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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 : 4/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash-to-Debt 0.23
PSO's Cash-to-Debt is ranked lower than
75% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.58 vs. PSO: 0.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash-to-Debt only.
PSO' s Cash-to-Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.11  Med: 0.28 Max: 0.76
Current: 0.23
0.11
0.76
Equity-to-Asset 0.45
PSO's Equity-to-Asset is ranked lower than
61% of the 189 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 0.56 vs. PSO: 0.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity-to-Asset only.
PSO' s Equity-to-Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.47 Max: 0.55
Current: 0.45
0.28
0.55
Debt-to-Equity 0.53
PSO's Debt-to-Equity is ranked lower than
59% of the 132 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 0.30 vs. PSO: 0.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-Equity only.
PSO' s Debt-to-Equity Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.35  Med: 0.56 Max: 12.36
Current: 0.53
0.35
12.36
Debt-to-EBITDA 2.93
PSO's Debt-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
67% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.92 vs. PSO: 2.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-EBITDA only.
PSO' s Debt-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.63  Med: 2.84 Max: 5.75
Current: 2.93
1.63
5.75
Piotroski F-Score: 2
Altman Z-Score: 0.60
Beneish M-Score: -3.86
WACC vs ROIC
3.52%
-32.72%
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 : 4/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Operating Margin % -46.38
PSO's Operating Margin % is ranked lower than
94% of the 195 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 4.78 vs. PSO: -46.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating Margin % only.
PSO' s Operating Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -54.86  Med: 10.93 Max: 23.24
Current: -46.38
-54.86
23.24
Net Margin % -45.07
PSO's Net Margin % is ranked lower than
94% of the 195 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 3.35 vs. PSO: -45.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net Margin % only.
PSO' s Net Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -51.34  Med: 9.32 Max: 28.13
Current: -45.07
-51.34
28.13
ROE % -43.36
PSO's ROE % is ranked lower than
92% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 4.53 vs. PSO: -43.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE % only.
PSO' s ROE % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -43.45  Med: 8.71 Max: 26.25
Current: -43.36
-43.45
26.25
ROA % -20.82
PSO's ROA % is ranked lower than
94% of the 198 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 2.39 vs. PSO: -20.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA % only.
PSO' s ROA % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -21.54  Med: 4.31 Max: 12.92
Current: -20.82
-21.54
12.92
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % -244.96
PSO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
94% of the 195 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 14.57 vs. PSO: -244.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % only.
PSO' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -244.96  Med: 47.93 Max: 127.1
Current: -244.96
-244.96
127.1
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate -1.50
PSO's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked higher than
52% of the 180 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: -1.90 vs. PSO: -1.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate only.
PSO' s 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -6.3  Med: -0.5 Max: 14.9
Current: -1.5
-6.3
14.9
3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate -17.10
PSO's 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate is ranked lower than
77% of the 144 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 3.70 vs. PSO: -17.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate only.
PSO' s 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -19.4  Med: 2.3 Max: 46.6
Current: -17.1
-19.4
46.6
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Guru Trades

Q4 2016

PSO Guru Trades in Q4 2016

Jim Simons 1,545,400 sh (-8.94%)
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Q1 2017

PSO Guru Trades in Q1 2017

David Dreman Sold Out
Jim Simons 1,325,100 sh (-14.26%)
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Q2 2017

PSO Guru Trades in Q2 2017

David Dreman 428 sh (New)
Jim Simons 1,033,200 sh (-22.03%)
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PSO Guru Trades in Q3 2017

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Business Description

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Traded in other countries:PESA.Germany, PSON.UK, PSORF.USA,
Headquarter Location:UK
Pearson PLC is a content publisher. Its products comprise of educational courseware, assessments and services, and consumer publishing.

U.K.-listed Pearson is the world's largest educational provider. The company has been disposing of noncore businesses such as the Financial Times, The Economist, and publishing house Penguin (in which it retains a 25% stake), and is now focused on being an educational resource provider. While Pearson's primary activity centres on K-12 and higher-level education, the firm also has significant operations in providing clinical assessments, professional certification, testing, and English language courses.

