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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 1.13
CSGP's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
65% of the 1007 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. CSGP: 1.13 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.53   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.13

Equity to Asset 0.72
CSGP's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
86% of the 990 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. CSGP: 0.72 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 0.94
Current: 0.72

0.3
0.94
Interest Coverage 7.80
CSGP's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
52% of the 710 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 19.86 vs. CSGP: 7.80 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 5.68   Max: 9999.99
Current: 7.8

5.68
9999.99
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 5.53
M-Score: -2.25
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
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Operating margin (%) 15.27
CSGP's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 1004 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.92 vs. CSGP: 15.27 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -84.14   Max: 18.73
Current: 15.27

-84.14
18.73
Net-margin (%) 8.46
CSGP's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 1004 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.46 vs. CSGP: 8.46 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -84.88   Max: 22.29
Current: 8.46

-84.88
22.29
ROE (%) 4.11
CSGP's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 972 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.51 vs. CSGP: 4.11 )
CSGP' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -40.36   Max: 13.17
Current: 4.11

-40.36
13.17
ROA (%) 3.00
CSGP's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 1017 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.32 vs. CSGP: 3.00 )
CSGP' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -35.12   Max: 11.99
Current: 3

-35.12
11.99
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 132.45
CSGP's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1014 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 31.44 vs. CSGP: 132.45 )
CSGP' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -478.06   Max: 194.46
Current: 132.45

-478.06
194.46
Revenue Growth (%) 12.70
CSGP's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 845 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. CSGP: 12.70 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -0.5   Max: 41.6
Current: 12.7

-0.5
41.6
EBITDA Growth (%) 23.20
CSGP's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 705 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.80 vs. CSGP: 23.20 )
CSGP' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -28.6   Max: 71
Current: 23.2

-28.6
71
EPS Growth (%) 17.90
CSGP's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 667 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.00 vs. CSGP: 17.90 )
CSGP' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -34.1   Max: 302.1
Current: 17.9

-34.1
302.1
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

CSGP Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Ron Baron 1,975,161 sh (+1.78%)
Chuck Royce 25,000 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 2,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 91,600 sh (-9.95%)
Mariko Gordon 513,866 sh (-23.8%)
Jim Simons 1,494 sh (-94.67%)
Steven Cohen 1,515 sh (-97.97%)
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Q4 2013

CSGP Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 2,731 sh (New)
Jim Simons 20,298 sh (+1258.63%)
Steven Cohen 4,689 sh (+209.5%)
Ron Baron 2,003,125 sh (+1.42%)
Chuck Royce 25,000 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 2,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 86,188 sh (-5.91%)
Mariko Gordon 427,500 sh (-16.81%)
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Q1 2014

CSGP Guru Trades in Q1 2014

George Soros 1,700 sh (New)
Jim Simons 150,596 sh (+641.93%)
Steven Cohen 20,650 sh (+340.39%)
Ron Baron 2,208,587 sh (+10.26%)
Murray Stahl 2,000 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce Sold Out
Mariko Gordon 416,705 sh (-2.53%)
Pioneer Investments 60,766 sh (-29.5%)
Paul Tudor Jones 1,421 sh (-47.97%)
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Q2 2014

CSGP Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Joel Greenblatt 11,676 sh (New)
Ron Baron 2,368,320 sh (+7.23%)
Murray Stahl 2,000 sh (unchged)
George Soros Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Mariko Gordon 414,085 sh (-0.63%)
Pioneer Investments 57,985 sh (-4.58%)
Jim Simons 91,998 sh (-38.91%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with CSGP

(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
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 New Buy0.02%$150.55 - $188.95 $ 142.53-12%11676
George Soros 2014-06-30 Sold Out $150.55 - $188.95 $ 142.53-12%0
Ron Baron 2014-03-31 Add 10.26%0.16%$166.78 - $214 $ 142.53-24%2208587
George Soros 2014-03-31 New Buy$166.78 - $214 $ 142.53-24%1700
Mariko Gordon 2013-12-31 Reduce -16.81%0.67%$161.29 - $186.62 $ 142.53-19%427500
Mariko Gordon 2013-09-30 Reduce -23.8%1%$131.88 - $170.09 $ 142.53-7%513866
Mariko Gordon 2013-06-30 Reduce -8.49%0.35%$105.73 - $129.51 $ 142.5326%674390
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.01%$67.48 - $82.68 $ 142.5396%0
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2012-03-31 Add 373.46%$56.67 - $69.87 $ 142.53149%19270
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2011-12-31 New Buy$49.22 - $68.39 $ 142.53134%4070
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Guru Investment Theses on CoStar Group Inc

Ron Baron Comments on CoStar Group Inc - Jul 28, 2014

After doubling in 2013, real estate information and marketing services provider CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP) gave back gains in the second quarter. CoStar shares were negatively impacted by sudden and significant multiple compression in high growth, highly valued stocks, which sold off acutely early in the quarter. CoStar also completed an equity offering in the quarter, which we expect will be used to finance accretive M&A over the next six months. We continue to maintain our conviction in CoStar. (Neal Rosenberg)



