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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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Cash to Debt 0.41
WPPGY's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
55% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 63.63 vs. WPPGY: 0.41 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 1.46
Current: 0.41

0.23
1.46
Equity to Asset 0.27
WPPGY's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
56% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 0.54 vs. WPPGY: 0.27 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.03   Max: 0.37
Current: 0.27

-0.03
0.37
Interest Coverage 4.14
WPPGY's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
58% of the 147 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 262.19 vs. WPPGY: 4.14 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.14   Max: 11.42
Current: 4.14

2.14
11.42
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 1.66
M-Score: -2.49
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 : 7/10

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Operating margin (%) 11.96
WPPGY's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 7.62 vs. WPPGY: 11.96 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 6.97   Max: 27.89
Current: 11.96

6.97
27.89
Net-margin (%) 7.93
WPPGY's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 4.14 vs. WPPGY: 7.93 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.25   Max: 8.38
Current: 7.93

2.25
8.38
ROE (%) 12.08
WPPGY's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 192 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 7.79 vs. WPPGY: 12.08 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 2.39   Max: 448.42
Current: 12.08

2.39
448.42
ROA (%) 3.31
WPPGY's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 198 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 3.75 vs. WPPGY: 3.31 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.88   Max: 5.86
Current: 3.31

0.88
5.86
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 161.54
WPPGY's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 198 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 40.66 vs. WPPGY: 161.54 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 27.04   Max: 213.04
Current: 161.54

27.04
213.04
Revenue Growth (%) 3.00
WPPGY's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 155 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. WPPGY: 3.00 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -13   Max: 29.6
Current: 3

-13
29.6
EBITDA Growth (%) 5.00
WPPGY's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 128 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. WPPGY: 5.00 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -11.5   Max: 31.9
Current: 5

-11.5
31.9
EPS Growth (%) 20.30
WPPGY's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 114 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 10.10 vs. WPPGY: 20.30 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -31.7   Max: 62.4
Current: 20.3

-31.7
62.4
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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

WPPGY Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Ken Fisher 92,542 sh (New)
Scott Black 260,306 sh (New)
Ruane Cunniff 3,408 sh (unchged)
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Q2 2013

WPPGY Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Ruane Cunniff 3,408 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher 85,035 sh (-8.11%)
Scott Black 146,816 sh (-43.6%)
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Q3 2013

WPPGY Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Ken Fisher 99,481 sh (+16.99%)
Ruane Cunniff 3,408 sh (unchged)
Scott Black 141,555 sh (-3.58%)
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Q4 2013

WPPGY Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Ruane Cunniff 3,408 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher 98,722 sh (-0.76%)
Scott Black 120,344 sh (-14.98%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with WPPGY

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Scott Black 2013-12-31 Reduce -14.98%0.25%$97.36 - $114.15 $ 105.32-2%120344
Scott Black 2013-06-30 Reduce -43.6%1.18%$78.25 - $89.12 $ 105.3225%146816
Scott Black 2013-03-31 New Buy2.7%$72.81 - $81.78 $ 105.3234%260306
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 20.10
WPPGY's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
60% of the 161 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 18.10 vs. WPPGY: 20.10 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.46   Max: 22.02
Current: 20.1

8.46
22.02
P/B 2.40
WPPGY's P/B is ranked higher than
51% of the 179 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. WPPGY: 2.40 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 2.57
Current: 2.4

0.73
2.57
P/S 1.59
WPPGY's P/S is ranked lower than
56% of the 204 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. WPPGY: 1.59 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.52   Max: 1.8
Current: 1.59

0.52
1.8
PFCF 29.40
WPPGY's PFCF is ranked lower than
57% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 17.40 vs. WPPGY: 29.40 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 5.45   Max: 32.16
Current: 29.4

5.45
32.16
EV-to-EBIT 15.90
WPPGY's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
52% of the 180 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 12.50 vs. WPPGY: 15.90 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.5   Max: 17.3
Current: 15.9

6.5
17.3
PEG 4.80
WPPGY's PEG is ranked lower than
59% of the 92 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 2.02 vs. WPPGY: 4.80 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.51   Max: 5.41
Current: 4.8

0.51
5.41
Shiller P/E 25.60
WPPGY's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
58% of the 95 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 22.34 vs. WPPGY: 25.60 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 10.31   Max: 28.22
Current: 25.6

10.31
28.22

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 2.19
WPPGY's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
57% of the 136 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 2.26 vs. WPPGY: 2.19 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 1.79   Max: 2.98
Current: 2.19

1.79
2.98
Dividend Payout 0.46
WPPGY's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
62% of the 110 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 0.39 vs. WPPGY: 0.46 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 0.44
Current: 0.46

0.26
0.44
Dividend growth (3y) 18.70
WPPGY's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
79% of the 75 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 11.20 vs. WPPGY: 18.70 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 18.7
Current: 18.7

0
18.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.20
WPPGY's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
55% of the 137 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 2.92 vs. WPPGY: 2.20 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.79   Max: 2.98
Current: 2.2

1.79
2.98
Share Buyback Rate -3.00
WPPGY's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
63% of the 131 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: -0.60 vs. WPPGY: -3.00 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 2.3   Max: -19.5
Current: -3

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 1.40
WPPGY's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
57% of the 107 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. WPPGY: 1.40 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 0.9
Current: 1.4

0.34
0.9
Price/Median PS Value 1.60
WPPGY's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
59% of the 186 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. WPPGY: 1.60 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 1.14
Current: 1.6

0.6
1.14
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 3.70
WPPGY's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
65% of the 49 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. WPPGY: 3.70 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.63   Max: 2.41
Current: 3.7

0.63
2.41
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.30
WPPGY's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
57% of the 185 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 8.10 vs. WPPGY: 6.30 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5.8   Max: 15.4
Current: 6.3

5.8
15.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 7.81
WPPGY's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
70% of the 135 Companies
in the Global Advertising Agencies industry.

( Industry Median: 7.97 vs. WPPGY: 7.81 )
WPPGY' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 8   Max: 32
Current: 7.81

8
32

Business Description

Industry: Advertising & Marketing Services » Advertising Agencies
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Traded in other countries:WPP.UK, 0WPA.Germany, 0WP.Germany, WPPGF.USA
WPP PLC is a communications services organization offering national and multinational clients a comprehensive communications services. It operates in four reportable segments namely Advertising and Media Investment Management; Consumer Insight; Public Relations & Public Affairs; and Branding & Identity, Healthcare and Specialist Communications. The Company operates the advertising networks Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, JWT, Y&R, Grey, Bates CHI&Partners and the United Network, as well as Media Investment Management companies such as MediaCom, MEC, Mindshare, Maxus and tenthavenue. Its other segments are Consumer Insight, where operations are conducted through Kantar; Public Relations & Public Affairs, where it operate through well-known companies such as Burson-Marsteller, Cohn & Wolfe, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Ogilvy Public Relations; and Branding & Identity, Healthcare and Specialist Communications, where operations are conducted by B to D Group, ghg, Wunderman, Sudler & Hennessey, OgilvyOne Worldwide, Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, G2, OgilvyAction, 24/7 Media, POSSIBLE, AKQA and other companies. The Company has operations in the UK, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Australia, US, and Asia.

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