Market Intelligence Center  Aug 29  Comment 
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Forbes  Aug 27  Comment 
Investors considering a purchase of Fastenal Co. (NASD: FAST) stock, but cautious about paying the going market price of $45.36/share, might benefit from considering selling puts among the alternative strategies at their disposal. One interesting...
Market Intelligence Center  Aug 27  Comment 
For a hedged play on Fastenal Company (FAST) MarketIntelligenceCenter.com’s algorithms selected the Oct. '14 $45.00 covered call for a net debit in the $44.03 area. That is also the break-even stock price for the covered call. This trade will...
SeekingAlpha  Aug 20  Comment 
By Virginia Value Investor: Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) is a retailer/distributor of industrial and construction supplies. They operate over 2,600 stores in North America and have a smaller presence in 16 other countries. They carry close to 1.5...
Market Intelligence Center  Aug 20  Comment 
MarketIntelligenceCenter.com's patented algorithms have selected a trade on Fastenal Company (FAST) that returns 4.09% in 59 days for an annualized return rate of 25%. This diagonal spread pairs a short position in the Oct. '14 $44.00 call, with a...
SeekingAlpha  Aug 13  Comment 
By Michael Lee: Fastenal Co (NASDAQ:FAST) operates wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies to manufacturing and non-residential construction markets. The company is well situated to benefit from the $9 trillion in global...
Forbes  Aug 12  Comment 
In early trading on Tuesday, shares of Fastenal (FAST) topped the list of the day's best performing components of the Nasdaq 100 index, trading up 1.6%.  Year to date, Fastenal has lost about 4.8% of its value.
SeekingAlpha  Jul 13  Comment 
By Jonathan Koss: On July 7th, Fastenal Company's (FAST) stock dropped over 4% after reporting adjusted earnings of $130.5 million, or $0.44 per share, with revenue of $950 million. These earnings were in line with analysts' estimates but revenue...
newratings.com  Jul 11  Comment 
WINONA (dpa-AFX) - Industrial and construction supplies provider Fastenal Co. (FAST) reported Friday higher profit for its second quarter that met analysts' consensus. Net sales increased from last year, primarily due to higher unit sales,...
Benzinga  Jul 11  Comment 
Fastenal Co (NASDAQ: FAST) reported a 7.9% gain in its second-quarter earnings. The Winona, Minnesota-based company posted a quarterly profit of $130.5 million, or $0.44 per share, up from a year-ago profit of $121 million, or $0.41 per share....


Fastenal Company (Nasdaq: FAST), sells industrial and construction supplies in a wholesale and retail fashion and recorded $1.93 billion in 2009 revenues.[1] Fast had 2,369 store locations located in 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, China and the Netherlands as of December 31, 2009.[1] Fastenal's main products are fasteners but the company also sells tools, abrasives and other industrial and construction supplies.[2]

Natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina can benefit FAST, as more homes need to be rebuilt; in 2005 Hurricane Katrina resulted in $60 billion dollars worth of insured damage in 2005.[3] Fastenal competes with other construction and industrial supplies retailers like W.W. Grainger (GWW), MSC Industrial Direct Company (MSM) and Anixter International (AXE).


Fastenal sells threaded fasteners and construction products through wholesale leads and through the company's stores.[4] The company's main products include bolts, nuts, screws, washers, studs and other fasteners. Fastenal's other products include tools, cutting tools, abrasives, janitorial supplies and electrical supplies as well as accessories for pneumatic, hydraulic, plumbing and air conditioning systems. 50% of the company's sales come from fasteners and the company's stores each carry 349,000 different kinds of fasteners.[5][6]

About 95% of the company's products are manufactured by third parties, some of which are branded with Fastenal names. The other 5% are manufactured by Fastenal.[7] Fastenal's brand names include Fastenal, Blackstone and Rock River Anchors.[8] Fastenal competes with other construction and industrial supplies retailers like W.W. Grainger (GWW), MSC Industrial Direct Company (MSM) and Anixter International (AXE).

Between 2008 and 2009, FAST increased the total number of stores it operated by 68, bringing its total number of stores up to 2,369.[9] Among the new stores, it opened stores for the first time in Hungary and Malaysia.

In 2009, FAST's revenues declined for the first time since 1994, as it earned $1.93 billion in total revenues, as opposed its 2008 revenues of $2.34 billion. Unsurprisingly, its net income was negatively impacted by this decrease in revenues. Between 2008 and 2009, FAST's net income declined from $280 million in 2008 to $184.4 million in 2009.

Key Trends and Forces

Rising fuel costs increase the amount of money Fastenal spends on shipping and delivery

When the price of fuel rises, Fastenal has to spend more money to power its fleet of distribution and delivery vehicles. On the other hand, when the price of fuel falls, Fastenal spends less money to power its fleet of distribution and delivery vehicles. Since FAST has a large fleet of distribution vehicles, this scales quickly. In other words, small changes in the price of fuel can have a large impact on the overall cost of FAST's transportation of goods.

Decreased spending on new home construction results in slowed revenue growth for Fastenal

When spending on new home construction drops, so does spending on construction equipment and supplies resulting in slowed revenue growth for Fastenal. On the other hand, when spending on new home construction increases, spending on construction supplies increases resulting in faster revenue growth for Fastenal. Since 2007, the U.S. Housing Market has been moving at an incredibly slow pace. As a result of the decrease in new home construction spending, Fastenal's revenue growth has been slowing and declined in 2009.

Natural disasters increase the demand for Fastenal's construction products, thereby increasing Fastenal's sales growth

When natural disasters occur, people buy supplies and tools to repair the damages from stores like Fastenal, increasing Fastenal's sales. In late August 2005 Hurricane Katrina caused nearly $60 billion worth of damage to insured belongings including houses and other buildings.[10] This helps spurs FAST's sales, as there are many homes to be built in a short amount of time, and these require goods that FAST sells.

Key Competitors

  • W.W. Grainger (GWW) distributes industrial supplies, fasteners and lab safety supplies. The company's industrial supplies and fasteners compete with those sold by Fastenal.[11]
  • MSC Industrial Direct Company (MSM) distributes industrial supplies used for repairs and maintenance. The company's products include tools, abrasives, janitorial and other supplies. The company's products compete with the tools, supplies and accessories offered by Fastenal.[12]
  • Anixter International (AXE) distributes communications wires and cables as well as fasteners and other small parts. The company's fasteners compete with those sold by Fastenal.[13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 FAST 10-K 2009 Item 1 Pg. 3
  2. 2007 10-K Ex 13: Sales by Product Line, pg 11
  3. Katrina's economic-damage estimates grow
  4. FAST 2007 10-K: Business, pg 3
  5. 2007 10-K Ex 13: Sales by Product Line, pg 11
  6. 2007 10-K Ex 13: Profile of Fastenal
  7. 2007 10-K Ex 13: Profile of Fastenal
  8. FAST 2007 10-K: Products, pg 7
  9. FAST 10-K 2009 Item 1 Pg. 4
  10. Katrina's economic-damage estimates grow
  11. Google Finance: GWW
  12. Google Finance: MSM
  13. Google Finance: AXE
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