Accenture Ltd. (NYSE:ACN)

CAPS Rating: 5 out of 5

The Company is a management consulting, technology services and outsourcing organization.

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Member Avatar theprocess (< 20) Submitted: 4/16/2014 9:02:30 PM : Outperform Start Price: $78.73 ACN Score: -3.30

focus on cutting-edge technology needs of clients such as analytics, mobility, digital marketing, etc.

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Member Avatar tommo365 (< 20) Submitted: 2/4/2014 10:56:27 AM : Outperform Start Price: $77.16 ACN Score: -7.86

strong approach to client delivery and client value focus. Great people and leadership.

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Member Avatar JoeBEan769 (75.69) Submitted: 12/15/2013 12:24:40 PM : Outperform Start Price: $73.21 ACN Score: +0.28

Great outsourcing company with impressive dividend growth.

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Member Avatar grankh (70.65) Submitted: 10/18/2013 6:18:52 PM : Outperform Start Price: $27.55 ACN Score: +44.88

I do NOT own this stock in real life, but am keeping it here for now, despite some concerns, as it has given me a decent gain so far. We'll see how long those concerns can be overridden.

The main thing I don't like is that sales were basically flat last year. The earnings have been growing at 23% per annum, (approx.), but that can't go on forever if they don't start growing their sales. Their profit margin has been increasing for about 7 years now, so that is good. The earned-on-equity is stable at around 63%, so a good number. They have very little debt at the end of FY2013, so that is good. Their P/E is near historic norms, and their PEG ratio is low, so that makes the stock a pretty good buy here relatively. The stock pays a small dividend, which they raised in each of the past two years, so that is positive. The stock is trading in the midpoint of its range over the past couple of years, so that makes it relatively cheap also.

So the big worry is sales. If the EPS growth can keep going, and their margin keeps expanding, then this stock could keep growing also, until the lack of sales growth starts really causing a headwind to growth. In the mean time, with the dividend and the trading range of the last couple of years, this stock could return 25% in a years time, maybe more. So I am willing to see where it goes for now.

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Member Avatar surabayajhonny (51.57) Submitted: 10/4/2013 1:49:27 PM : Outperform Start Price: $71.55 ACN Score: -3.83

boring but steady grower

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Member Avatar lanky522 (58.17) Submitted: 9/20/2013 3:46:55 PM : Outperform Start Price: $75.44 ACN Score: -8.11

- Great way to invest in Global Technology and IT Consulting Services and Solutions if you don't want all the other stuff IBM carries with it.

- Not as glamorous as some other tech plays, but I expect demand for services to continually increase.

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Member Avatar freecapital (72.73) Submitted: 9/7/2013 7:53:43 PM : Outperform Start Price: $71.69 ACN Score: -5.55

gilles

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Member Avatar earlyseller (< 20) Submitted: 9/6/2013 4:25:53 PM : Outperform Start Price: $71.69 ACN Score: -5.55

My reason for being featured in an upcoming article has nothing to do with Accenture.

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Member Avatar pro505050 (58.38) Submitted: 8/12/2013 11:59:41 AM : Outperform Start Price: $71.53 ACN Score: -3.50

This is a buy and growing company

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Member Avatar Orthonormal (87.94) Submitted: 7/10/2013 6:35:18 PM : Outperform Start Price: $73.15 ACN Score: -7.32

Magic Formula 2013/07/10
Large cap

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Member Avatar TMFTailwind (67.07) Submitted: 7/9/2013 12:22:43 PM : Outperform Start Price: $72.44 ACN Score: -7.71

Earnings-related stock price plunge provides long term investors an opportunity to start a attractively-priced position in this well-oiled consulting company. This capital-light business has shown steady, consistent growth over the years and I see no reason to believe that this growth will slow significantly in the near future, despite sub-optimal results this quarter. High historical client retention rates and deep industry expertise are evidence of a competitive edge.

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Member Avatar ThisIsFor2053 (< 20) Submitted: 7/1/2013 9:26:50 AM : Outperform Start Price: $70.36 ACN Score: -7.22

Good entry point on a market overreaction for a long-term hold

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Member Avatar awallejr (81.36) Submitted: 6/30/2013 3:24:48 PM : Outperform Start Price: $70.36 ACN Score: -7.22

Buying the dip.

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Member Avatar TMFInnovator (34.76) Submitted: 6/28/2013 12:58:54 PM : Outperform Start Price: $69.88 ACN Score: -6.77

Classic market overreaction this morning.

Accenture missed Rev guidance, largely due to weakness in Brazil and Europe and fewer big projects, which caused shares to drop 11%. I'm not sure why this miss was so shocking, really.. The current market uncertainty is influencing companies' IT/consulting spend, which effected ACN's short-term results.

Looking bigger picture though, ACN is in a great position to outperform:
- Their focus on data analytics and cloud computing are fast-growing markets to be competing in.
- Their reputation is phenomenal. They focus is on long-term relationship building, which allows for recurring revenues and a sticky customer base. 92 of their top 100 clients have worked with them for longer than 10 years.
- They are one of the few consulting firms to also offer to deploy IT and hardware solutions. This further embeds them with their clients' needs.
- They have an asset-light model that allows them to return profits to shareholders. They have tripled their annual dividend in the last five years.

Accenture has outperformed the market in 8 of the last 10 years. I would expect them to do more of the same in the future.

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Member Avatar Zakrooster (68.05) Submitted: 6/14/2013 1:25:30 PM : Outperform Start Price: $79.37 ACN Score: -17.78

Reference Point
ROI: 45.0%
Dividend Yield: 2.0%
Total Debt/ Earnings: 0
P/E: 17.5

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Member Avatar Teacherman333 (46.03) Submitted: 5/26/2013 1:38:58 PM : Outperform Start Price: $78.08 ACN Score: -16.99

For reference point and to allow for comments by others. As of the end of March, 2013.

ROE 61.32%
Trailing PE 19.17
PB 9.83
Div yield 1.50%

As of Feb 28.

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Member Avatar EarlWeaverPort (74.11) Submitted: 1/23/2013 10:57:21 AM : Outperform Start Price: $68.63 ACN Score: -14.28

Brendan Matthews

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Member Avatar Harald6609 (30.68) Submitted: 11/24/2012 4:38:26 AM : Outperform Start Price: $65.32 ACN Score: -16.13

Dividend & Growth

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Member Avatar TMFJLo (88.95) Submitted: 11/8/2012 3:48:34 PM : Outperform Start Price: $67.18 ACN Score: -14.78

Worked for 'em and like what they do. Decent dividend and excellent international growth opportunity. A tech-centric cost-effective consulting company? Sounds good to me.

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Member Avatar DLester78 (64.70) Submitted: 11/2/2012 1:09:10 PM : Outperform Start Price: $66.33 ACN Score: -16.03

health care opportunity

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