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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 : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash-to-Debt 0.30
FAST's Cash-to-Debt is ranked lower than
68% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.77 vs. FAST: 0.30 )
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: 0.3
Equity-to-Asset 0.70
FAST's Equity-to-Asset is ranked higher than
81% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. FAST: 0.70 )
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: 0.7
0.69
0.9
Debt-to-Equity 0.22
FAST's Debt-to-Equity is ranked higher than
73% of the 157 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. FAST: 0.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-Equity only.
FAST' s Debt-to-Equity Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.02  Med: 0.06 Max: 0.23
Current: 0.22
0.02
0.23
Debt-to-EBITDA 0.45
FAST's Debt-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
84% of the 154 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.82 vs. FAST: 0.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-EBITDA only.
FAST' s Debt-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.11  Med: 0.4 Max: 0.43
Current: 0.45
0.11
0.43
Interest Coverage 103.69
FAST's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
66% of the 167 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 26.07 vs. FAST: 103.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
FAST' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 122.36  Med: No Debt Max: No Debt
Current: 103.69
Piotroski F-Score: 5
Altman Z-Score: 14.58
Beneish M-Score: -2.18
WACC vs ROIC
7.00%
24.20%
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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Operating Margin % 20.26
FAST's Operating Margin % is ranked higher than
94% of the 200 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 3.29 vs. FAST: 20.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating Margin % only.
FAST' s Operating Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.32  Med: 20.43 Max: 21.5
Current: 20.26
15.32
21.5
Net Margin % 12.73
FAST's Net Margin % is ranked higher than
92% of the 200 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.14 vs. FAST: 12.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net Margin % only.
FAST' s Net Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.55  Med: 12.78 Max: 13.49
Current: 12.73
9.55
13.49
ROE % 27.49
FAST's ROE % is ranked higher than
94% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 6.66 vs. FAST: 27.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE % only.
FAST' s ROE % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.8  Med: 26.43 Max: 27.86
Current: 27.49
15.8
27.86
ROA % 19.41
FAST's ROA % is ranked higher than
97% of the 202 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. FAST: 19.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA % only.
FAST' s ROA % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14.01  Med: 21.71 Max: 24.03
Current: 19.41
14.01
24.03
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % 38.05
FAST's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % is ranked higher than
87% of the 201 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 13.83 vs. FAST: 38.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % only.
FAST' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 28.53  Med: 42.02 Max: 47.18
Current: 38.05
28.53
47.18
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate 7.00
FAST's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked higher than
74% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.20 vs. FAST: 7.00 )
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: 18.9 Max: 38.1
Current: 7
2.8
38.1
3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate 6.00
FAST's 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate is ranked higher than
54% of the 166 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 4.70 vs. FAST: 6.00 )
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: -1.1  Med: 22.1 Max: 43.9
Current: 6
-1.1
43.9
3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate 4.60
FAST's 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate is ranked higher than
50% of the 153 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 4.70 vs. FAST: 4.60 )
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: 24 Max: 44.2
Current: 4.6
-2.1
44.2
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Ron Baron 2017-09-30 Add 28.49%0.06%$39.97 - $45.73 $ 53.2824%1,348,221
Joel Greenblatt 2017-09-30 Reduce -29.74%0.09%$39.97 - $45.73 $ 53.2824%338,579
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Business Description

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 - 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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Baron Funds Comments on Fastenal Co. - Sep 19, 2016

Fastenal Co. (NASDAQ:FAST) is a leading distributor of nuts, bolts, and threaded fasteners to manufacturers and contractors throughout North America. Since expanding its inventory mix over the last decade, Fastenal has taken market share from competitors as customers increasingly select the company as their exclusive supplier. Still, Fastenal has just 3% share of the large and fragmented industrial supplies space, leaving considerable room for expansion. The company’s recent vending initiative has grown to 50,000 automated machines directly embedded within customer facilities. These machines dispense frequently consumed products such as gloves and safety glasses directly at the point of use, an industry innovation that has helped Fastenal generate greater savings and accountability for customers, while driving industry-leading sales growth for itself.



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Baron Partners Fund Commentary on Fastenal Co. - May 09, 2016

Shares of Fastenal Co., (NASDAQ:FAST) a leading distributor of industrial supplies, rose during the first quarter after reporting improving sales trends to start the year. We view the sequential strengthening of sales as evidence of abating energy and F/X headwinds as well as share gains in manufacturing and construction end markets. Based on several growth initiatives, including Vending and On-Site programs, we believe Fastenal is poised to deliver outstanding customer service to its key accounts and generate accelerating earnings growth over the next two years. (Matt Weiss)



From Baron Partners Fund first quarter 2016 commentary.



