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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 : 9/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 1.37
CSGP's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
87% of the 1548 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.27 vs. CSGP: 1.37 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.65   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.37

Equity to Asset 0.73
CSGP's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
90% of the 1550 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.43 vs. CSGP: 0.73 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.44   Max: 0.92
Current: 0.73

0.44
0.92
Interest Coverage 7.72
CSGP's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
62% of the 881 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.44 vs. CSGP: 7.72 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 5.68   Max: 9999.99
Current: 7.72

5.68
9999.99
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 7.45
M-Score: -2.16
WACC vs ROIC
10.20%
4.36%
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 : 8/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 14.04
CSGP's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 1581 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 21.12 vs. CSGP: 14.04 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -84.14   Max: 18.73
Current: 14.04

-84.14
18.73
Net-margin (%) 7.79
CSGP's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 1581 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 14.78 vs. CSGP: 7.79 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -84.88   Max: 22.29
Current: 7.79

-84.88
22.29
ROE (%) 3.54
CSGP's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 1557 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.68 vs. CSGP: 3.54 )
CSGP' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -40.36   Max: 13.17
Current: 3.54

-40.36
13.17
ROA (%) 2.58
CSGP's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 1601 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.08 vs. CSGP: 2.58 )
CSGP' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -35.12   Max: 11.99
Current: 2.58

-35.12
11.99
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 124.76
CSGP's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 1581 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.50 vs. CSGP: 124.76 )
CSGP' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -478.06   Max: 194.46
Current: 124.76

-478.06
194.46
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 20.70
CSGP's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1255 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. CSGP: 20.70 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -0.5   Max: 41.6
Current: 20.7

-0.5
41.6
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 48.60
CSGP's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 1052 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. CSGP: 48.60 )
CSGP' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -28.6   Max: 71
Current: 48.6

-28.6
71
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 33.00
CSGP's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 993 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.40 vs. CSGP: 33.00 )
CSGP' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -34.1   Max: 302.1
Current: 33

-34.1
302.1
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

CSGP Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Joel Greenblatt 11,676 sh (New)
Ron Baron 2,368,320 sh (+7.23%)
Murray Stahl 2,000 sh (unchged)
George Soros Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Mariko Gordon 414,085 sh (-0.63%)
Pioneer Investments 57,985 sh (-4.58%)
Jim Simons 91,998 sh (-38.91%)
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Q3 2014

CSGP Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Julian Robertson 5,300 sh (New)
Ron Baron 2,832,565 sh (+19.60%)
Pioneer Investments 56,314 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 2,000 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Mariko Gordon 411,845 sh (-0.54%)
Jim Simons 18,998 sh (-79.35%)
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Q4 2014

CSGP Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Frank Sands 31,175 sh (New)
Frank Sands 31,175 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 85,043 sh (+51.02%)
Julian Robertson 5,700 sh (+7.55%)
Ron Baron 2,888,345 sh (+1.97%)
Murray Stahl 2,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Mariko Gordon 410,687 sh (-0.28%)
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2015

CSGP Guru Trades in 2015

Ron Baron 2,888,345 sh (unchged)
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Guru Investment Theses on CoStar Group Inc

Baron Funds Comments on CoStar Group Inc - Mar 23, 2015

Shares of CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP), the leading provider of information and marketing services to the commercial real estate industry, contributed to performance in the fourth quarter. We attribute this to continued robust financial performance, early synergy generation from the acquisition of Apartments.com, and better relative performance from higher multiple growth stocks over the ownership period. Ongoing investments in R&D and a doubling of the sales force will, in our view, help increase customer penetration, while the acquisition of Apartments.com extends CoStar’s reach into multi-family lead generation. (Neal Rosenberg)

From Ron Baron (Trades, Portfolio)'s Baron Partners Fund Fourth Quarter 2014 Commentary.

