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About the company

Pearson plc (Pearson) is an international education and media company. The Company has operations in the education, business information and consumer publishing markets. The Company operates through three segments: North America, Core and Growth. The North American business serves educators and students in the United States and Canada from early education through elementary, middle and high schools and into higher education with a range of products and services, such as courseware, assessments and services. The core markets are the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, the Benelux countries and Italy. The Company provides English language schools in China and Brazil; partner schools in Brazil and India; vocational and higher education institutions from Saudi Arabia to South Africa, as well as textbooks and educational software. The Company creates and manages intellectual property, which it promotes and sells to its customers under various brand names.

  • Revenue in GBP (TTM)4.34bn
  • Net income in GBP-481.00m
  • Incorporated1897
  • Employees37.27k
  • Location
    Pearson80 StrandLONDON WC2R 0RLUnited KingdomGBR
  • Phone+44 20 7010 2000Fax+44 20 7010 6060
  • Websitehttp://www.pearson.com/
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Peer analysis

Key Information
CompanyRevenue (TTM)Net income (TTM)Market capEmployeesPrice/earnings (TTM)Price/book value (MRQ)Price/cash flow (TTM)Price/sales (TTM)EPS (excl. extraordinary items, TTM)EPS (incl. extraordinary items, TTM)Revenue per share (TTM)Book value per share (MRQ)Asset turnover (TTM)Inventory turnover (TTM)Receivables turnover (TTM)Revenues per employee (TTM)Return on avg assets (TTM)Return on avg assets (5 yr avg)Return on investment (TTM)Return on investment (5 yr avg)Gross margin (TTM)Gross margin
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Quick ratio (MRQ)Interest coverage (TTM)Total debt to capital (MRQ)Payout ratio
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Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC403.11m30.74m1.47bn2.32k47.313.1427.193.660.24290.24293.183.660.551--5.62--4.2410.956.2517.14----7.6917.67--34.230.000941.08-0.07442.11-70.84-7.5816.114.53
Daily Mail and General Trust plc1.92bn204.20m2.68bn10.16k14.
Lagardere SCA7.58bn109.00m3.00bn29.70k27.161.698.940.39520.8410.84158.2213.520.99014.466.45255,177.301.401.962.763.4962.1556.631.412.240.7126.350.5329103.50-0.4938-2.2180.49-14.612.580.00
Informa PLC1.24bn163.30m5.29bn6.57k27.743.3918.684.260.23150.23151.761.890.3961--4.71188,904.105.242.676.653.42--67.4513.246.700.52439.100.4532148.156.61-0.2343427.1011.6336.687.50
Pearson plc4.34bn-481.00m6.47bn37.27k--1.008.781.49-0.59080.83785.337.860.38167.343.31116,382.70-4.222.28-5.112.8355.5955.67-11.075.371.92--0.2741148.12-1.59-4.63-276.00--13.356.09
Relx PLC6.26bn1.10bn27.48bn30.00k25.5013.9416.704.390.52420.52422.980.95940.556113.634.55208,800.009.848.8714.8614.0363.5564.8217.6916.410.39614.090.705757.383.43-0.2795.559.44-0.25868.23
Relx NV7.47bn1.31bn33.09bn30.00k32.3813.2016.874.430.46610.46612.371.140.556113.634.55248,895.909.848.8714.8614.0363.5564.8217.6916.410.39614.090.705757.973.43-0.2795.559.44-0.25862.70
Schibsted ASA15.74bn-53.00m39.41bn6.90k--4.0868.902.50-0.2359-0.235969.6443.680.7293--5.382,281,449.000.19463.780.26655.5096.7294.150.26684.34--24.110.188666.120.94831.89801.67-14.621.50-10.22
Data as of Dec 05 2016. Currency figures normalised to Pearson's reporting currency: UK Pound GBX

Institutional shareholders

34.73%Per cent of shares held by top holders
HolderShares% Held
Schroder Investment Management Ltd.as of 31 Dec 201542.15m5.13%
Silchester International Investors LLPas of 19 Oct 201641.44m5.04%
Threadneedle Asset Management Ltd.as of 08 Apr 201639.13m4.76%
Lindsell Train Ltd.as of 01 Nov 201635.78m4.35%
Libyan Investment Authority (Investment Management)as of 01 Nov 201626.57m3.23%
BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd.as of 11 Mar 201623.53m2.86%
Legal & General Investment Management Ltd.as of 01 Nov 201621.67m2.64%
The Vanguard Group, Inc.as of 01 Nov 201620.64m2.51%
Majedie Asset Management Ltd.as of 01 Nov 201617.93m2.18%
Mondrian Investment Partners Ltd.as of 01 Nov 201616.67m2.03%
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Data from 30 Sep 2016 - 01 Nov 2016Source: FactSet Research Systems Inc.
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