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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
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.47
WU's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
78% of the 334 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.26 vs. WU: 0.47 )
WU' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.37   Max: 9999
Current: 0.47

0.37
9999
Equity to Asset 0.13
WU's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
55% of the 334 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.29 vs. WU: 0.13 )
WU' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.11   Max: 0.65
Current: 0.13

-0.11
0.65
Interest Coverage 6.46
WU's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
64% of the 221 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.03 vs. WU: 6.46 )
WU' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 5.66   Max: 9999.99
Current: 6.46

5.66
9999.99
F-Score: 8
Z-Score: 1.81
M-Score: -2.53
WACC vs ROIC
11.42%
150.02%
WACC
ROIC
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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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 20.45
WU's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 349 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 21.20 vs. WU: 20.45 )
WU' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 19.98   Max: 31.83
Current: 20.45

19.98
31.83
Net-margin (%) 15.30
WU's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 351 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.01 vs. WU: 15.30 )
WU' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 14.41   Max: 23.26
Current: 15.3

14.41
23.26
ROE (%) 71.49
WU's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 341 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.02 vs. WU: 71.49 )
WU' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 35.12   Max: 4314.55
Current: 71.49

35.12
4314.55
ROA (%) 8.55
WU's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 358 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.98 vs. WU: 8.55 )
WU' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 8.15   Max: 51.32
Current: 8.55

8.15
51.32
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 549.94
WU's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 347 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.90 vs. WU: 549.94 )
WU' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 298.21   Max: 702.44
Current: 549.94

298.21
702.44
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 6.50
WU's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 273 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. WU: 6.50 )
WU' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 13.1
Current: 6.5

0
13.1
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 0.50
WU's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 231 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. WU: 0.50 )
WU' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 17.9
Current: 0.5

0
17.9
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -4.80
WU's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 222 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9.50 vs. WU: -4.80 )
WU' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 23
Current: -4.8

0
23
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

WU Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 25,300 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 1,916,455 sh (+37.07%)
David Abrams 21,427,477 sh (+23.41%)
Brian Rogers 6,350,000 sh (+5.83%)
Bill Frels 5,889,724 sh (+3.31%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 3,476,200 sh (+1.61%)
John Rogers 13,957,981 sh (+1.54%)
Jeff Auxier 399,126 sh (+0.51%)
Chuck Royce 361,400 sh (unchged)
Bernard Horn 121,400 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon 26,508 sh (unchged)
Sarah Ketterer Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
John Hussman Sold Out
Ray Dalio 518,089 sh (-10.29%)
David Dreman 28,857 sh (-11.64%)
Scott Black 417,045 sh (-18.55%)
Mario Cibelli 200,000 sh (-71.43%)
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Q3 2014

WU Guru Trades in Q3 2014

John Hussman 10,000 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 3,325,291 sh (+73.51%)
Bernard Horn 196,400 sh (+61.78%)
Ray Dalio 675,389 sh (+30.36%)
David Dreman 32,147 sh (+11.40%)
Brian Rogers 6,500,000 sh (+2.36%)
David Abrams 21,608,707 sh (+0.85%)
Bill Frels 5,893,110 sh (+0.06%)
Scott Black 417,215 sh (+0.04%)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Mario Cibelli Sold Out
Jeff Auxier 397,570 sh (-0.39%)
Chuck Royce 356,700 sh (-1.30%)
John Rogers 13,649,596 sh (-2.21%)
Paul Tudor Jones 16,100 sh (-36.36%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,174,655 sh (-37.44%)
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Q4 2014

WU Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 27,200 sh (+68.94%)
Ray Dalio 718,089 sh (+6.32%)
Joel Greenblatt 3,488,420 sh (+4.91%)
Brian Rogers 6,750,000 sh (+3.85%)
John Rogers 13,937,811 sh (+2.11%)
David Abrams 21,608,707 sh (unchged)
Bernard Horn 196,400 sh (unchged)
John Hussman Sold Out
Bill Frels 5,875,675 sh (-0.30%)
Jeff Auxier 391,251 sh (-1.59%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,078,155 sh (-4.44%)
Scott Black 392,730 sh (-5.87%)
David Dreman 28,685 sh (-10.77%)
Chuck Royce 312,100 sh (-12.50%)
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Q1 2015

WU Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Brian Rogers 6,750,000 sh (unchged)
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Guru Investment Theses on Western Union Co

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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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 17.30
WU's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
81% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 25.40 vs. WU: 17.30 )
WU' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 5.92   Max: 26.24
Current: 17.3

5.92
26.24
Forward P/E 12.45
WU's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
86% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. WU: 12.45 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 17.40
WU's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
84% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 26.10 vs. WU: 17.40 )
WU' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 5.92   Max: 26.24
Current: 17.4

