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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
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history
Cash to Debt 0.25
MANU's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
61% of the 1005 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 0.58 vs. MANU: 0.25 )
MANU' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.06   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.25

Equity to Asset 0.53
MANU's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
72% of the 974 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. MANU: 0.53 )
MANU' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.22   Max: 0.57
Current: 0.53

0.22
0.57
Interest Coverage 3.12
MANU's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
55% of the 663 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 16.37 vs. MANU: 3.12 )
MANU' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.89   Max: 3.12
Current: 3.12

0.89
3.12
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 2.16
M-Score: -1.25
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 : 6/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 17.28
MANU's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1005 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 9.06 vs. MANU: 17.28 )
MANU' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 14.01   Max: 44.36
Current: 17.28

14.01
44.36
Net-margin (%) 6.53
MANU's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 1005 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 5.61 vs. MANU: 6.53 )
MANU' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -16.67   Max: 40.27
Current: 6.53

-16.67
40.27
ROE (%) 4.22
MANU's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 952 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 7.39 vs. MANU: 4.22 )
MANU' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 5.25   Max: 42.63
Current: 4.22

5.25
42.63
ROA (%) 2.07
MANU's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 1008 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 3.49 vs. MANU: 2.07 )
MANU' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -4.57   Max: 14.13
Current: 2.07

-4.57
14.13
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 18.76
MANU's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1007 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 12.29 vs. MANU: 18.76 )
MANU' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 18   Max: 53.7
Current: 18.76

18
53.7
Revenue Growth (%) 8.90
MANU's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 4.80 vs. MANU: 8.90 )
MANU' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 8.9
Current: 8.9

0
8.9
EBITDA Growth (%) 3.90
MANU's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 726 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 6.00 vs. MANU: 3.90 )
MANU' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 3.9
Current: 3.9

0
3.9
EPS Growth (%) 25.10
MANU's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 625 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 7.30 vs. MANU: 25.10 )
MANU' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 25.1
Current: 25.1

0
25.1
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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

MANU Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Ron Baron 6,431,959 sh (+28.12%)
George Soros 682,115 sh (-67.48%)
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Q1 2014

MANU Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Ron Baron 9,768,995 sh (+51.88%)
George Soros 69,703 sh (-89.78%)
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Q2 2014

MANU Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Ron Baron 9,862,699 sh (+0.96%)
George Soros 69,703 sh (unchged)
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Q3 2014

MANU Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jim Simons 68,100 sh (New)
Ron Baron 15,825,542 sh (+60.46%)
George Soros Sold Out
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Ron Baron 2014-09-30 Add 60.46%0.41%$15.19 - $19.625 $ 15.62-10%15825542
George Soros 2014-09-30 Sold Out 0.01%$15.19 - $19.625 $ 15.62-10%0
Ron Baron 2014-03-31 Add 51.88%0.24%$14.47 - $17.19 $ 15.622%9768995
George Soros 2014-03-31 Reduce -89.78%0.08%$14.47 - $17.19 $ 15.622%69703
George Soros 2013-12-31 Reduce -67.48%0.27%$15.15 - $17.54 $ 15.62-5%682115
Ron Baron 2013-12-31 Add 28.12%0.09%$15.15 - $17.54 $ 15.62-5%6431959
George Soros 2013-09-30 Reduce -29.33%0.15%$16.5 - $17.85 $ 15.62-9%2097557
Ron Baron 2012-12-31 New Buy0.32%$12.25 - $14.01 $ 15.6219%3568882
George Soros 2012-09-30 New Buy0.73%$12.18 - $14.2 $ 15.6219%3542995
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Guru Investment Theses on Manchester United PLC

Baron Funds Comments on Manchester United plc - Oct 24, 2014

Manchester United plc (MANU) is an English Premier League professional sports team. The business had three principal segments: Commercial, Broadcasting and Matchday. The team has a global brand, with a proven history of success, having won 11 of the last 20 Premier League Titles. Soccer is now the second most popular sport among the 12-24 age group in the U.S., and Manchester United is among the most popular soccer teams globally. Manchester United has over 500 million fans worldwide and is positioned to benefit from greater broadcast fees and higher sponsorship and merchandising revenue over the next several years. The increase in broadcast, licensing and merchandising related revenues should generate substantially more cash flow and drive greater value to shareholders over the next several years. (Ashim Mehra)

From Ron Baron (Trades, Portfolio)’s Baron Partners Fund Q3 2014 Report.