The Fund added to its position in CoStar Group, Inc.,the leading provider of information and marketing services to the $50 trillion commercial real estate (CRE) industry. The company has spent 25 years building a proprietary CRE database, which has grown to include information on over four million properties and nine billion square feet of listings. The company monetizes its data through subscriptions to analytical tools, which are deeply integrated into clients’ workflows. Ongoing investments in R&D and a doubling of the sales force should allow CoStar to sell an expanded array of tools to new and existing customers. Additionally, the acquisitions of LoopNet and Apartments.com extend CoStar’s reach into marketing services and multi- family lead generation, creating vast new opportunities and offering the company dramatic revenue and cost synergies. Finally, the company’s high fixed cost base creates significant operating leverage, which we believe should help drive margins to above 40%. (Neal Rosenberg)



From Ron Baron (Trades, Portfolio)’s Baron Funds Second Quarter 2014 Report.



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Baron Funds Comments on CoStar Group Inc. - Nov 22, 2013

Shares of CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate data in the U.S. and U.K., contributed to performance in the third quarter, driven by outstanding financial results, accelerating business momentum, and growing synergies from its LoopNet acquisition. CoStar continued to generate record quarterly bookings, which we estimate grew by over 75% in the most recently reported period. We continue to be excited by the LoopNet acquisition, which represents a potential opportunity of more than $600 million of recurring, high-mar gin reve nue. (Neal Rosenberg)

From Ron Baron’s Baron Funds third quarter 2013 letter.


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Baron Funds Comments on CoStar Group Inc. - Nov 21, 2013

Shares of CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate data in the U.S. and U.K., contributed to performance during the third quarter, driven by outstanding financial results, accelerating business momentum, and growing synergies from its LoopNet acquisition. CoStar continued to generate record quarterly bookings, which we estimate grew by over 75% in the most recently reported period. We continue to be excited by the LoopNet acquisition, which represents a potential opportunity of more than $600 million of recurring, high-margin revenue. (Neal Rosenberg)

From Ron Baron’s Baron Funds third quarter 2013 report.


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Baron Funds Comments on CoStar Group Inc. - Nov 06, 2013

Shares of CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate data in the U.S. and U.K., contributed to performance in the third quarter, driven by outstanding financial results, accelerating business momentum, and growing synergies from its LoopNet acquisition. CoStar continued to generate record quarterly bookings, which we estimate grew by over 75% in the most recently reported period. We continue to be excited by the LoopNet acquisition, which represents a potential opportunity of more than $600 million of recurring, high-margin revenue. (Neal Rosenberg)

From Ron Baron's Baron Funds third quarter 2013 report.


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Ron Baron Comments on CoStar Group Inc. - Apr 24, 2013

CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP), a leading real estate database company, has assembled and trained a 900 person nationwide research staff over more than 20 years to obtain that data. This was an unusually expensive undertaking. Now, as the primary source of this information, CoStar is able to monetize its proprietary database and earn high returns.

From Ron Baron’s Baron Funds first quarter 2013 investor letter.


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Ron Baron Comments on CoStar Group Inc
After doubling in 2013, real estate information and marketing services provider CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP) gave back gains in the second quarter. CoStar shares were negatively impacted by sudden and significant multiple compression in high growth, highly valued stocks, which sold off acutely early in the quarter. CoStar also completed an equity offering in the quarter, which we expect will be used to finance accretive M&A over the next six months. We continue to maintain our conviction in CoStar. (Neal Rosenberg) Read more...
Baron Funds Comments on CoStar Group Inc.
Shares of CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate data in the U.S. and U.K., contributed to performance in the third quarter, driven by outstanding financial results, accelerating business momentum, and growing synergies from its LoopNet acquisition. CoStar continued to generate record quarterly bookings, which we estimate grew by over 75% in the most recently reported period. We continue to be excited by the LoopNet acquisition, which represents a potential opportunity of more than $600 million of recurring, high-mar gin reve nue. (Neal Rosenberg) Read more...
Baron Funds Comments on CoStar Group Inc.
Shares of CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate data in the U.S. and U.K., contributed to performance during the third quarter, driven by outstanding financial results, accelerating business momentum, and growing synergies from its LoopNet acquisition. CoStar continued to generate record quarterly bookings, which we estimate grew by over 75% in the most recently reported period. We continue to be excited by the LoopNet acquisition, which represents a potential opportunity of more than $600 million of recurring, high-margin revenue. (Neal Rosenberg) Read more...
Baron Funds Comments on CoStar Group Inc.
Shares of CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate data in the U.S. and U.K., contributed to performance in the third quarter, driven by outstanding financial results, accelerating business momentum, and growing synergies from its LoopNet acquisition. CoStar continued to generate record quarterly bookings, which we estimate grew by over 75% in the most recently reported period. We continue to be excited by the LoopNet acquisition, which represents a potential opportunity of more than $600 million of recurring, high-margin revenue. (Neal Rosenberg) Read more...

