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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
vs
history
Cash to Debt 1.86
SYMC's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
57% of the 2690 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 11.15 vs. SYMC: 1.86 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 1.06   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.86

Equity to Asset 0.45
SYMC's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
53% of the 2437 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 0.60 vs. SYMC: 0.45 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.36   Max: 0.77
Current: 0.45

0.36
0.77
Interest Coverage 14.54
SYMC's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
54% of the 1680 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 10000.00 vs. SYMC: 14.54 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.88   Max: 6750.95
Current: 14.54

0.88
6750.95
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 2.24
M-Score: -2.62
WACC vs ROIC
10.55%
22.76%
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 : 7/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 17.66
SYMC's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 2659 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 5.75 vs. SYMC: 17.66 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -105.2   Max: 31.72
Current: 17.66

-105.2
31.72
Net-margin (%) 13.49
SYMC's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 2659 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 3.76 vs. SYMC: 13.49 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -110.34   Max: 22.82
Current: 13.49

-110.34
22.82
ROE (%) 14.94
SYMC's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 2592 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 6.98 vs. SYMC: 14.94 )
SYMC' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -89.76   Max: 35.33
Current: 14.94

-89.76
35.33
ROA (%) 6.66
SYMC's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 2705 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. SYMC: 6.66 )
SYMC' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -47.24   Max: 24.14
Current: 6.66

-47.24
24.14
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 98.58
SYMC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 2674 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 32.98 vs. SYMC: 98.58 )
SYMC' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -655.27   Max: 283.46
Current: 98.58

-655.27
283.46
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 1.30
SYMC's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 2124 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 5.30 vs. SYMC: 1.30 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 1.3   Max: 26.7
Current: 1.3

1.3
26.7
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -8.20
SYMC's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 1756 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. SYMC: -8.20 )
SYMC' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -8.2   Max: 60.5
Current: -8.2

-8.2
60.5
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -7.10
SYMC's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 1588 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 6.70 vs. SYMC: -7.10 )
SYMC' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -25.3   Max: 78.3
Current: -7.1

-25.3
78.3
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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

SYMC Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 55,292 sh (New)
Charles de Vaulx 1,238,209 sh (New)
Richard Snow 4,065,377 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 309,000 sh (+32.11%)
Third Avenue Management 2,603,676 sh (+21.37%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,374,700 sh (+16.54%)
Jim Simons 3,696,438 sh (+1.70%)
John Buckingham 298,702 sh (+1.36%)
Dodge & Cox 84,002,767 sh (+0.56%)
Louis Moore Bacon 19,314 sh (unchged)
Martin Whitman 1,550,000 sh (unchged)
Jeff Ubben Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Michael Price Sold Out
RS Investment Management Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 1,646,018 sh (-0.67%)
Charles Brandes 638,672 sh (-1.54%)
PRIMECAP Management 20,293,002 sh (-3.95%)
Arnold Schneider 431,842 sh (-4.10%)
Joel Greenblatt 1,579,121 sh (-18.87%)
David Dreman 26,446 sh (-19.19%)
Private Capital 807,471 sh (-42.53%)
Paul Tudor Jones 9,900 sh (-65.38%)
Ray Dalio 246,433 sh (-80.84%)
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Q3 2014

SYMC Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Chuck Royce 549,600 sh (+77.86%)
Joel Greenblatt 2,369,974 sh (+50.08%)
David Dreman 36,830 sh (+39.26%)
Third Avenue Management 2,726,057 sh (+4.70%)
Charles de Vaulx 1,257,113 sh (+1.53%)
Richard Snow 4,122,789 sh (+1.41%)
John Buckingham 300,529 sh (+0.61%)
Martin Whitman 2,322,155 sh (+49.82%)
Pioneer Investments 1,644,944 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Charles Brandes Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Dodge & Cox 83,677,017 sh (-0.39%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 54,793 sh (-0.90%)
Private Capital 793,504 sh (-1.73%)
Arnold Schneider 415,082 sh (-3.88%)
Jim Simons 3,417,454 sh (-7.55%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,115,087 sh (-10.93%)
Ray Dalio 177,833 sh (-27.84%)
PRIMECAP Management 12,390,202 sh (-38.94%)
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Q4 2014

