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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 : 7/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.13
SON's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
52% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.25 vs. SON: 0.13 )
SON' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.04   Max: 0.32
Current: 0.13

0.04
0.32
Equity to Asset 0.36
SON's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
52% of the 313 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. SON: 0.36 )
SON' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 0.46
Current: 0.36

0.34
0.46
Interest Coverage 7.10
SON's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
56% of the 180 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 10.07 vs. SON: 7.10 )
SON' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 3.03   Max: 9.04
Current: 7.1

3.03
9.04
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 3.22
M-Score: -2.63
WACC vs ROIC
8.42%
10.48%
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 : 7/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 7.81
SON's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 316 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 6.37 vs. SON: 7.81 )
SON' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 5.75   Max: 13.08
Current: 7.81

5.75
13.08
Net-margin (%) 4.77
SON's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 316 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 4.13 vs. SON: 4.77 )
SON' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.09   Max: 7.37
Current: 4.77

0.09
7.37
ROE (%) 14.22
SON's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 310 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 8.21 vs. SON: 14.22 )
SON' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 0.29   Max: 21.8
Current: 14.22

0.29
21.8
ROA (%) 5.91
SON's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 317 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 3.89 vs. SON: 5.91 )
SON' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 8.58
Current: 5.91

0.11
8.58
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 27.57
SON's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 316 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 11.87 vs. SON: 27.57 )
SON' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 13.79   Max: 51.12
Current: 27.57

13.79
51.12
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 3.30
SON's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 262 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 3.30 vs. SON: 3.30 )
SON' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -1.2   Max: 9.4
Current: 3.3

-1.2
9.4
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 5.10
SON's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 231 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. SON: 5.10 )
SON' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -11.9   Max: 23.1
Current: 5.1

-11.9
23.1
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 2.90
SON's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 206 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. SON: 2.90 )
SON' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -21.6   Max: 33.9
Current: 2.9

-21.6
33.9
» SON's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

SON Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Steven Cohen 11,373 sh (+76.24%)
Joel Greenblatt 252,838 sh (+39.99%)
Paul Tudor Jones 24,713 sh (+33.58%)
Chuck Royce 305,778 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 261,231 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 155,000 sh (unchged)
Robert Olstein Sold Out
Murray Stahl 26,850 sh (-2.72%)
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Q2 2014

SON Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Pioneer Investments 309,413 sh (+18.44%)
Murray Stahl 27,450 sh (+2.23%)
Mario Gabelli 155,000 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 305,778 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt 236,725 sh (-6.37%)
Paul Tudor Jones 20,347 sh (-17.67%)
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Q3 2014

SON Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 31,702 sh (+55.81%)
Murray Stahl 27,450 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 305,778 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 310,314 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 155,000 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt 172,382 sh (-27.18%)
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Q4 2014

SON Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 58,400 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 351,778 sh (+15.04%)
Mario Gabelli 155,000 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 27,450 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 297,392 sh (-4.16%)
Joel Greenblatt 138,953 sh (-19.39%)
Paul Tudor Jones 19,202 sh (-39.43%)
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 20.10
SON's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
72% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 22.10 vs. SON: 20.10 )
SON' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 10.2   Max: 23.19
Current: 20.1

10.2
23.19
Forward P/E 15.11
SON's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
82% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. SON: 15.11 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 19.60
SON's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
73% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 22.10 vs. SON: 19.60 )
SON' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 10.18   Max: 24.41
Current: 19.6

10.18
24.41
P/B 3.10
SON's P/B is ranked lower than
53% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.78 vs. SON: 3.10 )
SON' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.5   Max: 3.51
Current: 3.1

1.5
3.51
P/S 0.90
SON's P/S is ranked higher than
60% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.92 vs. SON: 0.90 )
SON' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.45   Max: 1.17
Current: 0.9

0.45
1.17
PFCF 19.80
SON's PFCF is ranked higher than
79% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 48.00 vs. SON: 19.80 )
SON' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.02   Max: 47.51
Current: 19.8

6.02
47.51
POCF 11.16
SON's POCF is ranked higher than
68% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 12.03 vs. SON: 11.16 )
SON' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 4.49   Max: 14.68
Current: 11.16

4.49
14.68
EV-to-EBIT 14.48
SON's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
72% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 18.63 vs. SON: 14.48 )
SON' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.9   Max: 19.9
Current: 14.48

8.9
19.9
PEG 3.06
SON's PEG is ranked higher than
85% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. SON: 3.06 )
SON' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.6   Max: 24.67
Current: 3.06

1.6
24.67
Shiller P/E 22.70
SON's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
75% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 41.39 vs. SON: 22.70 )
SON' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 9.84   Max: 25.85
Current: 22.7

