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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

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt No Debt
JCS's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
97% of the 541 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.24 vs. JCS: No Debt )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
JCS' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.66  Med: 15.73 Max: No Debt
Current: No Debt
Equity to Asset 0.83
JCS's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
85% of the 533 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.59 vs. JCS: 0.83 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
JCS' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.73  Med: 0.84 Max: 0.9
Current: 0.83
0.73
0.9
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 4.17
M-Score: -3.70
WACC vs ROIC
11.36%
-13.96%
WACC
ROIC
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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Operating margin (%) -5.84
JCS's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
75% of the 534 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.79 vs. JCS: -5.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
JCS' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -9.76  Med: 6.41 Max: 13
Current: -5.84
-9.76
13
Net-margin (%) -11.52
JCS's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
80% of the 536 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.21 vs. JCS: -11.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
JCS' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -11.52  Med: 4.64 Max: 8.09
Current: -11.52
-11.52
8.09
ROE (%) -17.19
JCS's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
82% of the 525 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.78 vs. JCS: -17.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
JCS' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -17.19  Med: 6.33 Max: 10.96
Current: -17.19
-17.19
10.96
ROA (%) -13.85
JCS's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
84% of the 545 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.92 vs. JCS: -13.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
JCS' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -13.85  Med: 5.42 Max: 9.17
Current: -13.85
-13.85
9.17
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -18.33
JCS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
76% of the 538 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 8.94 vs. JCS: -18.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
JCS' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -19.36  Med: 16.54 Max: 36.89
Current: -18.33
-19.36
36.89
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 0.30
JCS's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
54% of the 473 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. JCS: 0.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
JCS' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -6.6  Med: 1.7 Max: 22.7
Current: 0.3
-6.6
22.7
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Jim Simons 274,000 sh (+4.02%)
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Business Description

Industry: Communication Equipment » Communication Equipment    NAICS: 334210    SIC: 3661
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Communications Systems Inc, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells modular connecting & wiring devices, digital subscriber line filters, structured wiring systems, and media and rate conversion products in North America and EMEA region.

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

Ratios

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Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) 39.60
JCS's Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) is ranked lower than
72% of the 232 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 20.16 vs. JCS: 39.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) only.
JCS' s Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.44  Med: 13 Max: 1287.5
Current: 39.6
4.44
1287.5
P/B 0.68
JCS's P/B is ranked higher than
88% of the 517 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.66 vs. JCS: 0.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
JCS' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.57  Med: 1.09 Max: 1.81
Current: 0.68
0.57
1.81
P/S 0.41
JCS's P/S is ranked higher than
83% of the 531 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.26 vs. JCS: 0.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
JCS' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.35  Med: 0.8 Max: 1.25
Current: 0.41
0.35
1.25
PFCF 30.93
JCS's PFCF is ranked lower than
77% of the 216 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 15.32 vs. JCS: 30.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
JCS' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.54  Med: 12.49 Max: 80.26
Current: 30.93
4.54
80.26
POCF 11.17
JCS's POCF is ranked higher than
53% of the 258 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 11.24 vs. JCS: 11.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
JCS' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.82  Med: 9.66 Max: 460.83
Current: 11.17
3.82
460.83
EV-to-EBIT -3.36
JCS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 15.67 vs. JCS: -3.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
JCS' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -42.9  Med: 6.5 Max: 378.2
Current: -3.36
-42.9
378.2
EV-to-EBITDA -5.45
JCS's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 368 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 12.79 vs. JCS: -5.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
JCS' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -28.6  Med: 5.6 Max: 157.3
Current: -5.45
-28.6
157.3
Shiller P/E 12.91
JCS's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
81% of the 98 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 31.53 vs. JCS: 12.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
JCS' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.76  Med: 16.21 Max: 29.01
Current: 12.91
10.76
29.01
Current Ratio 4.57
JCS's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
85% of the 532 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.05 vs. JCS: 4.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
JCS' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.26  Med: 5.8 Max: 9.12
Current: 4.57
2.26
9.12
Quick Ratio 2.61
JCS's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
72% of the 532 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.63 vs. JCS: 2.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
JCS' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.49  Med: 3.76 Max: 6.09
Current: 2.61
1.49
6.09
Days Inventory 122.56
JCS's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
77% of the 504 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 70.17 vs. JCS: 122.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
JCS' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 108.55  Med: 133.63 Max: 173.73
Current: 122.56
108.55
173.73
Days Sales Outstanding 57.31
JCS's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
64% of the 471 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 71.19 vs. JCS: 57.31 )
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: 63.66
Current: 57.31
36.71
63.66
Days Payable 33.72
JCS's Days Payable is ranked lower than
77% of the 437 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 58.08 vs. JCS: 33.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
JCS' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.16  Med: 22.63 Max: 53.73
Current: 33.72
15.16
53.73

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 10.50
JCS's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
99% of the 412 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.43 vs. JCS: 10.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
JCS' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.36  Med: 5.04 Max: 12.71
Current: 10.5
2.36
12.71
Forward Dividend Yield 3.26
JCS's Forward Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
58% of the 395 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.72 vs. JCS: 3.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield only.
N/A
Yield on cost (5-Year) 11.42
JCS's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
90% of the 519 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.45 vs. JCS: 11.42 )
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: 2.57  Med: 5.48 Max: 13.83
Current: 11.42
2.57
13.83
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -1.10
JCS's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
61% of the 334 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: -2.20 vs. JCS: -1.10 )
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: -2.7  Med: 0.3 Max: 2.6
Current: -1.1
-2.7
2.6

Valuation & Return

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Price/Net Current Asset Value 0.98
JCS's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
95% of the 378 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.78 vs. JCS: 0.98 )
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: 0.95  Med: 1.46 Max: 4.35
Current: 0.98
0.95
4.35
Price/Tangible Book 0.71
JCS's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
89% of the 493 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.91 vs. JCS: 0.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
JCS' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.68  Med: 1.18 Max: 3.02
Current: 0.71
0.68
3.02
Price/Projected FCF 0.63
JCS's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
84% of the 301 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.24 vs. JCS: 0.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
JCS' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.37  Med: 0.72 Max: 1.05
Current: 0.63
0.37
1.05
Price/Median PS Value 0.52
JCS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
93% of the 468 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. JCS: 0.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
JCS' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.5  Med: 0.99 Max: 3.24
Current: 0.52
0.5
3.24
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) -29.59
JCS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
91% of the 533 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. JCS: -29.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
JCS' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -30.45  Med: 13.6 Max: 38.8
Current: -29.59
-30.45
38.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) -31.17
JCS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
95% of the 243 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 6.88 vs. JCS: -31.17 )
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: -35.9  Med: 12.85 Max: 28.8
Current: -31.17
-35.9
28.8

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $104.3
EPS (TTM) $ -1.37
Beta1.18
Short Percentage of Float0.27%
52-Week Range $3.41 - 8.59
Shares Outstanding (Mil)8.86
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Communications Systems Inc Reports Operating Results (10-K) Mar 15 2011 

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