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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

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.10
ABCO's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
88% of the 738 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.28 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 0.27
ABCO's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
82% of the 717 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. ABCO: 0.27 )
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: 0.27
-0.45
0.6
Interest Coverage 2.82
ABCO's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
91% of the 525 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 35.02 vs. ABCO: 2.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
ABCO' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9999.99  Med: 10000.00 Max: 9999.99
Current: 2.82
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 1.00
M-Score: -2.30
WACC vs ROIC
9.75%
3.93%
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 (%) 6.45
ABCO's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 726 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.58 vs. ABCO: 6.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
ABCO' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.29  Med: 15.45 Max: 25.89
Current: 6.45
6.29
25.89
Net-margin (%) -0.93
ABCO's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
76% of the 727 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.87 vs. ABCO: -0.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
ABCO' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.78  Med: 11.88 Max: 16.48
Current: -0.93
4.78
16.48
ROE (%) -1.40
ABCO's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
77% of the 704 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.54 vs. ABCO: -1.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
ABCO' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.36  Med: 17.71 Max: 24.57
Current: -1.4
9.36
24.57
ROA (%) -0.40
ABCO's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
74% of the 742 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.74 vs. ABCO: -0.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
ABCO' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.92  Med: 8.38 Max: 11.63
Current: -0.4
2.92
11.63
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 16.92
ABCO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
57% of the 726 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 24.08 vs. ABCO: 16.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
ABCO' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 53.47  Med: 155.08 Max: 595.25
Current: 16.92
53.47
595.25
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 17.60
ABCO's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 571 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.00 vs. ABCO: 17.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ABCO' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
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
91% of the 476 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. ABCO: 34.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ABCO' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -8.6  Med: 10.80 Max: 334.4
Current: 34.7
-8.6
334.4
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 20.70
ABCO's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 438 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.80 vs. ABCO: 20.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ABCO' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -19.7  Med: 12.10 Max: 35.7
Current: 20.7
-19.7
35.7
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q4 2014

ABCO Guru Trades in Q4 2014

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

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industry
vs
history
Forward P/E 21.14
ABCO's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
82% of the 254 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 14.12 vs. ABCO: 21.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
P/B 3.11
ABCO's P/B is ranked lower than
67% of the 694 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.97 vs. ABCO: 3.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
ABCO' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.23  Med: 6.00 Max: 8.13
Current: 3.11
2.23
8.13
P/S 3.14
ABCO's P/S is ranked lower than
78% of the 716 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. ABCO: 3.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
ABCO' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.02  Med: 3.99 Max: 6.83
Current: 3.14
1.02
6.83
PFCF 26.81
ABCO's PFCF is ranked lower than
73% of the 371 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.67 vs. ABCO: 26.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
ABCO' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.17  Med: 23.36 Max: 246
Current: 26.81
7.17
246
POCF 16.28
ABCO's POCF is ranked lower than
67% of the 469 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.13 vs. ABCO: 16.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
ABCO' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.91  Med: 19.03 Max: 39.93
Current: 16.28
4.91
39.93
EV-to-EBIT 133.84
ABCO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
96% of the 544 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 14.10 vs. ABCO: 133.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
ABCO' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.9  Med: 30.60 Max: 177.2
Current: 133.84
5.9
177.2
EV-to-EBITDA 31.33
ABCO's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
86% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.72 vs. ABCO: 31.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
ABCO' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.1  Med: 24.10 Max: 42.4
Current: 31.33
5.1
42.4
Shiller P/E 70.50
ABCO's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
89% of the 155 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 22.50 vs. ABCO: 70.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
ABCO' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 36.86  Med: 72.94 Max: 98.81
Current: 70.5
36.86
98.81
Current Ratio 0.98
ABCO's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
82% of the 722 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.59 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: 0.84 Max: 1.03
Current: 0.98
0.55
1.03
Quick Ratio 0.98
ABCO's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
76% of the 722 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.42 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: 0.84 Max: 1.03
Current: 0.98
0.55
1.03
Days Sales Outstanding 311.02
ABCO's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
97% of the 553 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 57.70 vs. ABCO: 311.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
ABCO' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 42.95  Med: 96.16 Max: 230.72
Current: 311.02
42.95
230.72

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Projected FCF 1.62
ABCO's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
62% of the 365 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. ABCO: 1.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
ABCO' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.39  Med: 1.68 Max: 2.91
Current: 1.62
0.39
2.91
Price/Median PS Value 0.78
ABCO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
73% of the 630 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.04 vs. ABCO: 0.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
ABCO' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.3  Med: 1.13 Max: 3.16
Current: 0.78
0.3
3.16
Price/Graham Number 6.01
ABCO's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
91% of the 450 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.51 vs. ABCO: 6.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
ABCO' s Price/Graham Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.45  Med: 4.04 Max: 8.28
Current: 6.01
1.45
8.28
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 0.70
ABCO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
73% of the 718 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.40 vs. ABCO: 0.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
ABCO' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.6  Med: 3.30 Max: 16.8
Current: 0.7
0.6
16.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 14.68
ABCO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 369 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.02 vs. ABCO: 14.68 )
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: -0.6  Med: 13.40 Max: 29.1
Current: 14.68
-0.6
29.1

More Statistics

Revenue(Mil) $709
EPS $ -0.16
Beta1.05
Short Percentage of Float8.94%
52-Week Range $40.70 - 60.38
Shares Outstanding(Mil)41.89

Analyst Estimate

Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17
Revenue(Mil) 547 775 892 1,009
EPS($) 0.76 0.85 1.67 2.03
EPS without NRI($) 0.76 0.85 1.67 2.03

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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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Meridian Funds Comments on The Advisory Board Co Sep 08 2014 
Meridian Growth Fund Second Quarter 2014 Commentary Sep 08 2014 
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Advisory Board Company Reports Operating Results (10-Q) Feb 09 2011 
Advisory Board Company (ABCO) CEO Robert W Musslewhite sells 5,000 Shares Jan 12 2011 
Advisory Board Company (ABCO) CEO Robert W Musslewhite sells 5,000 Shares Dec 14 2010 
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 
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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