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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
Forward PE Ratio 13.46
PSO's Forward PE Ratio is ranked higher than
64% of the 25 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 13.57 vs. PSO: 13.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward PE Ratio only.
N/A
Price-to-Owner-Earnings 11.43
PSO's Price-to-Owner-Earnings is ranked higher than
80% of the 85 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 16.43 vs. PSO: 11.43 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Owner-Earnings only.
PSO' s Price-to-Owner-Earnings Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.49  Med: 11.11 Max: 25.64
Current: 11.43
3.49
25.64
PB Ratio 1.45
PSO's PB Ratio is ranked higher than
55% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 vs. PSO: 1.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
PSO' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.88  Med: 1.61 Max: 2.12
Current: 1.45
0.88
2.12
PS Ratio 1.25
PSO's PS Ratio is ranked higher than
50% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. PSO: 1.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
PSO' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.96  Med: 1.63 Max: 2.67
Current: 1.25
0.96
2.67
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 34.30
PSO's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
88% of the 69 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 11.23 vs. PSO: 34.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
PSO' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.71  Med: 15.44 Max: 62.56
Current: 34.3
7.71
62.56
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 13.84
PSO's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
63% of the 93 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 9.69 vs. PSO: 13.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
PSO' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.46  Med: 12.41 Max: 37.64
Current: 13.84
6.46
37.64
EV-to-EBIT -3.39
PSO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 144 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 14.29 vs. PSO: -3.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
PSO' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -22.9  Med: 13.1 Max: 41.1
Current: -3.39
-22.9
41.1
EV-to-EBITDA 10.32
PSO's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
57% of the 160 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 10.42 vs. PSO: 10.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
PSO' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.1  Med: 10.9 Max: 18.7
Current: 10.32
7.1
18.7
EV-to-Revenue 1.55
PSO's EV-to-Revenue is ranked lower than
54% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. PSO: 1.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-Revenue only.
PSO' s EV-to-Revenue Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.2  Med: 1.9 Max: 3
Current: 1.55
1.2
3
Shiller PE Ratio 16.19
PSO's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked higher than
64% of the 56 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 18.07 vs. PSO: 16.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
PSO' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.96  Med: 18.55 Max: 35.03
Current: 16.19
8.96
35.03
Current Ratio 1.62
PSO's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
51% of the 184 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.61 vs. PSO: 1.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
PSO' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.13  Med: 1.73 Max: 2.61
Current: 1.62
1.13
2.61
Quick Ratio 1.49
PSO's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
54% of the 184 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.37 vs. PSO: 1.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
PSO' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.71  Med: 1.33 Max: 2.04
Current: 1.49
0.71
2.04
Days Inventory 41.81
PSO's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
54% of the 160 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 39.53 vs. PSO: 41.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
PSO' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 38.89  Med: 62.34 Max: 79.79
Current: 41.81
38.89
79.79
Days Sales Outstanding 95.16
PSO's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
73% of the 157 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 63.82 vs. PSO: 95.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
PSO' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 63.89  Med: 77.24 Max: 105.86
Current: 95.16
63.89
105.86
Days Payable 55.91
PSO's Days Payable is ranked lower than
58% of the 126 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 70.70 vs. PSO: 55.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
PSO' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 54.33  Med: 62.39 Max: 293.06
Current: 55.91
54.33
293.06

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield % 5.33
PSO's Dividend Yield % is ranked higher than
84% of the 219 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 3.27 vs. PSO: 5.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield % only.
PSO' s Dividend Yield % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.01  Med: 3.83 Max: 9.14
Current: 5.33
3.01
9.14
3-Year Dividend Growth Rate 4.20
PSO's 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate is ranked higher than
55% of the 91 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. PSO: 4.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate only.
PSO' s 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.5  Med: 7.1 Max: 11.7
Current: 4.2
3.5
11.7
Forward Dividend Yield % 5.31
PSO's Forward Dividend Yield % is ranked higher than
81% of the 211 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 3.14 vs. PSO: 5.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield % only.
N/A
5-Year Yield-on-Cost % 7.07
PSO's 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % is ranked higher than
87% of the 300 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 3.49 vs. PSO: 7.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % only.
PSO' s 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.99  Med: 5.08 Max: 12.12
Current: 7.07
3.99
12.12
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -0.10
PSO's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
64% of the 114 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: -0.90 vs. PSO: -0.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
PSO' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -9.4  Med: -0.2 Max: 0.1
Current: -0.1
-9.4
0.1

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price-to-Tangible-Book 8.26
PSO's Price-to-Tangible-Book is ranked lower than
93% of the 148 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.54 vs. PSO: 8.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Tangible-Book only.
PSO' s Price-to-Tangible-Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.79  Med: 8.24 Max: 115.86
Current: 8.26
4.79
115.86
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 0.87
PSO's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 93 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.22 vs. PSO: 0.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
PSO' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 1.21 Max: 2.5
Current: 0.87
0
2.5
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 0.76
PSO's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 158 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. PSO: 0.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
PSO' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0.86 Max: 2.31
Current: 0.76
0
2.31
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % -29.56
PSO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
92% of the 199 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 4.85 vs. PSO: -29.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
PSO' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -44  Med: 6.8 Max: 11.6
Current: -29.56
-44
11.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % -8.39
PSO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked lower than
73% of the 115 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 5.71 vs. PSO: -8.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % only.
PSO' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -9.3  Med: 10.2 Max: 28.4
Current: -8.39
-9.3
28.4

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $5,974.31
EPS (TTM) $ -3.27
Beta-0.04
Short Percentage of Float0.00%
52-Week Range $7.04 - 10.31
Shares Outstanding (Mil)811.44 (ADR)

Analyst Estimate

Dec17 Dec18 Dec19
Revenue (Mil $) 6,001 5,892 6,056
EPS ($) 0.65 0.68 0.76
EPS without NRI ($) 0.65 0.68 0.76
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
N/A
Dividends per Share ($) 0.33 0.30 0.27

Piotroski F-Score Details

Piotroski F-Score: 22
Positive ROAN
Positive CFROAY
Higher ROA yoyN
CFROA > ROAY
Lower Leverage yoyN
Higher Current Ratio yoyN
Less Shares Outstanding yoyN
Higher Gross Margin yoyN
Higher Asset Turnover yoyN

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