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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

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.14
ABCO's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
87% of the 734 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.75 vs. ABCO: 0.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
ABCO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.14  Med: 10000.00 Max: No Debt
Current: 0.14
Equity to Asset 0.28
ABCO's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
79% of the 687 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. ABCO: 0.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
ABCO' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.45  Med: 0.32 Max: 0.6
Current: 0.28
-0.45
0.6
Interest Coverage No Debt
ABCO's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
97% of the 491 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 42.21 vs. ABCO: No Debt )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
ABCO' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 9999.99  Med: 10000.00 Max: 9999.99
Current: No Debt
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 1.17
M-Score: -2.42
WACC vs ROIC
11.06%
4.61%
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
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 3.45
ABCO's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
60% of the 730 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.29 vs. ABCO: 3.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
ABCO' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -1.82  Med: 13.05 Max: 25.89
Current: 3.45
-1.82
25.89
Net-margin (%) -4.12
ABCO's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
81% of the 733 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.74 vs. ABCO: -4.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
ABCO' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -0.98  Med: 10.82 Max: 16.48
Current: -4.12
-0.98
16.48
ROE (%) -8.19
ABCO's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
82% of the 701 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.08 vs. ABCO: -8.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
ABCO' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 9.36  Med: 17.89 Max: 115.94
Current: -8.19
9.36
115.94
ROA (%) -2.45
ABCO's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
77% of the 745 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.47 vs. ABCO: -2.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
ABCO' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -1.7  Med: 9.84 Max: 21.57
Current: -2.45
-1.7
21.57
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 2.68
ABCO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
73% of the 728 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 23.19 vs. ABCO: 2.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
ABCO' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -43.38  Med: 208.01 Max: 672.31
Current: 2.68
-43.38
672.31
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 17.60
ABCO's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 559 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.70 vs. ABCO: 17.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ABCO' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 11.9  Med: 14.40 Max: 18.8
Current: 17.6
11.9
18.8
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 34.70
ABCO's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 464 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. ABCO: 34.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ABCO' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -8.6  Med: 10.80 Max: 334.4
Current: 34.7
-8.6
334.4
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 21.10
ABCO's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. ABCO: 21.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ABCO' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -19.9  Med: 12.00 Max: 35.2
Current: 21.1
-19.9
35.2
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Financials


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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

ABCO Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jim Simons 56,840 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
Chuck Royce 874,582 sh (-0.57%)
Ron Baron 1,707,347 sh (-2.20%)
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Q3 2014

ABCO Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jim Simons 157,040 sh (+176.28%)
Chuck Royce 850,400 sh (-2.76%)
Ron Baron 1,384,463 sh (-18.91%)
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Q4 2014

ABCO Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Chuck Royce 1,275,400 sh (+49.98%)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Ron Baron Sold Out
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Q1 2015

ABCO Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Chuck Royce 1,160,500 sh (-9.01%)
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Guru Investment Theses on The Advisory Board Co

Meridian Funds Comments on The Advisory Board Co - Sep 08, 2014

The Advisory Board Company (ABCO) provides best practice research and analysis to the health care industry. The stock declined during the quarter when the company announced earnings that included higher than expected expense growth. We believe these investments are good uses of capital that will enhance the business model and long-term growth profile of the company. We continue to see a strong need for the company’s services and held our position during the quarter.

From Meridian Funds (Trades, Portfolio)’ Meridian Growth Fund Second Quarter 2014 Commentary.

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Top Ranked Articles about The Advisory Board Co

