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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 1.86
SYMC's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
52% of the 1614 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 25.24 vs. SYMC: 1.86 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.73   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.86

Equity to Asset 0.43
SYMC's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
51% of the 1581 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 0.60 vs. SYMC: 0.43 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.36   Max: 0.82
Current: 0.43

0.36
0.82
Interest Coverage 8.08
SYMC's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
57% of the 1068 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 350.30 vs. SYMC: 8.08 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.88   Max: 6750.95
Current: 8.08

0.88
6750.95
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 1.84
M-Score: -2.77
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
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 16.26
SYMC's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1582 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 5.48 vs. SYMC: 16.26 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -105.2   Max: 31.72
Current: 16.26

-105.2
31.72
Net-margin (%) 11.08
SYMC's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 1580 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 3.68 vs. SYMC: 11.08 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -110.34   Max: 22.82
Current: 11.08

-110.34
22.82
ROE (%) 14.11
SYMC's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 1539 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 6.87 vs. SYMC: 14.11 )
SYMC' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -163.64   Max: 27.53
Current: 14.11

-163.64
27.53
ROA (%) 5.32
SYMC's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 1595 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 3.70 vs. SYMC: 5.32 )
SYMC' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -63.79   Max: 20.11
Current: 5.32

-63.79
20.11
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 100.09
SYMC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 1579 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 31.67 vs. SYMC: 100.09 )
SYMC' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -664.95   Max: 286.14
Current: 100.09

-664.95
286.14
Revenue Growth (%) 9.90
SYMC's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 1207 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. SYMC: 9.90 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 3.5   Max: 26.7
Current: 9.9

3.5
26.7
EBITDA Growth (%) 6.20
SYMC's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 951 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 7.70 vs. SYMC: 6.20 )
SYMC' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 2.2   Max: 60.5
Current: 6.2

2.2
60.5
EPS Growth (%) 7.50
SYMC's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 896 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 7.60 vs. SYMC: 7.50 )
SYMC' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -25.3   Max: 78.3
Current: 7.5

-25.3
78.3
» SYMC's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

SYMC Guru Trades in Q2 2013

John Hussman 750,000 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 106,664 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 80,266 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 65,247 sh (New)
Jim Simons 7,443,338 sh (+74.23%)
Paul Tudor Jones 26,000 sh (+23.81%)
David Dreman 152,843 sh (+6.16%)
Steven Cohen 232,199 sh (+0.94%)
Dodge & Cox 63,586,317 sh (+0.19%)
Martin Whitman 1,550,000 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 569,600 sh (-0.04%)
Charles Brandes 443,841 sh (-2.02%)
Third Avenue Management 1,872,330 sh (-2.78%)
Private Capital 1,943,733 sh (-3.02%)
Pioneer Investments 3,380,209 sh (-6.4%)
RS Investment Management 4,512,456 sh (-7.24%)
PRIMECAP Management 28,140,669 sh (-8.28%)
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Q3 2013

SYMC Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Jeremy Grantham 257,664 sh (+141.57%)
Jim Simons 11,122,738 sh (+49.43%)
John Hussman 1,000,000 sh (+33.33%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 652,800 sh (+14.61%)
Steven Cohen 238,286 sh (+2.62%)
Third Avenue Management 1,912,330 sh (+2.14%)
Dodge & Cox 63,664,667 sh (+0.12%)
Martin Whitman 1,550,000 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
RS Investment Management 4,492,648 sh (-0.44%)
Charles Brandes 440,393 sh (-0.78%)
Private Capital 1,894,466 sh (-2.53%)
PRIMECAP Management 27,024,443 sh (-3.97%)
Pioneer Investments 3,194,098 sh (-5.51%)
Ray Dalio 46,366 sh (-42.23%)
Joel Greenblatt 26,972 sh (-58.66%)
David Dreman 17,085 sh (-88.82%)
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Q4 2013

SYMC Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Julian Robertson 20,200 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 17,491 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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2014

SYMC Guru Trades in 2014

Martin Whitman 1,550,000 sh (unchged)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with SYMC

