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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 2.88
TW's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
67% of the 988 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.95 vs. TW: 2.88 )
TW' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.53   Max: No Debt
Current: 2.88

Equity to Asset 0.57
TW's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
74% of the 965 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 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 37.20
TW's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
69% of the 645 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 20.56 vs. TW: 37.20 )
TW' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 21.9   Max: 9999.99
Current: 37.2

21.9
9999.99
F-Score: 8
Z-Score: 3.43
M-Score: -2.97
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 (%) 13.11
TW's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 928 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.23 vs. TW: 13.11 )
TW' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 4.13   Max: 13.11
Current: 13.11

4.13
13.11
Net-margin (%) 8.86
TW's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 928 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.55 vs. TW: 8.86 )
TW' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.97   Max: 8.86
Current: 8.86

2.97
8.86
ROE (%) 11.70
TW's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 895 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.54 vs. TW: 11.70 )
TW' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 6.17   Max: 44.97
Current: 11.7

6.17
44.97
ROA (%) 5.98
TW's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 944 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. TW: 5.98 )
TW' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.64   Max: 11.34
Current: 5.98

2.64
11.34
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 123.52
TW's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 938 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 38.70 vs. TW: 123.52 )
TW' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 38.98   Max: 124.1
Current: 123.52

38.98
124.1
Revenue Growth (%) 7.70
TW's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 810 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.80 vs. TW: 7.70 )
TW' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -0.8   Max: 20.9
Current: 7.7

-0.8
20.9
EBITDA Growth (%) 25.10
TW's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 674 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.70 vs. TW: 25.10 )
TW' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -3.8   Max: 53.7
Current: 25.1

-3.8
53.7
EPS Growth (%) 30.00
TW's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 639 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.60 vs. TW: 30.00 )
TW' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -9.2   Max: 34.5
Current: 30

-9.2
34.5
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Financials


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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

TW Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Robert Olstein 80,000 sh (+70.21%)
Joel Greenblatt 34,436 sh (+33.85%)
Chuck Royce 2,761,011 sh (+23.94%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
John Rogers 963,505 sh (-0.58%)
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Q3 2013

TW Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Jim Simons 136,100 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 151,406 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 2,578,503 sh (-6.61%)
John Rogers 833,939 sh (-13.45%)
Robert Olstein 59,000 sh (-26.25%)
Joel Greenblatt 7,725 sh (-77.57%)
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Q4 2013

TW Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Caxton Associates 19,869 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 6,904 sh (New)
Stanley Druckenmiller 88,300 sh (New)
Steve Mandel 1,098,124 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%)
Steve Mandel Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Stanley Druckenmiller 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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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with TW

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Steve Mandel 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.6%$105.01 - $129.61 $ 106.36-9%0
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Add 310.22%0.04%$105.01 - $129.61 $ 106.36-9%31550
Steve Mandel 2013-12-31 New Buy0.6%$107.09 - $126.59 $ 106.36-8%1098124
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Reduce -77.57%0.09%$80.99 - $108.16 $ 106.3621%7725
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Add 33.85%0.03%$68.02 - $81.95 $ 106.3641%34436
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 New Buy0.09%$56.21 - $69.32 $ 106.3667%25727
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.02%$57.06 - $66.53 $ 106.3670%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 New Buy0.02%$57.94 - $66.52 $ 106.3680%3473
Ron Baron 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.2373%$52.26 - $66.38 $ 106.3678%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.1677%$52.26 - $66.38 $ 106.3678%0
Steve Mandel 2011-06-30 Sold Out 0.89%$54.33 - $63.77 $ 106.3677%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 Add 351.63%0.13%$54.33 - $63.77 $ 106.3677%18255
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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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John Rogers Comments on Towers Watson
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. Read more...

Ratios

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history
P/E(ttm) 20.90
TW's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 27.20 vs. TW: 20.90 )
TW' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 10.14   Max: 29.43
Current: 20.9

10.14
29.43
P/B 2.40
TW's P/B is ranked higher than
70% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.19 vs. TW: 2.40 )
TW' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.45   Max: 4.7
Current: 2.4

1.45
4.7
P/S 2.10
TW's P/S is ranked higher than
63% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.68 vs. TW: 2.10 )
TW' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 2.65
Current: 2.1

0.91
2.65
PFCF 10.10
TW's PFCF is ranked higher than
90% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 35.53 vs. TW: 10.10 )
TW' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.83   Max: 278.62
Current: 10.1

