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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 0.52
WU's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
65% of the 1272 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. WU: 0.52 )
WU' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.41   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.52

Equity to Asset 0.11
WU's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
76% of the 1588 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 0.10 vs. WU: 0.11 )
WU' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.06   Max: 0.61
Current: 0.11

-0.06
0.61
Interest Coverage 5.66
WU's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
94% of the 1357 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. WU: 5.66 )
WU' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 5.66   Max: 9999.99
Current: 5.66

5.66
9999.99
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 1.55
M-Score: -2.64
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 (%) 19.98
WU's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 1462 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 30.05 vs. WU: 19.98 )
WU' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 19.98   Max: 31.83
Current: 19.98

19.98
31.83
Net-margin (%) 14.41
WU's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 1570 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 20.57 vs. WU: 14.41 )
WU' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 14.41   Max: 23.26
Current: 14.41

14.41
23.26
ROE (%) 72.27
WU's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
100% of the 1554 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 7.99 vs. WU: 72.27 )
WU' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 30.36   Max: 1690.93
Current: 72.27

30.36
1690.93
ROA (%) 7.89
WU's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 1563 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 0.75 vs. WU: 7.89 )
WU' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 7.89   Max: 20.21
Current: 7.89

7.89
20.21
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 527.58
WU's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 1437 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 78.30 vs. WU: 527.58 )
WU' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 180.44   Max: 744.69
Current: 527.58

180.44
744.69
Revenue Growth (%) 8.50
WU's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 1284 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. WU: 8.50 )
WU' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 13.1
Current: 8.5

0
13.1
EBITDA Growth (%) 3.60
WU's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 1124 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 7.20 vs. WU: 3.60 )
WU' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 17.9
Current: 3.6

0
17.9
EPS Growth (%) 1.70
WU's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 1103 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 9.50 vs. WU: 1.70 )
WU' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 23
Current: 1.7

0
23
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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

WU Guru Trades in Q2 2013

RS Investment Management 2,863,450 sh (New)
John Hussman 17,500 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 350,400 sh (New)
Scott Black 505,500 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 400,000 sh (New)
Mark Hillman 139,280 sh (+70.76%)
Joel Greenblatt 906,117 sh (+50.22%)
John Rogers 10,691,853 sh (+27.06%)
Bill Frels 3,175,976 sh (+24.87%)
Brian Rogers 6,000,000 sh (+9.09%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,034,300 sh (+6.81%)
Jeff Auxier 365,587 sh (+1.41%)
David Dreman 182,829 sh (+0.24%)
Bernard Horn 121,400 sh (unchged)
Chris Davis Sold Out
Donald Yacktman Sold Out
Chuck Royce 220,700 sh (-1.21%)
Pioneer Investments 10,981 sh (-2.99%)
Sarah Ketterer 1,687,565 sh (-17.89%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 29,320 sh (-22.8%)
Jim Simons 959,000 sh (-45.9%)
Steven Cohen 10,146 sh (-99.18%)
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Q3 2013

WU Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Steven Cohen 22,652 sh (+123.26%)
Jim Simons 1,602,400 sh (+67.09%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,516,700 sh (+46.64%)
Sarah Ketterer 2,454,665 sh (+45.46%)
Scott Black 545,055 sh (+7.82%)
Bernard Horn 121,400 sh (unchged)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 29,320 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 365,587 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers 6,000,000 sh (unchged)
John Hussman 17,500 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Bill Frels 3,145,370 sh (-0.96%)
RS Investment Management 2,828,042 sh (-1.24%)
John Rogers 10,544,783 sh (-1.38%)
Joel Greenblatt 870,591 sh (-3.92%)
Jeremy Grantham 333,725 sh (-4.76%)
Mark Hillman 131,174 sh (-5.82%)
Chuck Royce 177,500 sh (-19.57%)
David Dreman 27,646 sh (-84.88%)
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Q4 2013

WU Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 32,100 sh (New)
John Hussman 775,000 sh (+4328.57%)
Steven Cohen 39,484 sh (+74.31%)
Bill Frels 5,223,986 sh (+66.08%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,397,300 sh (+58.06%)
Chuck Royce 279,500 sh (+57.46%)
Joel Greenblatt 1,208,728 sh (+38.84%)
Sarah Ketterer 3,031,265 sh (+23.49%)
Jeremy Grantham 403,853 sh (+21.01%)
Mark Hillman 151,674 sh (+15.63%)
John Rogers 12,169,803 sh (+15.41%)
Jeff Auxier 375,014 sh (+2.58%)
Bernard Horn 121,400 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon 200,000 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers 6,000,000 sh (unchged)
RS Investment Management Sold Out
Scott Black 520,285 sh (-4.54%)
David Dreman 24,920 sh (-9.86%)
Jim Simons 1,080,700 sh (-32.56%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 19,190 sh (-34.55%)
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Q1 2014