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Ron Baron Comments on CoStar Group Inc - Jul 28, 2014

After doubling in 2013, real estate information and marketing services provider CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP) gave back gains in the second quarter. CoStar shares were negatively impacted by sudden and significant multiple compression in high growth, highly valued stocks, which sold off acutely early in the quarter. CoStar also completed an equity offering in the quarter, which we expect will be used to finance accretive M&A over the next six months. We continue to maintain our conviction in CoStar. (Neal Rosenberg)



The Fund added to its position in CoStar Group, Inc.,the leading provider of information and marketing services to the $50 trillion commercial real estate (CRE) industry. The company has spent 25 years building a proprietary CRE database, which has grown to include information on over four million properties and nine billion square feet of listings. The company monetizes its data through subscriptions to analytical tools, which are deeply integrated into clients’ workflows. Ongoing investments in R&D and a doubling of the sales force should allow CoStar to sell an expanded array of tools to new and existing customers. Additionally, the acquisitions of LoopNet and Apartments.com extend CoStar’s reach into marketing services and multi- family lead generation, creating vast new opportunities and offering the company dramatic revenue and cost synergies. Finally, the company’s high fixed cost base creates significant operating leverage, which we believe should help drive margins to above 40%. (Neal Rosenberg)



From Ron Baron (Trades, Portfolio)’s Baron Funds Second Quarter 2014 Report.



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Baron Funds Comments on CoStar Group Inc. - Nov 22, 2013

Shares of CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate data in the U.S. and U.K., contributed to performance in the third quarter, driven by outstanding financial results, accelerating business momentum, and growing synergies from its LoopNet acquisition. CoStar continued to generate record quarterly bookings, which we estimate grew by over 75% in the most recently reported period. We continue to be excited by the LoopNet acquisition, which represents a potential opportunity of more than $600 million of recurring, high-mar gin reve nue. (Neal Rosenberg)

From Ron Baron’s Baron Funds third quarter 2013 letter.


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Baron Funds Comments on CoStar Group Inc. - Nov 21, 2013

Shares of CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate data in the U.S. and U.K., contributed to performance during the third quarter, driven by outstanding financial results, accelerating business momentum, and growing synergies from its LoopNet acquisition. CoStar continued to generate record quarterly bookings, which we estimate grew by over 75% in the most recently reported period. We continue to be excited by the LoopNet acquisition, which represents a potential opportunity of more than $600 million of recurring, high-margin revenue. (Neal Rosenberg)

From Ron Baron’s Baron Funds third quarter 2013 report.


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Baron Funds Comments on CoStar Group Inc. - Nov 06, 2013

Shares of CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate data in the U.S. and U.K., contributed to performance in the third quarter, driven by outstanding financial results, accelerating business momentum, and growing synergies from its LoopNet acquisition. CoStar continued to generate record quarterly bookings, which we estimate grew by over 75% in the most recently reported period. We continue to be excited by the LoopNet acquisition, which represents a potential opportunity of more than $600 million of recurring, high-margin revenue. (Neal Rosenberg)

From Ron Baron's Baron Funds third quarter 2013 report.


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Ron Baron Comments on CoStar Group Inc. - Apr 24, 2013

CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP), a leading real estate database company, has assembled and trained a 900 person nationwide research staff over more than 20 years to obtain that data. This was an unusually expensive undertaking. Now, as the primary source of this information, CoStar is able to monetize its proprietary database and earn high returns.

From Ron Baron’s Baron Funds first quarter 2013 investor letter.


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Top Ranked Articles about CoStar Group Inc

Baron Funds Comments on CoStar Group Inc
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After doubling in 2013, real estate information and marketing services provider CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP) gave back gains in the second quarter. CoStar shares were negatively impacted by sudden and significant multiple compression in high growth, highly valued stocks, which sold off acutely early in the quarter. CoStar also completed an equity offering in the quarter, which we expect will be used to finance accretive M&A over the next six months. We continue to maintain our conviction in CoStar. (Neal Rosenberg) Read more...