9.84
25.85
Current Ratio 1.54
SON's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
66% of the 315 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.52 vs. SON: 1.54 )
SON' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.11   Max: 2.01
Current: 1.54

1.11
2.01
Quick Ratio 1.07
SON's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
65% of the 315 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. SON: 1.07 )
SON' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.74   Max: 1.53
Current: 1.07

0.74
1.53
Days Inventory 36.96
SON's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
88% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 62.39 vs. SON: 36.96 )
SON' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 35.3   Max: 48.12
Current: 36.96

35.3
48.12
Days Sales Outstanding 48.67
SON's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
85% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 66.39 vs. SON: 48.67 )
SON' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 34.72   Max: 53.83
Current: 48.67

34.72
53.83

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 2.80
SON's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
63% of the 252 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 2.26 vs. SON: 2.80 )
SON' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 2.21   Max: 6.13
Current: 2.8

2.21
6.13
Dividend Payout 0.55
SON's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
66% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.65 vs. SON: 0.55 )
SON' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.36   Max: 0.83
Current: 0.55

0.36
0.83
Dividend growth (3y) 3.40
SON's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
69% of the 154 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. SON: 3.40 )
SON' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 2.1   Max: 9.9
Current: 3.4

2.1
9.9
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.31
SON's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
65% of the 252 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 2.47 vs. SON: 3.31 )
SON' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 2.61   Max: 7.25
Current: 3.31

2.61
7.25
Share Buyback Rate -0.30
SON's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
73% of the 198 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: -0.60 vs. SON: -0.30 )
SON' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 2.8   Max: -1.5
Current: -0.3

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 107.20
SON's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
65% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. SON: 107.20 )
SON' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 2.57   Max: 412
Current: 107.2

2.57
412
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.30
SON's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
78% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 2.40 vs. SON: 1.30 )
SON' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.68   Max: 2.37
Current: 1.3

0.68
2.37
Price/Median PS Value 1.10
SON's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
69% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.28 vs. SON: 1.10 )
SON' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.68   Max: 1.46
Current: 1.1

0.68
1.46
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 3.80
SON's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
86% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. SON: 3.80 )
SON' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 1.7   Max: 5.27
Current: 3.8

1.7
5.27
Price/Graham Number 9.70
SON's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
52% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. SON: 9.70 )
SON' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.4   Max: 30.24
Current: 9.7

1.4
30.24
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.80
SON's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
71% of the 315 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. SON: 6.80 )
SON' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5   Max: 11.3
Current: 6.8

5
11.3
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 9.89
SON's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
78% of the 213 Companies
in the Global Packaging & Containers industry.

( Industry Median: 4.31 vs. SON: 9.89 )
SON' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 5.4   Max: 17.6
Current: 9.89

5.4
17.6

Business Description

Industry: Packaging & Containers » Packaging & Containers
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Traded in other countries:SNS.Germany,
Sonoco Products Co is a South Carolina corporation founded in Hartsville, South Carolina, in 1899 as the Southern Novelty Company. The name was subsequently changed to Sonoco Products Company. It is a manufacturer of industrial and consumer packaging products and a provider of packaging services, with 355 locations in 33 countries. The Company's operations are organized, managed and reported in four segments, Consumer Packaging, Paper and Industrial Converted Products, Protective Packaging and Packaging Services. The Consumer Packaging segment includes the following products and services: round and shaped rigid containers and trays (both composite and thermoformed plastic); blow-molded plastic bottles and jars; extruded and injection-molded plastic products; printed flexible packaging; metal and peelable membrane ends and closures; and brand artwork management. The Paper and Industrial Converted Products segment includes the following products: high-performance paper and composite paperboard tubes and cores; fiber-based construction tubes and forms; wooden, metal and composite wire and cable reels and spools; and recycled paperboard, linerboard, corrugating medium, recovered paper and other recycled materials. The Packaging Services segment includes the following products and services: designing, manufacturing, assembling, packing and distributing temporary, semi-permanent and permanent point-of-purchase displays; supply chain management services, including contract packing, fulfillment and scalable service centers; and paper amenities, such as coasters and glass covers. The Protective Packaging segment includes the following products: custom-designed paperboard-based and expanded foam protective packaging; temperature-assurance packaging; and retail security packaging. The main raw materials used by the Company are recovered paper, paperboard, steel, aluminum and plastic resins. Raw materials are purchased from a number of outside sources. The Company considers the supply and availability of raw materials to be adequate to meet its needs. The Sonoco's products are marketed under trademarks such as Sonoco, Sonotube, Safe-top, Sealed-safe, Duro and Durox. The Company sells its products in competitive markets, which include paper, textile, film, food, chemical, pharmaceutical, packaging, construction, and wire and cable. The Company is subject to various federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations concerning, among other matters, solid waste disposal, wastewater effluent and air emissions.
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