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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 : 8/10

Cash to Debt 11.20
GOOG's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
57% of the 360 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 10000.00 vs. GOOG: 11.20 )
GOOG' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 8.69   Max: No Debt
Current: 11.2

Equity to Asset 0.79
GOOG's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
83% of the 341 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 0.66 vs. GOOG: 0.79 )
GOOG' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.58   Max: 0.92
Current: 0.79

Interest Coverage 168.27
GOOG's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
57% of the 275 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 4542.90 vs. GOOG: 168.27 )
GOOG' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 12.24   Max: 9999.99
Current: 168.27

F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 11.55
M-Score: -2.62
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

Operating margin (%) 23.34
GOOG's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 348 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 6.35 vs. GOOG: 23.34 )
GOOG' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -77.12   Max: 42.43
Current: 23.34

Net-margin (%) 21.60
GOOG's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 350 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 4.83 vs. GOOG: 21.60 )
GOOG' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -76.88   Max: 29.02
Current: 21.6

ROE (%) 14.80
GOOG's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 343 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 6.68 vs. GOOG: 14.80 )
GOOG' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -53.94   Max: 57.29
Current: 14.8

ROA (%) 11.65
GOOG's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 351 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 3.96 vs. GOOG: 11.65 )
GOOG' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -31.34   Max: 34.74
Current: 11.65

ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 78.49
GOOG's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 347 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 50.03 vs. GOOG: 78.49 )
GOOG' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 78.49   Max: 344.16
Current: 78.49

Revenue Growth (%) 24.90
GOOG's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 199 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 9.40 vs. GOOG: 24.90 )
GOOG' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 19.1   Max: 194.1
Current: 24.9

EBITDA Growth (%) 13.10
GOOG's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 159 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 8.60 vs. GOOG: 13.10 )
GOOG' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 13.1   Max: 264.3
Current: 13.1

EPS Growth (%) 11.10
GOOG's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 140 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 12.50 vs. GOOG: 11.10 )
GOOG' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 11.1   Max: 231.7
Current: 11.1

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Chris Davis Comments on Google - Oct 03, 2013

Our third largest position is an extraordinary technology company dedicated to organizing the world’s information and making it both useful and accessible to anyone, anytime, anywhere. In just 15 years, this company’s remarkable collection of engineers have been so successful that the company’s once strange-sounding name, Google (GOOG), has become a verb synonymous with Internet search. As a business, the company currently receives payment for the value of its technology by selling advertisers the right to place ads above or alongside a user’s search results. Such advertisements currently represent 95% of Google’s revenue, making the company the largest and most profitable advertising company in history. Because search has the advantage of allowing advertisers to control and track the return on their advertising expenditures (for example, they only pay if the ad is clicked on), they finally have a response to the lament of department store owner John Wanamaker who famously complained, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.”

In its core Internet search business, Google is the unquestioned global leader, with a 67% share of all Internet searches in the United States (compared to Bing’s 16% and Yahoo’s 12%), a stunning 93% share in Western Europe and a 74% share globally. While an estimated 80% of all searches still come from desktop PCs and tablets, Google is also the leader in mobile searches, which already account for 20% of searches and are growing rapidly. Google’s costs are largely fixed and consist of people and data centers. Each additional time a user clicks on an ad, the incremental revenue represents almost 100% profit. Google’s current operating margins in the low 30% range understate the company’s true profitability as they include enormous investments in innovative products such as Android, Google+, Google Wallet, and Google TV, which help widen its competitive moat, as well as “blue sky” products such as Google Glass and the Google car.

The company benefits from a number of key growth drivers including growth in the number of people and devices accessing the Internet both here and abroad, the continuing growth in the number of searches performed per user, the increasing number and value of display advertisements, and the global spread of smartphones through which billions of new users can gain access to the Internet. The company has significant competitive advantages, the most important of which is scale. Google’s industry-leading scale means that it has more advertisers bidding for key words than its competitors, which allows it to earn a disproportionate amount of search revenue (for example, Google has a 67% share of searches but an 82% share of search revenue). Scale also generates more search data, which leads to better search results, and more ads, which lead to better targeting and more useful ads. In addition, scale results in a larger R&D budget, which leads to an improved product and the ability to attract top engineering talent, which then attracts other talented engineers.

