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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 : 5/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.42
PSO's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
66% of the 179 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.31 vs. PSO: 0.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
PSO' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.11  Med: 0.28 Max: 0.76
Current: 0.42
0.11
0.76
Equity to Asset 0.55
PSO's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
51% of the 181 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 0.55 vs. PSO: 0.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
PSO' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.48 Max: 0.55
Current: 0.55
0.28
0.55
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 1.72
M-Score: -2.33
WACC vs ROIC
2.73%
-5.89%
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 : 5/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) -12.94
PSO's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
86% of the 180 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 4.47 vs. PSO: -12.94 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
PSO' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -12.94  Med: 12.56 Max: 23.24
Current: -12.94
-12.94
23.24
Net-margin (%) 15.70
PSO's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 181 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 3.33 vs. PSO: 15.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
PSO' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.07  Med: 10.78 Max: 28.13
Current: 15.7
6.07
28.13
ROE (%) 11.18
PSO's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 179 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 4.56 vs. PSO: 11.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
PSO' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.35  Med: 9.4 Max: 26.25
Current: 11.18
5.35
26.25
ROA (%) 5.95
PSO's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 186 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 2.24 vs. PSO: 5.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
PSO' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.75  Med: 4.62 Max: 12.92
Current: 5.95
2.75
12.92
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -54.46
PSO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
87% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 16.48 vs. PSO: -54.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
PSO' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -54.46  Med: 53.66 Max: 127.1
Current: -54.46
-54.46
127.1
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -3.70
PSO's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
57% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: -2.40 vs. PSO: -3.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
PSO' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -6.3  Med: 0.05 Max: 10.2
Current: -3.7
-6.3
10.2
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 3.10
PSO's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
50% of the 127 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. PSO: 3.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
PSO' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -19.4  Med: 3 Max: 46.6
Current: 3.1
-19.4
46.6
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PSO Guru Trades in Q4 2015

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PSO Guru Trades in Q1 2016

Jim Simons 1,800,300 sh (+8.10%)
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Q2 2016

PSO Guru Trades in Q2 2016

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Jim Simons 1,723,000 sh (-4.29%)
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PSO Guru Trades in Q3 2016

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Business Description

Industry: Publishing » Publishing    NAICS: 515120 
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Traded in other countries:PESA.Germany, PSON.UK, PSORF.USA,
Pearson PLC is engaged in the international media businesses covering education, business information and consumer publishing. Its business segments are North American Education, International Education, and Professional.

Pearson PLC was incorporated and domiciled in England on August 12, 1897. The Company is engaged in providing international business covering educational courseware, assessments and services, and consumer publishing. Its segments are North America, Growth, and Core. North America segment provides school, higher education and professional businesses in US and Canada. Growth segment provides school, higher education and professional businesses in emerging markets which are investment priorities, including Brazil, China, India and South Africa. Core segment provides school, higher education and professional businesses in more mature markets including UK, Australia and Italy.

