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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 0.26
FSTR's Cash-to-Debt is ranked lower than
56% of the 834 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.34 vs. FSTR: 0.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash-to-Debt only.
FSTR' s Cash-to-Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0.08 Max: 2491.53
Current: 0.26
0
2491.53
Equity-to-Asset 0.35
FSTR's Equity-to-Asset is ranked lower than
69% of the 831 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.45 vs. FSTR: 0.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity-to-Asset only.
FSTR' s Equity-to-Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.33  Med: 0.5 Max: 0.77
Current: 0.35
0.33
0.77
Debt-to-Equity 1.00
FSTR's Debt-to-Equity is ranked lower than
65% of the 714 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.68 vs. FSTR: 1.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-Equity only.
FSTR' s Debt-to-Equity Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0.5 Max: 1.2
Current: 1
0
1.2
Debt-to-EBITDA 8.61
FSTR's Debt-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
81% of the 661 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.38 vs. FSTR: 8.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-EBITDA only.
FSTR' s Debt-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -8.64  Med: 0.15 Max: 8.61
Current: 8.61
-8.64
8.61
Interest Coverage 0.12
FSTR's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
99% of the 689 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 9.04 vs. FSTR: 0.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
FSTR' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.12  Med: 31.4 Max: 85.71
Current: 0.12
0.12
85.71
Piotroski F-Score: 4
Altman Z-Score: 2.62
Beneish M-Score: -3.52
WACC vs ROIC
12.29%
-9.08%
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 : 4/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating Margin % 0.20
FSTR's Operating Margin % is ranked lower than
77% of the 834 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 5.46 vs. FSTR: 0.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating Margin % only.
FSTR' s Operating Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.07  Med: 6.07 Max: 8.44
Current: 0.2
-1.07
8.44
Net Margin % -9.54
FSTR's Net Margin % is ranked lower than
84% of the 836 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.51 vs. FSTR: -9.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net Margin % only.
FSTR' s Net Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -29.3  Med: 4.11 Max: 21.75
Current: -9.54
-29.3
21.75
ROE % -30.28
FSTR's ROE % is ranked lower than
92% of the 824 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 6.15 vs. FSTR: -30.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE % only.
FSTR' s ROE % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -68.09  Med: 8.13 Max: 70.99
Current: -30.28
-68.09
70.99
ROA % -11.17
FSTR's ROA % is ranked lower than
93% of the 842 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.78 vs. FSTR: -11.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA % only.
FSTR' s ROA % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -29.52  Med: 5.72 Max: 39.07
Current: -11.17
-29.52
39.07
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % -2.08
FSTR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
83% of the 829 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 8.99 vs. FSTR: -2.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % only.
FSTR' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -67.14  Med: 25.98 Max: 126.05
Current: -2.08
-67.14
126.05
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate -6.90
FSTR's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked lower than
76% of the 760 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. FSTR: -6.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate only.
FSTR' s 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -6.9  Med: 2.9 Max: 21.8
Current: -6.9
-6.9
21.8
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Guru Trades

Q3 2016

FSTR Guru Trades in Q3 2016

Mario Gabelli 40,000 sh (+11.07%)
Chuck Royce 105,400 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons 125,600 sh (-2.33%)
Richard Snow 451,703 sh (-8.46%)
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Q4 2016

FSTR Guru Trades in Q4 2016

Mario Gabelli 60,000 sh (+50.00%)
Jim Simons 145,500 sh (+15.84%)
Chuck Royce 105,400 sh (unchged)
Richard Snow 354,323 sh (-21.56%)
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Q1 2017

FSTR Guru Trades in Q1 2017

Jim Simons 149,200 sh (+2.54%)
Chuck Royce 105,400 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 60,000 sh (unchged)
Richard Snow 233,122 sh (-34.21%)
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Q2 2017

FSTR Guru Trades in Q2 2017

Jim Simons 188,100 sh (+26.07%)
Mario Gabelli 60,000 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 105,400 sh (unchged)
Richard Snow 199,167 sh (-14.57%)
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Business Description

Industry: Transportation & Logistics » Railroads    NAICS: 423510    SIC: 5051
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Traded in other countries:LB1A.Germany,
Headquarter Location:USA
L.B. Foster Co manufactures, fabricates and distributes products and services for the rail, construction, energy and utility markets.

