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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 : 7/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 23.08
JCS's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
69% of the 636 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 10.14 vs. JCS: 23.08 )
JCS' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 1.24   Max: No Debt
Current: 23.08

Equity to Asset 0.86
JCS's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
91% of the 618 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.59 vs. JCS: 0.86 )
JCS' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 0.9
Current: 0.86

0.73
0.9
Interest Coverage 10.91
JCS's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
50% of the 397 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 123.29 vs. JCS: 10.91 )
JCS' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.45   Max: 9999.99
Current: 10.91

1.45
9999.99
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 7.31
M-Score: -2.18
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 : 6/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 0.88
JCS's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
56% of the 622 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.31 vs. JCS: 0.88 )
JCS' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.85   Max: 16.51
Current: 0.88

0.85
16.51
Net-margin (%) -0.73
JCS's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 622 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.07 vs. JCS: -0.73 )
JCS' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -0.73   Max: 14.4
Current: -0.73

-0.73
14.4
ROE (%) -1.08
JCS's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 613 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 5.69 vs. JCS: -1.08 )
JCS' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -1.08   Max: 16.82
Current: -1.08

-1.08
16.82
ROA (%) -0.93
JCS's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 627 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.19 vs. JCS: -0.93 )
JCS' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -0.93   Max: 14.38
Current: -0.93

-0.93
14.38
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 1.92
JCS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 622 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 11.39 vs. JCS: 1.92 )
JCS' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 1.76   Max: 38.81
Current: 1.92

1.76
38.81
Revenue Growth (%) 2.60
JCS's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 508 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. JCS: 2.60 )
JCS' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -5.3   Max: 22.8
Current: 2.6

-5.3
22.8
EBITDA Growth (%) -42.60
JCS's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked lower than
56% of the 355 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.60 vs. JCS: -42.60 )
JCS' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -42.6   Max: 18.5
Current: -42.6

-42.6
18.5
» JCS's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

JCS Guru Trades in Q1 2013

John Keeley 81,970 sh (+77.96%)
Mario Gabelli 219,000 sh (+39.49%)
Jim Simons 229,044 sh (-6.63%)
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Q2 2013

JCS Guru Trades in Q2 2013

John Keeley 118,470 sh (+44.53%)
Mario Gabelli 263,393 sh (+20.27%)
Jim Simons 227,500 sh (-0.67%)
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Q3 2013

JCS Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Mario Gabelli 308,393 sh (+17.08%)
John Keeley 118,470 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons 223,400 sh (-1.8%)
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Q4 2013

JCS Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Mario Gabelli 330,172 sh (+7.06%)
Jim Simons 222,000 sh (-0.63%)
John Keeley 79,296 sh (-33.07%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with JCS

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
John Keeley 2013-12-31 Reduce -33.07%0.01%$10.15 - $11.9 $ 13.0819%79296
John Keeley 2013-06-30 Add 44.53%0.01%$9.57 - $10.58 $ 13.0832%118470
Mario Gabelli 2013-06-30 Add 20.27%$9.57 - $10.58 $ 13.0832%263393
John Keeley 2013-03-31 Add 77.96%0.01%$9.82 - $11.25 $ 13.0822%81970
Mario Gabelli 2013-03-31 Add 39.49%$9.82 - $11.25 $ 13.0822%219000
Mario Gabelli 2011-09-30 Reduce -35.95%0.01%$12.63 - $20.6 $ 13.08-18%157000
Mario Gabelli 2011-03-31 Reduce -44.12%0.02%$13.48 - $16.31 $ 13.08-13%268637
John Keeley 2011-03-31 Add 30.01%$13.48 - $16.31 $ 13.08-13%26860
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/B 1.30
JCS's P/B is ranked higher than
72% of the 600 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.96 vs. JCS: 1.30 )
JCS' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 1.81
Current: 1.3

0.69
1.81
P/S 0.90
JCS's P/S is ranked higher than
63% of the 638 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. JCS: 0.90 )
JCS' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 1.25
Current: 0.9

