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Brocade Communications Systems Inc (NAS:BRCD)
P/S Ratio
2.36 (As of Today)

As of today, Brocade Communications Systems Inc's share price is $11.74. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's Revenue per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Oct. 2014 was $4.98. Hence, Brocade Communications Systems Inc's P/S Ratio for today is 2.36.

Warning Sign:

Brocade Communications Systems Inc stock P/S Ratio (=2.30) is close to 5-year high of 2.33

BRCD' s 10-Year P/S Ratio Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 3.52
Current: 2.4

0.54
3.52

During the past 13 years, Brocade Communications Systems Inc's highest P/S Ratio was 3.52. The lowest was 0.54. And the median was 1.82.

BRCD's P/S Ratiois ranked lower than
54% of the 2788 Companies
in the Global Data Storage industry.

( Industry Median: 0.97 vs. BRCD: 2.40 )

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's Revenue per Share for the three months ended in Oct. 2014 was $1.28. Its Revenue per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Oct. 2014 was $4.98.

Good Sign:

Brocade Communications Systems Inc has shown predictable revenue and earnings growth.

During the past 12 months, the average Revenue per Share Growth Rate of Brocade Communications Systems Inc was 3.50% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Revenue per Share Growth Rate was 4.60% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Revenue per Share Growth Rate was 3.70% per year. During the past 10 years, the average Revenue per Share Growth Rate was 8.70% per year.

During the past 13 years, Brocade Communications Systems Inc's highest 3-Year average Revenue per Share Growth Rate was 89.40% per year. The lowest was -2.80% per year. And the median was 9.55% per year.


Definition

The P/S Ratio is another ratio widely used to value stocks. It was first used by Ken Fisher.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's P/S Ratio for today is calculated as

P/S Ratio=Share Price/Revenue per Share (TTM)
=11.74/4.98
=2.36

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's Share Price of today is $11.74.
Brocade Communications Systems Inc's Revenue per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Oct. 2014 was 1.24 (Jan. 2014 ) + 1.23 (Apr. 2014 ) + 1.23 (Jul. 2014 ) + 1.28 (Oct. 2014 ) = $4.98.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

It can also be calculated from the numbers for the whole company:

P/E Ratio=Market Cap/Revenue

The revenue here is for the trailing 12 months.


Explanation

The P/S ratio is an excellent valuation indicator if you want to compare a stock with its historical valuation or with the stocks in the same industry. The P/S ratio works especially well when you want to compare the stock’s current valuation with its historical valuation. The P/S ratio is a great valuation tool for evaluating cyclical businesses where the P/E ratio works poorly. It works the best when comparing the current valuation with the historical valuation because over time, a company’s profit margin tends to revert to the mean.

When the P/S ratio is applied to the whole stock market, it can be used to evaluate the current market valuation and projected returns. In this case, the price is the total market cap of all stocks that are traded, and sales are the GDP of the country. This is how Warren Buffett estimates the broad market valuation and project future returns.

Similar to the Price/Earnings ratio and Price/Cash Flow or Price/Free Cash Flow, the P/E ratio measures the valuation based on the earning power of the company. This is where it is different from Price/Book ratio, which measures the valuation based on the company’s balance sheet.


Be Aware

The P/S ratio does not tell you how cheap or expensive the stock is. It cannot be used to compare companies in different industries. It works better for companies within the same industry because these companies tend to have similar capital structures and profit margins. It works the best when comparing a company with itself in the past.


Related Terms

Revenue per Share, Market Cap, Revenue, Median P/S Value, P/B Ratio, P/E Ratio


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc Annual Data

Oct05Oct06Oct07Oct08Oct09Oct10Oct11Oct12Oct13Oct14
ps 1.752.952.911.021.761.471.011.121.672.15

Brocade Communications Systems Inc Quarterly Data

Jul12Oct12Jan13Apr13Jul13Oct13Jan14Apr14Jul14Oct14
ps 1.071.121.181.201.381.671.961.921.882.15
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