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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 : 6/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.12
WTW's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
63% of the 84 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.16 vs. WTW: 0.12 )
WTW' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.02   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.12

Equity to Asset -0.92
WTW's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
74% of the 85 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.43 vs. WTW: -0.92 )
WTW' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -1.58   Max: 0.3
Current: -0.92

-1.58
0.3
Interest Coverage 4.47
WTW's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
53% of the 64 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 14.10 vs. WTW: 4.47 )
WTW' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.38   Max: 18.25
Current: 4.47

2.38
18.25
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 3.38
M-Score: -2.85
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
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 26.72
WTW's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 84 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.33 vs. WTW: 26.72 )
WTW' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 21.93   Max: 36.66
Current: 26.72

21.93
36.66
Net-margin (%) 11.87
WTW's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 84 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.61 vs. WTW: 11.87 )
WTW' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 9.45   Max: 23.59
Current: 11.87

9.45
23.59
ROA (%) 14.53
WTW's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 84 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.95 vs. WTW: 14.53 )
WTW' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 11.3   Max: 30.48
Current: 14.53

11.3
30.48
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 529.29
WTW's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 84 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.70 vs. WTW: 529.29 )
WTW' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 80.29   Max: 2402.7
Current: 529.29

80.29
2402.7
Revenue Growth (%) 16.90
WTW's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 70 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.10 vs. WTW: 16.90 )
WTW' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 59.7
Current: 16.9

0
59.7
EBITDA Growth (%) 15.90
WTW's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 57 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. WTW: 15.90 )
WTW' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 60.7
Current: 15.9

0
60.7
EPS Growth (%) 12.30
WTW's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 53 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.20 vs. WTW: 12.30 )
WTW' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 87.1
Current: 12.3

0
87.1
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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

WTW Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Steven Cohen 9,930 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 516,705 sh (+137.91%)
Jeff Auxier 182,898 sh (+86.06%)
Mario Cibelli 190,000 sh (+54.47%)
Chuck Royce 23,500 sh (unchged)
Third Avenue Management 360,000 sh (unchged)
Westport Asset Management Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
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Q4 2013

WTW Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Jim Simons 74,612 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 7,551 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 32,515 sh (+227.44%)
Joel Greenblatt 798,035 sh (+54.45%)
Jeff Auxier 194,348 sh (+6.26%)
Chuck Royce 23,500 sh (unchged)
Third Avenue Management 165,285 sh (-54.09%)
Mario Cibelli 58,000 sh (-69.47%)
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Q1 2014

WTW Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Joel Greenblatt 1,105,731 sh (+38.56%)
Jeff Auxier 217,398 sh (+11.86%)
Steven Cohen 1,043,700 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 23,500 sh (unchged)
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Mario Cibelli Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Third Avenue Management Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
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Q2 2014

WTW Guru Trades in Q2 2014

John Burbank 300,000 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 23,500 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 964,300 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 196,073 sh (-9.81%)
Joel Greenblatt 992,675 sh (-10.22%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with WTW

(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
Mario Cibelli 2014-03-31 Sold Out 1%$19.63 - $33.23 $ 24.69-4%0
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Add 38.56%0.09%$19.63 - $33.23 $ 24.69-4%1105731
Mario Cibelli 2013-12-31 Reduce -69.47%2.92%$31.42 - $41.21 $ 24.69-29%58000
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Add 54.45%0.22%$31.42 - $41.21 $ 24.69-29%798035
Mario Cibelli 2013-09-30 Add 54.47%1.48%$35.87 - $47.45 $ 24.69-39%190000
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Add 137.91%0.37%$35.87 - $47.45 $ 24.69-39%516705
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Add 32.2%0.1%$40.78 - $48.07 $ 24.69-43%217188
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Add 123.73%0.19%$40.33 - $59.92 $ 24.69-50%164290
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Add 90.3%0.14%$42.5 - $56.49 $ 24.69-51%85285
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Add 705.63%0.15%$49.68 - $79.19 $ 24.69-60%44817
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 Reduce -82.81%0.17%$53.87 - $82 $ 24.69-65%5563
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 Add 139.09%0.12%$55.01 - $76.33 $ 24.69-61%32366
Ray Dalio 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.03%$55.01 - $76.33 $ 24.69-61%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Reduce -35.91%0.08%$54.2 - $79.82 $ 24.69-63%13537
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 New Buy0.03%$54.2 - $79.82 $ 24.69-62%34745
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 New Buy0.22%$68.36 - $85.76 $ 24.69-68%21121
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Weight Watchers International Inc. (WTW)