0.5
1.25
EV-to-EBIT 76.90
JCS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
70% of the 485 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 19.94 vs. JCS: 76.90 )
JCS' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 2.7   Max: 76
Current: 76.9

2.7
76
PEG 4.60
JCS's PEG is ranked lower than
55% of the 203 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. JCS: 4.60 )
JCS' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 101.13
Current: 4.6

0.46
101.13
Shiller P/E 18.60
JCS's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
70% of the 248 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 24.72 vs. JCS: 18.60 )
JCS' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 10.77   Max: 28.81
Current: 18.6

10.77
28.81

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 4.90
JCS's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
88% of the 318 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.69 vs. JCS: 4.90 )
JCS' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 1.42   Max: 6.85
Current: 4.9

1.42
6.85
Dividend growth (3y) 2.70
JCS's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
76% of the 119 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. JCS: 2.70 )
JCS' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -53.6   Max: 93.5
Current: 2.7

-53.6
93.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 6.05
JCS's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
91% of the 326 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.74 vs. JCS: 6.05 )
JCS' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.75   Max: 8.45
Current: 6.05

1.75
8.45
Share Buyback Rate -0.50
JCS's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
74% of the 423 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: -0.90 vs. JCS: -0.50 )
JCS' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 2.7   Max: -2.5
Current: -0.5

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Net Cash 10.30
JCS's Price/Net Cash is ranked higher than
53% of the 170 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 11.10 vs. JCS: 10.30 )
JCS' s 10-Year Price/Net Cash Range
Min: 4.48   Max: 47.73
Current: 10.3

4.48
47.73
Price/Net Current Asset Value 2.60
JCS's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
88% of the 289 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 8.70 vs. JCS: 2.60 )
JCS' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 1.57   Max: 8.06
Current: 2.6

1.57
8.06
Price/Tangible Book 1.30
JCS's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
76% of the 556 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.40 vs. JCS: 1.30 )
JCS' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.85   Max: 2.71
Current: 1.3

0.85
2.71
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.90
JCS's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
79% of the 310 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. JCS: 0.90 )
JCS' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 0.94
Current: 0.9

0.5
0.94
Price/Median PS Value 1.10
JCS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
60% of the 601 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. JCS: 1.10 )
JCS' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 2.79
Current: 1.1

0.69
2.79
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 1.30
JCS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
64% of the 532 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 4.70 vs. JCS: 1.30 )
JCS' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1.3   Max: 36.4
Current: 1.3

1.3
36.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -19.22
JCS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked lower than
52% of the 419 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. JCS: -19.22 )
JCS' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -18.2   Max: 26.3
Current: -19.22

-18.2
26.3

Business Description

Industry: Communication Equipment » Communication Equipment
Compare:PTFRY, QCOM, CSCO, ERIXF, NOK » details
Communications Systems, Inc. is a Minnesota corporation organized in 1969. The Company manufactures and sells modular connecting and wiring devices for voice and data communications, digital subscriber line filters, and structured wiring systems as well as media and rate conversion products for telecommunications networks. It also provides IT solutions including network design, computer infrastructure installations, IT service management, change management, network security and network operations services. Its operations are segmented into three - Suttle, Transition Networks and JDL Technologies. Suttle segment manufactures and markets a variety of telecommunication products for outside plant, connectivity and premise distribution. Its solutions include U.S. standard modular connecting and wiring devices for voice and data communications. The products are marketed under the Suttle brand in the United States and around the globe. Its clientele include the major communication companies globally, including both telephone and cable service provider companies. Transition Networks segment designs and market media conversion products, ethernet switches, and other connectivity and data transmission products. These products enable customers to integrate fiber optics into their existing network infrastructure as their networks grow, and extend data services to customers or remote locations. This segment uses contract manufacturers to manufacture its products in different geographical locations. JDL Technologies segment provides IT services focused on network design and integration, IT service and support management, cloud and virtualization services, and network operations center management.

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