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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 : 4/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.10
ABCO's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
87% of the 750 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. ABCO: 0.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
ABCO' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.03  Med: No Debt Max: No Debt
Current: 0.1
Equity to Asset 0.24
ABCO's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
85% of the 731 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. ABCO: 0.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
ABCO' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.45  Med: 0.31 Max: 0.6
Current: 0.24
-0.45
0.6
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 0.78
M-Score: -2.87
WACC vs ROIC
10.09%
-6.52%
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 (%) -4.85
ABCO's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
83% of the 743 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. ABCO: -4.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
ABCO' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -7.08  Med: 9.96 Max: 25.89
Current: -4.85
-7.08
25.89
Net-margin (%) -6.20
ABCO's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
84% of the 745 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.03 vs. ABCO: -6.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
ABCO' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -15.49  Med: 6.69 Max: 15.54
Current: -6.2
-15.49
15.54
ROE (%) -10.61
ABCO's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
85% of the 720 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.88 vs. ABCO: -10.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
ABCO' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -30.27  Med: 14.04 Max: 24.57
Current: -10.61
-30.27
24.57
ROA (%) -2.53
ABCO's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
79% of the 759 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.48 vs. ABCO: -2.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
ABCO' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -7.88  Med: 4.23 Max: 10.84
Current: -2.53
-7.88
10.84
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -24.07
ABCO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
86% of the 740 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 22.32 vs. ABCO: -24.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
ABCO' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -54.85  Med: 96.03 Max: 457.14
Current: -24.07
-54.85
457.14
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 19.70
ABCO's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 597 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. ABCO: 19.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ABCO' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.9  Med: 15.4 Max: 19.7
Current: 19.7
11.9
19.7
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Guru Trades

Q4 2015

ABCO Guru Trades in Q4 2015

Chuck Royce 1,430,200 sh (+14.04%)
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Q1 2016

ABCO Guru Trades in Q1 2016

Steven Cohen 333,700 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 11,998 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 27,719 sh (New)
Jim Simons 261,940 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 1,424,600 sh (-0.39%)
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Q2 2016

ABCO Guru Trades in Q2 2016

Joel Greenblatt 46,974 sh (+291.52%)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Chuck Royce 1,067,400 sh (-25.07%)
Paul Tudor Jones 15,943 sh (-42.48%)
Jim Simons 100,740 sh (-61.54%)
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Q3 2016

ABCO Guru Trades in Q3 2016

Paul Tudor Jones 15,977 sh (+0.21%)
Chuck Royce 1,067,400 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt 12,475 sh (-73.44%)
Jim Simons 18,600 sh (-81.54%)
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Business Description

Industry: Business Services » Business Services    NAICS: 561990    SIC: 8741
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The Advisory Board Co provides best practices research and analysis, business intelligence and software tools, and management and advisory services to the health care and education industries.

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 5,200 member institutions by providing solutions to its members 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.

Ratios

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history
Forward P/E 25.91
ABCO's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
62% of the 156 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.30 vs. ABCO: 25.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
P/B 3.55
ABCO's P/B is ranked lower than
61% of the 713 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.24 vs. ABCO: 3.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
ABCO' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.23  Med: 5.72 Max: 8.13
Current: 3.55
2.23
8.13
P/S 2.14
ABCO's P/S is ranked lower than
60% of the 714 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.31 vs. ABCO: 2.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
ABCO' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.04  Med: 3.28 Max: 6.82
Current: 2.14
1.04
6.82
PFCF 29.38
ABCO's PFCF is ranked lower than
66% of the 339 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 19.79 vs. ABCO: 29.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
ABCO' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.26  Med: 23.25 Max: 286.35
Current: 29.38
7.26
286.35
POCF 15.63
ABCO's POCF is ranked lower than
51% of the 410 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 13.33 vs. ABCO: 15.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
ABCO' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.96  Med: 16.64 Max: 32.49
Current: 15.63
4.96
32.49
EV-to-EBIT -47.26
ABCO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 555 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.31 vs. ABCO: -47.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
ABCO' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3685.8  Med: 29.4 Max: 1384.2
Current: -47.26
-3685.8
1384.2
EV-to-EBITDA 68.88
ABCO's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
93% of the 591 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.42 vs. ABCO: 68.88 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
ABCO' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -626.3  Med: 25.1 Max: 73.2
Current: 68.88
-626.3
73.2
Shiller P/E 117.78
ABCO's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
94% of the 159 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 30.27 vs. ABCO: 117.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
ABCO' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 38.03  Med: 79.07 Max: 189.25
Current: 117.78
38.03
189.25
Current Ratio 0.98
ABCO's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
83% of the 737 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. ABCO: 0.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
ABCO' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.55  Med: 0.85 Max: 1.08
Current: 0.98
0.55
1.08
Quick Ratio 0.98
ABCO's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
77% of the 737 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.49 vs. ABCO: 0.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
ABCO' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.55  Med: 0.85 Max: 1.08
Current: 0.98
0.55
1.08
Days Sales Outstanding 282.15
ABCO's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
96% of the 559 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 58.41 vs. ABCO: 282.15 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
ABCO' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 53.74  Med: 160.44 Max: 314.73
Current: 282.15
53.74
314.73

Buy Back

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industry
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history
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -7.20
ABCO's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked lower than
73% of the 431 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.40 vs. ABCO: -7.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
ABCO' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -16.6  Med: -2.9 Max: 6.5
Current: -7.2
-16.6
6.5

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Projected FCF 1.60
ABCO's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
51% of the 347 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.42 vs. ABCO: 1.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
ABCO' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.41  Med: 1.69 Max: 2.88
Current: 1.6
0.41
2.88
Price/Median PS Value 0.65
ABCO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
90% of the 569 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. ABCO: 0.65 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
ABCO' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.37  Med: 1.29 Max: 3.81
Current: 0.65
0.37
3.81
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) -2.10
ABCO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
84% of the 731 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. ABCO: -2.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
ABCO' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.12  Med: 3.2 Max: 16.8
Current: -2.1
-2.12
16.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 13.64
ABCO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 388 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.89 vs. ABCO: 13.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
ABCO' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1  Med: 13.1 Max: 29.6
Current: 13.64
-1
29.6

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $804.5
EPS (TTM) $ -1.15
Beta1.10
Short Percentage of Float5.67%
52-Week Range $18.87 - 48.86
Shares Outstanding (Mil)40.15

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17 Dec18
Revenue (Mil $) 806 799
EPS ($) 1.73 1.61 2.03
EPS w/o NRI ($) 1.73 1.61 2.03
EPS Growth Rate
(3Y to 5Y Estimate)
N/A
Dividends Per Share ($)
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Advisory Board Company Reports Operating Results (10-Q) Nov 09 2010 
Advisory Board Company (ABCO) CEO Robert W Musslewhite sells 5,000 Shares Oct 13 2010 
Advisory Board Company (ABCO) CEO Robert W Musslewhite sells 5,000 Shares Sep 14 2010 

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