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Ron Baron Comments on Manchester United - Oct 24, 2014

Manchester United: Built to Last

U.K. soccer team Manchester United (MANU) is the most popular sports team in the world. More fans watch televised soccer matches than any other sporting event. That is why we consider our investment in Manchester United to be an investment in the most popular television program in the world. Twenty five years from now, we believe huge audiences will still be watching this team that has won more championships than any other in its 138-year history.

Manchester United televises 38 of its games a year. On average, 47 million fans watch each of those games! The NFL’s Super Bowl is played once a year. In 2014, it had 115 million viewers. Accordingly, we think Manchester United’s televised games are the equivalent of 16 Super Bowls a year! Because fans like to watch sporting events live with their attendant commercials, not time shifted with commercials eliminated, sports teams are unusually valuable media properties. Manchester United’s sustainable competitive advantage is its brand derived from its storied history and huge fan base. Media and licensing opportunities provide significant growth potential. Its management is investing its cash flow in star players and a new coach of champion teams to win more championships and make its franchise even more valuable. Manchester United’s investment in its business to benefit its fans at the expense of its short-term profits demonstrates the values we think make this business attractive.

From Ron Baron (Trades, Portfolio)’s Q3 2014 Shareholder Letter.

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Baron Funds Comments on Manchester United plc - May 05, 2014

Manchester United plc (MANU) is an English Premier League professional sports team. The business has three principal segments: Commercial, Broadcasting and Matchday. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and is now the second most popular sport among the 12-24 age group in the U.S. Manchester United is a global brand, with a proven history of success, having won 12 of the last 20 Premier League Titles. It is the most popular soccer team in the world, with over 600 million fans! The company is positioned to benefit from greater broadcast fees and higher sponsorship and merchandising revenue, generating substantially more cash flow. We think of Manchester United as the most popular television program in the world that has not yet monetized the value of its brand. (Ashim Mehra)





From Baron Funds' first quarter 2014 commentary.



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Baron Funds Comments on Manchester United - Feb 06, 2013

Manchester United plc (MANU) is an English Premier League professional sports team. The business had three principal segments: Commercial, Broadcasting and Matchday. The team is a global brand, with a proven history of success, having won 12 of the last 20 Premier League Titles. Soccer is now the second most popular sport among the 12-24 age group in the U.S., and Manchester United is amongst the most popular soccer teams globally. Manchester United has over 500 million fans world-wide and is well positioned to benefit from greater broadcast fees and higher sponsorship and merchandising revenue over the next several years. The increase in broadcast, licensing and merchandising related revenues should generate substantially more cash flow and drive greater value to shareholders over the next several years. (Ashim Mehra)

From Baron Funds' fourth quarter letter.


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Top Ranked Articles about Manchester United PLC

Baron Funds Comments on Manchester United plc
Manchester United plc (MANU) is an English Premier League professional sports team. The business had three principal segments: Commercial, Broadcasting and Matchday. The team has a global brand, with a proven history of success, having won 11 of the last 20 Premier League Titles. Soccer is now the second most popular sport among the 12-24 age group in the U.S., and Manchester United is among the most popular soccer teams globally. Manchester United has over 500 million fans worldwide and is positioned to benefit from greater broadcast fees and higher sponsorship and merchandising revenue over the next several years. The increase in broadcast, licensing and merchandising related revenues should generate substantially more cash flow and drive greater value to shareholders over the next several years. (Ashim Mehra) Read more...
Ron Baron Comments on Manchester United
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Baron Funds Comments on Manchester United plc
Manchester United plc (MANU) is an English Premier League professional sports team. The business has three principal segments: Commercial, Broadcasting and Matchday. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and is now the second most popular sport among the 12-24 age group in the U.S. Manchester United is a global brand, with a proven history of success, having won 12 of the last 20 Premier League Titles. It is the most popular soccer team in the world, with over 600 million fans! The company is positioned to benefit from greater broadcast fees and higher sponsorship and merchandising revenue, generating substantially more cash flow. We think of Manchester United as the most popular television program in the world that has not yet monetized the value of its brand. (Ashim Mehra) Read more...