L.B. Foster Co manufactures, fabricates and distributes products and services for the rail, construction, energy and utility markets.

Guru Investment Theses on L.B. Foster Co

Keeley Funds Comments on L.B. Foster and Co. - Nov 16, 2015

The industrials sector was difficult during the quarter and L.B. Foster and Co. (NASDAQ:FSTR) was the largest detractor in the sector and the portfolio’s second largest detractor overall. The stock fell over 64 percent during the quarter and continues struggle after falling earlier in the year, costing the Fund 54 basis points in performance. The company is still reeling from a legal battle with long-time client Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP), which is lasting longer the expected. Management thought the lawsuit was controllable but UNP continues to press and will not settle. This resulted in management withdrawing all UNP related business from its earnings guidance. The company also made an acquisition of some oil service assets in an attempt to diversify its business. Given the decline in oil, one could argue the purchase was ill-timed. But we continue to see a company selling for less than ten times earnings after eliminating UNP revenue, which basically gives zero value for the recent acquisitions.





From Keeley Small Cap Fund third quarter 2015 commentary.



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Top Ranked Articles about L.B. Foster Co

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Insider Invests in L.B. Foster Director buys a total 132,336 shares of railway supplier
Bradley Vizi, director and 10% owner of L.B. Foster Co. (NASDAQ:FSTR), purchased a combined 132,336 shares of the company between March 7 and March 24. He paid an average price of $13.20 per share according to SEC filings. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
vs
history
Price-to-Owner-Earnings 12.01
FSTR's Price-to-Owner-Earnings is ranked higher than
74% of the 333 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 20.62 vs. FSTR: 12.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Owner-Earnings only.
FSTR' s Price-to-Owner-Earnings Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.27  Med: 10.7 Max: 76.13
Current: 12.01
2.27
76.13
PB Ratio 1.98
FSTR's PB Ratio is ranked lower than
63% of the 814 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.33 vs. FSTR: 1.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
FSTR' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.36  Med: 1.38 Max: 4.1
Current: 1.98
0.36
4.1
PS Ratio 0.58
FSTR's PS Ratio is ranked higher than
72% of the 814 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. FSTR: 0.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
FSTR' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.16  Med: 0.68 Max: 1.21
Current: 0.58
0.16
1.21
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 7.86
FSTR's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked higher than
78% of the 317 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 16.76 vs. FSTR: 7.86 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
FSTR' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.84  Med: 10.86 Max: 108.76
Current: 7.86
1.84
108.76
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 6.46
FSTR's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked higher than
68% of the 489 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 8.38 vs. FSTR: 6.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
FSTR' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.51  Med: 8.6 Max: 102.67
Current: 6.46
1.51
102.67
EV-to-EBIT -91.55
FSTR's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 647 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 15.79 vs. FSTR: -91.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
FSTR' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -91.81  Med: 7.6 Max: 17.8
Current: -91.55
-91.81
17.8
EV-to-EBITDA 23.21
FSTR's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
80% of the 718 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. FSTR: 23.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
FSTR' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -17.1  Med: 6.2 Max: 23.27
Current: 23.21
-17.1
23.27
EV-to-Revenue 0.79
FSTR's EV-to-Revenue is ranked higher than
78% of the 816 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.74 vs. FSTR: 0.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-Revenue only.
FSTR' s EV-to-Revenue Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.3  Med: 0.6 Max: 1.1
Current: 0.79
0.3
1.1
Shiller PE Ratio 29.48
FSTR's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked lower than
57% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 22.45 vs. FSTR: 29.48 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
FSTR' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.07  Med: 17.46 Max: 93.9
Current: 29.48
4.07
93.9
Current Ratio 2.06
FSTR's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
78% of the 805 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.24 vs. FSTR: 2.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
FSTR' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.53  Med: 2.65 Max: 4.56
Current: 2.06
1.53
4.56
Quick Ratio 1.21
FSTR's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
53% of the 805 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. FSTR: 1.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
FSTR' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.74  Med: 1.45 Max: 2.84
Current: 1.21
0.74
2.84
Days Inventory 80.30
FSTR's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
89% of the 665 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 11.44 vs. FSTR: 80.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
FSTR' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 64.66  Med: 77.84 Max: 107.06
Current: 80.3
64.66
107.06
Days Sales Outstanding 58.01
FSTR's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
67% of the 606 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 44.08 vs. FSTR: 58.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
FSTR' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 36.22  Med: 46.79 Max: 60.11
Current: 58.01
36.22
60.11
Days Payable 52.53
FSTR's Days Payable is ranked higher than
62% of the 517 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 39.12 vs. FSTR: 52.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
FSTR' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 35.04  Med: 41.83 Max: 52.86
Current: 52.53
35.04
52.86

