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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 : 9/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 167.03
ACN's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
77% of the 2078 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.21 vs. ACN: 167.03 )
ACN' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 3.67   Max: 201296.58
Current: 167.03

3.67
201296.58
Equity to Asset 0.31
ACN's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
53% of the 2008 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.60 vs. ACN: 0.31 )
ACN' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.05   Max: 0.33
Current: 0.31

0.05
0.33
Interest Coverage 244.06
ACN's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
63% of the 1364 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2350.48 vs. ACN: 244.06 )
ACN' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 16.08   Max: 309.13
Current: 244.06

16.08
309.13
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 6.78
M-Score: -2.64
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 (%) 13.56
ACN's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 2062 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.48 vs. ACN: 13.56 )
ACN' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 5.33   Max: 14.27
Current: 13.56

5.33
14.27
Net-margin (%) 9.32
ACN's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 2062 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.74 vs. ACN: 9.32 )
ACN' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 1.87   Max: 10.8
Current: 9.32

1.87
10.8
ROE (%) 55.91
ACN's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 2001 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.10 vs. ACN: 55.91 )
ACN' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 54.21   Max: 749.43
Current: 55.91

54.21
749.43
ROA (%) 17.68
ACN's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 2086 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.75 vs. ACN: 17.68 )
ACN' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 4.24   Max: 19.57
Current: 17.68

4.24
19.57
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 566.09
ACN's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 2071 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 28.79 vs. ACN: 566.09 )
ACN' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 169.22   Max: 556.54
Current: 566.09

169.22
556.54
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 7.70
ACN's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1669 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. ACN: 7.70 )
ACN' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 20
Current: 7.7

0
20
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 9.40
ACN's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 1370 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.20 vs. ACN: 9.40 )
ACN' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 24
Current: 9.4

0
24
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 11.50
ACN's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1278 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.40 vs. ACN: 11.50 )
ACN' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 59.8
Current: 11.5

0
59.8
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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

ACN Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Zeke Ashton 62,500 sh (New)
First Pacific Advisors 138,475 sh (New)
John Rogers 14,616 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 18,141 sh (+229.84%)
Jeremy Grantham 2,483,168 sh (+161.99%)
Jim Simons 1,682,600 sh (+99.93%)
PRIMECAP Management 3,382,200 sh (unchged)
Wallace Weitz 226,400 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 114,400 sh (-0.17%)
MS Global Franchise Fund 383,324 sh (-0.8%)
Pioneer Investments 3,208 sh (-10.06%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 187,733 sh (-13.98%)
Joel Greenblatt 83,355 sh (-14.05%)
Steven Cohen 6,210 sh (-91.31%)
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Q1 2014

ACN Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Louis Moore Bacon 5,110 sh (New)
Ron Baron 605 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 24,400 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 26,167 sh (+321.37%)
Jeremy Grantham 3,684,577 sh (+48.38%)
Paul Tudor Jones 20,655 sh (+13.86%)
Joel Greenblatt 91,732 sh (+10.05%)
Wallace Weitz 230,400 sh (+1.77%)
First Pacific Advisors 138,475 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Zeke Ashton Sold Out
John Rogers Sold Out
Tom Gayner 110,000 sh (-3.85%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 174,610 sh (-6.99%)
Pioneer Investments 2,942 sh (-8.29%)
MS Global Franchise Fund 347,772 sh (-9.27%)
PRIMECAP Management 2,807,750 sh (-16.98%)
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Q2 2014

ACN Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Bestinfond 141,431 sh (New)
John Rogers 11,447 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 214,844 sh (+134.21%)
First Pacific Advisors 172,475 sh (+24.55%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 193,507 sh (+10.82%)
Tom Gayner 116,000 sh (+5.45%)
Jeremy Grantham 3,865,477 sh (+4.91%)
Wallace Weitz 230,400 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon 5,110 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron Sold Out
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 2,801,050 sh (-0.24%)
MS Global Franchise Fund 326,457 sh (-6.13%)
Paul Tudor Jones 6,585 sh (-68.12%)
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Q3 2014

