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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

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industry
vs
history
Cash-to-Debt 0.72
MKL's Cash-to-Debt is ranked lower than
69% of the 137 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 2.41 vs. MKL: 0.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash-to-Debt only.
MKL' s Cash-to-Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.02  Med: 0.93 Max: N/A
Current: 0.72
Equity-to-Asset 0.33
MKL's Equity-to-Asset is ranked higher than
67% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.27 vs. MKL: 0.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity-to-Asset only.
MKL' s Equity-to-Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.08  Med: 0.19 Max: 0.35
Current: 0.33
0.08
0.35
Interest Coverage 3.85
MKL's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
90% of the 133 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 34.80 vs. MKL: 3.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
MKL' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.21  Med: 4.01 Max: 11.17
Current: 3.85
2.21
11.17
WACC vs ROIC
7.58%
5.24%
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 : 5/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating Margin % 9.09
MKL's Operating Margin % is ranked higher than
52% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 8.66 vs. MKL: 9.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating Margin % only.
MKL' s Operating Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -5.65  Med: 10.86 Max: 25.3
Current: 9.09
-5.65
25.3
Net Margin % 6.52
MKL's Net Margin % is ranked lower than
51% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 6.61 vs. MKL: 6.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net Margin % only.
MKL' s Net Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.97  Med: 8.32 Max: 16.34
Current: 6.52
-2.97
16.34
ROE % 3.99
MKL's ROE % is ranked lower than
79% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 8.79 vs. MKL: 3.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE % only.
MKL' s ROE % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.44  Med: 6.14 Max: 16.43
Current: 3.99
-2.44
16.43
ROA % 1.40
MKL's ROA % is ranked lower than
67% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 2.15 vs. MKL: 1.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA % only.
MKL' s ROA % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.6  Med: 1.92 Max: 4.01
Current: 1.4
-0.6
4.01
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate 4.80
MKL's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked lower than
55% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 6.10 vs. MKL: 4.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate only.
MKL' s 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -5.9  Med: 11.1 Max: 43.7
Current: 4.8
-5.9
43.7
3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate 8.60
MKL's 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate is ranked higher than
69% of the 117 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. MKL: 8.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate only.
MKL' s 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 14 Max: 78.7
Current: 8.6
0
78.7
3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate 11.60
MKL's 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate is ranked higher than
71% of the 110 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: -0.90 vs. MKL: 11.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate only.
MKL' s 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -19.5  Med: 11.6 Max: 47.4
Current: 11.6
-19.5
47.4
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Business Description

Industry: Insurance - Property & Casualty » Insurance - Property & Casualty    NAICS: 524126    SIC: 6331
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Traded in other countries:MKV.Germany, MKL.Mexico,
Headquarter Location:USA
Markel Corp markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. It underwrites a diverse marine & energy, professional liability, property, general liability and casualty.

Markel's primary business is property and casualty insurance, and the company focuses primarily on specialty lines, ranging from areas such as executive liability to commercial equine insurance. The acquisition of Alterra in 2013 added substantial reinsurance operations, which now account for a little over 20% of premiums. The company uses capital generated by its insurance operations to buy noninsurance operations in diverse areas, such as bakery equipment manufacturing and residential homebuilding.

Guru Investment Theses on Markel Corp

Davis Funds Comments on Markel Corporation - Sep 14, 2015

Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL), a specialty provider of nonstandard property and casualty (P&C) and life insurance products, is another example of a holding in the Portfolio. Markel generally underwrites policies in certain less competitive niche markets where it has developed significant expertise over many years, including P&C coverage for museums and private libraries, child care centers and camps, historic homes, private schools, and horse farms and riding clubs, among other niche markets. The company has also been successful in reinvesting the “float” (cost-free funds generated from premiums held on behalf of policyholders) provided by its insurance operations not only in stocks but also through the purchase of entire companies. By operating unobtrusively and shrewdly in its underwriting niches while earning good investment returns, Markel has created significant wealth for long-term shareholders.



From the Davis Financial Fund semi-annual review 2015.



