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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

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 1.93
SYMC's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
59% of the 1737 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 4.49 vs. SYMC: 1.93 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.73   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.93

Equity to Asset 0.44
SYMC's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
51% of the 1710 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 0.59 vs. SYMC: 0.44 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.36   Max: 0.82
Current: 0.44

0.36
0.82
Interest Coverage 14.08
SYMC's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
53% of the 1135 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 704.34 vs. SYMC: 14.08 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.88   Max: 6750.95
Current: 14.08

0.88
6750.95
F-Score: 8
Z-Score: 2.22
M-Score: -2.61
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 : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 19.11
SYMC's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 1732 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 5.44 vs. SYMC: 19.11 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -105.2   Max: 31.72
Current: 19.11

-105.2
31.72
Net-margin (%) 14.58
SYMC's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 1732 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 3.77 vs. SYMC: 14.58 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -110.34   Max: 22.82
Current: 14.58

-110.34
22.82
ROE (%) 17.11
SYMC's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1694 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 6.78 vs. SYMC: 17.11 )
SYMC' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -89.76   Max: 35.33
Current: 17.11

-89.76
35.33
ROA (%) 7.40
SYMC's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 1744 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 3.73 vs. SYMC: 7.40 )
SYMC' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -47.24   Max: 24.14
Current: 7.4

-47.24
24.14
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 115.22
SYMC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 1739 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 29.64 vs. SYMC: 115.22 )
SYMC' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -655.27   Max: 283.46
Current: 115.22

-655.27
283.46
Revenue Growth (%) 6.40
SYMC's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 1459 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 6.40 vs. SYMC: 6.40 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 3.5   Max: 26.7
Current: 6.4

3.5
26.7
EBITDA Growth (%) 9.20
SYMC's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 1185 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 8.30 vs. SYMC: 9.20 )
SYMC' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 2.2   Max: 60.5
Current: 9.2

2.2
60.5
EPS Growth (%) 19.00
SYMC's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1136 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 8.80 vs. SYMC: 19.00 )
SYMC' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -25.3   Max: 78.3
Current: 19

-25.3
78.3
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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

SYMC Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 17,491 sh (New)
Julian Robertson 20,200 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 386,808 sh (+1334.11%)
Ray Dalio 332,751 sh (+617.66%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,288,100 sh (+97.32%)
David Dreman 26,096 sh (+52.74%)
Dodge & Cox 80,562,067 sh (+26.54%)
RS Investment Management 5,297,806 sh (+17.92%)
Charles Brandes 507,721 sh (+15.29%)
Jeremy Grantham 270,505 sh (+4.98%)
Third Avenue Management 1,966,805 sh (+2.85%)
Martin Whitman 1,550,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 2,804,827 sh (-12.19%)
PRIMECAP Management 21,443,308 sh (-20.65%)
Private Capital 1,301,915 sh (-31.28%)
Jim Simons 6,177,938 sh (-44.46%)
Steven Cohen 121,638 sh (-48.95%)
John Hussman 300,000 sh (-70%)
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Q1 2014

SYMC Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Chuck Royce 233,900 sh (New)
Michael Price 85,000 sh (New)
John Buckingham 294,701 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 19,314 sh (New)
Jeff Ubben 7,591,219 sh (New)
Arnold Schneider 450,307 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 1,946,383 sh (+403.19%)
Ray Dalio 1,286,229 sh (+286.54%)
Paul Tudor Jones 28,600 sh (+63.51%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,037,600 sh (+58.19%)
Charles Brandes 648,685 sh (+27.76%)
David Dreman 32,727 sh (+25.41%)
Steven Cohen 142,466 sh (+17.12%)
Third Avenue Management 2,145,287 sh (+9.07%)
Private Capital 1,404,965 sh (+7.92%)
Dodge & Cox 83,534,567 sh (+3.69%)
Louis Moore Bacon 500,000 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones 557,800 sh (unchged)
Martin Whitman 1,550,000 sh (unchged)
John Hussman Sold Out
Julian Robertson Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 21,128,002 sh (-1.47%)
Pioneer Investments 1,657,052 sh (-40.92%)
Jim Simons 3,634,600 sh (-41.17%)
Jeremy Grantham 135,600 sh (-49.87%)
RS Investment Management 2,521,871 sh (-52.4%)
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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 (+1.7%)
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 (-4.1%)
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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2014