SYMC Guru Trades in Q4 2014

RS Investment Management 95,600 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 626,700 sh (+14.03%)
Dodge & Cox 84,607,395 sh (+1.11%)
Richard Snow 4,164,052 sh (+1.00%)
Charles de Vaulx 1,260,163 sh (+0.24%)
Dodge & Cox 84,607,395 sh (unchged)
Martin Whitman 2,322,155 sh (unchged)
Private Capital Sold Out
Third Avenue Management 2,712,837 sh (-0.48%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 54,104 sh (-1.26%)
John Buckingham 296,524 sh (-1.33%)
David Dreman 35,123 sh (-4.63%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,967,887 sh (-6.96%)
Pioneer Investments 1,281,294 sh (-22.11%)
Arnold Schneider 294,382 sh (-29.08%)
Jim Simons 2,098,838 sh (-38.58%)
PRIMECAP Management 5,816,000 sh (-53.06%)
Joel Greenblatt 748,812 sh (-68.40%)
Ray Dalio 23,333 sh (-86.88%)
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Q1 2015

SYMC Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Lee Ainslie 27,880 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 51,259 sh (New)
Murray Stahl 42,000 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 1,145,641 sh (+52.99%)
David Dreman 48,453 sh (+37.95%)
Third Avenue Management 2,960,966 sh (+9.15%)
Chuck Royce 680,000 sh (+8.50%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,984,987 sh (+0.87%)
John Buckingham 298,761 sh (+0.75%)
Dodge & Cox 85,082,495 sh (+0.56%)
Pioneer Investments 1,285,579 sh (+0.33%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 54,116 sh (+0.02%)
Martin Whitman 2,322,155 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
RS Investment Management Sold Out
Richard Snow 4,060,270 sh (-2.49%)
Jim Simons 2,012,648 sh (-4.11%)
PRIMECAP Management 5,395,100 sh (-7.24%)
Arnold Schneider 138,239 sh (-53.04%)
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Guru Investment Theses on Symantec Corp

Third Avenue Management Comments on Symantec - Jul 23, 2014

Symantec (SYMC) operates in security software and IT storage management businesses with its well-known brands, such as Norton. Recently, it has experienced management turnover, with its second CEO terminated by the Board in as many years. The surprise announcement was due to what appears to be slower than expected execution of a previously announced new strategy. The company had already started to embark on its new strategy to improve growth capabilities, including restructuring the sales force and eliminating duplicative organizational and operating structures. While not central to our original investment thesis, we have long thought that the company's businesses seem separable and saleable. Strategic firms could be potentially interested in its various businesses, though it could also be interesting to private equity firms given the strong cash flow characteristics of the business.

From Martin Whitman (Trades, Portfolio)'s 2Q 2014 Shareholder Letters.

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Symantec - Jun 06, 2014

Symantec (SYMC) operates in security software and iT storage management businesses with its well-known brands, such as Norton. recently, it has experienced management turnover, with its second CEO terminated by the Board in as many years. The surprise announcement was due to what appears to be slower than expected execution of a previously announced new strategy. The company had already started to embark on its new strategy to improve growth capabilities, including restructuring the sales force and eliminating duplicative organizational and operating structures. While not central to our original investment thesis, we have long thought that the company's businesses seem separable and saleable. Strategic firms could be potentially interested in its various businesses, though it could also be interesting to private equity firms given the strong cash flow characteristics of the business.





From Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio)'s second quarter 2014 shareholder letter.

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Top Ranked Articles about Symantec Corp

Third Avenue Management Comments on Symantec
Symantec (SYMC) operates in security software and IT storage management businesses with its well-known brands, such as Norton. Recently, it has experienced management turnover, with its second CEO terminated by the Board in as many years. The surprise announcement was due to what appears to be slower than expected execution of a previously announced new strategy. The company had already started to embark on its new strategy to improve growth capabilities, including restructuring the sales force and eliminating duplicative organizational and operating structures. While not central to our original investment thesis, we have long thought that the company's businesses seem separable and saleable. Strategic firms could be potentially interested in its various businesses, though it could also be interesting to private equity firms given the strong cash flow characteristics of the business. Read more...
Third Avenue Management Comments on Symantec
Symantec (SYMC) operates in security software and iT storage management businesses with its well-known brands, such as Norton. recently, it has experienced management turnover, with its second CEO terminated by the Board in as many years. The surprise announcement was due to what appears to be slower than expected execution of a previously announced new strategy. The company had already started to embark on its new strategy to improve growth capabilities, including restructuring the sales force and eliminating duplicative organizational and operating structures. While not central to our original investment thesis, we have long thought that the company's businesses seem separable and saleable. Strategic firms could be potentially interested in its various businesses, though it could also be interesting to private equity firms given the strong cash flow characteristics of the business. Read more...

