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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
59% of the 1068 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.98 vs. ABCO: 0.14 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.14   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.14

Equity to Asset 0.28
ABCO's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
53% of the 1012 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.44 vs. ABCO: 0.28 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.45   Max: 0.6
Current: 0.28

-0.45
0.6
Interest Coverage No Debt
ABCO's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
84% of the 683 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 24.72 vs. ABCO: No Debt )
ABCO' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 9999.99   Max: 9999.99
Current: No Debt

F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 1.03
M-Score: -2.42
WACC vs ROIC
8.83%
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

vs
industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 3.45
ABCO's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 1061 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.28 vs. ABCO: 3.45 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -1.82   Max: 25.89
Current: 3.45

-1.82
25.89
Net-margin (%) -4.12
ABCO's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
54% of the 1063 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.10 vs. ABCO: -4.12 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -0.98   Max: 16.48
Current: -4.12

-0.98
16.48
ROE (%) -8.19
ABCO's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
56% of the 1026 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9.71 vs. ABCO: -8.19 )
ABCO' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 9.36   Max: 115.94
Current: -8.19

9.36
115.94
ROA (%) -2.45
ABCO's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 1077 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.88 vs. ABCO: -2.45 )
ABCO' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -1.7   Max: 21.57
Current: -2.45

-1.7
21.57
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 20.94
ABCO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 1063 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 28.07 vs. ABCO: 20.94 )
ABCO' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -43.38   Max: 672.31
Current: 20.94

-43.38
672.31
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 17.60
ABCO's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 845 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.30 vs. ABCO: 17.60 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 11.9   Max: 18.8
Current: 17.6

11.9
18.8
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 34.70
ABCO's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 720 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. ABCO: 34.70 )
ABCO' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -8.6   Max: 334.4
Current: 34.7

-8.6
334.4
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 21.10
ABCO's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 654 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.50 vs. ABCO: 21.10 )
ABCO' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -19.9   Max: 35.2
Current: 21.1

-19.9
35.2
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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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%)
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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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 30.30
ABCO's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
68% of the 1276 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ABCO: 30.30 )
N/A
P/B 3.60
ABCO's P/B is ranked higher than
59% of the 1276 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. ABCO: 3.60 )
ABCO' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.23   Max: 8.23
Current: 3.6

2.23
8.23
P/S 3.13
ABCO's P/S is ranked lower than
55% of the 1276 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.98 vs. ABCO: 3.13 )
ABCO' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.02   Max: 6.83
Current: 3.13

1.02
6.83
PFCF 42.00
ABCO's PFCF is ranked higher than
63% of the 1276 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 75.00 vs. ABCO: 42.00 )
ABCO' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 7.17   Max: 300.67
Current: 42

7.17
300.67
POCF 17.12
ABCO's POCF is ranked higher than
71% of the 1276 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 20.54 vs. ABCO: 17.12 )
ABCO' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 4.91   Max: 32.93
Current: 17.12

4.91
32.93
EV-to-EBIT 120.44
ABCO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
59% of the 1276 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 23.90 vs. ABCO: 120.44 )
ABCO' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.9   Max: 126.2
Current: 120.44

5.9
126.2
Shiller P/E 115.90
ABCO's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
67% of the 1276 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ABCO: 115.90 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 10.17   Max: 130.29
Current: 115.9

10.17
130.29
Current Ratio 0.99
ABCO's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
55% of the 1023 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.45 vs. ABCO: 0.99 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.55   Max: 1.03
Current: 0.99

0.55
1.03
Quick Ratio 0.99
ABCO's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
50% of the 1023 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.33 vs. ABCO: 0.99 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.55   Max: 1.03
Current: 0.99

0.55
1.03
Days Sales Outstanding 315.87
ABCO's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
53% of the 1276 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 78.36 vs. ABCO: 315.87 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 33.47   Max: 230.72
Current: 315.87

33.47
230.72

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.80
ABCO's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1276 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ABCO: 1.80 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.39   Max: 3.19
Current: 1.8

0.39
3.19
Price/Median PS Value 0.70
ABCO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
91% of the 1276 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. ABCO: 0.70 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.29   Max: 2.25
Current: 0.7

0.29
2.25
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 0.80
ABCO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
53% of the 1044 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.30 vs. ABCO: 0.80 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.8   Max: 16.8
Current: 0.8

0.8
16.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 18.90
ABCO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
82% of the 591 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.97 vs. ABCO: 18.90 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -1.2   Max: 29.7
Current: 18.9

-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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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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