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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 : 6/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 28.06
JCS's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
83% of the 805 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.55 vs. JCS: 28.06 )
JCS' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.66   Max: No Debt
Current: 28.06

Equity to Asset 0.85
JCS's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
94% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.56 vs. JCS: 0.85 )
JCS' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 0.9
Current: 0.85

0.73
0.9
Interest Coverage 41.16
JCS's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
61% of the 521 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 110.42 vs. JCS: 41.16 )
JCS' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.45   Max: 9999.99
Current: 41.16

1.45
9999.99
F-Score: 3
Z-Score: 6.28
M-Score: -3.09
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 : 5/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) -1.89
JCS's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 797 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.91 vs. JCS: -1.89 )
JCS' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.85   Max: 16.51
Current: -1.89

0.85
16.51
Net-margin (%) -1.82
JCS's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 797 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.69 vs. JCS: -1.82 )
JCS' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -0.73   Max: 14.4
Current: -1.82

-0.73
14.4
ROE (%) -2.39
JCS's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 784 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 5.15 vs. JCS: -2.39 )
JCS' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -1.05   Max: 16.99
Current: -2.39

-1.05
16.99
ROA (%) -2.05
JCS's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 806 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.75 vs. JCS: -2.05 )
JCS' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -0.89   Max: 15.02
Current: -2.05

-0.89
15.02
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -3.76
JCS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
56% of the 804 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 9.91 vs. JCS: -3.76 )
JCS' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 1.63   Max: 62.03
Current: -3.76

1.63
62.03
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -6.60
JCS's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 663 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. JCS: -6.60 )
JCS' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -6.6   Max: 22.8
Current: -6.6

-6.6
22.8
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -34.40
JCS's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 503 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. JCS: -34.40 )
JCS' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -42.6   Max: 18.5
Current: -34.4

-42.6
18.5
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -41.50
JCS's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 420 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: -0.30 vs. JCS: -41.50 )
JCS' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -53.1   Max: 87.2
Current: -41.5

-53.1
87.2
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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q3 2014

JCS Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jim Simons 238,667 sh (+4.45%)
Mario Gabelli 361,600 sh (-0.27%)
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Q4 2014

JCS Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 249,136 sh (+4.39%)
Mario Gabelli 367,100 sh (+1.52%)
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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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2015

JCS Guru Trades in 2015

Mario Gabelli 378,600 sh (+3.13%)
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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 higher than
84% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. JCS: 21.14 )
N/A
P/B 1.20
JCS's P/B is ranked higher than
81% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.41 vs. JCS: 1.20 )
JCS' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 1.81
Current: 1.2

0.69
1.81
P/S 0.80
JCS's P/S is ranked higher than
75% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. JCS: 0.80 )
JCS' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 1.25
Current: 0.8

0.5
1.25
POCF 26.98
JCS's POCF is ranked higher than
73% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 35.19 vs. JCS: 26.98 )
JCS' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 3.08   Max: 553
Current: 26.98

3.08
553
EV-to-EBIT -38.60
JCS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
56% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 68.58 vs. JCS: -38.60 )
JCS' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -42.4   Max: 250.1
Current: -38.6

-42.4
250.1
Shiller P/E 22.00
JCS's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
90% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. JCS: 22.00 )
JCS' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 11.11   Max: 28.81
Current: 22

11.11
28.81
Current Ratio 4.78
JCS's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
91% of the 775 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.07 vs. JCS: 4.78 )
JCS' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 2.26   Max: 9.12
Current: 4.78

2.26
9.12
Quick Ratio 2.42
JCS's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
81% of the 775 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.66 vs. JCS: 2.42 )
JCS' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.49   Max: 6.09
Current: 2.42

1.49
6.09
Days Inventory 150.73
JCS's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
54% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 73.28 vs. JCS: 150.73 )
JCS' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 105.76   Max: 173.73
Current: 150.73

105.76
173.73
Days Sales Outstanding 35.00
JCS's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
93% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 82.32 vs. JCS: 35.00 )
JCS' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 36.71   Max: 86.31
Current: 35

36.71
86.31

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 5.80
JCS's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
92% of the 437 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.97 vs. JCS: 5.80 )
JCS' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 1.42   Max: 6.85
Current: 5.8

1.42
6.85
Dividend Payout 2.82
JCS's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
75% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. JCS: 2.82 )
JCS' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 16
Current: 2.82

0.24
16
Dividend growth (3y) 2.20
JCS's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
75% of the 257 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 4.10 vs. JCS: 2.20 )
JCS' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -53.6   Max: 93.5
Current: 2.2

-53.6
93.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 6.86
JCS's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
92% of the 443 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.07 vs. JCS: 6.86 )
JCS' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.68   Max: 8.1
Current: 6.86

1.68
8.1
Share Buyback Rate -0.60
JCS's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
76% of the 557 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: -0.90 vs. JCS: -0.60 )
JCS' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 2.7   Max: -2.5
Current: -0.6

Valuation & Return

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Price/Net Current Asset Value 1.89
JCS's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
96% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. JCS: 1.89 )
JCS' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 0.97   Max: 5
Current: 1.89

0.97
5
Price/Tangible Book 1.20
JCS's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
84% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.74 vs. JCS: 1.20 )
JCS' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.79   Max: 3.17
Current: 1.2

0.79
3.17
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.85
JCS's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
91% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. JCS: 0.85 )
JCS' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 1.05
Current: 0.85

0.38
1.05
Price/Median PS Value 1.05
JCS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
75% of the 885 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. JCS: 1.05 )
JCS' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 3.25
Current: 1.05

0.54
3.25
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) -2.60
JCS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
53% of the 792 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. JCS: -2.60 )
JCS' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 36.4
Current: -2.6

0.4
36.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -37.46
JCS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked lower than
52% of the 377 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 7.38 vs. JCS: -37.46 )
JCS' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -37.8   Max: 27.4
Current: -37.46

-37.8
27.4

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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