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 19.70
SYMC's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
87% of the 2995 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 82.20 vs. SYMC: 19.70 )
SYMC' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.74   Max: 230.49
Current: 19.7

8.74
230.49
Forward P/E 13.28
SYMC's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
94% of the 2995 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. SYMC: 13.28 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 19.70
SYMC's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
87% of the 2995 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 83.80 vs. SYMC: 19.70 )
SYMC' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 8.74   Max: 236.25
Current: 19.7

8.74
236.25
P/B 2.91
SYMC's P/B is ranked higher than
67% of the 2994 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 3.59 vs. SYMC: 2.91 )
SYMC' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.82   Max: 7.37
Current: 2.91

0.82
7.37
P/S 2.66
SYMC's P/S is ranked higher than
59% of the 2995 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 2.79 vs. SYMC: 2.66 )
SYMC' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.47   Max: 10.52
Current: 2.66

1.47
10.52
PFCF 18.56
SYMC's PFCF is ranked higher than
86% of the 2995 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 200.00 vs. SYMC: 18.56 )
SYMC' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.12   Max: 23.01
Current: 18.56

6.12
23.01
POCF 13.23
SYMC's POCF is ranked higher than
84% of the 2995 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 32.54 vs. SYMC: 13.23 )
SYMC' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 5.24   Max: 21.32
Current: 13.23

5.24
21.32
EV-to-EBIT 13.34
SYMC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
87% of the 2995 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 44.26 vs. SYMC: 13.34 )
SYMC' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -2.3   Max: 98.8
Current: 13.34

-2.3
98.8
PEG 6.35
SYMC's PEG is ranked higher than
81% of the 2995 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. SYMC: 6.35 )
SYMC' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 9.32
Current: 6.35

0.91
9.32
Shiller P/E 21.14
SYMC's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
91% of the 2995 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. SYMC: 21.14 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 19.55   Max: 99.95
Current: 21.14

19.55
99.95
Current Ratio 1.22
SYMC's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
51% of the 2484 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 1.95 vs. SYMC: 1.22 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 2.7
Current: 1.22

0.92
2.7
Quick Ratio 1.22
SYMC's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
54% of the 2484 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 1.83 vs. SYMC: 1.22 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 2.69
Current: 1.22

0.91
2.69
Days Inventory 3.22
SYMC's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
94% of the 2995 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 369.00 vs. SYMC: 3.22 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 2.22   Max: 26.18
Current: 3.22

2.22
26.18
Days Sales Outstanding 55.69
SYMC's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
83% of the 2995 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 84.07 vs. SYMC: 55.69 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 23.13   Max: 59.73
Current: 55.69

23.13
59.73

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 2.40
SYMC's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
70% of the 1305 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 1.62 vs. SYMC: 2.40 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 3.3
Current: 2.4

0.56
3.3
Dividend Payout 0.46
SYMC's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
84% of the 2995 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. SYMC: 0.46 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.47   Max: 0.48
Current: 0.46

0.47
0.48
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.40
SYMC's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
63% of the 1335 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. SYMC: 2.40 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 3.3
Current: 2.4

0.56
3.3
Share Buyback Rate 2.40
SYMC's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
96% of the 1811 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: -1.60 vs. SYMC: 2.40 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 6.8   Max: -14.5
Current: 2.4

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 7.50
SYMC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
85% of the 2630 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 3.30 vs. SYMC: 7.50 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1   Max: 11.8
Current: 7.5

1
11.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 12.86
SYMC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
78% of the 1238 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 11.74 vs. SYMC: 12.86 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 6.9   Max: 37
Current: 12.86

6.9
37

Analyst Estimate

Mar16 Mar17 Mar18
Revenue(Mil) 6,283 6,447 6,687
EPS($) 1.87 2.03 2.20
EPS without NRI($) 1.87 2.03 2.20

Business Description

Industry: Application Software » Software - Application
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Traded in other countries:SYM.Germany,
Symantec Corp is a Delaware Corporation, incorporated on April 19, 1988. The Company provides security, backup and availability solutions. Its products and services protect people and information in any environment, from the smallest mobile device, to the enterprise data center, to cloud-based systems. The three operating segments are: User Productivity & Protection, Information Security, and Information Management. User Productivity & Protection segment focuses on making it simple for customers to be productive and protected at home and at work. These products include its Norton solutions, endpoint security and management, encryption, and mobile offerings. Information Security segment protects organizations so they can securely conduct business while leveraging new platforms and data. These products include Secure Socket Layer ("SSL") Certificates, authentication, mail and web security, data center security, data loss prevention, and information security services offerings. Information Management segment focuses on backup and recovery, archiving and eDiscovery, storage and high availability solutions, helping to ensure that its customers' IT infrastructure and mission-critical applications are protected, managed and available. The Company has approximately more than 2,200 patents, in addition to foreign patents and pending U.S. and foreign patent applications, which relate to various aspects of its products and technology. The Company competes with other software companies, operating system providers, network equipment manufacturers, and other OEMs to acquire technologies, products, or companies and to publish software developed by third parties.
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