Google’s people and corporate culture are further important sources of competitive strength. As its co-founder and CEO, Larry Page, has only just turned 40 and is passionately engaged in the business, the company’s intensely innovative, driven and entrepreneurial culture is unlikely to change for the worse and, more important, the company is likely to remain the employer of choice for the country’s top technology minds. From a shareholder point-of-view, however, the culture is not perfect. The opportunistic repricing of stock options during the financial crisis was extremely unfortunate and, in our view, unnecessary. In addition, the company’s pay policies are structured so that a Google employee will rank in the 95th percentile or higher compared to employees performing a comparable function at other companies. However, this policy will be truly problematic only if the company’s employees fail to perform at the 95th percentile level (a dynamic that New York Yankee fans have come to understand all too well!). Finally, the company has a dual-class share structure, which means that public shareholders (like us) have no say about the direction of the company. Taken together, such policies may indicate a culture that favors employees over shareholders. However, having spent time over the years with management, our tentative response to this troubling aspect of an otherwise wonderful company is that management’s cynical view of investors is shaped by their formative exposure to the Wall-Street-hyped nonsense of the millennial Internet bubble and the short-term analysts and traders that have tended to leap in and out of Google’s stock based on quarterly results. Ultimately, we think the idealism, passion and principles of the founders are genuine. We would note, for example, the total compensation of Larry Page and co-founder Sergey Brin since going public has been $1 each per year.

At a share price of $880, Google has a $259 billion enterprise value, and trades at approximately 21 times estimated fiscal year 2013 owner earnings and 17 times estimated fiscal year 2014 earnings. Given the company’s growth prospects and competitive advantages, we consider this a fair price for a great company. The balance sheet is strong, with a net cash position of $49 billion, or 16% of the company’s market capitalization. The company has consistently generated high returns on invested capital, ranging from 38% to 48% over the last five years.

A main risk with the investment is that incremental searches, mainly in emerging markets and on smartphones, are less profitable than historic searches and might be insufficient to offset slowing core desktop PC search in the United States and Europe. Although we have seen revenue per search falling in the last few years, we believe that over time the value of both emerging market and mobile searches will rise. For emerging markets, we expect that increasing Internet penetration (globally now 39% compared with 81% in the United States) and a rising middle class will increase Google’s revenue per search from today’s low levels. In smartphones, we believe advertisers will start building mobile specific advertising campaigns using location-based advertising and features such as “click to call” and “click for directions.” A second risk would come from users choosing to bypass Google because a more useful search mechanism developed based on data that Google cannot access. At this point, the only plausible contender would be Facebook’s attempt to develop ways of searching for information from your “friends,” which might be more relevant than information from the Web in general. While this seems possible at the margin, it remains more theoretical at the moment. A final important risk may be a lack of discipline in capital allocation or a gradual trend toward “diworsification.” While there is some debate about the apparently high price paid for Motorola’s handset business, for example, the success of a number of Google’s other acquisitions, including Android and YouTube, lead us to give them the benefit of the doubt.

From Chris Davis' Davis Funds fall 2013 manager commentary.

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Tweedy, Browne Comments on Google - Nov 29, 2012

As we have mentioned in past letters, value investors such as ourselves often have a difficult time investing in high technology companies largely due to their frequent high valuations, rapid rates of change in technology, and the potential for obsolescence. The last thing in the world we want to do is pay a high price for a rapidly growing business that gets leapfrogged by technological change shortly after we buy it. With this in mind, you might be surprised to know that we began building a position in Google (GOOG) back in February of this year when the stock dipped down to around $565 per share. At this price, we felt we were getting a bargain, paying roughly 12.5 x 2012 estimated earnings net of the cash on its balance sheet. And this was for a business that grows its top line at greater than 20% per year.

Google principally provides paid search, which is an effective, measurable, and high return on investment form of advertising. Google provides paid search on desktop computers, tablets, and mobile phones and has market shares that range from 65% to 85% throughout much of the world. Additionally, Google has one of the largest Display advertising networks in the industry, which is growing extremely fast and is quickly becoming a more meaningful part of the business.