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Baron Funds Comments on Fastenal Co. - Apr 26, 2016

Shares of Fastenal Co. (NASDAQ:FAST), a leading distributor of industrial supplies, rose after reporting improving sales trends to start the year. We view the sequential strengthening of the company’s sales as evidence of some abating headwinds its business, notably in its energy-related end-markets. In addition, Fastenal displayed encouraging sales traction, and evidence of ongoing market share gains, in its manufacturing and construction end-markets. Based on several of its internal growth initiatives, including the installation of vending machines at certain customers’ worksites and the placement of full-time Fastenal employees at other customers’ sites, we believe the company is poised to generate accelerating earnings growth during the next several years.



From Baron Asset Funds' first quarter 2016 commentary.



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Mairs & Power Comments on Fastenal - Feb 02, 2016

One of our portfolio companies, Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST), will likely be an early indicator of improving conditions in the Industrial sector. Fastenal competes in the highly fragmented industrial distribution market, serving customers in manufacturing and non-residential construction industries. Because of weakness in manufacturing, the stock declined 14% in 2015. The company is not standing flat-footed, however. Fastenal continues to invest in its business in order to strengthen its durable competitive advantage, and we like that. With more than 2,600 stores (four times as many as the next largest competitor), the company enjoys broad market coverage as it takes share from smaller regional players. Fastenal’s product breadth, market penetration and in-house distribution capabilities provide both cost and pricing leverage, delivering above industry average margins. In addition, with more than 54,000 on-site industrial vending machines and plans to aggressively add to this network in 2016, Fastenal is able to grow incremental revenue while building “sticky” customer relationships. Earnings have grown 22% and the dividend 23% annually over the last five years. While not classically cheap, the stock is nevertheless very inexpensive relative to intrinsic value, providing an opportunity to add selectively to our position. When the sector begins to recover, we believe that Fastenal’s strength and our patience will reward investors.



From Mairs & Power's 4th quarter Growth Fund commentary.



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Ratios

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industry
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history
PE Ratio 28.34
FAST's PE Ratio is ranked lower than
74% of the 155 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 16.50 vs. FAST: 28.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio only.
FAST' s PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.07  Med: 29.08 Max: 43.57
Current: 28.34
15.07
43.57
Forward PE Ratio 24.45
FAST's Forward PE Ratio is ranked lower than
78% of the 27 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 16.18 vs. FAST: 24.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward PE Ratio only.
N/A
PE Ratio without NRI 28.34
FAST's PE Ratio without NRI is ranked lower than
72% of the 155 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 16.50 vs. FAST: 28.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio without NRI only.
FAST' s PE Ratio without NRI Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14.82  Med: 29.01 Max: 43.23
Current: 28.34
14.82
43.23
Price-to-Owner-Earnings 36.22
FAST's Price-to-Owner-Earnings is ranked lower than
75% of the 111 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 19.28 vs. FAST: 36.22 )
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: 41.59 Max: 126.42
Current: 36.22
19.15
126.42
PB Ratio 7.56
FAST's PB Ratio is ranked lower than
95% of the 195 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. FAST: 7.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
FAST' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.44  Med: 6.85 Max: 10.52
Current: 7.56
3.44
10.52
PS Ratio 3.62
FAST's PS Ratio is ranked lower than
90% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.54 vs. FAST: 3.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
FAST' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.73  Med: 3.49 Max: 5.56
Current: 3.62
1.73
5.56
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 32.55
FAST's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
72% of the 69 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 17.58 vs. FAST: 32.55 )
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: 46.63 Max: 284.93
Current: 32.55
18.12
284.93
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 26.40
FAST's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
78% of the 86 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 13.85 vs. FAST: 26.40 )
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: 30.77 Max: 58.92
Current: 26.4
14.69
58.92
EV-to-EBIT 18.13
FAST's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
60% of the 163 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 12.69 vs. FAST: 18.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
FAST' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.1  Med: 18.1 Max: 26.5
Current: 18.13
9.1
26.5
EV-to-EBITDA 15.85
FAST's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
64% of the 170 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 10.53 vs. FAST: 15.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
FAST' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.3  Med: 16.4 Max: 24.6
Current: 15.85
8.3
24.6
EV-to-Revenue 3.68
FAST's EV-to-Revenue is ranked lower than
88% of the 195 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.71 vs. FAST: 3.68 )
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: 3.68
1.7
5.5
PEG Ratio 3.37
FAST's PEG Ratio is ranked lower than
63% of the 81 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. FAST: 3.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG Ratio only.
FAST' s PEG Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.65  Med: 2.09 Max: 6.11
Current: 3.37
0.65
6.11
Shiller PE Ratio 37.08
FAST's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked lower than
62% of the 58 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 27.55 vs. FAST: 37.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
FAST' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 25.86  Med: 45.28 Max: 73.2
Current: 37.08
25.86
73.2
Current Ratio 5.36
FAST's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
93% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.73 vs. FAST: 5.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
FAST' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.06  Med: 5.62 Max: 8.42
Current: 5.36
3.06
8.42
Quick Ratio 2.45
FAST's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
83% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. FAST: 2.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
FAST' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.5  Med: 2.75 Max: 4.65
Current: 2.45
1.5
4.65
Days Inventory 172.11
FAST's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
87% of the 189 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 70.52 vs. FAST: 172.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
FAST' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 163.58  Med: 171.59 Max: 206.74
Current: 172.11
163.58
206.74
Days Sales Outstanding 54.29
FAST's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
55% of the 142 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 55.68 vs. FAST: 54.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
FAST' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 38.2  Med: 43.82 Max: 46.04
Current: 54.29
38.2
46.04
Days Payable 25.02
FAST's Days Payable is ranked lower than
73% of the 124 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 42.71 vs. FAST: 25.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
FAST' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 18.75  Med: 20.42 Max: 23.94
Current: 25.02
18.75
23.94

