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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 : 4/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 2.59
JCS's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
55% of the 523 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.05 vs. JCS: 2.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
JCS' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.66  Med: 17.39 Max: No Debt
Current: 2.59
Equity to Asset 0.80
JCS's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
84% of the 512 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.57 vs. JCS: 0.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
JCS' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.73  Med: 0.85 Max: 0.9
Current: 0.8
0.73
0.9
F-Score: 2
Z-Score: 3.90
M-Score: -2.16
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 : 4/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) -7.92
JCS's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
81% of the 516 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.83 vs. JCS: -7.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
JCS' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.88  Med: 6.78 Max: 13
Current: -7.92
0.88
13
Net-margin (%) -4.60
JCS's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
76% of the 517 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.17 vs. JCS: -4.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
JCS' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.73  Med: 4.64 Max: 8.09
Current: -4.6
-0.73
8.09
ROE (%) -5.97
JCS's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
74% of the 509 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.93 vs. JCS: -5.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
JCS' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.05  Med: 6.41 Max: 10.96
Current: -5.97
-1.05
10.96
ROA (%) -4.99
JCS's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
77% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.03 vs. JCS: -4.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
JCS' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.89  Med: 5.45 Max: 9.17
Current: -4.99
-0.89
9.17
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -14.28
JCS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
77% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 9.34 vs. JCS: -14.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
JCS' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.1  Med: 17.41 Max: 36.89
Current: -14.28
2.1
36.89
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -6.60
JCS's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
69% of the 460 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.60 vs. JCS: -6.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
JCS' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -6.6  Med: 2.15 Max: 22.8
Current: -6.6
-6.6
22.8
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -34.40
JCS's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
89% of the 333 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.50 vs. JCS: -34.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
JCS' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -42.6  Med: 1.85 Max: 18.5
Current: -34.4
-42.6
18.5
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -41.80
JCS's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
89% of the 297 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: -0.50 vs. JCS: -41.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
JCS' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -53.9  Med: 10.80 Max: 90.8
Current: -41.8
-53.9
90.8
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Financials


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Guru Trades

Q1 2015

JCS Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Jim Simons 257,836 sh (+3.49%)
Mario Gabelli 377,100 sh (+2.72%)
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Q2 2015

JCS Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Mario Gabelli 395,900 sh (+4.99%)
Jim Simons 263,941 sh (+2.37%)
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Q3 2015

JCS Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Mario Gabelli 413,500 sh (+4.45%)
Jim Simons 263,441 sh (-0.19%)
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Q4 2015

JCS Guru Trades in Q4 2015

Mario Gabelli 431,600 sh (+4.38%)
Jim Simons 263,400 sh (-0.02%)
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Ratios

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industry
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history
Forward P/E 21.14
JCS's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
78% of the 280 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 12.38 vs. JCS: 21.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
P/B 0.74
JCS's P/B is ranked higher than
78% of the 642 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. JCS: 0.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
JCS' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.69  Med: 1.11 Max: 1.81
Current: 0.74
0.69
1.81
P/S 0.55
JCS's P/S is ranked higher than
71% of the 641 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. JCS: 0.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
JCS' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.5  Med: 0.80 Max: 1.25
Current: 0.55
0.5
1.25
Shiller P/E 11.62
JCS's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
85% of the 143 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 25.60 vs. JCS: 11.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
JCS' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.09  Med: 16.33 Max: 29.01
Current: 11.62
11.09
29.01
Current Ratio 3.62
JCS's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
77% of the 514 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.06 vs. JCS: 3.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
JCS' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.26  Med: 5.85 Max: 9.12
Current: 3.62
2.26
9.12
Quick Ratio 2.25
JCS's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
67% of the 514 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.55 vs. JCS: 2.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
JCS' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.49  Med: 3.80 Max: 6.09
Current: 2.25
1.49
6.09
Days Inventory 147.28
JCS's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
81% of the 490 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 70.57 vs. JCS: 147.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
JCS' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 106.12  Med: 131.43 Max: 173.73
Current: 147.28
106.12
173.73
Days Sales Outstanding 78.39
JCS's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
54% of the 455 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 73.90 vs. JCS: 78.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
JCS' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 36.71  Med: 52.12 Max: 68.63
Current: 78.39
36.71
68.63
Days Payable 35.41
JCS's Days Payable is ranked lower than
79% of the 441 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 59.90 vs. JCS: 35.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
JCS' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.16  Med: 22.50 Max: 53.73
Current: 35.41
15.16
53.73