Paid search is more mature today than it was in 2005 and we think that future growth will slow. Nevertheless, Google grew revenue roughly 24% in the first half of 2012 on a currency exchange rate neutral basis and our research suggests that paid search is still relatively underpenetrated. Advertising dollars have not yet caught up with the ongoing shift to ecommerce and digital media consumption, which will continue to drive dollars to paid search as well as Google's fast growing global display network. Display has the potential to be a large business as it is driven in large part by brand based ad spending which accounts for the vast majority of global ad spending.

With market shares in the search business that range from 65% to 85% in most countries throughout the world, it is reasonable to conclude that Google has a strong competitive position. Google's revenue is roughly 15 times higher than its nearest competitor, which has enabled them to put significantly more money into R&D, distribution, and the development of products and eco-systems that further promote and protect the use of Google's search. Moreover, as Microsoft's investment in search can attest, the search business is expensive to enter. However, like every investment we make, Google is not without risks. Vertical search, uncertainty regarding future growth rates, and risks related to Apple's strong share in smartphones and tablets all need to be monitored closely. Nevertheless, we feel that Google is well positioned to protect its interests and, perhaps most importantly, we paid a price that we felt more than discounted these potential risks.

We bought Google at roughly 12.5 x 2012 estimated earnings net of the cash on the balance sheet. We think this is a very low valuation as companies with market leading positions secured by strong competitive advantages in secular growth markets typically do not trade at market multiples. Unlike most companies growing revenue over 20% per annum, Google is also able to generate significant free cash flow due to the phenomenal economics of paid search. For these reasons we believe Google is undervalued and deserves a significantly above average multiple.

From Tweedy Browne's Investment Advisor's Letter and Semi-Annual Report.

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Wedgewood Partners' David Rolfe Comments on Google - Nov 12, 2012

Google (GOOG) contributed to the portfolio’s relative outperformance, after the stock appreciated 30% during the Quarter. We believe this was a relief rally, as much as it was the stock catching up to the Company’s torrid growth from the past few years. Much of the relief had to do with Google’s strategy for newly acquired Motorola Mobility. While the Company has been light on specifics, rumors emerged that Google would sell the commodity feature-phone and set-top box units of Motorola by year-end, in order to focus exclusively on Android smartphones. We think a more focused Motorola is a good strategy that could drive increased adoption of Android-based smartphones, which ultimately drives Google’s rapidly growing mobile advertising business. As the stock’s forward price to earnings multiple expanded back to double-digits, we trimmed positions. The Company’s competitive edge is still very robust and we continue to think the stock is cheap, especially relative to its potential growth rate.

From Wedgewood Partners Third Quarter 2012 Review and Outlook.

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Baron Funds Comments on Google - May 24, 2012

From Baron Funds' first quarter commentary: Google, Inc. (GOOG), which was the single largest contributor to performance last quarter declined less than 1% in the first quarter. Google is a global leader in online search and advertising. Shares of Google underperformed when the company's mobile search capabilities generated less revenue than anticipated and fourth-quarter results came in below expectations. We believe, while an important opportunity for future growth, mobile is largely incremental to Google's core search business, which continues to be healthy.We continue to be positive on Google's long-term prospects and find the current valuation especially attractive relative to the company's existing opportunity set. (Ashim Mehra)
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P/E(ttm) 28.80
GOOG's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
63% of the 238 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 30.30 vs. GOOG: 28.80 )
GOOG' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 16.49   Max: 261.15
Current: 28.8

P/B 4.50
GOOG's P/B is ranked lower than
53% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 3.30 vs. GOOG: 4.50 )
GOOG' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.85   Max: 21.52
Current: 4.5

P/S 6.10
GOOG's P/S is ranked lower than
68% of the 362 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 2.68 vs. GOOG: 6.10 )
GOOG' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 3.98   Max: 23.77
Current: 6.1