Dividend & Buy Back

vs
industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield % 0.15
FSTR's Dividend Yield % is ranked lower than
99% of the 1014 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.25 vs. FSTR: 0.15 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield % only.
FSTR' s Dividend Yield % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.06  Med: 0.29 Max: 1.68
Current: 0.15
0.06
1.68
5-Year Yield-on-Cost % 0.21
FSTR's 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 1105 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.49 vs. FSTR: 0.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % only.
FSTR' s 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.08  Med: 0.41 Max: 2.37
Current: 0.21
0.08
2.37
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -0.40
FSTR's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
65% of the 449 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: -2.30 vs. FSTR: -0.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
FSTR' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -4.3  Med: -0.2 Max: 4.7
Current: -0.4
-4.3
4.7

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price-to-Tangible-Book 4.69
FSTR's Price-to-Tangible-Book is ranked lower than
84% of the 754 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. FSTR: 4.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Tangible-Book only.
FSTR' s Price-to-Tangible-Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.34  Med: 1.11 Max: 18.45
Current: 4.69
0.34
18.45
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 0.67
FSTR's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked higher than
84% of the 388 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. FSTR: 0.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
FSTR' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.26  Med: 0.91 Max: 7.68
Current: 0.67
0.26
7.68
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 0.83
FSTR's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked higher than
82% of the 731 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. FSTR: 0.83 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
FSTR' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.13  Med: 0.35 Max: 1.64
Current: 0.83
0.13
1.64
Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value 1.28
FSTR's Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. FSTR: 1.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value only.
FSTR' s Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 1.01 Max: 12.66
Current: 1.28
0
12.66
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % -1.08
FSTR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
80% of the 842 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 4.77 vs. FSTR: -1.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
FSTR' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -82.8  Med: 9.65 Max: 125.5
Current: -1.08
-82.8
125.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % 18.01
FSTR's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked higher than
82% of the 498 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 5.05 vs. FSTR: 18.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % only.
FSTR' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -18.9  Med: 16.15 Max: 106.1
Current: 18.01
-18.9
106.1

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $484.77
EPS (TTM) $ -4.49
Beta2.55
Short Percentage of Float2.27%
52-Week Range $9.25 - 26.25
Shares Outstanding (Mil)10.34

Analyst Estimate

Dec17 Dec18
Revenue (Mil $) 472 507
EPS ($) -0.59 0.32
EPS without NRI ($) -0.59 0.32
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
10.00%
Dividends per Share ($)

Piotroski F-Score Details

Piotroski F-Score: 44
Positive ROAN
Positive CFROAY
Higher ROA yoyY
CFROA > ROAY
Lower Leverage yoyN
Higher Current Ratio yoyN
Less Shares Outstanding yoyN
Higher Gross Margin yoyN
Higher Asset Turnover yoyY

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