Predictability: 4 Stars

The current share price is around $37.74, which is 6.1% above its 52-week high. The P/S ratio is 1.19; its 10-year P/S low is 0.93. The Yield is 1.85%.

Down 28% over 12 months, Weight Watchers International Inc. has a market cap of $2.12 billion.

Weight Watchers International Inc. is a provider of weight management services, operating globally through a network of company-owned and franchise operations.

Guru Action: As of June 30, 2012, the top Guru stakeholder is Third Avenue Management with 0.64% of shares outstanding or 360,000 shares.

The company decreased its position by 28.13%, selling140,920 shares at an average price of $43.61 for a 13.7% loss.

The firm’s trading history shows three quarters of holding, with losses in every quarter, starting back in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Here are five more billionaire stakeholders and one insider trading.

Tracking share price, revenue and net income:



Coca-Cola Co. (KO)

Predictability: 5 Stars

The current share price is around $38.35, which is 7.8% above its 52-week high. The P/S ratio is 3.67; its 10-year P/S low is 2.87. The Yield is 2.79%.

Up 2% over 12 months, Coca-Cola Co. has a market cap of $169.7 billion.

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Here are 27 more billionaire stakeholders and insiders trading.

Tracking share price, revenue and net income:



Kohl’s Corp. (KSS)

Predictability: 4.5 Stars

The current share price is around $52.39, which is 26.7% above its 52-week high. The P/S ratio is 0.63; its 10-year P/S low is 0.49. The Yield is 2.56%.

Down 1% over 12 months, Kohl’s Corp. has a market cap of $11.38 billion.

Kohl's Corporation operates family-oriented department stores that sell moderately-priced apparel, footwear and accessories for women, men and children, and soft home goods.

Guru Action: As of June 30, 2012, the top Guru stakeholder is Brian Rogers with 2.6% of shares outstanding, or 5,750,000 shares. His holding made of gain of 5.8% on 5,750,000 shares at an average price of $49.51. His trading history shows six quarters, all gains, topping out at 15.2% in the first quarter of 2013 when he bought 750,000 shares at an average price of $45.48 per share.

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Tracking share price, revenue and net income:



Goldcorp Inc. (GG)

Predictability: 4.5 Stars

The current share price is around $29.35, which is 32.1% above its 52-week high. The P/S ratio is 4.94; its 10-year P/S low is 4.11. The Yield is 1.98%.

Down 31% over 12 months, Goldcorp Inc. has a market cap of $23.55 billion.

Goldcorp Inc. is a gold producer that operates, explores, develops, and acquires precious metal properties in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America.

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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 8.40
WTW's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
95% of the 93 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 26.30 vs. WTW: 8.40 )
WTW' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 5.85   Max: 37.3
Current: 8.4

5.85
37.3
P/S 0.88
WTW's P/S is ranked higher than
70% of the 93 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.33 vs. WTW: 0.88 )
WTW' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 5.43
Current: 0.88

0.69
5.43
PFCF 5.46
WTW's PFCF is ranked higher than
98% of the 93 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WTW: 5.46 )
WTW' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.38   Max: 24.58
Current: 5.46

4.38
24.58
EV-to-EBIT 9.61
WTW's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
83% of the 93 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 18.13 vs. WTW: 9.61 )
WTW' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7   Max: 21.9
Current: 9.61

