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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 1.90
TW's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
69% of the 974 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.01 vs. TW: 1.90 )
TW' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.53   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.9

Equity to Asset 0.57
TW's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
73% of the 944 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. TW: 0.57 )
TW' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 0.59
Current: 0.57

0.16
0.59
Interest Coverage 54.76
TW's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
67% of the 666 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 25.65 vs. TW: 54.76 )
TW' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 21.9   Max: 9999.99
Current: 54.76

21.9
9999.99
F-Score: 8
Z-Score: 3.69
M-Score: -2.54
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 (%) 14.59
TW's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 968 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.26 vs. TW: 14.59 )
TW' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 4.13   Max: 14.2
Current: 14.59

4.13
14.2
Net-margin (%) 9.93
TW's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 968 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.08 vs. TW: 9.93 )
TW' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.97   Max: 10.32
Current: 9.93

2.97
10.32
ROE (%) 11.75
TW's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 928 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9.05 vs. TW: 11.75 )
TW' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 8.55   Max: 58.05
Current: 11.75

8.55
58.05
ROA (%) 6.52
TW's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 980 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.98 vs. TW: 6.52 )
TW' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 3.89   Max: 12.31
Current: 6.52

3.89
12.31
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 100.73
TW's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 972 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 28.23 vs. TW: 100.73 )
TW' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 58   Max: 136.08
Current: 100.73

58
136.08
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 3.70
TW's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 817 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. TW: 3.70 )
TW' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -0.8   Max: 20.9
Current: 3.7

-0.8
20.9
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 15.00
TW's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 691 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. TW: 15.00 )
TW' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -3.8   Max: 30
Current: 15

-3.8
30
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 23.90
TW's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 620 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.30 vs. TW: 23.90 )
TW' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -9.2   Max: 34.5
Current: 23.9

-9.2
34.5
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Financials


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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

TW Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Stanley Druckenmiller 88,300 sh (New)
Steve Mandel 1,098,124 sh (New)
Caxton Associates 19,869 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 6,904 sh (New)
Jim Simons 458,100 sh (+236.59%)
Pioneer Investments 159,931 sh (+5.63%)
Joel Greenblatt 7,691 sh (-0.44%)
Robert Olstein 52,000 sh (-11.86%)
John Rogers 587,502 sh (-29.55%)
Chuck Royce 1,749,613 sh (-32.15%)
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Q1 2014

TW Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Joel Greenblatt 31,550 sh (+310.22%)
Pioneer Investments 168,173 sh (+5.15%)
Stanley Druckenmiller Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Steve Mandel Sold Out
Robert Olstein 48,000 sh (-7.69%)
John Rogers 404,843 sh (-31.09%)
Chuck Royce 999,513 sh (-42.87%)
Caxton Associates 6,000 sh (-69.8%)
Jim Simons 93,900 sh (-79.5%)
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Q2 2014

TW Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 6,085 sh (New)
Ron Baron 281,600 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 424,263 sh (+1244.73%)
Chuck Royce 1,149,438 sh (+15%)
Robert Olstein 51,000 sh (+6.25%)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 146,960 sh (-12.61%)
John Rogers 312,907 sh (-22.71%)
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Q3 2014

TW Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jim Simons 305,400 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 8,384 sh (New)
Robert Olstein 80,000 sh (+56.86%)
Joel Greenblatt 646,405 sh (+52.36%)
Ron Baron 389,602 sh (+38.35%)
Paul Tudor Jones 7,817 sh (+28.46%)
John Rogers 315,059 sh (+0.69%)
Chuck Royce 1,149,838 sh (+0.03%)
Pioneer Investments 122,396 sh (-16.71%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with TW

