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 TMFEarlyRiser (< 20) Submitted: 3/23/2015 9:55:05 AM : Outperform Start Price: $90.44 ACN Score: +2.82

Accenture is a high-quality, predictable blue chip so I like to compare it to the S&P 500. It is growing faster than the S&P 500 (which is projected to have negative revenue growth in 2015), it has much higher returns on equity than the S&P 500, and has a higher dividend yield than the S&P 500. Yet it is trading at a discount the to index after subtracting ACN's $7 in net cash per share. ACN returns 100% of FCF to investors in the form of dividends and buybacks. Given the 6-year bull run in the markets, I think a company like ACN, with a rock-solid balance sheet, multiple sources of moat, and an established and transparent capital-return program should have relatively limited downside and provide 10% plus annualized returns. Nothing wrong with that!

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Member Avatar afewgoodstocks11 (25.87) Submitted: 10/21/2014 12:54:39 PM : Outperform Start Price: $70.36 ACN Score: +11.01

Div. (Yield) $2.04 (2.7%)

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Member Avatar Milo107 (39.79) Submitted: 9/9/2014 8:45:39 PM : Outperform Start Price: $78.58 ACN Score: +10.48

MF Inside Value

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Member Avatar theprocess (< 20) Submitted: 4/16/2014 9:02:30 PM : Outperform Start Price: $76.84 ACN Score: +7.69

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

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Member Avatar JoeBEan769 (80.66) Submitted: 12/15/2013 12:24:40 PM : Outperform Start Price: $71.46 ACN Score: +12.43

Great outsourcing company with impressive dividend growth.

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Member Avatar grankh (78.61) Submitted: 10/18/2013 6:18:52 PM : Outperform Start Price: $26.88 ACN Score: +81.11

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 (46.24) Submitted: 10/4/2013 1:49:27 PM : Outperform Start Price: $69.83 ACN Score: +8.24

boring but steady grower

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Member Avatar lanky522 (64.13) Submitted: 9/20/2013 3:46:55 PM : Outperform Start Price: $73.63 ACN Score: +2.94

- 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 pro505050 (64.31) Submitted: 8/12/2013 11:59:41 AM : Outperform Start Price: $69.81 ACN Score: +8.60

This is a buy and growing company

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Member Avatar Orthonormal (94.48) Submitted: 7/10/2013 6:35:18 PM : Outperform Start Price: $71.39 ACN Score: +4.17

Magic Formula 2013/07/10
Large cap

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Member Avatar ThisIsFor2053 (33.89) Submitted: 7/1/2013 9:26:50 AM : Outperform Start Price: $68.67 ACN Score: +4.76

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

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Member Avatar awallejr (78.58) Submitted: 6/30/2013 3:24:48 PM : Outperform Start Price: $68.67 ACN Score: +4.76

Buying the dip.

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Member Avatar Zakrooster (73.88) Submitted: 6/14/2013 1:25:30 PM : Outperform Start Price: $77.47 ACN Score: -8.17

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

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Member Avatar Teacherman333 (86.02) Submitted: 5/26/2013 1:38:58 PM : Outperform Start Price: $76.21 ACN Score: -7.13

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 (71.77) Submitted: 1/23/2013 10:57:21 AM : Outperform Start Price: $66.98 ACN Score: -2.62

Brendan Matthews

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Member Avatar Harald6609 (28.78) Submitted: 11/24/2012 4:38:26 AM : Outperform Start Price: $63.75 ACN Score: -3.97

Dividend & Growth

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Member Avatar TMFJLo (94.58) Submitted: 11/8/2012 3:48:34 PM : Outperform Start Price: $65.57 ACN Score: -2.88

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 (68.90) Submitted: 11/2/2012 1:09:10 PM : Outperform Start Price: $64.74 ACN Score: -4.07

health care opportunity

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Member Avatar mtinvest (95.28) Submitted: 7/2/2012 4:08:05 PM : Outperform Start Price: $52.72 ACN Score: +1.01

At current price levels, shouldn't ACN have a 5 star rating?

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Member Avatar jocdocps (67.92) Submitted: 1/27/2012 4:44:51 PM : Outperform Start Price: $39.65 ACN Score: +60.91

Accenture Ltd. (ACN)
Submitted: 12/27/11 1:36 PM :
A couple of key statistics that I like to see. High insider ownership a decent rising dividend and lots of cash and little or no debt. Plus I see outsourcing of IT as a growth industry.

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