7
21.9
PEG 0.50
WTW's PEG is ranked higher than
98% of the 93 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WTW: 0.50 )
WTW' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 13.9
Current: 0.5

0.18
13.9
Shiller P/E 7.15
WTW's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
96% of the 93 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WTW: 7.15 )
WTW' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 5.74   Max: 35.74
Current: 7.15

5.74
35.74
Current Ratio 1.04
WTW's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
57% of the 69 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. WTW: 1.04 )
WTW' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 1.46
Current: 1.04

0.18
1.46
Quick Ratio 0.96
WTW's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
58% of the 69 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.02 vs. WTW: 0.96 )
WTW' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.14   Max: 1.27
Current: 0.96

0.14
1.27

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 0.70
WTW's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
89% of the 65 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.97 vs. WTW: 0.70 )
WTW' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 3.87
Current: 0.7

0.34
3.87
Dividend Payout 0.06
WTW's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
99% of the 93 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.38 vs. WTW: 0.06 )
WTW' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 0.72
Current: 0.06

0.13
0.72
Dividend growth (3y) -9.10
WTW's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked lower than
56% of the 41 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. WTW: -9.10 )
WTW' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: -9.1
Current: -9.1

Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.52
WTW's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
91% of the 68 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. WTW: 0.52 )
WTW' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.25   Max: 2.9
Current: 0.52

0.25
2.9
Share Buyback Rate 9.40
WTW's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
97% of the 60 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.40 vs. WTW: 9.40 )
WTW' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0   Max: 1.4
Current: 9.4

0
1.4

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 0.94
WTW's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
90% of the 93 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WTW: 0.94 )
WTW' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 5.97
Current: 0.94

0.54
5.97
Price/Median PS Value 0.35
WTW's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
97% of the 93 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. WTW: 0.35 )
WTW' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 2.87
Current: 0.35

0.28
2.87
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.56
WTW's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
98% of the 93 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. WTW: 0.56 )
WTW' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 3.53
Current: 0.56

0.3
3.53
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 10.40
WTW's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
77% of the 79 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.10 vs. WTW: 10.40 )
WTW' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 4.6   Max: 14.2
Current: 10.4

4.6
14.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 26.97
WTW's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
88% of the 57 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.57 vs. WTW: 26.97 )
WTW' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 55.3
Current: 26.97

0.6
55.3

Business Description

Industry: Personal Services » Personal Services
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Traded in other countries:WW6.Germany
Weight Watchers International, Inc., a Virginia corporation was incorporated in 1974. It is a global-branded consumer company and is a provider of weight management services, operating globally through a network of Company-owned and franchise operations. The Company offers services and products that are built upon its weight management plans which are comprised of a range of nutritional, exercise and behavioral tools and approaches. PointsPlus and ProPoints, its current weight management plans, are innovative systems with similar methodologies, developed from a combination of the latest nutritional scientific research and insights of customers who experienced prior Weight Watchers plans. It presents its program in a series of weekly meetings of approximately one hour in duration. Meetings are conveniently scheduled throughout the day. Typically, it holds meetings in either meeting rooms in well-located civic or other community centers or space leased in retail centers. The Company has two operating segments: Weight Watchers International and WeightWatchers.com. WeightWatchers.com is a global provider of weight management Internet subscription products. Currently, the Company provides two Internet subscription offerings: Weight Watchers Online and Weight Watchers eTools. Weight Watchers Online provides interactive and personalized resources that allow users to follow its weight management plans via the Internet. Weight Watchers eTools is the Internet weight management companion for Weight Watchers meetings members who want to interactively manage the day-to-day aspects of their weight management plans on the Internet. The Company currently offers these two products in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia. The Company owns numerous domestic and international trademarks, patents and other proprietary rights that are valuable assets and are important to its business. Competition among commercial weight management programs is based on program recognition and reputation and the effectiveness, safety and price of the program. A number of laws and regulations govern the Company's advertising, services, products, operations and relations with consumers, employees and other service providers in the countries in which it operates.
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