(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
Robert Olstein 2014-09-30 Add 56.86%0.36%$100 - $110.39 $ 113.698%80000
Joel Greenblatt 2014-09-30 Add 52.36%0.22%$100 - $110.39 $ 113.698%646405
Ron Baron 2014-09-30 Add 38.35%0.04%$100 - $110.39 $ 113.698%389602
Ray Dalio 2014-09-30 New Buy0.01%$100 - $110.39 $ 113.698%8384
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Add 1244.73%0.51%$102.3 - $117.76 $ 113.694%424263
John Rogers 2014-06-30 Reduce -22.71%0.13%$102.3 - $117.76 $ 113.694%312907
Ron Baron 2014-06-30 New Buy0.12%$102.3 - $117.76 $ 113.694%281600
Steve Mandel 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.6%$105.01 - $129.61 $ 113.69-3%0
John Rogers 2014-03-31 Reduce -31.09%0.29%$105.01 - $129.61 $ 113.69-3%404843
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Add 310.22%0.04%$105.01 - $129.61 $ 113.69-3%31550
Steve Mandel 2013-12-31 New Buy0.6%$107.09 - $126.59 $ 113.69-2%1098124
John Rogers 2013-12-31 Reduce -29.55%0.38%$107.09 - $126.59 $ 113.69-2%587502
Robert Olstein 2013-12-31 Reduce -11.86%0.12%$107.09 - $126.59 $ 113.69-2%52000
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Guru Investment Theses on Towers Watson & Co

John Rogers Comments on Towers Watson - Jul 25, 2013

Consultant Towers Watson (TW) surged +18.21% as investors became increasingly aware of the potential for gains driven by the Affordable Care Act's implementation. Specifically, Towers Watson is largely known as a defined benefit plan pension consultant; it also, however, consults on related issues and has a health care consultancy. Moreover, in 2012 it purchased Extend Health, which was at the time the largest private Medicare exchange in the US. As businesses deal with the uncertainties stemming from this significant change, they naturally are seeking expertise—and Towers Watson is a go-to specialist in the field. Although we certainly do believe there is value in this part of the company's business, we have recognized it for some time, while the market seems to be treating it as new information.

From John RogersAriel Appreciation Fund Second Quarter 2013 Commentary.


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Ratios

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history
P/E(ttm) 22.80
TW's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
74% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 32.60 vs. TW: 22.80 )
TW' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 10.14   Max: 29.43
Current: 22.8

10.14
29.43
P/B 2.62
TW's P/B is ranked higher than
68% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.32 vs. TW: 2.62 )
TW' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.45   Max: 4.62
Current: 2.62

1.45
4.62
P/S 2.27
TW's P/S is ranked higher than
62% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. TW: 2.27 )
TW' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 2.61
Current: 2.27

0.91
2.61
PFCF 28.42
TW's PFCF is ranked higher than
73% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 45.58 vs. TW: 28.42 )
TW' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 8.4   Max: 177.31
Current: 28.42

8.4
177.31
EV-to-EBIT 14.76
TW's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
75% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 19.22 vs. TW: 14.76 )
TW' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.3   Max: 19.8
Current: 14.76

6.3
19.8
PEG 1.17
TW's PEG is ranked higher than
92% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. TW: 1.17 )
TW' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.43   Max: 48.29
Current: 1.17

0.43
48.29
Shiller P/E 30.31
TW's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
82% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. TW: 30.31 )
TW' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 13.75   Max: 35.99
Current: 30.31

13.75
35.99
Current Ratio 2.13
TW's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
80% of the 963 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 vs. TW: 2.13 )
TW' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.14   Max: 3.44
Current: 2.13

1.14
3.44
Quick Ratio 2.13
TW's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
82% of the 963 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.31 vs. TW: 2.13 )
TW' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.14   Max: 3.44
Current: 2.13

1.14
3.44

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 0.50
TW's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
91% of the 639 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.08 vs. TW: 0.50 )
TW' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 1.2
Current: 0.5

0.1
1.2
Dividend Payout 0.12
TW's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
98% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. TW: 0.12 )
TW' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.08   Max: 0.63
Current: 0.12

0.08
0.63
Dividend growth (3y) 11.90
TW's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
76% of the 405 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9.40 vs. TW: 11.90 )
TW' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 58.7
Current: 11.9

0
58.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.61
TW's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
89% of the 658 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. TW: 0.61 )
TW' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 1.47
Current: 0.61

0.12
1.47
Share Buyback Rate 1.50
TW's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
90% of the 671 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.00 vs. TW: 1.50 )
TW' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 1.5   Max: -19.2
Current: 1.5

