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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 0.46
Y's Cash-to-Debt is ranked lower than
76% of the 132 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 2.82 vs. Y: 0.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash-to-Debt only.
Y' s Cash-to-Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0.37 Max: No Debt
Current: 0.46
0
No Debt
Equity-to-Asset 0.33
Y's Equity-to-Asset is ranked higher than
70% of the 132 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.25 vs. Y: 0.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity-to-Asset only.
Y' s Equity-to-Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.14  Med: 0.33 Max: 0.72
Current: 0.33
0.14
0.72
Debt-to-Equity 0.18
Y's Debt-to-Equity is ranked higher than
64% of the 83 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. Y: 0.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-Equity only.
Y' s Debt-to-Equity Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0.25 Max: 0.6
Current: 0.18
0
0.6
Debt-to-EBITDA 6.08
Y's Debt-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
86% of the 78 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.62 vs. Y: 6.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-EBITDA only.
Y' s Debt-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.95  Med: 1.46 Max: 6.08
Current: 6.08
0.95
6.08
Beneish M-Score: -2.48
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
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history
Net Margin % 1.74
Y's Net Margin % is ranked lower than
77% of the 133 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 6.25 vs. Y: 1.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net Margin % only.
Y' s Net Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.4  Med: 13.79 Max: 22.88
Current: 1.74
1.4
22.88
ROE % 1.35
Y's ROE % is ranked lower than
82% of the 133 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 8.75 vs. Y: 1.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE % only.
Y' s ROE % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.1  Med: 7.24 Max: 15.05
Current: 1.35
1.1
15.05
ROA % 0.45
Y's ROA % is ranked lower than
81% of the 133 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 2.09 vs. Y: 0.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA % only.
Y' s ROA % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.37  Med: 2.57 Max: 4.8
Current: 0.45
0.37
4.8
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate 9.30
Y's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked higher than
67% of the 126 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. Y: 9.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate only.
Y' s 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -56.9  Med: 9.3 Max: 141.1
Current: 9.3
-56.9
141.1
3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate -39.10
Y's 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate is ranked lower than
91% of the 112 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. Y: -39.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate only.
Y' s 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -47.5  Med: 2.6 Max: 134
Current: -39.1
-47.5
134
3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate -47.90
Y's 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate is ranked lower than
96% of the 106 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. Y: -47.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate only.
Y' s 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -48.7  Med: 2.6 Max: 135.1
Current: -47.9
-48.7
135.1
GuruFocus has detected 1 Warning Sign with Alleghany Corp Y.
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Y Guru Trades in Q3 2017

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Mario Gabelli 3,295 sh (unchged)
CI Can Am Small Cap 11,420 sh (unchged)
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Chris Davis 79,789 sh (+1.61%)
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Zeke Ashton 5,150 sh (unchged)
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Tom Gayner 4,328 sh (unchged)
David Carlson 15,000 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 3,295 sh (unchged)
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GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
First Eagle Investment 2018-03-31 Reduce -0.14%$562.45 - $633.8 $ 607.941%661,366
Chris Davis 2018-03-31 Add 0.90%$562.45 - $633.8 $ 607.941%80,504
Third Avenue Management 2018-03-31 Add 2.25%0.05%$562.45 - $633.8 $ 607.941%70,772
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2018-03-31 Reduce -0.39%$562.45 - $633.8 $ 607.941%28,200
Richard Pzena 2018-03-31 Add 48.92%$562.45 - $633.8 $ 607.941%825
First Eagle Investment 2017-12-31 Reduce -0.65%0.01%$538.1 - $596.6 $ 607.947%662,300
Chris Davis 2017-12-31 Add 1.61%$538.1 - $596.6 $ 607.947%79,789
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2017-12-31 New Buy0.06%$538.1 - $596.6 $ 607.947%28,310
Richard Pzena 2017-12-31 Add 32.22%$538.1 - $596.6 $ 607.947%554
Martin Whitman 2017-10-31 Reduce -11.65%0.49%$523.19 - $623.13 $ 607.947%63,673
First Eagle Investment 2017-09-30 Add 1.78%0.01%$523.19 - $626.98 $ 607.944%666,629
Chris Davis 2017-09-30 Add 0.71%$523.19 - $626.98 $ 607.944%78,524
Third Avenue Management 2017-09-30 Reduce -10.90%0.22%$523.19 - $626.98 $ 607.944%69,217
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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:AGA.Germany,
Headquarter Location:USA
Alleghany Corp together with its subsidiaries is engaged in the property and casualty reinsurance and insurance business in the United States. It operates through two segments namely reinsurance and insurance.

