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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 : 6/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.10
ABCO's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
88% of the 759 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.58 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: 0.09  Med: 10000.00 Max: No Debt
Current: 0.1
Equity to Asset 0.23
ABCO's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
85% of the 734 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.51 vs. ABCO: 0.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
ABCO' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.45  Med: 0.32 Max: 0.6
Current: 0.23
-0.45
0.6
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 0.62
M-Score: -3.05
WACC vs ROIC
9.97%
-6.32%
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 (%) -4.89
ABCO's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
83% of the 744 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.59 vs. ABCO: -4.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
ABCO' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -7.08  Med: 9.73 Max: 25.89
Current: -4.89
-7.08
25.89
Net-margin (%) -10.77
ABCO's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
85% of the 747 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.97 vs. ABCO: -10.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
ABCO' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -15.49  Med: 6.61 Max: 15.54
Current: -10.77
-15.49
15.54
ROE (%) -16.22
ABCO's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
87% of the 729 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.09 vs. ABCO: -16.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
ABCO' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -30.27  Med: 14.03 Max: 24.57
Current: -16.22
-30.27
24.57
ROA (%) -4.18
ABCO's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
82% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.70 vs. ABCO: -4.18 )
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: -4.18
-7.88
10.84
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -24.27
ABCO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
85% of the 746 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 23.36 vs. ABCO: -24.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
ABCO' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -54.85  Med: 96.99 Max: 457.14
Current: -24.27
-54.85
457.14
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 19.70
ABCO's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 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: 15.40 Max: 19.7
Current: 19.7
11.9
19.7
» ABCO's 10-Y Financials

Financials (Next Earnings Date: Est. 2016-08-04)


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

Q2 2015

ABCO Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Steven Cohen 75,200 sh (New)
Jim Simons 32,540 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 1,122,500 sh (-3.27%)
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Q3 2015

ABCO Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Chuck Royce 1,254,100 sh (+11.72%)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
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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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Business Description

Industry: Business Services » Business Services
Compare:MIL:CERV, NAS:EXLS, SZSE:300339, BSP:MPLU3, SZSE:300202, ASX:ALQ » details
Traded in other countries:AD5.Germany,
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 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.

Ratios

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industry
vs
history
Forward P/E 16.69
ABCO's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
54% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.42 vs. ABCO: 16.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
P/B 2.95
ABCO's P/B is ranked lower than
63% of the 754 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.08 vs. ABCO: 2.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
ABCO' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.23  Med: 5.98 Max: 8.13
Current: 2.95
2.23
8.13
P/S 1.71
ABCO's P/S is ranked lower than
59% of the 763 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. ABCO: 1.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
ABCO' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.04  Med: 3.62 Max: 6.82
Current: 1.71
1.04
6.82
PFCF 14.76
ABCO's PFCF is ranked higher than
63% of the 366 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 18.38 vs. ABCO: 14.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
ABCO' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.26  Med: 22.44 Max: 286.35
Current: 14.76
7.26
286.35
POCF 9.21
ABCO's POCF is ranked higher than
66% of the 453 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.88 vs. ABCO: 9.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
ABCO' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.96  Med: 17.69 Max: 32.49
Current: 9.21
4.96
32.49
EV-to-EBITDA 56.52
ABCO's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
92% of the 641 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.53 vs. ABCO: 56.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
ABCO' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -511  Med: 24.20 Max: 59.6
Current: 56.52
-511
59.6
Shiller P/E 111.52
ABCO's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
95% of the 153 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 24.34 vs. ABCO: 111.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
ABCO' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 38.03  Med: 75.08 Max: 189.25
Current: 111.52
38.03
189.25
Current Ratio 0.93
ABCO's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
84% of the 709 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.56 vs. ABCO: 0.93 )
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: 0.93
0.55
1.08
Quick Ratio 0.93
ABCO's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
79% of the 709 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 vs. ABCO: 0.93 )
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: 0.93
0.55
1.08
Days Sales Outstanding 256.22
ABCO's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
96% of the 582 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 58.93 vs. ABCO: 256.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
ABCO' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 53.74  Med: 123.40 Max: 314.03
Current: 256.22
53.74
314.03

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Projected FCF 1.26
ABCO's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
55% of the 366 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.46 vs. ABCO: 1.26 )
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: 1.26
0.41
2.88
Price/Median PS Value 0.47
ABCO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
92% of the 666 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.09 vs. ABCO: 0.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
ABCO' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.33  Med: 1.21 Max: 3.44
Current: 0.47
0.33
3.44
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) -2.42
ABCO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
83% of the 781 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.30 vs. ABCO: -2.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
ABCO' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.47  Med: 3.30 Max: 16.8
Current: -2.42
-2.47
16.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 14.73
ABCO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 379 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.81 vs. ABCO: 14.73 )
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: 13.10 Max: 29.6
Current: 14.73
-1
29.6

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $789.3
EPS (TTM) $ -2.04
Beta1.17
Short Percentage of Float6.39%
52-Week Range $18.87 - 60.38
Shares Outstanding (Mil)40.99

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17
Revenue (Mil $) 821 894
EPS ($) 1.68 1.91
EPS without NRI ($) 1.68 1.91
EPS Growth Rate
(3Y to 5Y Estimate)
N/A
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Advisory Board Company (ABCO) CEO Robert W Musslewhite sells 5,000 Shares Jan 12 2011 
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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 
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