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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 : 5/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 1.07
VRSN's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
50% of the 478 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 14.42 vs. VRSN: 1.07 )
VRSN' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.35   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.07

Equity to Asset -0.34
VRSN's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
61% of the 453 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 0.64 vs. VRSN: -0.34 )
VRSN' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.34   Max: 0.97
Current: -0.34

-0.34
0.97
Interest Coverage 7.07
VRSN's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
57% of the 326 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 10000.00 vs. VRSN: 7.07 )
VRSN' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.47   Max: 9999.99
Current: 7.07

1.47
9999.99
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: -9.53
M-Score: -1.70
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 (%) 55.25
VRSN's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 477 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 4.21 vs. VRSN: 55.25 )
VRSN' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -1363.49   Max: 54.73
Current: 55.25

-1363.49
54.73
Net-margin (%) 58.20
VRSN's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 477 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 3.58 vs. VRSN: 58.20 )
VRSN' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -1357.91   Max: 122.1
Current: 58.2

-1357.91
122.1
ROA (%) 23.99
VRSN's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 483 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 3.38 vs. VRSN: 23.99 )
VRSN' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -99.94   Max: 33.82
Current: 23.99

-99.94
33.82
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 167.41
VRSN's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 26.36 vs. VRSN: 167.41 )
VRSN' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -5434.23   Max: 156.86
Current: 167.41

-5434.23
156.86
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 17.70
VRSN's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 319 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 9.40 vs. VRSN: 17.70 )
VRSN' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -22.9   Max: 117.4
Current: 17.7

-22.9
117.4
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 28.50
VRSN's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 9.10 vs. VRSN: 28.50 )
VRSN' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -24.4   Max: 258.3
Current: 28.5

-24.4
258.3
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 107.60
VRSN's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 216 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 10.70 vs. VRSN: 107.60 )
VRSN' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -60.2   Max: 549.1
Current: 107.6

-60.2
549.1
» VRSN's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

VRSN Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Ray Dalio 149,776 sh (+65.8%)
Steve Mandel 6,344,858 sh (+29.79%)
Warren Buffett 10,961,520 sh (unchged)
PRIMECAP Management 13,300 sh (unchged)
Julian Robertson Sold Out
Ron Baron 691,571 sh (-1.12%)
Joel Greenblatt 54,189 sh (-1.8%)
Jim Simons 4,625,776 sh (-8.81%)
Steven Cohen 30,404 sh (-14.19%)
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Q1 2014

VRSN Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Louis Moore Bacon 7,206 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 83,107 sh (+53.37%)
Warren Buffett 11,685,654 sh (+6.61%)
Ron Baron 701,729 sh (+1.47%)
Jim Simons 4,649,900 sh (+0.52%)
PRIMECAP Management 13,300 sh (unchged)
Steve Mandel Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Ray Dalio 128,938 sh (-13.91%)
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Q2 2014

VRSN Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 9,119 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 291,193 sh (+250.38%)
Ray Dalio 150,710 sh (+16.89%)
Warren Buffett 12,985,000 sh (+11.12%)
Louis Moore Bacon 7,882 sh (+9.38%)
PRIMECAP Management 13,300 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 697,966 sh (-0.54%)
Jim Simons 4,581,076 sh (-1.48%)
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Q3 2014

VRSN Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Joel Greenblatt 796,796 sh (+173.63%)
PRIMECAP Management 13,300 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 12,985,000 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ron Baron 686,188 sh (-1.69%)
Jim Simons 4,432,976 sh (-3.23%)
Ray Dalio 143,928 sh (-4.5%)
» More
» Details

Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with VRSN

(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
Joel Greenblatt 2014-09-30 Add 173.63%0.28%$48.59 - $57.23 $ 58.588%796796
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Add 250.38%0.13%$47.01 - $53.95 $ 58.5818%291193
Steve Mandel 2014-03-31 Sold Out 1.6%$51.68 - $62.61 $ 58.583%0
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Add 53.37%0.02%$51.68 - $62.61 $ 58.583%83107
Julian Robertson 2013-12-31 Sold Out 2.3%$49.68 - $59.68 $ 58.586%0
Steve Mandel 2013-12-31 Add 29.79%0.37%$49.68 - $59.68 $ 58.586%6344858
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Add 65.8%0.03%$49.68 - $59.68 $ 58.586%149776
Lee Ainslie 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.79%$44.92 - $51.9 $ 58.5821%0
Steve Mandel 2013-09-30 Reduce -34.81%0.56%$44.92 - $51.9 $ 58.5821%4888630
Julian Robertson 2013-09-30 Reduce -24.85%0.55%$44.92 - $51.9 $ 58.5821%296300
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Reduce -30.06%0.05%$44.92 - $51.9 $ 58.5821%55180
George Soros 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.01%$44.92 - $51.9 $ 58.5821%0
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 Reduce -23.26%0.01%$44.92 - $51.9 $ 58.5821%90338
Lee Ainslie 2013-06-30 Reduce -66.05%1.59%$43.59 - $49.27 $ 58.5826%1312077
Steve Mandel 2013-06-30 Reduce -36.98%1.07%$43.59 - $49.27 $ 58.5826%7498853
Warren Buffett 2013-06-30 Add 33.32%0.14%$43.59 - $49.27 $ 58.5826%10897420
Julian Robertson 2013-06-30 Reduce -5.22%0.14%$43.59 - $49.27 $ 58.5826%394300
Ray Dalio 2013-06-30 Reduce -40.46%0.03%$43.59 - $49.27 $ 58.5826%117715
Lee Ainslie 2013-03-31 New Buy2.4%$38 - $47.27 $ 58.5834%3864196
John Griffin 2013-03-31 Sold Out 1.9%$38 - $47.27 $ 58.5834%0
Whitney Tilson 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.59%$38 - $47.27 $ 58.5834%0
Warren Buffett 2013-03-31 Add 121.78%0.25%$38 - $47.27 $ 58.5834%8174100
Ron Baron 2013-03-31 New Buy0.16%$38 - $47.27 $ 58.5834%611839
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 New Buy0.09%$38 - $47.27 $ 58.5834%197715
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Add 57.56%0.07%$38 - $47.27 $ 58.5834%75474
PRIMECAP Management 2013-03-31 Reduce -86%0.01%$38 - $47.27 $ 58.5834%13300
John Griffin 2012-12-31 Reduce -43.73%2.1%$34.15 - $49.5 $ 58.5841%3500000
Steve Mandel 2012-12-31 Add 56.2%1.3%$34.15 - $49.5 $ 58.5841%14747890
Julian Robertson 2012-12-31 Add 36.53%0.8%$34.15 - $49.5 $ 58.5841%441000
Whitney Tilson 2012-12-31 New Buy0.59%$34.15 - $49.5 $ 58.5841%18700
Warren Buffett 2012-12-31 New Buy0.19%$34.15 - $49.5 $ 58.5841%3685700
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 New Buy0.11%$34.15 - $49.5 $ 58.5841%47903
Ray Dalio 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.02%$34.15 - $49.5 $ 58.5841%0
George Soros 2012-12-31 New Buy0.01%$34.15 - $49.5 $ 58.5841%20000
Steve Mandel 2012-09-30 New Buy2.8%$41.44 - $49.02 $ 58.5828%9441406
Julian Robertson 2012-09-30 Add 15.77%0.46%$41.44 - $49.02 $ 58.5828%323000
Ray Dalio 2012-09-30 New Buy0.02%$41.44 - $49.02 $ 58.5828%33599
Mario Gabelli 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.0027%$41.44 - $49.02 $ 58.5828%0
John Griffin 2012-06-30 Add 61.14%1.56%$37.67 - $43.8 $ 58.5845%6220000
Leon Cooperman 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.65%$37.67 - $43.8 $ 58.5845%0
Ray Dalio 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.06%$37.67 - $43.8 $ 58.5845%0
George Soros 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.03%$37.67 - $43.8 $ 58.5845%0
Julian Robertson 2012-03-31 New Buy3%$35.02 - $38.56 $ 58.5869%279000
John Griffin 2012-03-31 Add 85.58%1.11%$35.02 - $38.56 $ 58.5869%3860000
Leon Cooperman 2012-03-31 New Buy0.65%$35.02 - $38.56 $ 58.5869%851800
Ray Dalio 2012-03-31 Add 1041.68%0.05%$35.02 - $38.56 $ 58.5869%94063
George Soros 2012-03-31 New Buy0.03%$35.02 - $38.56 $ 58.5869%50000
PRIMECAP Management 2012-03-31 Reduce -42.56%$35.02 - $38.56 $ 58.5869%115037
John Griffin 2011-12-31 New Buy1.4%$27.52 - $36.24 $ 58.5881%2080000
Ray Dalio 2011-12-31 New Buy$27.52 - $36.24 $ 58.5881%8239
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0282%$27.79 - $34.62 $ 58.5888%0
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 14.70
VRSN's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
92% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 104.10 vs. VRSN: 14.70 )
VRSN' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 5.54   Max: 431.78
Current: 14.7