ACN Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Ray Dalio 28,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 667,600 sh (New)
Bill Nygren 2,100,000 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 22,132 sh (+236.1%)
Joel Greenblatt 574,990 sh (+167.63%)
Tom Gayner 128,000 sh (+10.34%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 201,926 sh (+4.35%)
John Rogers 11,731 sh (+2.48%)
Jeremy Grantham 3,897,771 sh (+0.84%)
Wallace Weitz 230,400 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
MS Global Franchise Fund 326,118 sh (-0.1%)
First Pacific Advisors 162,475 sh (-5.8%)
PRIMECAP Management 2,496,150 sh (-10.89%)
Bestinfond 78,829 sh (-44.26%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ACN

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Bill Nygren 2014-09-30 New Buy1.1%$77.5 - $81.86 $ 90.5113%2100000
Joel Greenblatt 2014-09-30 Add 167.63%0.29%$77.5 - $81.86 $ 90.5113%574990
Ray Dalio 2014-09-30 New Buy0.02%$77.5 - $81.86 $ 90.5113%28000
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Add 134.21%0.13%$76.83 - $84.26 $ 90.5113%214844
Ray Dalio 2014-06-30 Sold Out 0.02%$76.83 - $84.26 $ 90.5113%0
John Rogers 2014-06-30 New Buy0.01%$76.83 - $84.26 $ 90.5113%11447
Ron Baron 2014-06-30 Sold Out $76.83 - $84.26 $ 90.5113%0
John Rogers 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.02%$77.57 - $85.4 $ 90.5110%0
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 New Buy0.02%$77.57 - $85.4 $ 90.5110%24400
Ron Baron 2014-03-31 New Buy$77.57 - $85.4 $ 90.5110%605
John Rogers 2013-12-31 New Buy0.02%$70.28 - $82.51 $ 90.5120%14616
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Guru Investment Theses on Accenture PLC

Bill Nygren Comments on Accenture PLC - Oct 07, 2014

Accenture PLC (ACN - $80)

Accenture (ACN) is one of the largest consulting and outsourcing companies in the world with over $30 billion of net revenues. Accenture is one of very few companies that can serve customers in both capacities globally, with scale, and across most industry verticals. As a result, roughly 60% of revenue is from projects where Accenture is the sole service provider from conception through completion, and more than 90 of Accenture’s top 100 customers have been clients for more than 10 years. Management has a long track record of disciplined capital allocation, having reduced the share count by nearly one-third over the past decade, and it recently initiated a fairly generous dividend. Accenture sells for less than 15x EPS, net of more than $7 per share of cash on the balance sheet. We believe this is an attractive price for such a high-quality and well-managed franchise.

From Bill Nygren (Trades, Portfolio)'s Oakmark Fund - Third Quarter 2014 Letter.

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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 19.70
ACN's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
86% of the 2271 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 58.20 vs. ACN: 19.70 )
ACN' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 10.24   Max: 26.84
Current: 19.7

10.24
26.84
P/B 10.80
ACN's P/B is ranked higher than
53% of the 2271 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.38 vs. ACN: 10.80 )
ACN' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 6.01   Max: 23.7
Current: 10.8

6.01
23.7
P/S 1.92
ACN's P/S is ranked higher than
74% of the 2271 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.60 vs. ACN: 1.92 )
ACN' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.86   Max: 1.96
Current: 1.92

0.86
1.96
PFCF 16.13
ACN's PFCF is ranked higher than
86% of the 2271 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 84.60 vs. ACN: 16.13 )
ACN' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 7.45   Max: 21.52
Current: 16.13

7.45
21.52
EV-to-EBIT 12.68
ACN's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
85% of the 2271 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 34.56 vs. ACN: 12.68 )
ACN' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6   Max: 16.1
Current: 12.68

6
16.1
PEG 1.63
ACN's PEG is ranked higher than
91% of the 2271 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ACN: 1.63 )
ACN' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 2.13
Current: 1.63

0.6
2.13
Shiller P/E 23.97
ACN's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
91% of the 2271 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ACN: 23.97 )
ACN' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 15.41   Max: 32.47
Current: 23.97

15.41
32.47
Current Ratio 1.42
ACN's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
58% of the 2043 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.91 vs. ACN: 1.42 )
ACN' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.14   Max: 1.63
Current: 1.42

1.14
1.63
Quick Ratio 1.42
ACN's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
61% of the 2043 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.78 vs. ACN: 1.42 )
ACN' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.14   Max: 1.63
Current: 1.42

1.14
1.63

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 2.15
ACN's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
69% of the 1043 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. ACN: 2.15 )
ACN' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.81   Max: 3.05
Current: 2.15