5.92
26.24
P/B 8.20
WU's P/B is ranked lower than
56% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. WU: 8.20 )
WU' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 6.22   Max: 2364
Current: 8.2

6.22
2364
P/S 2.00
WU's P/S is ranked higher than
77% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.00 vs. WU: 2.00 )
WU' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.3   Max: 5.31
Current: 2

1.3
5.31
PFCF 12.70
WU's PFCF is ranked higher than
84% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. WU: 12.70 )
WU' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.69   Max: 28.19
Current: 12.7

6.69
28.19
POCF 10.63
WU's POCF is ranked higher than
85% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. WU: 10.63 )
WU' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 5.86   Max: 22.6
Current: 10.63

5.86
22.6
EV-to-EBIT 9.39
WU's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
93% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 35.97 vs. WU: 9.39 )
WU' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.3   Max: 19.9
Current: 9.39

5.3
19.9
PEG 3.78
WU's PEG is ranked higher than
89% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. WU: 3.78 )
WU' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 3.01
Current: 3.78

0.75
3.01
Shiller P/E 13.50
WU's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
90% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. WU: 13.50 )
WU' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.13   Max: 17.24
Current: 13.5

8.13
17.24
Current Ratio 1.15
WU's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
52% of the 269 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.87 vs. WU: 1.15 )
WU' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 2.03
Current: 1.15

0.91
2.03
Quick Ratio 1.15
WU's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
51% of the 269 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.86 vs. WU: 1.15 )
WU' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 2.03
Current: 1.15

0.91
2.03
Days Sales Outstanding 65.90
WU's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
74% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 266.84 vs. WU: 65.90 )
WU' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 0.87   Max: 84.85
Current: 65.9

0.87
84.85

Dividend & Buy Back

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history
Dividend Yield 2.50
WU's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
61% of the 230 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.06 vs. WU: 2.50 )
WU' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.04   Max: 3.28
Current: 2.5

0.04
3.28
Dividend Payout 0.31
WU's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
87% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. WU: 0.31 )
WU' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.04   Max: 0.4
Current: 0.31

0.04
0.4
Dividend growth (3y) 17.30
WU's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
81% of the 140 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.60 vs. WU: 17.30 )
WU' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 97.9
Current: 17.3

0
97.9
Yield on cost (5-Year) 16.02
WU's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
94% of the 233 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. WU: 16.02 )
WU' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 21.02
Current: 16.02

0.26
21.02
Share Buyback Rate 5.40
WU's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
91% of the 201 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.70 vs. WU: 5.40 )
WU' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0   Max: -0.2
Current: 5.4

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 1.00
WU's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
91% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. WU: 1.00 )
WU' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.65   Max: 1.7
Current: 1

0.65
1.7
Price/Median PS Value 0.90
WU's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
86% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. WU: 0.90 )
WU' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.68   Max: 2.07
Current: 0.9

0.68
2.07
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 10.60
WU's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
90% of the 343 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.00 vs. WU: 10.60 )
WU' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5   Max: 19
Current: 10.6

5
19
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 10.71
WU's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
79% of the 131 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.52 vs. WU: 10.71 )
WU' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 5   Max: 25.2
Current: 10.71

5
25.2

Business Description

Industry: Credit Services » Credit Services
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Traded in other countries:W3U.Germany, WU.Mexico,
Western Union Co 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. The Consumer-to-Consumer operating segment facilitates money transfers between two consumers, through a network of third-party agents. Its multi-currency, real-time money transfer service is viewed as one interconnected global network where a money transfer can be sent from one location to another, around the world. The money transfer services are available for international cross-border transfers - that is, the transfer of funds from one country to another - and, in certain countries, intra-country transfers - that is, money transfers from one location to another in the same country. This segment also includes money transfer transactions that can be initiated through websites and account based money transfers. The Consumer-to-Business operating segment facilitates bill payments from consumers to businesses and other organizations, including utilities, auto finance companies, mortgage servicers, financial service providers, government agencies and other businesses. The significant majority of the segment's revenue was generated in the United States during all periods presented, with the remainder generated in Argentina. The Business Solutions operating segment facilitates payment and foreign exchange solutions, cross-border, cross-currency transactions, for small and medium size enterprises and other organizations and individuals. The majority of the segment's business relates to exchanges of currency at the spot rate, which enables customers to make cross-currency payments. In addition, in certain countries, it writes foreign currency forward and option contracts for customers to facilitate future payments. Travelex Global Business Payments (TGBP), which was acquired in November 2011, is included in this segment. Some of its services are subject to card association rules and regulations. For example, an independent standards-setting organization, the Payment Card Industry ("PCI") Security Standards Council (including American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc. International) developed a set of comprehensive requirements concerning payment card account security through the transaction process, called the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). 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, A
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