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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
vs
history
Cash to Debt 9.58
ICLR's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
56% of the 176 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 3.71 vs. ICLR: 9.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.85  Med: 103.20 Max: No Debt
Current: 9.58
Equity to Asset 0.62
ICLR's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
53% of the 161 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.61 vs. ICLR: 0.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.53  Med: 0.65 Max: 0.77
Current: 0.62
0.53
0.77
Interest Coverage 257.77
ICLR's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
56% of the 91 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 10000.00 vs. ICLR: 257.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 17.93  Med: 70.24 Max: 9999.99
Current: 257.77
17.93
9999.99
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 6.33
M-Score: -2.72
WACC vs ROIC
6.98%
25.62%
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 : 8/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 14.66
ICLR's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 171 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -0.05 vs. ICLR: 14.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 3.11  Med: 10.74 Max: 13.46
Current: 14.66
3.11
13.46
Net-margin (%) 12.46
ICLR's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 171 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. ICLR: 12.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.42  Med: 8.87 Max: 13.44
Current: 12.46
2.42
13.44
ROE (%) 19.53
ICLR's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 163 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -0.85 vs. ICLR: 19.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
ICLR' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 3.39  Med: 14.43 Max: 22.48
Current: 19.53
3.39
22.48
ROA (%) 12.45
ICLR's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 178 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -2.53 vs. ICLR: 12.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
ICLR' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.31  Med: 9.34 Max: 16.82
Current: 12.45
2.31
16.82
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 99.08
ICLR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 177 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: -1.66 vs. ICLR: 99.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
ICLR' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 12.45  Med: 38.95 Max: 100.35
Current: 99.08
12.45
100.35
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 15.40
ICLR's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 111 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. ICLR: 15.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -14.6  Med: 10.35 Max: 54.5
Current: 15.4
-14.6
54.5
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 52.70
ICLR's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 102 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. ICLR: 52.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ICLR' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0  Med: -0.95 Max: 52.7
Current: 52.7
0
52.7
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 94.70
ICLR's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 100 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. ICLR: 94.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ICLR' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -34.2  Med: 5.15 Max: 94.7
Current: 94.7
-34.2
94.7
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Financials


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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

ICLR Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Ron Baron 1,530,000 sh (+6.99%)
Chuck Royce 210,200 sh (unchged)
First Eagle Investment Sold Out
Caxton Associates 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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Q1 2015

ICLR Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Jim Simons 528,260 sh (+0.67%)
Ron Baron 1,469,024 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 177,400 sh (-15.60%)
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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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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
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 22.09
ICLR's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
78% of the 78 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 30.50 vs. ICLR: 22.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
ICLR' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 4.37  Med: 17.03 Max: 78.79
Current: 22.09
4.37
78.79
Forward P/E 16.61
ICLR's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
71% of the 58 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 20.16 vs. ICLR: 16.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 22.30
ICLR's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
77% of the 79 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 30.70 vs. ICLR: 22.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
ICLR' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 4.36  Med: 16.95 Max: 78.03
Current: 22.3
4.36
78.03
P/B 4.09
ICLR's P/B is ranked lower than
59% of the 163 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 3.33 vs. ICLR: 4.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
ICLR' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.46  Med: 2.20 Max: 5.55
Current: 4.09
0.46
5.55
P/S 2.74
ICLR's P/S is ranked higher than
52% of the 170 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.93 vs. ICLR: 2.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
ICLR' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.58  Med: 1.47 Max: 2.9
Current: 2.74
0.58
2.9
PFCF 16.10
ICLR's PFCF is ranked higher than
89% of the 62 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 29.01 vs. ICLR: 16.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
ICLR' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 5.14  Med: 16.56 Max: 600.13
Current: 16.1
5.14
600.13
POCF 12.97
ICLR's POCF is ranked higher than
80% of the 74 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 21.04 vs. ICLR: 12.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
ICLR' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 3.77  Med: 13.53 Max: 88.35
Current: 12.97
3.77
88.35
EV-to-EBIT 17.42
ICLR's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
63% of the 90 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 22.19 vs. ICLR: 17.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
ICLR' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -10.1  Med: 12.50 Max: 50.5
Current: 17.42
-10.1
50.5
PEG 1.86
ICLR's PEG is ranked higher than
68% of the 38 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 3.00 vs. ICLR: 1.86 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
ICLR' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.09  Med: 1.43 Max: 11.49
Current: 1.86
0.09
11.49
Shiller P/E 42.41
ICLR's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
72% of the 53 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 29.25 vs. ICLR: 42.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 6.42  Med: 15.46 Max: 46.32
Current: 42.41
6.42
46.32
Current Ratio 1.45
ICLR's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
81% of the 170 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.79 vs. ICLR: 1.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.45  Med: 1.95 Max: 3.61
Current: 1.45
1.45
3.61
Quick Ratio 1.45
ICLR's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
72% of the 170 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.39 vs. ICLR: 1.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.45  Med: 1.95 Max: 3.61
Current: 1.45
1.45
3.61
Days Sales Outstanding 85.64
ICLR's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
70% of the 151 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 65.73 vs. ICLR: 85.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 66.88  Med: 90.57 Max: 179.92
Current: 85.64
66.88
179.92

Valuation & Return

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industry
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Price/Net Current Asset Value 20.04
ICLR's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked lower than
80% of the 103 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 7.29 vs. ICLR: 20.04 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Net Current Asset Value only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 0.88  Med: 6.28 Max: 20.74
Current: 20.04
0.88
20.74
Price/Tangible Book 10.78
ICLR's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
78% of the 140 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 5.08 vs. ICLR: 10.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.64  Med: 3.15 Max: 11.16
Current: 10.78
0.64
11.16
Price/Projected FCF 1.50
ICLR's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
68% of the 66 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 1.92 vs. ICLR: 1.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.52  Med: 1.67 Max: 6.85
Current: 1.5
0.52
6.85
Price/Median PS Value 1.88
ICLR's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
85% of the 151 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. ICLR: 1.88 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.39  Med: 0.95 Max: 1.95
Current: 1.88
0.39
1.95
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.09
ICLR's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
93% of the 29 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.04 vs. ICLR: 1.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.2  Med: 1.30 Max: 3.2
Current: 1.09
0.2
3.2
Price/Graham Number 3.21
ICLR's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
57% of the 61 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 2.99 vs. ICLR: 3.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.41  Med: 1.54 Max: 3.59
Current: 3.21
0.41
3.59
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 5.76
ICLR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 173 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 0.10 vs. ICLR: 5.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 2  Med: 7.50 Max: 60
Current: 5.76
2
60
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 23.19
ICLR's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 54 Companies
in the Global Diagnostics & Research industry.

( Industry Median: 11.17 vs. ICLR: 23.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
ICLR' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -15.7  Med: 8.20 Max: 40.2
Current: 23.19
-15.7
40.2

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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