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 9.45
JCS's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
95% of the 450 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. JCS: 9.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
JCS' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.83  Med: 4.61 Max: 9.48
Current: 9.45
1.83
9.48
Dividend Payout 2.82
JCS's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
95% of the 254 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.43 vs. JCS: 2.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
JCS' s Dividend Payout Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.24  Med: 0.52 Max: 16
Current: 2.82
0.24
16
Dividend Growth (3y) 2.20
JCS's Dividend Growth (3y) is ranked higher than
53% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: -2.50 vs. JCS: 2.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Growth (3y) only.
JCS' s Dividend Growth (3y) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -53.6  Med: 6.75 Max: 93.5
Current: 2.2
-53.6
93.5
Forward Dividend Yield 9.45
JCS's Forward Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
94% of the 376 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.53 vs. JCS: 9.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield only.
N/A
Yield on cost (5-Year) 11.20
JCS's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
93% of the 453 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.53 vs. JCS: 11.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
JCS' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.16  Med: 5.45 Max: 11.2
Current: 11.2
2.16
11.2
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -0.60
JCS's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
59% of the 377 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: -1.40 vs. JCS: -0.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
JCS' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.5  Med: 0.45 Max: 2.7
Current: -0.6
-2.5
2.7

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Net Current Asset Value 1.22
JCS's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
89% of the 547 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.83 vs. JCS: 1.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Net Current Asset Value only.
JCS' s Price/Net Current Asset Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.98  Med: 1.50 Max: 4.35
Current: 1.22
0.98
4.35
Price/Tangible Book 0.77
JCS's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
83% of the 642 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.91 vs. JCS: 0.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
JCS' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.79  Med: 1.19 Max: 3.02
Current: 0.77
0.79
3.02
Price/Projected FCF 0.67
JCS's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
78% of the 408 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. JCS: 0.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
JCS' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.38  Med: 0.72 Max: 1.05
Current: 0.67
0.38
1.05
Price/Median PS Value 0.69
JCS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
75% of the 641 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.96 vs. JCS: 0.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
JCS' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.55  Med: 0.99 Max: 3.29
Current: 0.69
0.55
3.29
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) -15.81
JCS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
84% of the 512 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. JCS: -15.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
JCS' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -15.81  Med: 13.05 Max: 38.8
Current: -15.81
-15.81
38.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) -33.42
JCS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
97% of the 234 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 6.44 vs. JCS: -33.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
JCS' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -35.7  Med: 12.10 Max: 28.6
Current: -33.42
-35.7
28.6

More Statistics

Revenue(Mil) $107
EPS $ -0.57
Beta0.66
Short Percentage of Float0.17%
52-Week Range $5.56 - 12.40
Shares Outstanding(Mil)8.75

Business Description

Industry: Communication Equipment » Communication Equipment
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Communications Systems Inc is a Minnesota corporation organized in 1969 that operates directly and through its subsidiaries located in the United States, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom and China. The Company is engaged through its Suttle business unit in the manufacture and sale of modular connecting and wiring devices for voice and data communications, digital subscriber line filters, and structured wiring systems and through its Transition Networks business unit in the manufacture and sale of media conversion products, Ethernet switches, and other connectivity and data transmission products. Through its JDL Technologies business unit, CSI also provides IT solutions including network design, computer infrastructure installations, IT service management, change management, network security, and network operation services. The Company classifies its businesses into three segments: Suttle, which manufactures U.S. standard modular connecting and wiring devices for voice and data communications; Transition Networks, which designs and markets media conversion products, Ethernet switches, and other connectivity and data transmission products; and JDL Technologies, which provides IT solutions. Suttle manufactures and markets a variety of telecommunication products for outside plant and premise distribution under the Suttle brand name in the United States and internationally. Suttle's new FutureLink brand includes solutions for higher speeds, toolless connectivity and lower cost of ownership, such as copper and fiber connectivity systems, scalable terminals and enclosures, network interface devices ("NIDs"), splitters, and active technologies for voice, data and video communications. Suttle's customers include the telecommunication carriers globally, including Verizon, ATT, and CenturyLink (formerly Qwest). The Suttle brand name is a trademark important to its business. Other important trademarks include FutureLink for end-to-end products for outside plant, connectivity and premise distribution; SOHO Access for small office and home office enclosures and modules; SpeedStar for passive premise connectivity; and CorroShield brand gel that prevents network corrosion. Transition Networks, Inc. ("Transition" or "Transition Networks") is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota and also maintains operations in China and the U.K. Transition designs, assembles and sells NIDs, media converter devices, Ethernet switches and other connectivity products that make it possible to transmit telecommunications signals between systems using different types of media (for example, between copper and fiber optic networks). Transition sells its products through distributors, resellers, integrators, OEMs, and directly to service providers. Transition Networks designs, assembles and markets NIDs, media converters, network interface cards ("NICs"), Ethernet switches, Small Form factor Pluggable modules ("SFP"), and other connectivity products under the Transition Networks
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