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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 : 8/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt No Debt
ABCO's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
93% of the 959 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.72 vs. ABCO: No Debt )
ABCO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: No Debt   Max: No Debt
Current: No Debt

Equity to Asset 0.30
ABCO's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
53% of the 937 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. ABCO: 0.30 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.45   Max: 0.6
Current: 0.3

-0.45
0.6
Interest Coverage No Debt
ABCO's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
94% of the 675 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 21.89 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: 2.18
M-Score: -2.50
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 : 8/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 9.64
ABCO's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 950 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.12 vs. ABCO: 9.64 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -1.82   Max: 25.89
Current: 9.64

-1.82
25.89
Net-margin (%) 4.92
ABCO's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 950 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.59 vs. ABCO: 4.92 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -0.98   Max: 16.48
Current: 4.92

-0.98
16.48
ROE (%) 7.88
ABCO's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 919 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.28 vs. ABCO: 7.88 )
ABCO' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 7.88   Max: 34.8
Current: 7.88

7.88
34.8
ROA (%) 2.53
ABCO's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 965 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.48 vs. ABCO: 2.53 )
ABCO' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -1.41   Max: 20.57
Current: 2.53

-1.41
20.57
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 61.07
ABCO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 960 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 33.29 vs. ABCO: 61.07 )
ABCO' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -21.69   Max: 823
Current: 61.07

-21.69
823
Revenue Growth (%) 17.60
ABCO's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 727 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. ABCO: 17.60 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 11.9   Max: 18.8
Current: 17.6

11.9
18.8
EBITDA Growth (%) 33.00
ABCO's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 605 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.30 vs. ABCO: 33.00 )
ABCO' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -8.6   Max: 334.4
Current: 33

-8.6
334.4
EPS Growth (%) 19.20
ABCO's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 579 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.80 vs. ABCO: 19.20 )
ABCO' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -19.9   Max: 35.2
Current: 19.2

-19.9
35.2
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

ABCO Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Ron Baron 378,044 sh (New)
RS Investment Management Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Chuck Royce 1,172,582 sh (-29.86%)
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Q2 2013

ABCO Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Jim Simons 174,940 sh (New)
Ron Baron 1,266,520 sh (+235.02%)
Chuck Royce 1,113,182 sh (-5.07%)
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Q3 2013

ABCO Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Ron Baron 1,404,659 sh (+10.91%)
Chuck Royce 1,015,682 sh (-8.76%)
Jim Simons 39,740 sh (-77.28%)
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Q4 2013

ABCO Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Pioneer Investments 109,316 sh (New)
Ron Baron 1,673,698 sh (+19.15%)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Chuck Royce 953,482 sh (-6.12%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ABCO

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Ron Baron 2013-06-30 Add 235.02%0.25%$44.58 - $54.65 $ 60.4619%1266520
Ron Baron 2013-03-31 New Buy0.11%$46.79 - $55 $ 60.4618%378044
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 103.50
ABCO's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
73% of the 766 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 20.70 vs. ABCO: 103.50 )
ABCO' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 9.8   Max: 115.47
Current: 103.5

9.8
115.47
P/B 6.80
ABCO's P/B is ranked lower than
72% of the 899 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. ABCO: 6.80 )
ABCO' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.23   Max: 11.72
Current: 6.8

2.23
11.72
P/S 4.40
ABCO's P/S is ranked lower than
80% of the 948 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.32 vs. ABCO: 4.40 )
ABCO' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.02   Max: 7.77
Current: 4.4

1.02
7.77
PFCF 70.30
ABCO's PFCF is ranked lower than
78% of the 611 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.63 vs. ABCO: 70.30 )
ABCO' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 7.17   Max: 89.83
Current: 70.3

7.17
89.83
EV-to-EBIT 52.60
ABCO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
76% of the 843 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.40 vs. ABCO: 52.60 )
ABCO' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.9   Max: 60
Current: 52.6

5.9
60
PEG 5.60
ABCO's PEG is ranked lower than
62% of the 457 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.16 vs. ABCO: 5.60 )
ABCO' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.39   Max: 108.67
Current: 5.6

1.39
108.67
Shiller P/E 97.00
ABCO's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
74% of the 469 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 24.20 vs. ABCO: 97.00 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 10.17   Max: 108.08
Current: 97

10.17
108.08

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 13.80
ABCO's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
78% of the 678 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. ABCO: 13.80 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 3.67   Max: 15.15
Current: 13.8

3.67
15.15
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.60
ABCO's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked lower than
71% of the 514 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. ABCO: 2.60 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.39   Max: 2.74
Current: 2.6

0.39
2.74
Price/Median PS Value 1.00
ABCO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
69% of the 897 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. ABCO: 1.00 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 2.05
Current: 1

0.27
2.05
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 4.70
ABCO's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
81% of the 230 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. ABCO: 4.70 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 1.38   Max: 11.96
Current: 4.7

1.38
11.96
Price/Graham Number 7.90
ABCO's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
83% of the 567 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. ABCO: 7.90 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.4   Max: 8.29
Current: 7.9

1.4
8.29
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 1.90
ABCO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
68% of the 848 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.60 vs. ABCO: 1.90 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1.7   Max: 16.8
Current: 1.9

1.7
16.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 23.72
ABCO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
90% of the 660 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. ABCO: 23.72 )
ABCO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -1.3   Max: 24.1
Current: 23.72

-1.3
24.1

Business Description

Industry: Business Services » Business Services
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Advisory Board Company 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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