SYMC Guru Trades in 2014

Martin Whitman 2,322,155 sh (+49.82%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with SYMC

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Martin Whitman 2014-07-31 Add 49.82%0.9%$20.09 - $24 $ 23.988%2322155
Richard Snow 2014-06-30 New Buy3.2%$20.01 - $22.77 $ 23.9813%4065377
Private Capital 2014-06-30 Reduce -42.53%1.49%$20.01 - $22.77 $ 23.9813%807471
Jeff Ubben 2014-06-30 Sold Out 1.1%$20.01 - $22.77 $ 23.9813%0
Michael Price 2014-06-30 Sold Out 0.21%$20.01 - $22.77 $ 23.9813%0
Third Avenue Management 2014-06-30 Add 21.37%0.21%$20.01 - $22.77 $ 23.9813%2603676
Ray Dalio 2014-06-30 Reduce -80.84%0.17%$20.01 - $22.77 $ 23.9813%246433
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Reduce -18.87%0.11%$20.01 - $22.77 $ 23.9813%1579121
Jeff Ubben 2014-03-31 New Buy1.1%$18.2 - $24.15 $ 23.9812%7591219
Arnold Schneider 2014-03-31 New Buy0.98%$18.2 - $24.15 $ 23.9812%450307
John Hussman 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.5%$18.2 - $24.15 $ 23.9812%0
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Add 403.19%0.47%$18.2 - $24.15 $ 23.9812%1946383
Private Capital 2014-03-31 Add 7.92%0.26%$18.2 - $24.15 $ 23.9812%1404965
Michael Price 2014-03-31 New Buy0.21%$18.2 - $24.15 $ 23.9812%85000
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 Add 286.54%0.16%$18.2 - $24.15 $ 23.9812%1286229
Julian Robertson 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.15%$18.2 - $24.15 $ 23.9812%0
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2014-03-31 Add 58.19%0.06%$18.2 - $24.15 $ 23.9812%2037600
Charles Brandes 2014-03-31 Add 27.76%0.03%$18.2 - $24.15 $ 23.9812%648685
David Dreman 2014-03-31 Add 25.41%0.01%$18.2 - $24.15 $ 23.9812%32727
Private Capital 2013-12-31 Reduce -31.28%1.35%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 23.983%1301915
John Hussman 2013-12-31 Reduce -70%0.98%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 23.983%300000
Dodge & Cox 2013-12-31 Add 26.54%0.42%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 23.983%80562067
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Add 1334.11%0.2%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 23.983%386808
PRIMECAP Management 2013-12-31 Reduce -20.65%0.18%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 23.983%21443308
Julian Robertson 2013-12-31 New Buy0.15%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 23.983%20200
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2013-12-31 Add 97.32%0.06%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 23.983%1288100
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Add 617.66%0.05%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 23.983%332751
David Dreman 2013-12-31 Add 52.74%0.02%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 23.983%26096
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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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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...
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 17.20
SYMC's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
84% of the 1857 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 46.60 vs. SYMC: 17.20 )
SYMC' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.74   Max: 230.49
Current: 17.2

8.74
230.49
P/B 2.84
SYMC's P/B is ranked higher than
60% of the 1857 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 2.70 vs. SYMC: 2.84 )
SYMC' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.82   Max: 7.37
Current: 2.84

0.82
7.37
P/S 2.51
SYMC's P/S is ranked higher than
60% of the 1857 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. SYMC: 2.51 )
SYMC' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.47   Max: 10.52
Current: 2.51

1.47
10.52
PFCF 17.25
SYMC's PFCF is ranked higher than
85% of the 1857 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SYMC: 17.25 )
SYMC' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.12   Max: 26.25
Current: 17.25