Meridian Funds Comments on The Advisory Board Co
The Advisory Board Company (ABCO) provides best practice research and analysis to the health care industry. The stock declined during the quarter when the company announced earnings that included higher than expected expense growth. We believe these investments are good uses of capital that will enhance the business model and long-term growth profile of the company. We continue to see a strong need for the company’s services and held our position during the quarter. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
vs
history
Forward P/E 34.36
ABCO's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
93% of the 257 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.13 vs. ABCO: 34.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
P/B 4.36
ABCO's P/B is ranked lower than
74% of the 688 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.29 vs. ABCO: 4.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
ABCO' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.23  Med: 6.12 Max: 8.23
Current: 4.36
2.23
8.23
P/S 3.63
ABCO's P/S is ranked lower than
76% of the 717 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. ABCO: 3.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
ABCO' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.02  Med: 4.02 Max: 6.83
Current: 3.63
1.02
6.83
PFCF 52.98
ABCO's PFCF is ranked lower than
84% of the 388 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 19.38 vs. ABCO: 52.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
ABCO' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 7.17  Med: 22.34 Max: 300.67
Current: 52.98
7.17
300.67
POCF 20.90
ABCO's POCF is ranked lower than
68% of the 497 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 13.80 vs. ABCO: 20.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
ABCO' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 4.91  Med: 18.15 Max: 32.93
Current: 20.9
4.91
32.93
EV-to-EBIT 1108.96
ABCO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
99% of the 540 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 14.87 vs. ABCO: 1108.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
ABCO' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.9  Med: 29.10 Max: 136.2
Current: 1108.96
5.9
136.2
Shiller P/E 144.38
ABCO's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
95% of the 343 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 23.86 vs. ABCO: 144.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
ABCO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 10.17  Med: 49.06 Max: 144.38
Current: 144.38
10.17
144.38
Current Ratio 0.99
ABCO's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
83% of the 698 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.57 vs. ABCO: 0.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
ABCO' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.55  Med: 0.83 Max: 1.03
Current: 0.99
0.55
1.03
Quick Ratio 0.99
ABCO's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
76% of the 698 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 vs. ABCO: 0.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
ABCO' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.55  Med: 0.83 Max: 1.03
Current: 0.99
0.55
1.03
Days Sales Outstanding 315.87
ABCO's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
98% of the 606 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 56.12 vs. ABCO: 315.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
ABCO' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 33.47  Med: 78.58 Max: 230.72
Current: 315.87
33.47
230.72

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Projected FCF 2.24
ABCO's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
74% of the 375 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.37 vs. ABCO: 2.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
ABCO' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.39  Med: 1.60 Max: 3.19
Current: 2.24
0.39
3.19
Price/Median PS Value 0.89
ABCO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
76% of the 657 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. ABCO: 0.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
ABCO' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.3  Med: 1.13 Max: 2.28
Current: 0.89
0.3
2.28
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 0.10
ABCO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
74% of the 719 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. ABCO: 0.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
ABCO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 0.1  Med: 3.40 Max: 16.8
Current: 0.1
0.1
16.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 18.54
ABCO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 358 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.29 vs. ABCO: 18.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
ABCO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -1.2  Med: 12.60 Max: 29.7
Current: 18.54
-1.2
29.7

Business Description

Industry: Business Services » Business Services
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The Advisory Board Co was incorporated in Maryland in 1979 and reincorporated in Delaware in 2001. The Company provides best practices research and analysis, business intelligence and software tools, and management and advisory services to the health care and education industries. Through subscription-based programs, it leverages its intellectual capital to drive performance improvement to its base of over 4,100 member institutions by providing proven solutions to its members most important business problems. It offers programs rooted in best practices in three key areas: best practices research; software tools; and management and advisory services. Its best practices research memberships serve as the foundation of intellectual property across all programs and are focused on identifying best-demonstrated management practices, critiquing widely-followed but ineffective practices, and analyzing emerging trends within the health care and education industries. Its software tools programs leverage this intellectual capital, allowing members to pair their own operational data with the best practices insights from its research through web-based business intelligence and software tools founded upon the critical insights of the industry. Its management and advisory services programs assist member institutions efforts to adopt and implement best practices to improve their own performance. The Company competes in some discrete programs and for discretionary expenditures against health care-focused, education-focused, and multi-industry firms. The health care industry is highly regulated and is subject to changing political, legislative, regulatory, and other influences.
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Advisory Board Company (ABCO) CEO Robert W Musslewhite sells 5,000 Shares Nov 12 2010 
Advisory Board Company Reports Operating Results (10-Q) Nov 09 2010 
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