0.81
3.05
Dividend Payout 0.44
ACN's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
92% of the 2271 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ACN: 0.44 )
ACN' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.48   Max: 1.12
Current: 0.44

0.48
1.12
Dividend growth (3y) 27.40
ACN's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
92% of the 627 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. ACN: 27.40 )
ACN' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 47.6
Current: 27.4

0
47.6
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.89
ACN's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
85% of the 1073 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.79 vs. ACN: 4.89 )
ACN' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.8   Max: 6.77
Current: 4.89

1.8
6.77
Share Buyback Rate 2.30
ACN's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
92% of the 1390 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.20 vs. ACN: 2.30 )
ACN' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0   Max: 0.2
Current: 2.3

0
0.2

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 21.96
ACN's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
60% of the 2271 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.40 vs. ACN: 21.96 )
ACN' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 8.58   Max: 218.25
Current: 21.96

8.58
218.25
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.21
ACN's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
88% of the 2271 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.40 vs. ACN: 1.21 )
ACN' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.71   Max: 1.85
Current: 1.21

0.71
1.85
Price/Median PS Value 1.24
ACN's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
71% of the 2271 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. ACN: 1.24 )
ACN' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 1.38
Current: 1.24

0.6
1.38
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.50
ACN's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
94% of the 2271 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ACN: 1.50 )
ACN' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.65   Max: 2.06
Current: 1.5

0.65
2.06
Price/Graham Number 4.21
ACN's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
78% of the 2271 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 27.59 vs. ACN: 4.21 )
ACN' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.79   Max: 12.85
Current: 4.21

1.79
12.85
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 7.90
ACN's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
84% of the 2056 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. ACN: 7.90 )
ACN' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 6.2   Max: 16.6
Current: 7.9

6.2
16.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 18.78
ACN's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
84% of the 1069 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 13.07 vs. ACN: 18.78 )
ACN' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 14.5   Max: 29.1
Current: 18.78

14.5
29.1

Analyst Estimate

Aug15 Aug16 Aug17
Revenue(Mil) 32,024 33,823 34,351
EPS($) 4.88 5.18 5.37
EPS without NRI($) 4.88 5.18 5.37

Business Description

Industry: Application Software » Information Technology Services
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Traded in other countries:CSA.Germany, ACN N.Mexico,
Accenture PLC is a professional service company incorporated in Ireland on June 10, 2009. The Company is engaged in providing management consulting, technology and outsourcing services to clients. The Company operates in five segments including Communications, Media & Technology; Financial Services; Health & Public Service; Products; and Resources. The Company's Communications, Media & Technology segment serves the Communications serving wireline, wireless, cable and satellite communications and service providers; Electronics & High Tech serving information and communications technology, software, semiconductor, consumer electronics, aerospace and defense, and medical equipment, and provide services in areas including strategy, enterprise resource management, customer relationship management, integrated mobility, embedded software, product lifecycle management, sales transformation, digital marketing, supply chain management and merger/acquisition integration; and Media And Entertainment serving the broadcast, entertainment, print, publishing and Internet/social media industries, and provide digital services, including video solutions, marketing, performance advertising, intellectual property management, and content and media technologies. The Financial Services segment serves the banking, capital markets and insurance industries. Its Banking helps retail and commercial banks, mortgage lenders and diversified financial enterprises; Capital Markets helps investment banks, wealth and asset management firms, broker/dealers, depositories, exchanges and clearing and settlement organizations to improve its performance; and Insurance helps property and casualty insurers, life insurers, reinsurance firms and insurance brokers improve business processes. The Health & Public Service segment serves healthcare payers and providers, as well as government departments and agencies, public service organizations, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Health industry works with healthcare providers, including hospitals, public health systems, policy-making authorities, health insurers (payers), and industry organizations and associations; and Public Service industry helps governments transform the way they deliver public services and engage with citizens. The Products segment serves a set of interconnected consumer-relevant industries, and includes Air, Freight & Travel Services serving the airlines, freight and logistics companies, and travel services companies, including hotels, tour operators, rental car companies and cruise operators; Automotive providing services to original equipment manufacturers and suppliers; Consumer Goods & Services serving food and beverage, alcoholic beverage, household goods, personal care, tobacco, fashion/apparel, agribusiness and consumer health companies; Industrial Equipment serving industrial and electrical equipment, automotive supplier, consumer durable and heavy equipment industries; Infrast
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