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Tangible Book 47.37
TW's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
60% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.63 vs. TW: 47.37 )
TW' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 3.34   Max: 166.47
Current: 47.37

3.34
166.47
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.61
TW's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
78% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.16 vs. TW: 1.61 )
TW' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 1.99
Current: 1.61

0.69
1.99
Price/Median PS Value 1.78
TW's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
54% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. TW: 1.78 )
TW' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 2.03
Current: 1.78

0.59
2.03
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.38
TW's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
94% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. TW: 1.38 )
TW' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.47   Max: 4.74
Current: 1.38

0.47
4.74
Price/Graham Number 6.87
TW's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
70% of the 1121 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. TW: 6.87 )
TW' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.45   Max: 11.57
Current: 6.87

1.45
11.57
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.80
TW's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
72% of the 968 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. TW: 6.80 )
TW' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5   Max: 16
Current: 6.8

5
16
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 19.62
TW's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
84% of the 567 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.31 vs. TW: 19.62 )
TW' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 5.2   Max: 31.2
Current: 19.62

5.2
31.2

Analyst Estimate

Jun15 Jun16 Jun17
Revenue(Mil) 3,638 3,855 4,259
EPS($) 6.00 6.60 7.41
EPS without NRI($) 6.00 6.60 7.41

Business Description

Industry: Business Services » Business Services
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Towers Watson & Co was formed on January 1, 2010, from the merger of Towers, Perrin, Forster & Crosby, Inc., & Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Inc. The Company is a professional services company that helps organizations improves performance through effective people, risk and financial management. It offers solutions in the areas of employee benefits, talent management, rewards, risk and capital management and healthcare exchanges for both retirees and active employees. The Company offers its clients with services through four business segments; Benefits; Risk and Financial Services; Talent and Rewards; and Exchange Solutions. The Benefits segment provides benefits consulting and administration services through four lines of business; Retirement; Health and Group Benefits; Technology and Administration Solutions; and International Consulting. Retirement supports organizations worldwide in designing, managing, administering and communicating retirement plans. Health and Group Benefits provides advice on the strategy, design, financing, delivery, ongoing plan management and communication of health and group benefit programs. Technology and Administration Solutions line deliver cost-effective benefit outsourcing solutions. The International Consulting Group provides expertise in dealing with international human capital management and related benefits and compensation advice. The Risk and Financial Services segment has two lines of business; Risk Consulting and Software; and Investment. The Risk Consulting and Software provides risk consulting and financial modeling software solutions primarily to the insurance industry. Investment provides consulting and solutions focused on investment strategy, risk assessment, asset allocation, manager selection and investment execution to institutional investors including pension plans. The Talent and Rewards segment has three lines of business Executive Compensation; Rewards, Talent and Communication; and Data, Surveys and Technology. The Rewards, Talent and Communication provides services including designing and implementing pay and other human resource programs and processes that influence employees' behavior, engagement and performance. The Data, Surveys and Technology enhances workforce management programs through reward administration and talent management technology, compensation benchmarking, employee opinion surveys, and human resource (HR) function metrics. The Exchange Solutions segment includes two lines of business; Retiree & Access Exchanges; and Liazon. Its OneExchange Retiree solution operates private Medicare insurance exchange in the U.S. Its retiree solution enables employers to transition their retirees to individual, defined contribution health plans at an annual cost that the employer controls - versus group-based, defined benefit health plans. Its Clients includes approximately 92% of the Fortune Global 500 companies and 84% of the Fortune 1000. It also provides advice to insurance
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Joel Greenblatt Interview With Wealthtrack Nov 15 2014 
Investors Continued to Move Away from Equities to New Investment Opportunities Jul 15 2014 
John Rogers Comments on Towers Watson Jul 25 2013 
John Rogers' Ariel Appreciation Fund Second Quarter 2013 Commentary Jul 25 2013 
Towers Watson & Co: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis Jan 08 2013 
Ken Fisher’s 5 Recommendations Jul 07 2011 
21st Century Insurance Group (TW) CEO and Chair of the Board John J Haley sells 9,085 Shares Oct 04 2010 


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