WU Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Brian Rogers 6,000,000 sh (unchged)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with WU

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
John Hussman 2013-12-31 Add 4328.57%0.93%$16.37 - $19.37 $ 16.05-8%775000
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Add 38.84%0.14%$16.37 - $19.37 $ 16.05-8%1208728
David Dreman 2013-09-30 Reduce -84.88%0.08%$16.8 - $18.9 $ 16.05-11%27646
Scott Black 2013-06-30 New Buy1%$14.32 - $17.13 $ 16.051%505500
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Add 50.22%0.22%$14.32 - $17.13 $ 16.051%906117
John Hussman 2013-06-30 New Buy0.01%$14.32 - $17.13 $ 16.051%17500
Donald Yacktman 2013-06-30 Sold Out $14.32 - $17.13 $ 16.051%0
Leon Cooperman 2013-03-31 Sold Out 1.1%$13.36 - $15.04 $ 16.0513%0
James Barrow 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.08%$13.36 - $15.04 $ 16.0513%0
Donald Yacktman 2013-03-31 Reduce -56.45%0.01%$13.36 - $15.04 $ 16.0513%56400
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Guru Investment Theses on Western Union Company

Ariel Investments' John Rogers Comments on Western Union Co. - Feb 25, 2014

Also, transaction specialist Western Union Co. (WU) returned –6.85% due to disappointing guidance. Its quarterly earnings report was solid, with earnings and revenues both above consensus. At the same time, however, the company signaled that costs for regulatory and compliance investments would be higher than expected. As a result, management expects operating profit to be flat next year, and share buybacks will be minimal. Management had been returning capital to shareowners at a steady clip: Through the first three quarters of 2013, the company returned nearly $550 million to shareholders through dividends and buybacks. Admittedly Western Union has had a difficult couple of years, but we think its economic moati is firmly in place, even though most analysts seem to be looking right past it.

From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' Ariel Investments fourth quarter 2013 commentary.

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John Rogers Comments on Western Union Co. - May 09, 2013

In the first quarter, we initiated a position in Western Union Co. (WU), a current holding in Ariel Appreciation Fund and Ariel Focus Fund. Western Union is the global leader in money transfer and payment services. With over 500,000 locations that serve 200 countries, the company's scale and network advantages create high barriers to entry and attractive economics. Even though money transfer volumes are recovering from the global recession, the stock trades at a historically low valuation. We view Western Union as an excellent, wide-moat franchise, with meaningful growth prospects, excellent free cash flow generation and sustainable competitive advantages that position it well for an evolutionary shift towards mobile payments.

From John Rogers’ first quarter 2013 commentary.


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Ariel Investments' John Rogers Comments on Western Union Co.
Also, transaction specialist Western Union Co. (WU) returned –6.85% due to disappointing guidance. Its quarterly earnings report was solid, with earnings and revenues both above consensus. At the same time, however, the company signaled that costs for regulatory and compliance investments would be higher than expected. As a result, management expects operating profit to be flat next year, and share buybacks will be minimal. Management had been returning capital to shareowners at a steady clip: Through the first three quarters of 2013, the company returned nearly $550 million to shareholders through dividends and buybacks. Admittedly Western Union has had a difficult couple of years, but we think its economic moati is firmly in place, even though most analysts seem to be looking right past it. Read more...
John Rogers Comments on Western Union Co.
In the first quarter, we initiated a position in Western Union Co. (WU), a current holding in Ariel Appreciation Fund and Ariel Focus Fund. Western Union is the global leader in money transfer and payment services. With over 500,000 locations that serve 200 countries, the company's scale and network advantages create high barriers to entry and attractive economics. Even though money transfer volumes are recovering from the global recession, the stock trades at a historically low valuation. We view Western Union as an excellent, wide-moat franchise, with meaningful growth prospects, excellent free cash flow generation and sustainable competitive advantages that position it well for an evolutionary shift towards mobile payments. Read more...
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund Buy Low and Sell High: APA, AAPL, WU, JOY, NEM, Sells CAG, AMGN
The $26 billion T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund has been managed by the firm’s Chief Investment Officer Brian Rogers since 1985. Since then the fund has gained 11% a year on average. Over the past 10 years the fund averaged 9% a year. Brian Rogers likes to invest in companies that are well-established and pay above-average dividends. As we can see from his recent purchase, he likes to buy companies that are traded at 52-week lows, too. Read more...

