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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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Cash to Debt No Debt
ICLR's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
92% of the 297 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 3.52 vs. ICLR: No Debt )
ICLR' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.96   Max: No Debt
Current: No Debt

Equity to Asset 0.62
ICLR's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
72% of the 285 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.62 vs. ICLR: 0.62 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.53   Max: 0.77
Current: 0.62

0.53
0.77
Interest Coverage 257.77
ICLR's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
69% of the 158 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 261.43 vs. ICLR: 257.77 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 17.93   Max: 9999.99
Current: 257.77

17.93
9999.99
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 6.58
M-Score: -2.35
WACC vs ROIC
6.63%
24.55%
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

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 13.46
ICLR's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 290 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.79 vs. ICLR: 13.46 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 3.11   Max: 13.46
Current: 13.46

3.11
13.46
Net-margin (%) 11.47
ICLR's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 290 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -0.93 vs. ICLR: 11.47 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.42   Max: 13.44
Current: 11.47

2.42
13.44
ROE (%) 17.85
ICLR's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 273 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. ICLR: 17.85 )
ICLR' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 3.39   Max: 22.48
Current: 17.85

3.39
22.48
ROA (%) 11.42
ICLR's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 299 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -1.00 vs. ICLR: 11.42 )
ICLR' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.31   Max: 16.82
Current: 11.42

2.31
16.82
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 90.71
ICLR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 298 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.09 vs. ICLR: 90.71 )
ICLR' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 11.96   Max: 99.78
Current: 90.71

11.96
99.78
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 15.40
ICLR's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 211 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. ICLR: 15.40 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -14.6   Max: 54.5
Current: 15.4

-14.6
54.5
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 52.70
ICLR's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 194 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 1.90 vs. ICLR: 52.70 )
ICLR' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 52.7
Current: 52.7

0
52.7
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 94.70
ICLR's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 185 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. ICLR: 94.70 )
ICLR' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -34.2   Max: 94.7
Current: 94.7

-34.2
94.7
» ICLR's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

ICLR Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Caxton Associates 15,000 sh (New)
Ron Baron 1,430,000 sh (unchged)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 12,000 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 210,200 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
RS Investment Management Sold Out
Steven Cohen 195,389 sh (-10.95%)
Jim Simons 712,260 sh (-14.27%)
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Q2 2014

ICLR Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Ron Baron 1,530,000 sh (+6.99%)
Chuck Royce 210,200 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Jean-Marie Eveillard Sold Out
Jim Simons 613,600 sh (-13.85%)
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Q3 2014

ICLR Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Caxton Associates 50,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 690,100 sh (+12.47%)
Chuck Royce 210,200 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 1,515,624 sh (-0.94%)
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Q4 2014

ICLR Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Chuck Royce 210,200 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Ron Baron 1,469,024 sh (-3.07%)
Jim Simons 524,760 sh (-23.96%)
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Guru Investment Theses on Icon PLC

Meridian Funds Comments on Icon PLC - Dec 17, 2014

ICON (ICLR) manages clinical trials for the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Our investment in the company materialized when earnings were pressured by an industry slowdown in clinical trials at the same time that ICON was investing in its own capacity expansion. We viewed the slowdown in demand as temporary, caused by the elimination of many duplicative drug development programs. In addition, we thought ICON’s investments in technology positioned the company to gain market share in a growing industry as pharmaceutical customers increasingly outsourced clinical trial work. Strong stock performance in the quarter was driven by revenue and margins coming in above street estimates and a positive management outlook. We continue to hold shares in ICON based on its positioning as a technology leader in the clinical trial industry and the potential to further expand operating margins

From Meridian Funds (Trades, Portfolio)’ Meridian Contrarian Fund 3Q 2014 Commentary.

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Baron Funds Comments on ICON PLC - Jun 10, 2013

Other purchases in the quarter include ICON plc (ICLR), which is a CRO (Contract Research Organization) providing outsourced drug research to the pharmaceutical industry. We observed from our investment in Covance that the industry is turning, so we purchased a stake in ICON to increase the Fund's exposure to the trend.

From Baron Funds’ first quarter 2013 commentary.
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Meridian Funds Comments on Icon PLC
ICON (ICLR) manages clinical trials for the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Our investment in the company materialized when earnings were pressured by an industry slowdown in clinical trials at the same time that ICON was investing in its own capacity expansion. We viewed the slowdown in demand as temporary, caused by the elimination of many duplicative drug development programs. In addition, we thought ICON’s investments in technology positioned the company to gain market share in a growing industry as pharmaceutical customers increasingly outsourced clinical trial work. Strong stock performance in the quarter was driven by revenue and margins coming in above street estimates and a positive management outlook. We continue to hold shares in ICON based on its positioning as a technology leader in the clinical trial industry and the potential to further expand operating margins Read more...

Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 25.50
ICLR's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
90% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ICLR: 25.50 )
ICLR' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 4.37   Max: 78.79
Current: 25.5

4.37
78.79
Forward P/E 17.67
ICLR's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
92% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ICLR: 17.67 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 25.50
ICLR's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
92% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ICLR: 25.50 )
ICLR' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 4.36   Max: 78.03
Current: 25.5

4.36
78.03
P/B 4.40
ICLR's P/B is ranked higher than
59% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 4.80 vs. ICLR: 4.40 )
ICLR' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 5.55
Current: 4.4

0.46
5.55
P/S 2.93
ICLR's P/S is ranked higher than
71% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 4.98 vs. ICLR: 2.93 )
ICLR' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.58   Max: 2.99
Current: 2.93

0.58
2.99
PFCF 31.90
ICLR's PFCF is ranked higher than
83% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ICLR: 31.90 )
ICLR' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 5.14   Max: 600.13
Current: 31.9

5.14
600.13
POCF 25.77
ICLR's POCF is ranked higher than
83% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ICLR: 25.77 )
ICLR' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 3.77   Max: 88.35
Current: 25.77

3.77
88.35
EV-to-EBIT 19.60
ICLR's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
88% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ICLR: 19.60 )
ICLR' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -10.1   Max: 50.5
Current: 19.6

-10.1
50.5
PEG 2.13
ICLR's PEG is ranked higher than
96% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ICLR: 2.13 )
ICLR' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.08   Max: 11.49
Current: 2.13

0.08
11.49
Shiller P/E 46.40
ICLR's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
84% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ICLR: 46.40 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 6.42   Max: 47.53
Current: 46.4

6.42
47.53
Current Ratio 1.52
ICLR's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
56% of the 293 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.52 vs. ICLR: 1.52 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.52   Max: 3.61
Current: 1.52

1.52
3.61
Quick Ratio 1.52
ICLR's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
60% of the 293 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.17 vs. ICLR: 1.52 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.52   Max: 3.61
Current: 1.52

1.52
3.61
Days Sales Outstanding 90.07
ICLR's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
69% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 77.03 vs. ICLR: 90.07 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 66.88   Max: 179.92
Current: 90.07

66.88
179.92

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 9.80
ICLR's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
62% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 10.10 vs. ICLR: 9.80 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.64   Max: 7.23
Current: 9.8

0.64
7.23
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.80
ICLR's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
91% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ICLR: 1.80 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.52   Max: 6.85
Current: 1.8

0.52
6.85
Price/Median PS Value 2.00
ICLR's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
60% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. ICLR: 2.00 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 1.48
Current: 2

0.4
1.48
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.80
ICLR's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
96% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ICLR: 1.80 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 2.5
Current: 1.8

0.21
2.5
Price/Graham Number 3.30
ICLR's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
87% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. ICLR: 3.30 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.42   Max: 2.41
Current: 3.3

0.42
2.41
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.30
ICLR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
85% of the 296 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.30 vs. ICLR: 5.30 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2   Max: 71.7
Current: 5.3

2
71.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 16.41
ICLR's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
85% of the 112 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 10.80 vs. ICLR: 16.41 )
ICLR' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -15.7   Max: 55.6
Current: 16.41

-15.7
55.6

Business Description

Industry: Medical Diagnostics & Research » Diagnostics & Research
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Icon PLC was incorporated in 1990. The Company is a contract research organization that provides outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. The Company organized, operated and assessed its business in two segments, the clinical research segment and the central laboratory segment. The Clinical Research business specializes in the planning, management, execution and analysis of Phase I - IV clinical trials, ranging from small studies to complex, multinational projects. It also conduct various laboratory tests on the patient's blood, urine and other bodily fluids at appropriate intervals during the trial Specific clinical research services. The Company provides laboratory services through its central laboratory business, which includes the Company's central laboratories located in Dublin, New York, India, Singapore and China. The Company's areas of operation outside of Ireland include the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Turkey, Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Israel, Romania, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, The Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The Company's principal competitors are Covance Inc., PAREXEL International Corporation, Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc., Quintiles Transnational Corporation, inVentiv Health , PRA and INC Research.
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