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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

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash-to-Debt 0.10
ABCO's Cash-to-Debt is ranked lower than
89% of the 609 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.39 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
86% of the 594 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: 0.32 Max: 0.6
Current: 0.24
-0.45
0.6
Piotroski F-Score: 5
Altman Z-Score: 0.84
Beneish M-Score: -2.87
WACC vs ROIC
11.43%
-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
vs
history
Operating Margin % -4.85
ABCO's Operating Margin % is ranked lower than
84% of the 604 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.96 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 604 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.85 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
86% of the 582 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 616 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.21 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
85% of the 599 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 21.34 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
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate 19.70
ABCO's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked higher than
92% of the 560 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.90 vs. ABCO: 19.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate only.
ABCO' s 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate 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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Financials (Next Earnings Date: 2017-02-28)


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Guru Trades

Q1 2016

ABCO Guru Trades in Q1 2016

Joel Greenblatt 11,998 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 333,700 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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Q4 2016

ABCO Guru Trades in Q4 2016

Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Chuck Royce 837,200 sh (-21.57%)
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Business Description

Industry: Business Services » Business Services    NAICS: 561990    SIC: 8741
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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 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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industry
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history
Forward PE Ratio 28.01
ABCO's Forward PE Ratio is ranked lower than
88% of the 165 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.27 vs. ABCO: 28.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward PE Ratio only.
N/A
PB Ratio 3.97
ABCO's PB Ratio is ranked lower than
74% of the 582 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.07 vs. ABCO: 3.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
ABCO' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.23  Med: 5.71 Max: 8.13
Current: 3.97
2.23
8.13
PS Ratio 2.37
ABCO's PS Ratio is ranked lower than
70% of the 594 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. ABCO: 2.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
ABCO' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.04  Med: 3.27 Max: 6.82
Current: 2.37
1.04
6.82
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 32.75
ABCO's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
76% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 20.27 vs. ABCO: 32.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
ABCO' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.26  Med: 23.38 Max: 290.97
Current: 32.75
7.26
290.97
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 17.43
ABCO's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
69% of the 355 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 13.18 vs. ABCO: 17.43 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
ABCO' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.96  Med: 16.68 Max: 32.49
Current: 17.43
4.96
32.49
EV-to-EBITDA 75.05
ABCO's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
95% of the 501 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ABCO: 75.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
ABCO' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -626.4  Med: 25.3 Max: 76.5
Current: 75.05
-626.4
76.5
Shiller PE Ratio 131.05
ABCO's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked lower than
94% of the 156 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 29.73 vs. ABCO: 131.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
ABCO' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 38.03  Med: 78.96 Max: 189.25
Current: 131.05
38.03
189.25
Current Ratio 0.98
ABCO's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
83% of the 568 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: 0.85 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 568 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 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: 1.03
Current: 0.98
0.55
1.03
Days Sales Outstanding 282.15
ABCO's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
96% of the 452 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 59.95 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: 123.4 Max: 314.73
Current: 282.15
53.74
314.73

Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -7.20
ABCO's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked lower than
74% of the 405 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.30 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
vs
history
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 1.79
ABCO's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked lower than
58% of the 343 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.44 vs. ABCO: 1.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
ABCO' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.41  Med: 1.69 Max: 3.18
Current: 1.79
0.41
3.18
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 0.73
ABCO's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked higher than
84% of the 486 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. ABCO: 0.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
ABCO' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.37  Med: 1.29 Max: 3.82
Current: 0.73
0.37
3.82
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % -1.95
ABCO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
83% of the 610 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. ABCO: -1.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
ABCO' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2  Med: 3.2 Max: 16.8
Current: -1.95
-2
16.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % 13.39
ABCO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked higher than
57% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.02 vs. ABCO: 13.39 )
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: 13.39
-1
29.6

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $804.5
EPS (TTM) $ -1.15
Beta1.30
Short Percentage of Float7.70%
52-Week Range $18.87 - 51.23
Shares Outstanding (Mil)40.15

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17 Dec18
Revenue (Mil $) 806 799
EPS ($) 1.73 1.61 2.11
EPS without NRI ($) 1.73 1.61 2.11
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
N/A
Dividends per Share ($)
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Headlines

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Meridian Funds Comments on The Advisory Board Co 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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