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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
PE Ratio 40.21
MKL's PE Ratio is ranked lower than
92% of the 127 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 15.50 vs. MKL: 40.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio only.
MKL' s PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.22  Med: 19.95 Max: 72.73
Current: 40.21
9.22
72.73
Forward PE Ratio 39.53
MKL's Forward PE Ratio is ranked lower than
96% of the 45 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 15.50 vs. MKL: 39.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward PE Ratio only.
N/A
PE Ratio without NRI 40.21
MKL's PE Ratio without NRI is ranked lower than
92% of the 126 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 15.65 vs. MKL: 40.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio without NRI only.
MKL' s PE Ratio without NRI Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.22  Med: 19.95 Max: 72.73
Current: 40.21
9.22
72.73
Price-to-Owner-Earnings 36.78
MKL's Price-to-Owner-Earnings is ranked lower than
89% of the 85 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 11.58 vs. MKL: 36.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Owner-Earnings only.
MKL' s Price-to-Owner-Earnings Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 17.35  Med: 25 Max: 37.77
Current: 36.78
17.35
37.77
PB Ratio 1.55
MKL's PB Ratio is ranked lower than
59% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.34 vs. MKL: 1.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
MKL' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.01  Med: 1.28 Max: 2.23
Current: 1.55
1.01
2.23
PS Ratio 2.41
MKL's PS Ratio is ranked lower than
81% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.16 vs. MKL: 2.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
MKL' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.14  Med: 1.69 Max: 2.54
Current: 2.41
1.14
2.54
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 23.19
MKL's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
88% of the 90 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.83 vs. MKL: 23.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
MKL' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.32  Med: 13.26 Max: 37.1
Current: 23.19
5.32
37.1
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 20.89
MKL's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
89% of the 96 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.68 vs. MKL: 20.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
MKL' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.32  Med: 12.24 Max: 31.22
Current: 20.89
5.32
31.22
EV-to-EBIT 18.71
MKL's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
85% of the 123 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.52 vs. MKL: 18.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
MKL' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -23.1  Med: 11.9 Max: 50.2
Current: 18.71
-23.1
50.2
EV-to-EBITDA 16.92
MKL's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
83% of the 123 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 9.49 vs. MKL: 16.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
MKL' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -24.3  Med: 11.35 Max: 48.4
Current: 16.92
-24.3
48.4
PEG Ratio 2.96
MKL's PEG Ratio is ranked lower than
87% of the 60 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.86 vs. MKL: 2.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG Ratio only.
MKL' s PEG Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.3  Med: 2.09 Max: 4.6
Current: 2.96
0.3
4.6
Shiller PE Ratio 38.06
MKL's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked lower than
97% of the 59 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 18.56 vs. MKL: 38.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
MKL' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 17.83  Med: 25.95 Max: 47.53
Current: 38.06
17.83
47.53

Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
5-Year Yield-on-Cost % 6.10
MKL's 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % is ranked higher than
57% of the 192 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 5.51 vs. MKL: 6.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % only.
MKL' s 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0 Max: 0
Current: 6.1
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 0.10
MKL's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
60% of the 90 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: -0.30 vs. MKL: 0.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
MKL' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -21.2  Med: -0.5 Max: 0.8
Current: 0.1
-21.2
0.8

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price-to-Tangible-Book 1.98
MKL's Price-to-Tangible-Book is ranked lower than
66% of the 132 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.62 vs. MKL: 1.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Tangible-Book only.
MKL' s Price-to-Tangible-Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.31  Med: 2.32 Max: 4.47
Current: 1.98
1.31
4.47
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 1.06
MKL's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked lower than
68% of the 98 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.80 vs. MKL: 1.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
MKL' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.4  Med: 0.63 Max: 1.07
Current: 1.06
0.4
1.07
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 1.43
MKL's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked lower than
80% of the 134 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.07 vs. MKL: 1.43 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
MKL' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.31  Med: 0.88 Max: 1.45
Current: 1.43
0.31
1.45
Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value 4.42
MKL's Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value is ranked lower than
98% of the 43 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MKL: 4.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value only.
MKL' s Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.4  Med: 1.1 Max: 4.46
Current: 4.42
0.4
4.46
Price-to-Graham-Number 1.88
MKL's Price-to-Graham-Number is ranked lower than
86% of the 117 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. MKL: 1.88 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Graham-Number only.
MKL' s Price-to-Graham-Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.71  Med: 1.23 Max: 15.81
Current: 1.88
0.71
15.81
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % 5.35
MKL's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
76% of the 137 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 8.44 vs. MKL: 5.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
MKL' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -11  Med: 7.9 Max: 15.8
Current: 5.35
-11
15.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % 13.24
MKL's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked lower than
55% of the 82 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 16.64 vs. MKL: 13.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % only.
MKL' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.3  Med: 3.8 Max: 48
Current: 13.24
1.3
48

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $5,603.50
EPS (TTM) $ 24.02
Beta1.01
Short Percentage of Float1.51%
52-Week Range $811.05 - 996.38
Shares Outstanding (Mil)13.94

Analyst Estimate

Dec17 Dec18
Revenue (Mil $) 5,853 6,134
EPS ($) 25.82 29.30
EPS without NRI ($) 25.82 29.30
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
16.50%
Dividends per Share ($)
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