Alleghany is a property and casualty insurance company that owns and manages subsidiaries that operate reinsurance and insurance operations. The company also executes certain private capital investments. The company classifies its business into two reportable segments: reinsurance and insurance. These segments' underwriting activities are evaluated separately from investment and corporate activities. Reinsurance contracts are generally classified as treaty or facultative contracts. Treaty reinsurance provides for the automatic reinsuring of all or a portion of a specified class of risk underwritten by the ceding company. Facultative reinsurance is geared toward individual risks.

Guru Investment Theses on Alleghany Corp

Zeke Ashton Comments on Alleghany - Jul 05, 2017

We significantly trimmed the Fund’s position in Alleghany during early 2017 and as of April 30th the position size was below 2% of Fund NAV. We have owned Alleghany (NYSE:Y) in the Fund for many years, occasionally adding to our position on price weakness and occasionally trimming on price strength. The business itself has been remarkably consistent over the last 15 years or so. Using book value per share (or BVPS, which is generally the preferred metric for assessing wealth creation for insurance companies) Alleghany grew at an annualized rate of 8.5% for the five years ended December 31, 2016. Over the trailing ten year period, the annualized BVPS growth was 7.8% and for the trailing 15 years the growth rate was 8.0%. Interestingly, the common stock has appreciated at a 16.3% compound annualized growth rate over the last five calendar years through 2016, or roughly double the book value growth in that period. As a result of the recent stock price appreciation, the shares traded at the time of our last sale of just over 120% of the most recently reported book value. We’ve historically purchased shares at prices at or below 90% of book value, and Alleghany has wisely repurchased its own shares at attractive prices below book value over the last several years. From 2009 to 2016, the highest price the market was willing to pay for Alleghany was rarely higher than 105% of book value, and on average once per year one could buy shares at prices at or below 90% of book value. The last time Alleghany stock routinely traded as high as 120% of book value was in 2007 just before the financial crisis, and the stock price lagged book value growth for nearly five years thereafter despite solid business results. I bring Alleghany to your attention because it serves as a fairly typical example of what has been going on in the stock market over the past five years, where broad stock market performance has been running much hotter than underlying business performance. We decided to retain a small position in Alleghany because we felt that holding a small residual investment in a consistent and conservatively managed business like Alleghany at a higher than average 1.2X multiple to book value is still preferable to most other alternatives we are able to currently identify. But we cannot justify keeping Alleghany at a larger position size unless we can conjure up reasonable scenarios that would allow Alleghany to suddenly compound book value per share at much higher than the 8% annualized rate it has managed over the last 5, 10, and 15 years. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to come up with a reasonable scenario in which Alleghany suddenly enjoys a much higher growth rate than it has produced in the past.


From Zeke Ashton (Trades, Portfolio)'s Centaur Management semi-annual 2017 shareholder letter.