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 99.90
CSGP's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
57% of the 1096 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 24.30 vs. CSGP: 99.90 )
CSGP' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 19.28   Max: 10537.5
Current: 99.9

19.28
10537.5
P/B 3.20
CSGP's P/B is ranked higher than
62% of the 1096 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.78 vs. CSGP: 3.20 )
CSGP' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.61   Max: 6.57
Current: 3.2

1.61
6.57
P/S 8.50
CSGP's P/S is ranked lower than
55% of the 1096 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. CSGP: 8.50 )
CSGP' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 2.34   Max: 13.21
Current: 8.5

2.34
13.21
PFCF 47.50
CSGP's PFCF is ranked higher than
70% of the 1096 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 40.50 vs. CSGP: 47.50 )
CSGP' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 12.44   Max: 149.33
Current: 47.5

12.44
149.33
EV-to-EBIT 61.87
CSGP's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
55% of the 1096 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.53 vs. CSGP: 61.87 )
CSGP' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.7   Max: 235085.2
Current: 61.87

6.7
235085.2
PEG 10.01
CSGP's PEG is ranked higher than
80% of the 1096 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. CSGP: 10.01 )
CSGP' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.66   Max: 506.71
Current: 10.01

0.66
506.71
Shiller P/E 165.00
CSGP's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
73% of the 1096 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 219.86 vs. CSGP: 165.00 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 30.51   Max: 542
Current: 165

30.51
542
Current Ratio 4.53
CSGP's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
94% of the 1009 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.46 vs. CSGP: 4.53 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 13.65
Current: 4.53

0.6
13.65
Quick Ratio 4.53
CSGP's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
94% of the 1009 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.29 vs. CSGP: 4.53 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 13.65
Current: 4.53

0.6
13.65

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 84.02
CSGP's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
56% of the 1096 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.11 vs. CSGP: 84.02 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 2.38   Max: 158.41
Current: 84.02

2.38
158.41
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.56
CSGP's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
71% of the 1096 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. CSGP: 2.56 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.99   Max: 78.45
Current: 2.56

0.99
78.45
Price/Median PS Value 1.38
CSGP's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
58% of the 1096 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. CSGP: 1.38 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.45   Max: 3.22
Current: 1.38

0.45
3.22
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 8.00
CSGP's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
85% of the 1096 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. CSGP: 8.00 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 86.88
Current: 8

0.92
86.88
Price/Graham Number 20.53
CSGP's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
65% of the 1096 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.77 vs. CSGP: 20.53 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.59   Max: 49.06
Current: 20.53

1.59
49.06
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 1.60
CSGP's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
58% of the 916 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. CSGP: 1.60 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 14.9
Current: 1.6

0.3
14.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 13.24
CSGP's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
80% of the 791 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.42 vs. CSGP: 13.24 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -10.2   Max: 35.8
Current: 13.24

-10.2
35.8

Business Description

Industry: Business Services » Business Services
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CoStar Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation was founded in 1987, is the provider of information, marketing and analytic services to the commercial real estate industry in the United States and United Kingdom. The Company offers its customers online access to the database of commercial real estate information, which has been researched and verified by its team of researchers, currently covering the U.S., as well as London and other parts of the U.K. and parts of France. Based on its unique database, the Company provides information, marketing and analytic services to the commercial real estate and related business community and operates within two segments, U.S. and International. The Company's information, marketing and analytic services are typically distributed to its clients under subscription-based license agreements, which typically have a minimum term of one year and renew automatically. In 2007 it began to manage its business geographically in two operating segments, with the Company's main areas of measurement and decision-making being the U.S. and International, which includes the U.K. and France. It also intends to continue to grow and expand the coverage of its service offerings within its International segment. It intends to introduce a consistent worldwide platform of service offerings. The Company has spent more than 25 years building and acquiring a database of commercial real estate information, which includes information on leasing, sales, comparable sales, tenants, and demand statistics, as well as digital images. The Company has developed a sophisticated data collection organization utilizing a multi-faceted research process. In 2012, its full time researchers and contractors drove millions of miles, conducted hundreds of thousands of on-site building inspections, and conducted millions of interviews of brokers, owners and tenants. The Company's suite of information, marketing and analytic services is branded and marketed to its customers. Its services are derived from a database of building-specific information and offer customers specialized tools for accessing, analyzing and using its information. The Company's main marketing methods include: service demonstrations; face to face networking; web-based marketing; direct marketing; communication via its corporate website and news services; participation in trade show and industry events; print advertising in trade magazines and other business publications; client referrals; and CoStar Advisor(tm), the Company's newsletter, which is distributed to its clients and prospects. The Company competes directly and indirectly for customers with the following companies: LoopNet, Inc., Cityfeet.com, Inc., Reed Business Information Limited, officespace.com, MrOfficeSpace.com, TenantWise, Inc., WorkplaceIQ and RealPoint LLC; Black's Guide, CBRE Economic Advisors, Marshall & Swift, Yale Robbins, Inc., Reis, Inc., Real Capital Analytics, Inc. and The Smith Guide, Inc. The Comp

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