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 56.40
MANU's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
69% of the 1090 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 30.60 vs. MANU: 56.40 )
MANU' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 11.27   Max: 81.22
Current: 56.4

11.27
81.22
P/B 1.70
MANU's P/B is ranked higher than
77% of the 1090 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 2.34 vs. MANU: 1.70 )
MANU' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.66   Max: 5.86
Current: 1.7

1.66
5.86
P/S 3.70
MANU's P/S is ranked higher than
61% of the 1090 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 1.75 vs. MANU: 3.70 )
MANU' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 3.57   Max: 5.6
Current: 3.7

3.57
5.6
EV-to-EBIT 24.98
MANU's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
74% of the 1090 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 22.72 vs. MANU: 24.98 )
MANU' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 24.3   Max: 49.3
Current: 24.98

24.3
49.3
Current Ratio 2.05
MANU's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
82% of the 982 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 1.32 vs. MANU: 2.05 )
MANU' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 2.65
Current: 2.05

0.54
2.65
Quick Ratio 2.05
MANU's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
86% of the 982 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. MANU: 2.05 )
MANU' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 2.65
Current: 2.05

0.54
2.65

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 7.40
MANU's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
64% of the 1090 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. MANU: 7.40 )
MANU' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 5.3   Max: 7.81
Current: 7.4

5.3
7.81
Price/Median PS Value 0.90
MANU's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
87% of the 1090 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 1.16 vs. MANU: 0.90 )
MANU' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.94   Max: 1.18
Current: 0.9

0.94
1.18
Price/Graham Number 4.30
MANU's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
72% of the 1090 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 4.57 vs. MANU: 4.30 )
MANU' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.83   Max: 4.52
Current: 4.3

1.83
4.52
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 4.00
MANU's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
72% of the 985 Companies
in the Global Leisure industry.

( Industry Median: 5.10 vs. MANU: 4.00 )
MANU' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2   Max: 4.1
Current: 4

2
4.1

Analyst Estimate

Jun15 Jun16 Jun17
Revenue(Mil) 2,106 2,297 1,500
EPS($) 1.29 2.06 1.19
EPS without NRI($) 1.29 2.06 1.19

Business Description

Industry: Travel & Leisure » Leisure
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Traded in other countries:MUF.Germany,
Manchester United PLC was incorporated in the Cayman Islands on April 30, 2012. The Company operates as popular and successful sports teams in the world, playing one of the popular spectator sports on Earth. Through its 134-year heritage it has won 60 trophies and a global community of 659 million followers. The Company's large, passionate community provides Manchester United with a worldwide platform to generate revenue from multiple sources, including sponsorship, merchandising, product licensing, new media & mobile, broadcasting and matchday. The Company attracts global companies such as Nike, Aon and DHL that want access and exposure to its community of followers and association with its global brand. The Company reviews its revenue through three main sectors: Commercial, Broadcasting and Matchday. The Company monetizes the value of its global brand and community of followers through marketing and sponsorship relationships with international and regional companies across all geographies. The Company markets and sells competitive sports apparel, training and leisure wear and other clothing featuring the Manchester United brand on a global basis. In addition, it also sells other licensed products, from coffee mugs to bed spreads, featuring the Manchester United brand and trademarks. These products are distributed through Manchester United branded retail centers and e-commerce platforms, as well as its partners' wholesale distribution channels. Due to the power of its brand and the quality of its content, it has formed mobile telecom partnerships in 42 countries. In addition, it market content directly to its followers through its website, www.manutd.com, and associated mobile properties. The Company benefits from the distribution and broadcasting of live football content directly from the revenue it receive and indirectly through increased global exposure for its commercial partners. The Company's Old Trafford is one of the world's iconic sports venues. It currently seats 75,766 and it has averaged over 99% of attendance capacity for its Premier League matches in each of the last 15 years. The key elements of its strategy are: expand its portfolio of global and regional sponsors; further develop its retail, merchandising, apparel & product licensing business; exploit new media & mobile opportunities; and enhance the reach and distribution of its broadcasting rights.
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