6.12
26.25
EV-to-EBIT 11.40
SYMC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
84% of the 1857 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 31.69 vs. SYMC: 11.40 )
SYMC' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -2.3   Max: 98.8
Current: 11.4

-2.3
98.8
PEG 2.84
SYMC's PEG is ranked higher than
85% of the 1857 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SYMC: 2.84 )
SYMC' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 9.35
Current: 2.84

0.92
9.35
Current Ratio 1.33
SYMC's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
52% of the 1733 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 1.89 vs. SYMC: 1.33 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.81   Max: 2.7
Current: 1.33

0.81
2.7
Quick Ratio 1.33
SYMC's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
56% of the 1733 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 1.78 vs. SYMC: 1.33 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.81   Max: 2.69
Current: 1.33

0.81
2.69

Dividend & Buy Back

vs
industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 2.50
SYMC's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
69% of the 909 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. SYMC: 2.50 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 3.3
Current: 2.5

0.56
3.3
Dividend Payout 0.43
SYMC's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
82% of the 1857 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SYMC: 0.43 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 0.68
Current: 0.43

0.38
0.68
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.50
SYMC's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
65% of the 939 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. SYMC: 2.50 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 3.3
Current: 2.5

0.56
3.3
Share Buyback Rate 3.60
SYMC's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
94% of the 1231 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: -1.10 vs. SYMC: 3.60 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 6.8   Max: -14.5
Current: 3.6

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.91
SYMC's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
91% of the 1857 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 5.12 vs. SYMC: 0.91 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 3.58
Current: 0.91

0.5
3.58
Price/Median PS Value 1.01
SYMC's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
76% of the 1857 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. SYMC: 1.01 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.49   Max: 3.62
Current: 1.01

0.49
3.62
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.80
SYMC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
74% of the 1329 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. SYMC: 8.80 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1   Max: 11.8
Current: 8.8

1
11.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 6.42
SYMC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
73% of the 1332 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 5.89 vs. SYMC: 6.42 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 6.9   Max: 36.2
Current: 6.42

6.9
36.2

Business Description

Industry: Application Software » Software - Application
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Traded in other countries:SYM.Germany
Symantec Corp is a Delaware Corporation founded in 1982. The company provides security, storage and systems management solutions to help businesses and consumers secure and manage their information. Its operating segments are business units that offer different products and services. Its five operating segments are: Consumer, Security and Compliance, Storage and Server Management, Services, and Other. Its consumer products help customers deal with increasingly complex threats, the proliferation of mobile devices, the need for identity protection, and the rapid increase in digital data, such as personal financial records, photos, music, and videos. Its Security and Compliance products help organizations protect their information and systems. Its solutions not only provide the strongest protections but also help organizations standardize, automate, and reduce the costs of day-to-day security activities. It offers security solutions that integrate multiple layers of protection and simplify management. Its endpoint security and management offerings help customers secure their environment by addressing the changes in the threat landscape, the evolution of the endpoint to include more mobile devices, and the pressure to reduce cost and complexity. Its information security businesses help to keep organizations safe and compliant with industry and government regulations, regardless of the complexity of their infrastructure. Its solutions allow customers to secure their messaging and web environments, via either on-premise or hosted solutions. Symantec's data center security products defend critical servers, either physical or virtual. Its storage and server management solutions enable organizations to ensure business continuity and manage the information-driven world by leveraging its backup and recovery, archiving, eDiscovery, storage management, and high availability solutions. It delivers consulting, education and dedicated support services. Symantec Services help customers address information security, availability, storage, and compliance challenges at the endpoint and in complex, multi-vendor datacenter environments. Its other segment includes sunset products and products nearing the end of their life cycle, as well as unallocated costs that are not charged to the other operating segments. It sells its consumer products and services to individuals and home businesses globally. Its products are available to customers through its eCommerce platform, distributors, direct marketers, Internet-based resellers, system builders, ISPs, wireless carriers, and in retail locations worldwide. The Company faces competition from retailers, application providers, operating system providers, network equipment manufacturers, and other OEMs who may provide various solutions and functions in their current and future products. It also competes for access to retail distribution channels and for spending at the retail level and in corporate accounts.

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