6.83
278.62
EV-to-EBIT 13.91
TW's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
77% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 18.95 vs. TW: 13.91 )
TW' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.3   Max: 20.4
Current: 13.91

6.3
20.4
PEG 1.90
TW's PEG is ranked higher than
87% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. TW: 1.90 )
TW' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.43   Max: 47.16
Current: 1.9

0.43
47.16
Shiller P/E 28.80
TW's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
86% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. TW: 28.80 )
TW' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 13.8   Max: 36.09
Current: 28.8

13.8
36.09
Current Ratio 1.80
TW's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
75% of the 983 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.46 vs. TW: 1.80 )
TW' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.14   Max: 3.44
Current: 1.8

1.14
3.44
Quick Ratio 1.80
TW's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
77% of the 983 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.31 vs. TW: 1.80 )
TW' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.14   Max: 3.44
Current: 1.8

1.14
3.44

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 0.40
TW's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
92% of the 668 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.14 vs. TW: 0.40 )
TW' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 1.2
Current: 0.4

0.11
1.2
Dividend Payout 0.05
TW's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
99% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. TW: 0.05 )
TW' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.08   Max: 0.63
Current: 0.05

0.08
0.63
Dividend growth (3y) -8.50
TW's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
58% of the 429 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.00 vs. TW: -8.50 )
TW' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 58.7
Current: -8.5

0
58.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.35
TW's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
92% of the 672 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.57 vs. TW: 0.35 )
TW' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 1.06
Current: 0.35

0.1
1.06
Share Buyback Rate -6.40
TW's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
57% of the 706 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.10 vs. TW: -6.40 )
TW' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0.6   Max: -19.2
Current: -6.4

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 110.80
TW's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
57% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.90 vs. TW: 110.80 )
TW' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 3.34   Max: 166.47
Current: 110.8

3.34
166.47
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.30
TW's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. TW: 1.30 )
TW' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 1.95
Current: 1.3

0.69
1.95
Price/Median PS Value 1.70
TW's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
54% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. TW: 1.70 )
TW' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 2.09
Current: 1.7

0.6
2.09
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.40
TW's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
93% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. TW: 1.40 )
TW' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.47   Max: 4.72
Current: 1.4

0.47
4.72
Price/Graham Number 10.10
TW's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
65% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.73 vs. TW: 10.10 )
TW' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.45   Max: 11.57
Current: 10.1

1.45
11.57
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 7.10
TW's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
68% of the 873 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.60 vs. TW: 7.10 )
TW' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 4.9   Max: 16
Current: 7.1

4.9
16
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 18.66
TW's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
88% of the 730 Companies
in the Global Business Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.46 vs. TW: 18.66 )
TW' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 4.8   Max: 29.6
Current: 18.66

4.8
29.6

Business Description

Industry: Business Services » Business Services
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Traded in other countries:TW6.Germany
Towers Watson & Co. was formed on January 1, 2010, from the merger of Towers, Perrin, Forster & Crosby, Inc. ('Towers Perrin') and Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Inc. ('Watson Wyatt'). 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 benefits, talent management, rewards, and risk and capital management. It offers its client's comprehensive services across four business segments — Benefits, Risk and Financial Services, Talent and Rewards, and Exchange Solutions. The Company helps its clients enhance business performance in three main ways. First, it help employers improve their ability to attract retain and motivate qualified employees. The Company delivers consulting services and solutions that help organizations anticipate, identify and capitalize on emerging opportunities in benefit and human capital management. Second, The Company advises the insurance industry on a wide range of strategic and risk management issues, and it help its clients mitigate risk through insurance, reinsurance and capital market transactions. And The Company provides investment advice and solutions to help its clients develop and implement disciplined, efficient strategies to meet their investment goals. Lastly, it help employers realize cost savings related to their retiree health plans, while still providing retirees with improved choice and control over their health benefits. Its clients include many of the world's leading corporations, including approximately 81% of the Fortune Global 500 companies, 83% of the Fortune 1000, 88% of the FTSE 100 and 90% of the Dax 30. Its competitors in the global human resources consulting industry are Mercer HR Consulting and Aon Hewitt Consulting. The industry also includes other benefit and compensation firms and the human resource consulting divisions of diversified professional service firms, such as Deloitte, Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Its competitors in the insurance consulting and solutions industry include Milliman, Oliver Wyman and four accounting firms. In the reinsurance brokerage industry, its competitors are Aon Benfield, Guy Carpenter and Willis. The Company is subject to numerous U.S. and foreign jurisdiction laws and regulations.
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Articles On GuruFocus.com
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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