PFCF 32.60
GOOG's PFCF is ranked higher than
53% of the 192 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 29.66 vs. GOOG: 32.60 )
GOOG' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 14.96   Max: 99.8
Current: 32.6

EV-to-EBIT 24.40
GOOG's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
56% of the 278 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 22.29 vs. GOOG: 24.40 )
GOOG' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 11.1   Max: 72.5
Current: 24.4

PEG 1.80
GOOG's PEG is ranked higher than
56% of the 89 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 1.24 vs. GOOG: 1.80 )
GOOG' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 2.12
Current: 1.8

Shiller P/E 38.70
GOOG's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
54% of the 90 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 38.48 vs. GOOG: 38.70 )
GOOG' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 25.61   Max: 57.09
Current: 38.7


Valuation & Return

Price/Net Cash 10.30
GOOG's Price/Net Cash is ranked higher than
85% of the 150 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 14.50 vs. GOOG: 10.30 )
GOOG' s 10-Year Price/Net Cash Range
Min: 6.94   Max: 30.12
Current: 10.3

Price/Net Current Asset Value 8.60
GOOG's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
84% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 11.50 vs. GOOG: 8.60 )
GOOG' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 6.02   Max: 25.91
Current: 8.6

Price/Tangible Book 5.20
GOOG's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
76% of the 295 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. GOOG: 5.20 )
GOOG' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 4.26   Max: 19.24
Current: 5.2

Price/Graham Number 2.60
GOOG's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
82% of the 211 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 2.70 vs. GOOG: 2.60 )
GOOG' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 2.02   Max: 10.63
Current: 2.6

Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 4.10
GOOG's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
61% of the 280 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. GOOG: 4.10 )
GOOG' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1.4   Max: 9
Current: 4.1

Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 18.06
GOOG's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
86% of the 164 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 3.45 vs. GOOG: 18.06 )
GOOG' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 18.2   Max: 90.4
Current: 18.06


Business Description

Industry: Online Media » Internet Content & Information
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Traded in other countries:GGQ1.Germany, GGQ7.Germany
Google, Inc., was incorporated in California in September 1998 and reincorporated in Delaware in August 2003. The Company is a global technology company engaged in improving the ways people connect with information. The Company's business is mainly focused around the following key areas: search, advertising, operating systems and platforms, enterprise and hardware products. The Company's search technologies sort through an ever-growing amount of information to deliver relevant and useful search results in response to user queries. It integrates innovative features into its search service and offer specialized search services to help users tailor their search. In January 2012, the Company launched Search plus Your World. When a user performs a signed-in search on Google, the user's results page may include Google+ content from people that the user is close to. Relevant Google+ profiles and Google+ pages related to a specific topic or area of interest may also appear on a user's results page. Advertising includes Google Search, Google Display, Google Mobile and Google Local. AdWords is the Company's auction-based advertising program, which delivers advertisements that are relevant to search queries or Web content that they are a form of information in their own right. With AdWords, advertisers create text-based advertisements that then appear beside related search results or Web content on its Websites and on partner Websites in its Google Network, which is the network of third parties that use the Company's advertising programs to deliver relevant advertisements with their search results and content. The Company, along with Open Handset Alliance has developed Android mobile software platform that any developer can use to create applications for mobile devices and any handset manufacturer can install on a device. Google Chrome OS is an open source operating system with the Google Chrome Web browser as its foundation. The Chrome browser runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Google TV is a platform that enables the consumers to experience television and the Internet on a single screen, with the ability to search and find the content they want to watch. The Google TV platform is based on the Android operating system and runs the Google Chrome browser. Google's enterprise products provide Google technology for business settings. Through Google Apps, which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Sites, among other features, the Company provides hosted, Web-based applications that people can use on any device with a browser and an Internet connection. In addition, the Company y provides its search technology for use within enterprises through the Google Search Appliance, on their public-facing sites with Google Site Search, and Google Commerce Search. The Company also provides versions of its Google Maps Application Programming Interface (API) for businesses, as well as Google Earth Enterprise (a behind-the-company-

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ReplyGurufocus - 6 months ago
Great profit margins!
ReplyGurufocus - 6 months ago
Who thought Google would expand that much over the past years!

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