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 10.50
WU's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
80% of the 1451 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 13.60 vs. WU: 10.50 )
WU' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 5.92   Max: 26.24
Current: 10.5

5.92
26.24
P/B 7.90
WU's P/B is ranked lower than
72% of the 1479 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. WU: 7.90 )
WU' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 6.22   Max: 2364
Current: 7.9

6.22
2364
P/S 1.54
WU's P/S is ranked higher than
83% of the 1638 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. WU: 1.54 )
WU' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.3   Max: 5.31
Current: 1.54

1.3
5.31
PFCF 9.90
WU's PFCF is ranked lower than
55% of the 940 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. WU: 9.90 )
WU' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.69   Max: 28.19
Current: 9.9

6.69
28.19
EV-to-EBIT 9.30
WU's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
86% of the 1447 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 15.51 vs. WU: 9.30 )
WU' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.3   Max: 19.9
Current: 9.3

5.3
19.9
PEG 1.90
WU's PEG is ranked higher than
52% of the 848 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. WU: 1.90 )
WU' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 2.95
Current: 1.9

0.75
2.95
Shiller P/E 9.80
WU's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
88% of the 841 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 16.71 vs. WU: 9.80 )
WU' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.13   Max: 17.38
Current: 9.8

8.13
17.38

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 3.28
WU's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
69% of the 1312 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 2.40 vs. WU: 3.28 )
WU' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.04   Max: 3.27
Current: 3.28

0.04
3.27
Dividend Payout 0.35
WU's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
59% of the 1147 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 0.31 vs. WU: 0.35 )
WU' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 0.35
Current: 0.35

0.01
0.35
Dividend growth (3y) 26.00
WU's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
91% of the 809 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. WU: 26.00 )
WU' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 97.9
Current: 26

0
97.9
Yield on cost (5-Year) 35.81
WU's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
98% of the 1327 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 2.66 vs. WU: 35.81 )
WU' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.43   Max: 35.48
Current: 35.81

0.43
35.48
Share Buyback Rate 5.80
WU's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
97% of the 1170 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: -2.70 vs. WU: 5.80 )
WU' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0   Max: -0.2
Current: 5.8

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 0.70
WU's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
61% of the 902 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 0.60 vs. WU: 0.70 )
WU' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.65   Max: 1.59
Current: 0.7

0.65
1.59
Price/Median PS Value 0.70
WU's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
88% of the 1493 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. WU: 0.70 )
WU' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.64   Max: 1.68
Current: 0.7

0.64
1.68
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.70
WU's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
57% of the 440 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 0.80 vs. WU: 1.70 )
WU' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.77   Max: 1.96
Current: 1.7

0.77
1.96
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 10.70
WU's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
87% of the 1411 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 6.40 vs. WU: 10.70 )
WU' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5   Max: 19
Current: 10.7

5
19
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 13.50
WU's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
72% of the 1102 Companies
in the Global Specialty Finance industry.

( Industry Median: 14.77 vs. WU: 13.50 )
WU' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 3.4   Max: 21.2
Current: 13.5

3.4
21.2

Business Description

Industry: Banks » Specialty Finance
Compare:HKXCY, ASXFY, CIT, KFN, TREE » details
Traded in other countries:W3U.Germany
Western Union Company was incorporated in Delaware on February 17, 2006. The Company is engaged in global money transfer and payment services, providing people with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send money around the world. Its services are available through a network of over 410,000 agent locations in more than 200 countries and territories. The Company's segments are Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business and Business Solutions. Its consumer-to-consumer money transfer service enables people to send money around the world in minutes. The Company offers consumers a variety of ways to send money. Although most remittances are sent in cash at one of its more than 410,000 agent locations worldwide, in some countries it offers the ability to send money over the internet or the telephone, using a credit or debit card. Some agent locations accept debit cards to initiate a transaction. It also offers consumers several options to receive a money transfer. While the majority of transfers are paid in cash at agent locations, in some places it offers payout directly to the receiver's bank account, to a stored-value card, to a mobile phone or through the issuance of a money order. The Company's consumer-to-business service provides consumers with flexible and convenient options for making one-time or recurring bill payments. It provides a portfolio of electronic and cash payment options that provide consumers with fast and convenient ways to make one-time or recurring payments to billers. Its other businesses not included in these segments include Western Union branded money orders available through a network of third-party agents mainly in the United States and Canada, and prepaid services. Prepaid services include a Western Union branded prepaid MasterCard(r) card sold through select agents in the United States and the internet, a Western Union branded prepaid Visa(r) card sold on the internet, and top-up services for third parties that allow consumers to pay in advance for mobile phone and other services. The Western Union(r) brand is globally recognized. The Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Speedpay, Paymap(r), Equity Accelerator, Just in Time EFT, Western Union Quick Collect, Quick Pay, Quick Cash, Convenience Pay, Pago Facil and other trademarks and service marks are also important to the Company. Its competitors include banks, credit unions, ATM providers and operators, card associations, card-based payments providers such as issuers of e-money, travel cards or stored-value cards, informal remittance systems, web-based services, telephone payment systems, postal organizations, retailers, check cashers, mail and courier services, currency exchanges and traditional money transfer companies. The Company's business is subject to a range of laws and regulations enacted by the United States federal government, each of the states, many localities and other countries.

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