5.54
431.78
P/S 8.47
VRSN's P/S is ranked higher than
55% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 3.61 vs. VRSN: 8.47 )
VRSN' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 2.82   Max: 17.91
Current: 8.47

2.82
17.91
PFCF 15.83
VRSN's PFCF is ranked higher than
90% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 227.46 vs. VRSN: 15.83 )
VRSN' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 8.53   Max: 53.29
Current: 15.83

8.53
53.29
EV-to-EBIT 12.66
VRSN's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
88% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 72.19 vs. VRSN: 12.66 )
VRSN' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -486.1   Max: 1969.3
Current: 12.66

-486.1
1969.3
PEG 0.48
VRSN's PEG is ranked higher than
98% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. VRSN: 0.48 )
VRSN' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 189.35
Current: 0.48

0.27
189.35
Shiller P/E 24.27
VRSN's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
94% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. VRSN: 24.27 )
VRSN' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 22.35   Max: 1064.5
Current: 24.27

22.35
1064.5
Current Ratio 0.82
VRSN's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
56% of the 467 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 2.32 vs. VRSN: 0.82 )
VRSN' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.78   Max: 6.73
Current: 0.82

0.78
6.73
Quick Ratio 0.82
VRSN's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
54% of the 467 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 2.31 vs. VRSN: 0.82 )
VRSN' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.78   Max: 6.73
Current: 0.82

0.78
6.73

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/DCF (Projected) 3.51
VRSN's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
84% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. VRSN: 3.51 )
VRSN' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.05   Max: 3.58
Current: 3.51

1.05
3.58
Price/Median PS Value 1.07
VRSN's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
71% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. VRSN: 1.07 )
VRSN' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 32.75
Current: 1.07

0.12
32.75
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.58
VRSN's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
99% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. VRSN: 0.58 )
VRSN' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.51   Max: 75.55
Current: 0.58

0.51
75.55
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 7.90
VRSN's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
86% of the 469 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 2.40 vs. VRSN: 7.90 )
VRSN' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 9.2
Current: 7.9

0.1
9.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 41.58
VRSN's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
90% of the 172 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 18.63 vs. VRSN: 41.58 )
VRSN' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -23.5   Max: 85.7
Current: 41.58

-23.5
85.7

Business Description

Industry: Online Media » Internet Content & Information
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VeriSign Inc is a Delaware Corporation, incorporated on April 12, 1995. The Company is a provider of internet infrastructure services for the networked world. The Company provides domain name registry services and infrastructure assurance services. The Company operates one reportable segment: Naming Services. It consists of Registry Services and Network Intelligence & Availability (NIA) Services. Registry Services operates the authoritative directory of all .com, .net, .cc, .tv, and .name domain names and the back-end systems for all .gov, .jobs and .edu domain names. NIA Services provides infrastructure assurance services to organizations and is comprised of Verisign iDefense Security Intelligence Services, Managed Domain Name System Services, and Distributed Denial of Service Protection Services. The Companys operations infrastructure consists of three main Company-operated secure data centers in Dulles, Virginia; New Castle, Delaware; and Fribourg, Switzerland as well as approximately 70 globally distributed resolution sites, which includes both regional resolution sites and supersites. These secure data centers operate 24-hours a day, supporting its business units and services. The Company offers promotional marketing programs for its registrars based upon market conditions and the business environment in which the registrars operate. The Company markets its NIA Services through multiple distribution channels, including direct sales and indirect channels. The Company competes with numerous companies in each of the Registry Services and NIA Services businesses. The Company faces competition in the domain name registry space from other gTLD and ccTLD registries that are competing for the business of entities and individuals that are seeking to establish a Web presence. The Company also faces competition from service providers that offer outsourced domain name registration, resolution and other DNS services to organizations that require a reliable and scalable infrastructure. Among the competitors are Neustar, Inc., Afilias Limited, ARI Registry Services. The Company is subject to income taxes in both the U.S. and numerous foreign jurisdictions. As a public company, it is subject to the rules and regulations of the SEC.
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