Pearson plc (PSON) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review provides you an in-depth strategic SWOT analysis of the company’s businesses and operations. The profile has been compiled by GlobalData to bring to you a clear and an unbiased view of the company’s key strengths and weaknesses and the potential opportunities and threats. The profile helps you formulate strategies that augment your business by enabling you to understand your partners, customers and competitors better.

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- Business description – A detailed description of the company’s operations and business divisions.
- Corporate strategy – Analyst’s summarization of the company’s business strategy.
- SWOT Analysis – A detailed analysis of the company’s strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats.
- Company history – Progression of key events associated with the company.
- Major products and services – A list of major products, services and brands of the company.
- Key competitors – A list of key competitors to the company.
- Key employees – A list of the key executives of the company.
- Executive biographies – A brief summary of the executives’ employment history.
- Key operational heads – A list of personnel heading key departments/functions.
- Important locations and subsidiaries – A list and contact details of key locations and subsidiaries of the company.
- Detailed financial ratios for the past five years – The latest financial ratios derived from the annual financial statements published by the company with 5 years history.
- Interim ratios for the last five interim periods – The latest financial ratios derived from the quarterly/semi-annual financial statements published by the company for 5 interims history.


Pearson plc (Pearson) is an international media and education company based in the UK. The company is primarily involved in the business of education, business information and consumer publishing markets. Pearson provides its content through a wide range

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Table Of Contents

Pearson plc (PSON) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review
Table of Contents
Table of Contents 2
List of Tables 4
List of Figures 5
Section 1 - About the Company 6
Pearson plc - Key Facts 6
Pearson plc - Key Employees 7
Pearson plc - Key Employee Biographies 8
Pearson plc - Major Products and Services 9
Pearson plc - History 11
Pearson plc - Company Statement 16
Pearson plc - Locations And Subsidiaries 17
Head Office 17
Other Locations and Subsidiaries 17
Section 2 - Company Analysis 19
Pearson plc - Business Description 19
Pearson plc - Corporate Strategy 20
Pearson plc - SWOT Analysis 21
SWOT Analysis - Overview 21
Pearson plc - Strengths 21
Strength - Brand Recognition 21
Strength - Wide Geographical Presence 21
Strength - Strategic Partnerships 21
Pearson plc - Weaknesses 22
Weakness - Substantial Increase in Non-Cash Components of Current Assets 22
Pearson plc - Opportunities 23
Opportunity - Strategic Initiatives 23
Opportunity - Trends in Content Delivery 23
Opportunity - Positive Outlook for the Media Industry 23
Opportunity - Global Economic Outlook 23
Pearson plc - Threats 24
Threat - Foreign exchange risks 24
Threat - Decrease in Circulation 24
Threat - Intellectual Property Risks 24
Threat - Digitization 24
Pearson plc - Key Competitors 25
Section 3 - Company Financial Ratios 26
Financial Ratios - Capital Market Ratios 26
Financial Ratios - Annual Ratios 27
Performance Chart 29
Financial Performance 29
Financial Ratios - Interim Ratios 30
Financial Ratios - Ratio Charts 31
Pearson plc, Recent Deals Summary 32
Section 4 - Appendix 33
Methodology 33
Ratio Definitions 33
About GlobalData 37
Contact Us 37
Disclaimer 37

List of Tables
Pearson plc, Key Facts 6
Pearson plc, Key Employees 7
Pearson plc, Key Employee Biographies 8
Pearson plc, Major Products and Services 9
Pearson plc, History 11
Pearson plc, Other Locations 17
Pearson plc, Subsidiaries 17
Pearson plc, Key Competitors 25
Pearson plc, Ratios based on current share price 26
Pearson plc, Annual Ratios 27
Pearson plc, Interim Ratios 30
Pearson plc, Recent Deals Summary 32
Currency Codes 33
Capital Market Ratios 33
Equity Ratios 34
Profitability Ratios 34
Cost Ratios 35
Liquidity Ratios 35
Leverage Ratios 36
Efficiency Ratios 36

List of Figures
Pearson plc, Performance Chart (2009 - 2013) 29
Pearson plc, Ratio Charts 31

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