Dividend & Buy Back

vs
industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield % 2.40
FAST's Dividend Yield % is ranked higher than
70% of the 181 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.14 vs. FAST: 2.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield % only.
FAST' s Dividend Yield % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.86  Med: 1.61 Max: 3.08
Current: 2.4
0.86
3.08
Dividend Payout Ratio 0.67
FAST's Dividend Payout Ratio is ranked lower than
87% of the 115 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.32 vs. FAST: 0.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout Ratio only.
FAST' s Dividend Payout Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.53 Max: 0.69
Current: 0.67
0.28
0.69
3-Year Dividend Growth Rate 14.50
FAST's 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate is ranked higher than
73% of the 113 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. FAST: 14.50 )
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: 14.5
0
128.5
Forward Dividend Yield % 2.40
FAST's Forward Dividend Yield % is ranked higher than
61% of the 170 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.40 vs. FAST: 2.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield % only.
N/A
5-Year Yield-on-Cost % 4.58
FAST's 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % is ranked higher than
79% of the 237 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 3.17 vs. FAST: 4.58 )
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: 3.07 Max: 5.88
Current: 4.58
1.64
5.88
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 0.90
FAST's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
83% of the 109 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: -0.90 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 14.52
FAST's Price-to-Net-Current-Asset-Value is ranked lower than
83% of the 132 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 3.15 vs. FAST: 14.52 )
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: 11.42 Max: 25.79
Current: 14.52
5.71
25.79
Price-to-Tangible-Book 7.56
FAST's Price-to-Tangible-Book is ranked lower than
88% of the 185 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. FAST: 7.56 )
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: 6.97 Max: 17.03
Current: 7.56
4.04
17.03
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 2.82
FAST's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked lower than
77% of the 118 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.26 vs. FAST: 2.82 )
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: 5.2 Max: 28.14
Current: 2.82
2.06
28.14
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) 1.73
FAST's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked higher than
56% of the 16 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.59 vs. FAST: 1.73 )
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: 0.65  Med: 1.29 Max: 1.8
Current: 1.73
0.65
1.8
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 1.04
FAST's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked higher than
75% of the 178 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. FAST: 1.04 )
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: 2.07
Current: 1.04
0.56
2.07
Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value 4.08
FAST's Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value is ranked lower than
92% of the 49 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.01 vs. FAST: 4.08 )
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: 0.74  Med: 1.9 Max: 7.32
Current: 4.08
0.74
7.32
Price-to-Graham-Number 3.09
FAST's Price-to-Graham-Number is ranked lower than
84% of the 140 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.98 vs. FAST: 3.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Graham-Number only.
FAST' s Price-to-Graham-Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.84  Med: 3.09 Max: 7.04
Current: 3.09
1.84
7.04
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % 5.52
FAST's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked higher than
52% of the 201 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 5.96 vs. FAST: 5.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
FAST' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.8  Med: 5.5 Max: 11
Current: 5.52
3.8
11
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % 9.06
FAST's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked higher than
62% of the 136 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 4.72 vs. FAST: 9.06 )
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: 15.1 Max: 28.9
Current: 9.06
7.3
28.9

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $4,249.94
EPS (TTM) $ 1.88
Beta0.80
Short Percentage of Float10.72%
52-Week Range $39.79 - 52.74
Shares Outstanding (Mil)287.39

Analyst Estimate

Dec17 Dec18
Revenue (Mil $) 4,370 4,858
EPS ($) 1.93 2.16
EPS without NRI ($) 1.93 2.16
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
12.48%
Dividends per Share ($) 1.32 1.45

Piotroski F-Score Details

Piotroski F-Score: 55
Positive ROAY
Positive CFROAY
Higher ROA yoyN
CFROA > ROAY
Lower Leverage yoyY
Higher Current Ratio yoyN
Less Shares Outstanding yoyY
Higher Gross Margin yoyN
Higher Asset Turnover yoyN

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