Ratios

vs
industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 4.95
PSO's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
85% of the 121 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 15.74 vs. PSO: 4.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
PSO' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.89  Med: 16.72 Max: 35.34
Current: 4.95
4.89
35.34
Forward P/E 12.58
PSO's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
66% of the 29 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 14.31 vs. PSO: 12.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) 3.02
PSO's Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) is ranked higher than
90% of the 91 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 14.53 vs. PSO: 3.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) only.
PSO' s Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.98  Med: 10.51 Max: 25.64
Current: 3.02
2.98
25.64
P/B 0.73
PSO's P/B is ranked higher than
66% of the 178 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.37 vs. PSO: 0.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
PSO' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.72  Med: 1.63 Max: 2.12
Current: 0.73
0.72
2.12
P/S 1.08
PSO's P/S is ranked lower than
62% of the 176 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. PSO: 1.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
PSO' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.96  Med: 1.73 Max: 2.67
Current: 1.08
0.96
2.67
POCF 22.66
PSO's POCF is ranked lower than
88% of the 97 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 10.93 vs. PSO: 22.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
PSO' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.46  Med: 12.16 Max: 37.64
Current: 22.66
6.46
37.64
EV-to-EBITDA 7.12
PSO's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
52% of the 137 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 9.50 vs. PSO: 7.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
PSO' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.05  Med: 10.6 Max: 18.7
Current: 7.12
7.05
18.7
Shiller P/E 7.62
PSO's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
72% of the 40 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 22.79 vs. PSO: 7.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
PSO' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.53  Med: 18.76 Max: 35.03
Current: 7.62
7.53
35.03
Current Ratio 1.53
PSO's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
51% of the 178 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.54 vs. PSO: 1.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
PSO' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.13  Med: 1.73 Max: 2.61
Current: 1.53
1.13
2.61
Quick Ratio 1.37
PSO's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
54% of the 178 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.27 vs. PSO: 1.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
PSO' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.71  Med: 1.32 Max: 2.04
Current: 1.37
0.71
2.04
Days Inventory 46.49
PSO's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
58% of the 150 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 35.02 vs. PSO: 46.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
PSO' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 40.07  Med: 70.51 Max: 79.79
Current: 46.49
40.07
79.79
Days Sales Outstanding 113.03
PSO's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
81% of the 135 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 71.22 vs. PSO: 113.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
PSO' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 63.89  Med: 77.03 Max: 113.03
Current: 113.03
63.89
113.03
Days Payable 60.45
PSO's Days Payable is ranked lower than
60% of the 121 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 80.68 vs. PSO: 60.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
PSO' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 54.33  Med: 66.69 Max: 293.06
Current: 60.45
54.33
293.06

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 10.20
PSO's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
91% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. PSO: 10.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
PSO' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.01  Med: 3.94 Max: 10.33
Current: 10.2
3.01
10.33
Dividend Growth (3y) 2.80
PSO's Dividend Growth (3y) is ranked higher than
51% of the 88 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 2.70 vs. PSO: 2.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Growth (3y) only.
PSO' s Dividend Growth (3y) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.8  Med: 7.2 Max: 12.1
Current: 2.8
2.8
12.1
Forward Dividend Yield 4.73
PSO's Forward Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
72% of the 209 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. PSO: 4.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield only.
N/A
Yield on cost (5-Year) 13.91
PSO's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
90% of the 278 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 3.57 vs. PSO: 13.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
PSO' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.1  Med: 5.37 Max: 14.09
Current: 13.91
4.1
14.09
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 0.10
PSO's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
62% of the 97 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: -0.40 vs. PSO: 0.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
PSO' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -11.6  Med: -0.2 Max: 0.1
Current: 0.1
-11.6
0.1

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Projected FCF 0.50
PSO's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 95 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. PSO: 0.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
PSO' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0.96 Max: 1.36
Current: 0.5
0
1.36
Price/Median PS Value 0.62
PSO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 145 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. PSO: 0.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
PSO' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 1.02 Max: 4.55
Current: 0.62
0
4.55
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) -5.36
PSO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
73% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. PSO: -5.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
PSO' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -5.41  Med: 7.15 Max: 11.6
Current: -5.36
-5.41
11.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 3.21
PSO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
53% of the 104 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 3.48 vs. PSO: 3.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
PSO' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.3  Med: 10.4 Max: 28.4
Current: 3.21
0.3
28.4

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $6,350
EPS (TTM) $ 1.78
Beta-0.06
Short Percentage of Float0.11%
52-Week Range $7.04 - 13.20
Shares Outstanding (Mil)814.36

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17 Dec18
Revenue (Mil $) 5,635 5,868 6,080
EPS ($) 0.70 0.82 0.93
EPS w/o NRI ($) 0.70 0.82 0.93
EPS Growth Rate
(3Y to 5Y Estimate)
14.10%
Dividends Per Share ($) 0.65 0.65 0.65
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