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 132.10
CSGP's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
54% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 21.60 vs. CSGP: 132.10 )
CSGP' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 19.28   Max: 1651
Current: 132.1

19.28
1651
Forward P/E 78.13
CSGP's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
72% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CSGP: 78.13 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 135.70
CSGP's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
56% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 21.70 vs. CSGP: 135.70 )
CSGP' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 19.33   Max: 1651
Current: 135.7

19.33
1651
P/B 4.20
CSGP's P/B is ranked lower than
58% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.28 vs. CSGP: 4.20 )
CSGP' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.61   Max: 6.57
Current: 4.2

1.61
6.57
P/S 10.10
CSGP's P/S is ranked lower than
72% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.27 vs. CSGP: 10.10 )
CSGP' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 2.34   Max: 13.21
Current: 10.1

2.34
13.21
PFCF 51.70
CSGP's PFCF is ranked higher than
78% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CSGP: 51.70 )
CSGP' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 12.44   Max: 149.33
Current: 51.7

12.44
149.33
POCF 42.87
CSGP's POCF is ranked higher than
73% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 79.86 vs. CSGP: 42.87 )
CSGP' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 10.34   Max: 73.17
Current: 42.87

10.34
73.17
EV-to-EBIT 76.86
CSGP's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
57% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 23.29 vs. CSGP: 76.86 )
CSGP' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.7   Max: 310.6
Current: 76.86

6.7
310.6
PEG 7.18
CSGP's PEG is ranked higher than
84% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CSGP: 7.18 )
CSGP' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.66   Max: 506.71
Current: 7.18

0.66
506.71
Shiller P/E 220.30
CSGP's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
67% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2820.48 vs. CSGP: 220.30 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 30.51   Max: 542
Current: 220.3

30.51
542
Current Ratio 5.03
CSGP's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
92% of the 1576 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.68 vs. CSGP: 5.03 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 9.75
Current: 5.03

0.57
9.75
Quick Ratio 5.03
CSGP's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
95% of the 1576 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.07 vs. CSGP: 5.03 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 9.75
Current: 5.03

0.57
9.75
Days Sales Outstanding 24.52
CSGP's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
76% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 46.42 vs. CSGP: 24.52 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 12.77   Max: 46.2
Current: 24.52

12.77
46.2

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Tangible Book 46.70
CSGP's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
62% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. CSGP: 46.70 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 2.38   Max: 158.41
Current: 46.7

2.38
158.41
Price/DCF (Projected) 3.20
CSGP's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
76% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CSGP: 3.20 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.12   Max: 11.93
Current: 3.2

1.12
11.93
Price/Median PS Value 1.60
CSGP's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
54% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. CSGP: 1.60 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.49   Max: 2.26
Current: 1.6

0.49
2.26
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 5.30
CSGP's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
85% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. CSGP: 5.30 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 1.05   Max: 86.88
Current: 5.3

1.05
86.88
Price/Graham Number 16.90
CSGP's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
52% of the 1748 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. CSGP: 16.90 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.81   Max: 49.06
Current: 16.9

1.81
49.06
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 1.30
CSGP's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
50% of the 1577 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. CSGP: 1.30 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 14.9
Current: 1.3

0.3
14.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 26.04
CSGP's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
89% of the 877 Companies
in the Global Real Estate Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.59 vs. CSGP: 26.04 )
CSGP' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -10.2   Max: 36.1
Current: 26.04

-10.2
36.1

Business Description

Industry: Real Estate Services » Real Estate Services
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CoStar Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation, founded in 1987, is a provider of information, analytics and marketing services to the commercial real estate industry in the United States ("U.S.") and United Kingdom ("U.K."). The Company manages its business geographically in two operating segments, with the primary areas of measurement and decision-making being the U.S. and International, which includes the U.K. and France. The Company's subscription-based information services consist primarily of CoStar SuiteTM and FOCUSTM services. CoStar Suite is sold as a platform of service offerings consisting of CoStar Property Professional, CoStar COMPS Professional and CoStar Tenant and through the Company's mobile application, CoStarGo. CoStar Suite is the Company's primary service offering in the U.S. operating segment. FOCUS is the Company's primary service offering in the International operating segment. The Company's registered trademarks include CoStar, CoStar Property, COMPS, CoStarGo, CoStar Showcase, and LoopNet, among many others.
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