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Chandan Dubey
Chandan Dubey
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Companies with Buybacks: LOGI edition

November 18, 2011 | About:

This article is third in my series of articles about share buybacks and whether the company doing them is returning value to share holders. The previous articles can be found here.

Companies With Buybacks: ISRG Edition

Companies with Buybacks: AMAT Edition

The Company

Logitech International S.A. (NASDAQ:LOGI) is a manufacturer of devices for PC navigation, Internet communications, digital music, home-entertainment control, and gaming. The company sells its products through major electronics retailers, such as Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Radio Shack (RSH) as well as through original equipment manufacturers such as Dell (DELL). Nineteen of the top 20 PC manufacturers sell self-branded Logitech hardware as upgrades available during the purchase of a computer.


The growing popularity of notebook computers have negatively impacted Logitech's sales of mice and keyboards because laptops do not require these devices. Additionally, an increasing number of laptops are being made with built-in webcams. While Logitech makes some of the webcams embedded into new laptops, it is not a significant part of their revenue, and the margins are much lower than on retail webcams.

Balance sheet

Logitech has a very strong balance sheet. It has no long term debt since 2006. Let us look at the relevant parts of the balance sheet.

Sep 30, 2011in $ thousands
Cash and equivalents379,450
Current assets1,084,198
Total assets1,863,703
Current liabilities529,087
Total liability714,364
Total equity1,149,339

Logitech has enough current assets to pay all liabilities and still have $400 million left.

Dividend and buybacks

Logitech has never paid any dividends. It has a strong history of buybacks though. Since 2002 the outstanding shares has decreased from 204 million to 179 million. This is a 12.2% decrease in the outstanding shares.

Shares Outstanding203.76M205.64M200.64M198.25M198.77M190.99M187.94M182.91M179.34M178.79M
Stock Bought Back--0.92%2.49%1.21%-0.26%4.07%1.62%2.75%1.99%0.31%

In August 2010, Logitech International S.A. announced that it was beginning a $250M share repurchase program which is in effect, at the latest, until Aug. 10, 2013.



Reading the reports I get the feeling that Logitech is a very well managed firm. One of the original founders is still on the board (Daniel Borel) and owns 6.3% of the company. The executive committee and the management as a whole owns 8.3% of the shares outstanding. In the last year, following buy transactions has occurred.

08/16/2011Junien Labrousse

Executive Vice President, Products and President, Logitech Europe
11,500Buy at $


per share.
06/01/2011Werner T. Heid

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing
4,170Buy at $


per share.
05/27/2011An executive memeber16,100Buy at CHF 10.32CHF 166'199.78
05/26/2011An executive member3,900Buy at CHF 10.54CHF 41'118.65

In the last decade, the company never had a negative FCF.

Retained Earnings204.39M303.23M435.39M584.65M765.76M995.61M1.23B1.34B1.41B1.51B
Retained Earnings Growth-48.36%43.58%34.28%30.98%30.02%24.01%8.67%4.84%7.65%


The Compensation Committee adopted share ownership guidelines for executive officers and other officers who report directly to the CEO effective September 2008. These guidelines require the CEO to hold a number of Logitech shares with a market value equal to 3 times his annual base salary. Officers who report to the CEO must hold a number of Logitech shares with a market value equal to 2 times annual base salary.

  • Annual RSU grant with a market value of approximately CHF 120,000
  • Base salary starting from CHF 60k, this generally tops at CHF 100k.

The 2006 Plan expires on June 16, 2016. An aggregate of 17,500,000 shares is reserved for issuance under the 2006 Plan. As of March 31, 2011, a total of 4,493,291 shares were available for issuance under this plan. Under both plans, eligible employees may purchase shares with up to 10% of their earnings at the lower of 85% of the fair market value at the beginning or the end of each six-month offering period. Purchases under the plans are limited to a fair value of $25,000 in any one year, calculated in accordance with U.S. tax laws. There are two offering periods, each consisting of a six-month period during which payroll deductions of employee participants are accumulated under the share purchase plan. Subject to continued participation in these plans, purchase agreements are automatically executed at the end of each offering period. A total of 16,000,000 shares have been reserved for issuance under both the 1996 and 2006 ESPP plans. As of March 31, 2011, a total of 1,643,369 shares were available for issuance under these plans.

The executive committee as a whole was paid $17.56 million (5 members), out of which $11 million was in restricted stock units and only $3 million was in cash.


The company has grown quite well in the past. In the last decade sales have grown from 944m to 2.3b.


With a 15% hurdle rate the current price of $7.85 represents a reverse DCF growth of -46.88%. The company has P/S of 0.6, P/CF of 9.1 and PEG of 0.7.



I conclude with the following table:

ManagementGood return of invested capital, excellent free cash flow
Financial strengthStrong balance sheet, consistent reinvestment of profits
Economic moat35% gross margin, satisfactory pricing power
Dividend and buybackNo dividend but strong buyback history
ValuationWith 15% hurdle rate, the current price reflects -47% FCF

I am long on LOGI, and will buy more if stock goes down around $7.

About the author:

Chandan Dubey
I invest because I want to be free by the time I reach 40 years of age i.e., 2025. My investment style is to find a small number of bets with large margins of safety. I pay a lot of attention to management and their incentive. Ideally, I like to buy owner operator businesses. I am fortunate to have a strong inclination towards studying. I aid my financial understanding by extensive reading in psychology, economic, social sciences etc.

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Khaledmrd - 5 years ago    Report SPAM
Article 2011 shares buyback need to be updated


from logitech link

"Total purchase price in USD:72,969,835% of shares owned on Aug 9, 2011:5.9%
% of shares currently owned:9.8%

Also a from CC Transcript fron Seekingalpha link

"We also, back in September, received approval from our shareholders at our annual general meeting to exceed 10 percent ownership. We currently own just under 10 percent today. And we have a current existing board-approved program for $250 million. We have about a $177 million from (inaudible) program. And as we have talked about at our recent earnings release and in our press release we have applied with the Swiss authorities to amend that existing program to give up the ability to be able to cancel shares in the future. And I will talk next about the process in Switzerland that is a little bit unique. So to be able to repurchase share for cancellations in Switzerland it is a unique and a specialized market. You actually open something called the second trading line which it creates tax concession vehicle for you to repurchase shares for the eventual cancelation that you want to do. And our intent is for shares that we repurchase moving forward that we are going repurchase on that second trading line once we received approval and then in the future we will ask for shareholder approval to cancel to those shares. So to be very specific, so from today forward our intent is for any shares we repurchase we repurchase on that second line and then when we get to our next shareholder meeting which would be September of 2012, then we would be asking shareholders for approval to cancel shares that have been purchased over that point in time."


Cdubey - 5 years ago    Report SPAM
Thank you for the information. Logitech seems to be quite confident of its success.

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