% of the 68 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 22.23 vs. FAST: 36.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
FAST' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 25.86  Med: 42.24 Max: 73.2
Current: 36.87
25.86
73.2
Current Ratio 5.62
FAST's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
94% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. FAST: 5.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
FAST' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.06  Med: 5.56 Max: 8.42
Current: 5.62
3.06
8.42
Quick Ratio 2.57
FAST's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
82% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. FAST: 2.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
FAST' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.5  Med: 2.74 Max: 4.65
Current: 2.57
1.5
4.65
Days Inventory 167.28
FAST's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
88% of the 186 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 71.48 vs. FAST: 167.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
FAST' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 163.58  Med: 170.63 Max: 206.74
Current: 167.28
163.58
206.74
Days Sales Outstanding 57.28
FAST's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
59% of the 139 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 55.28 vs. FAST: 57.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
FAST' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 38.2  Med: 44.43 Max: 57.28
Current: 57.28
38.2
57.28
Days Payable 26.25
FAST's Days Payable is ranked lower than
79% of the 126 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 46.81 vs. FAST: 26.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
FAST' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 18.75  Med: 20.64 Max: 26.25
Current: 26.25
18.75
26.25

Dividend & Buy Back

vs
industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield % 2.52
FAST's Dividend Yield % is ranked higher than
66% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.03 vs. FAST: 2.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield % only.
FAST' s Dividend Yield % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.92  Med: 1.75 Max: 3.08
Current: 2.52
0.92
3.08
Dividend Payout Ratio 0.58
FAST's Dividend Payout Ratio is ranked higher than
88% of the 123 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.30 vs. FAST: 0.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout Ratio only.
FAST' s Dividend Payout Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.56 Max: 0.69
Current: 0.58
0.28
0.69
3-Year Dividend Growth Rate 8.60
FAST's 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate is ranked higher than
56% of the 113 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.20 vs. FAST: 8.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate only.
FAST' s 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 18.8 Max: 128.5
Current: 8.6
0
128.5
Forward Dividend Yield % 2.77
FAST's Forward Dividend Yield % is ranked higher than
63% of the 180 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.34 vs. FAST: 2.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield % only.
N/A
5-Year Yield-on-Cost % 4.50
FAST's 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % is ranked higher than
75% of the 242 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.75 vs. FAST: 4.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % only.
FAST' s 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.64  Med: 3.13 Max: 5.5
Current: 4.5
1.64
5.5
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 0.90
FAST's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
81% of the 102 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: -1.30 vs. FAST: 0.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
FAST' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.2  Med: 0 Max: 0.9
Current: 0.9
-0.2
0.9

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price-to-Net-Current-Asset-Value 13.12
FAST's Price-to-Net-Current-Asset-Value is ranked lower than
85% of the 130 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.88 vs. FAST: 13.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Net-Current-Asset-Value only.
FAST' s Price-to-Net-Current-Asset-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.71  Med: 11.6 Max: 25.79
Current: 13.12
5.71
25.79
Price-to-Tangible-Book 7.47
FAST's Price-to-Tangible-Book is ranked lower than
89% of the 184 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. FAST: 7.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Tangible-Book only.
FAST' s Price-to-Tangible-Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.04  Med: 7 Max: 17.03
Current: 7.47
4.04
17.03
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 2.80
FAST's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked lower than
82% of the 119 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.22 vs. FAST: 2.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
FAST' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.06  Med: 5.05 Max: 28.14
Current: 2.8
2.06
28.14
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) 1.52
FAST's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked lower than
63% of the 16 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.58 vs. FAST: 1.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) only.
FAST' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.72  Med: 1.31 Max: 1.8
Current: 1.52
0.72
1.8
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 1.01
FAST's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked higher than
57% of the 168 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. FAST: 1.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
FAST' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.56  Med: 1.03 Max: 2.06
Current: 1.01
0.56
2.06
Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value 3.47
FAST's Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value is ranked lower than
92% of the 52 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.99 vs. FAST: 3.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value only.
FAST' s Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.75  Med: 2 Max: 7.03
Current: 3.47
0.75
7.03
Price-to-Graham-Number 2.85
FAST's Price-to-Graham-Number is ranked lower than
87% of the 136 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.94 vs. FAST: 2.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Graham-Number only.
FAST' s Price-to-Graham-Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.85  Med: 3.16 Max: 6.6
Current: 2.85
1.85
6.6
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % 5.51
FAST's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
58% of the 198 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 6.35 vs. FAST: 5.51 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
FAST' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.8  Med: 5.6 Max: 11
Current: 5.51
3.8
11
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % 9.13
FAST's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked higher than
60% of the 140 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 3.96 vs. FAST: 9.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % only.
FAST' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.3  Med: 13.6 Max: 22.4
Current: 9.13
7.3
22.4

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $4,675.00
EPS (TTM) $ 2.38
Beta1.07
Volatility26.86%
52-Week Range $42.51 - 61.14
Shares Outstanding (Mil)286.95

Analyst Estimate

Dec18 Dec19
Revenue (Mil $) 4,935 5,495
EBIT (Mil $) 1,000 1,127
EBITDA (Mil $) 1,131 1,269
EPS ($) 2.63 2.93
EPS without NRI ($) 2.63 2.93
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
16.11%
Dividends per Share ($) 1.54 1.72

Piotroski F-Score Details

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

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