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Ratios

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industry
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history
PE Ratio 90.88
Y's PE Ratio is ranked lower than
97% of the 112 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 17.27 vs. Y: 90.88 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio only.
Y' s PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.74  Med: 13.63 Max: 117.27
Current: 90.88
4.74
117.27
PE Ratio without NRI 90.88
Y's PE Ratio without NRI is ranked lower than
97% of the 112 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 17.60 vs. Y: 90.88 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio without NRI only.
Y' s PE Ratio without NRI Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.74  Med: 13.78 Max: 249.32
Current: 90.88
4.74
249.32
Price-to-Owner-Earnings 18.98
Y's Price-to-Owner-Earnings is ranked lower than
73% of the 84 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 11.52 vs. Y: 18.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Owner-Earnings only.
Y' s Price-to-Owner-Earnings Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.67  Med: 11.5 Max: 1734.2
Current: 18.98
3.67
1734.2
PB Ratio 1.11
Y's PB Ratio is ranked higher than
63% of the 133 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 vs. Y: 1.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
Y' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.69  Med: 0.99 Max: 1.45
Current: 1.11
0.69
1.45
PS Ratio 1.47
Y's PS Ratio is ranked lower than
64% of the 133 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.22 vs. Y: 1.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
Y' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.22  Med: 1.55 Max: 3.16
Current: 1.47
1.22
3.16
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 19.91
Y's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
78% of the 88 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 12.17 vs. Y: 19.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
Y' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.38  Med: 15.19 Max: 68.56
Current: 19.91
4.38
68.56
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 19.50
Y's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
80% of the 98 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.59 vs. Y: 19.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
Y' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.29  Med: 14.94 Max: 59.79
Current: 19.5
4.29
59.79
EV-to-EBIT 78.58
Y's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
96% of the 113 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 12.73 vs. Y: 78.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
Y' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -160.2  Med: 9.2 Max: 2709
Current: 78.58
-160.2
2709
EV-to-EBITDA 37.55
Y's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
91% of the 116 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 11.20 vs. Y: 37.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
Y' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.4  Med: 7.9 Max: 203.2
Current: 37.55
4.4
203.2
EV-to-Revenue 1.49
Y's EV-to-Revenue is ranked lower than
64% of the 128 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.19 vs. Y: 1.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-Revenue only.
Y' s EV-to-Revenue Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.2  Med: 1.7 Max: 3.2
Current: 1.49
1.2
3.2
Shiller PE Ratio 19.40
Y's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked lower than
51% of the 69 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 20.40 vs. Y: 19.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
Y' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.51  Med: 15.09 Max: 22.68
Current: 19.4
10.51
22.68

Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 1.40
Y's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
82% of the 87 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: -0.40 vs. Y: 1.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
Y' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -23.4  Med: 0 Max: 2.8
Current: 1.4
-23.4
2.8

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price-to-Tangible-Book 1.24
Y's Price-to-Tangible-Book is ranked higher than
64% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. Y: 1.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Tangible-Book only.
Y' s Price-to-Tangible-Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.46  Med: 1.02 Max: 1.55
Current: 1.24
0.46
1.55
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 0.79
Y's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked lower than
51% of the 92 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.84 vs. Y: 0.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
Y' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.66 Max: 0.92
Current: 0.79
0.28
0.92
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 0.93
Y's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked higher than
71% of the 119 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. Y: 0.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
Y' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.13  Med: 0.95 Max: 4.62
Current: 0.93
0.13
4.62
Price-to-Graham-Number 2.24
Y's Price-to-Graham-Number is ranked lower than
89% of the 100 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. Y: 2.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Graham-Number only.
Y' s Price-to-Graham-Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.3  Med: 0.8 Max: 3.33
Current: 2.24
0.3
3.33
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % 1.27
Y's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
83% of the 132 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 6.78 vs. Y: 1.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
Y' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.8  Med: 10.8 Max: 20.9
Current: 1.27
-0.8
20.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % -13.54
Y's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked lower than
92% of the 87 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Property & Casualty industry.

( Industry Median: 12.52 vs. Y: -13.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % only.
Y' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -13.8  Med: 19.4 Max: 40.2
Current: -13.54
-13.8
40.2

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $6,477.16
EPS (TTM) $ 6.69
Beta0.82
Volatility14.16%
52-Week Range $521.07 - 639.42
Shares Outstanding (Mil)15.29

Piotroski F-Score Details

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Positive CFROAN
Higher ROA yoyN
CFROA > ROAN
Lower Leverage yoyN
Higher Current Ratio yoyN
Less Shares Outstanding yoyN
Higher Gross Margin yoyN
Higher Asset Turnover yoyN

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