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
John Hussman 2013-12-31 Reduce -70%0.98%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 20.76-11%300000
Dodge & Cox 2013-12-31 Add 26.54%0.42%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 20.76-11%80562067
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Add 1334.11%0.2%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 20.76-11%386808
PRIMECAP Management 2013-12-31 Reduce -20.65%0.18%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 20.76-11%21443308
Julian Robertson 2013-12-31 New Buy0.15%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 20.76-11%20200
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Add 617.66%0.05%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 20.76-11%332751
David Dreman 2013-12-31 Add 52.74%0.02%$21.49 - $25.41 $ 20.76-11%26096
John Hussman 2013-09-30 Add 33.33%0.35%$22.36 - $26.96 $ 20.76-17%1000000
David Dreman 2013-09-30 Reduce -88.82%0.1%$22.36 - $26.96 $ 20.76-17%17085
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Reduce -58.66%0.04%$22.36 - $26.96 $ 20.76-17%26972
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 Reduce -42.23%0.01%$22.36 - $26.96 $ 20.76-17%46366
John Hussman 2013-06-30 New Buy0.77%$21.62 - $25.1 $ 20.76-12%750000
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 New Buy0.06%$21.62 - $25.1 $ 20.76-12%65247
Ray Dalio 2013-06-30 New Buy0.02%$21.62 - $25.1 $ 20.76-12%80266
Daniel Loeb 2013-03-31 Sold Out 2.3%$18.82 - $24.73 $ 20.76-8%0
Dodge & Cox 2013-03-31 Add 8.64%0.15%$18.82 - $24.73 $ 20.76-8%63464717
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.03%$18.82 - $24.73 $ 20.76-8%0
David Dreman 2013-03-31 Reduce -30.8%0.03%$18.82 - $24.73 $ 20.76-8%143971
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Guru Investment Theses on Symantec Corp

Third Avenue Management Comments on Symantec Corp. - Oct 02, 2012

We initiated a position in the common stock of Symantec Corp. (SYMC), a leading provider of security, backup / recovery and storage management software. The company's products are sold to both consumers (through its Norton product line) and corporations. Symantec's end markets seem to be generally healthy and growing, and the software business is very attractive owing to recurring maintenance revenue, high margins (gross margins in excess of 80%) and robust cash flow generation. Symantec has a very strong financial position with $4.1 billion of cash and investments, compared to total debt of $3.0 billion. During the quarter, the company issued $1 billion of long-term debt at very attractive rates (2.75% and 3.9% for five and ten year maturities, respectively). Owing primarily to the weak near term outlook for enterprise IT spending, particularly in Europe, the Fund purchased shares of Symantec Common at only about five times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"). Transactions in the software industry typically occur at much higher multiples, including, most notably, Intel's purchase of Symantec's competitor, McAfee, in 2011 at about 15 times EBITDA. Subsequent to quarter end, Symantec's CEO was replaced by Chairman Stephen Bennett, who was formerly Intuit's CEO from 2003-2007. The move was in response to the weak stock performance of Symantec Common over the last couple of years and enhances the possibility of some type of resource conversion activity to increase shareholder value.

From Third Avenue's third-quarter letter, by Ian Lapey, portfolio manager.
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 16.70
SYMC's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1119 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 23.20 vs. SYMC: 16.70 )
SYMC' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.74   Max: 230.49
Current: 16.7

8.74
230.49
P/B 2.60
SYMC's P/B is ranked higher than
60% of the 1504 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 2.45 vs. SYMC: 2.60 )
SYMC' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.82   Max: 7.37
Current: 2.6

0.82
7.37
P/S 2.16
SYMC's P/S is ranked higher than
51% of the 1650 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 1.98 vs. SYMC: 2.16 )
SYMC' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.47   Max: 10.52
Current: 2.16

1.47
10.52
PFCF 12.40
SYMC's PFCF is ranked higher than
81% of the 874 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 19.50 vs. SYMC: 12.40 )
SYMC' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.12   Max: 26.25
Current: 12.4

6.12
26.25
EV-to-EBIT 11.00
SYMC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
77% of the 1278 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 17.39 vs. SYMC: 11.00 )
SYMC' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.4   Max: 98.8
Current: 11

8.4
98.8

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 2.89
SYMC's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
75% of the 822 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. SYMC: 2.89 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 2.47
Current: 2.89

0.56
2.47
Dividend Payout 0.36
SYMC's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
59% of the 656 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 0.35 vs. SYMC: 0.36 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 0.68
Current: 0.36

0.38
0.68
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.80
SYMC's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
72% of the 862 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 1.84 vs. SYMC: 2.80 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 2.47
Current: 2.8

0.56
2.47
Share Buyback Rate 4.60
SYMC's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
95% of the 1057 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: -1.60 vs. SYMC: 4.60 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 6.8   Max: -14.5
Current: 4.6

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.80
SYMC's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
91% of the 753 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. SYMC: 0.80 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 3.26
Current: 0.8

0.5
3.26
Price/Median PS Value 0.80
SYMC's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
85% of the 1516 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. SYMC: 0.80 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.43   Max: 3.53
Current: 0.8

0.43
3.53
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 9.10
SYMC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
77% of the 1324 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 5.40 vs. SYMC: 9.10 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1   Max: 11.9
Current: 9.1

1
11.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 7.76
SYMC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
77% of the 1007 Companies
in the Global Software - Application industry.

( Industry Median: 5.32 vs. SYMC: 7.76 )
SYMC' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 6.9   Max: 36.2
Current: 7.76

6.9
36.2

Business Description

Industry: Application Software » Software - Application
Compare:CRM, SQI, RHT, INTU, ADBE » details
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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