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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

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.09
ADS's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
62% of the 974 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.01 vs. ADS: 0.09 )
ADS' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.03   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.09

Equity to Asset 0.07
ADS's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
63% of the 944 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. ADS: 0.07 )
ADS' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.01   Max: 0.46
Current: 0.07

-0.01
0.46
Interest Coverage 3.60
ADS's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
62% of the 666 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 25.65 vs. ADS: 3.60 )
ADS' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 9999.99
Current: 3.6

0.56
9999.99
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 2.00
M-Score: -2.30
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
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 22.91
ADS's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 968 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.26 vs. ADS: 22.91 )
ADS' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.42   Max: 26.76
Current: 22.91

0.42
26.76
Net-margin (%) 11.23
ADS's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 968 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.08 vs. ADS: 11.23 )
ADS' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -5.12   Max: 11.6
Current: 11.23

-5.12
11.6
ROE (%) 61.27
ADS's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 928 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9.05 vs. ADS: 61.27 )
ADS' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -10.76   Max: 316.77
Current: 61.27

-10.76
316.77
ROA (%) 4.07
ADS's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 980 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.98 vs. ADS: 4.07 )
ADS' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -2.49   Max: 5.99
Current: 4.07

-2.49
5.99
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 17.72
ADS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 972 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 28.23 vs. ADS: 17.72 )
ADS' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 17.81   Max: 114.83
Current: 17.72

17.81
114.83
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 8.80
ADS's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 817 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. ADS: 8.80 )
ADS' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -6.1   Max: 27.3
Current: 8.8

-6.1
27.3
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 12.40
ADS's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 691 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. ADS: 12.40 )
ADS' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 7.1   Max: 203.7
Current: 12.4

7.1
203.7
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 28.30
ADS's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 620 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.30 vs. ADS: 28.30 )
ADS' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -20.6   Max: 74.2
Current: 28.3

-20.6
74.2
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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

ADS Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Ray Dalio 22,574 sh (+38.71%)
RS Investment Management 18,910 sh (+13.39%)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 181,510 sh (+2.26%)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Columbia Wanger 565,000 sh (-3.42%)
Pioneer Investments 32,849 sh (-4.32%)
Steven Cohen 1,903 sh (-96.7%)
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Q1 2014

ADS Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Louis Moore Bacon 5,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 52,631 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 9,021 sh (+374.04%)
Pioneer Investments 31,969 sh (-2.68%)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 171,139 sh (-5.71%)
RS Investment Management 17,654 sh (-6.64%)
Columbia Wanger 525,000 sh (-7.08%)
Ray Dalio 15,674 sh (-30.57%)
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Q2 2014

ADS Guru Trades in Q2 2014

RS Investment Management 27,621 sh (+56.46%)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 171,675 sh (+0.31%)
Columbia Wanger 525,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Ray Dalio 14,374 sh (-8.29%)
Pioneer Investments 18,933 sh (-40.78%)
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Q3 2014

ADS Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 2,934 sh (New)
Jim Simons 77,600 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 25,594 sh (+78.06%)
Pioneer Investments 22,678 sh (+19.78%)
Columbia Wanger 525,000 sh (unchged)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 171,675 sh (unchged)
RS Investment Management 20,167 sh (-26.99%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ADS

(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
Ray Dalio 2014-09-30 Add 78.06%0.02%$241.48 - $284.8 $ 289.510%25594
Ronald Muhlenkamp 2014-03-31 Reduce -5.71%0.47%$234.2 - $294.27 $ 289.58%171139
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 Reduce -30.57%0.01%$234.2 - $294.27 $ 289.58%15674
Ronald Muhlenkamp 2013-12-31 Add 2.26%0.18%$212.47 - $260.05 $ 289.521%181510
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Add 38.71%0.01%$212.47 - $260.05 $ 289.521%22574
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 New Buy0.03%$179.51 - $211.18 $ 289.546%16274
Ronald Muhlenkamp 2011-09-30 Add 37.36%1.46%$81.66 - $100.41 $ 289.5210%235475
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 32.90
ADS's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
68% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 32.60 vs. ADS: 32.90 )
ADS' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.94   Max: 39.29
Current: 32.9

8.94
39.29
P/B 15.92
ADS's P/B is ranked lower than
51% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.32 vs. ADS: 15.92 )
ADS' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.88   Max: 175.47
Current: 15.92

2.88
175.47
P/S 3.70
ADS's P/S is ranked higher than
55% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. ADS: 3.70 )
ADS' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.81   Max: 4.41
Current: 3.7

0.81
4.41
PFCF 18.01
ADS's PFCF is ranked higher than
80% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 45.58 vs. ADS: 18.01 )
ADS' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 3.71   Max: 249.53
Current: 18.01

3.71
249.53
EV-to-EBIT 21.11
ADS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
66% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 19.22 vs. ADS: 21.11 )
ADS' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.3   Max: 25.6
Current: 21.11

6.3
25.6
PEG 1.71
ADS's PEG is ranked higher than
90% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ADS: 1.71 )
ADS' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 2.13
Current: 1.71

0.27
2.13
Shiller P/E 50.88
ADS's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
77% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ADS: 50.88 )
ADS' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 12.26   Max: 72.82
Current: 50.88

12.26
72.82
Current Ratio 2.12
ADS's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
80% of the 963 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 vs. ADS: 2.12 )
ADS' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 2.65
Current: 2.12

0.92
2.65
Quick Ratio 2.12
ADS's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
82% of the 963 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.31 vs. ADS: 2.12 )
ADS' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 2.65
Current: 2.12

0.92
2.65

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.42
ADS's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.16 vs. ADS: 1.42 )
ADS' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 1.98
Current: 1.42

0.54
1.98
Price/Median PS Value 1.50
ADS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
58% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. ADS: 1.50 )
ADS' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.42   Max: 1.65
Current: 1.5

0.42
1.65
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.13
ADS's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
91% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. ADS: 2.13 )
ADS' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.48   Max: 1.98
Current: 2.13

0.48
1.98
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 4.70
ADS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
62% of the 968 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. ADS: 4.70 )
ADS' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3.9   Max: 16
Current: 4.7

3.9
16
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 20.55
ADS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
85% of the 567 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.31 vs. ADS: 20.55 )
ADS' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 20.5   Max: 44.5
Current: 20.55

20.5
44.5

Business Description

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