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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 : 3/10

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industry
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history
Cash-to-Debt 0.96
VRSN's Cash-to-Debt is ranked lower than
75% of the 379 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 11.30 vs. VRSN: 0.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash-to-Debt only.
VRSN' s Cash-to-Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.35  Med: 3.73 Max: No Debt
Current: 0.96
Equity-to-Asset -0.51
VRSN's Equity-to-Asset is ranked lower than
96% of the 375 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 0.62 vs. VRSN: -0.51 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity-to-Asset only.
VRSN' s Equity-to-Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.51  Med: 0.5 Max: 0.97
Current: -0.51
-0.51
0.97
Interest Coverage 7.02
VRSN's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
85% of the 281 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 142.49 vs. VRSN: 7.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
VRSN' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.47  Med: 6.4 Max: 9.11
Current: 7.02
1.47
9.11
Piotroski F-Score: 7
Altman Z-Score: -7.63
Beneish M-Score: -2.69
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 : 9/10

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industry
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history
Operating Margin % 60.50
VRSN's Operating Margin % is ranked higher than
98% of the 378 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 3.94 vs. VRSN: 60.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating Margin % only.
VRSN' s Operating Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -29  Med: 47.51 Max: 60.5
Current: 60.5
-29
60.5
Net Margin % 39.13
VRSN's Net Margin % is ranked higher than
96% of the 378 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 2.83 vs. VRSN: 39.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net Margin % only.
VRSN' s Net Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -66.96  Med: 36.03 Max: 122.1
Current: 39.13
-66.96
122.1
ROA % 19.40
VRSN's ROA % is ranked higher than
90% of the 380 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 2.44 vs. VRSN: 19.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA % only.
VRSN' s ROA % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -11.32  Med: 15.96 Max: 33.82
Current: 19.4
-11.32
33.82
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % 251.94
VRSN's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % is ranked higher than
78% of the 375 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 32.58 vs. VRSN: 251.94 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % only.
VRSN' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -21.66  Med: 135.92 Max: 251.94
Current: 251.94
-21.66
251.94
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate 12.70
VRSN's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked higher than
58% of the 274 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 8.90 vs. VRSN: 12.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate only.
VRSN' s 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -22.9  Med: 14.3 Max: 164.1
Current: 12.7
-22.9
164.1
3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate 14.90
VRSN's 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate is ranked higher than
61% of the 209 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 8.90 vs. VRSN: 14.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate only.
VRSN' s 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -24  Med: 18.8 Max: 264.5
Current: 14.9
-24
264.5
3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate -0.70
VRSN's 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate is ranked lower than
60% of the 193 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 9.40 vs. VRSN: -0.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate only.
VRSN' s 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -60.2  Med: 44.8 Max: 549.1
Current: -0.7
-60.2
549.1
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Business Description

Industry: Online Media » Internet Content & Information    NAICS: 541511    SIC: 7371
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Traded in other countries:VRS.Germany,
Headquarter Location:USA
VeriSign Inc is a part of the internet content industry. It provides domain name registry and internet security for websites and enterprises around the world.

VeriSign is the sole authorized registry for several generic top-level domains, including the widely utilized .com and .net top-level domains. Additionally, the company operates two of the world's 13 root servers that are used to route Internet traffic and also provides DNS security solutions to detect malware and thwart DDoS attacks to maintain web uptime. VeriSign generated 61% of its 2014 sales from the United States, while the remainder was split among EMEA (18%), Asia-Pacific (13%), and other countries (8%).

Guru Investment Theses on VeriSign Inc

Baron Funds Comments on Verisign Inc. - Oct 21, 2016

Update: As clearly stated below, this comment is from the letter commenting on the third-quarter and was accurate as of quarter-end. This excerpt was posted on Oct. 21, the day Baron Funds released their shareholder letter, but became inaccurate as of the date of Oct. 20 as further developments related to the matter described below occurred at the company that day that caused the company's stock to rise on Oct. 21. 



Shares of internet infrastructure services provider Verisign, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN) fell over concerns that it might face difficulties extending its contract to administer the ‘.com’ domain registry with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as the result of some U.S. senators’ objections. We believe this concern has been overblown and that Verisign will successfully extend this contract on favorable terms.



From Baron Funds' Barron Asset Fund third-quarter 2016 commentary.



 



The discussions of the companies herein are not intended as advice to any person regarding the advisability of investing in any particular security. The views expressed in this report reflect those of the respective portfolio managers only through the end of the period stated in this report. The portfolio manager’s views are not intended as recommendations or investment advice to any person reading this report and are subject to change at any time based on market and other conditions and Baron has no obligation to update them.



 



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Baron Funds Comments on Verisign Inc. - Nov 02, 2015

Verisign, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN) oversees domain registrations for many of the most common Internet address suffixes, including .com and .net. Its shares gained after reporting better-than-expected financial results, which exceeded expectations of both revenues and profit margins. In addition, the company is poised to introduce a new series of domain names for international markets that we believe should generate a highly-profitable revenue stream. We believe that Verisign’s exclusive contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a key regulatory body overseeing the operations of the Internet, creates a substantial barrier for competitors. In uncertain markets, stocks with stable businesses and highly-visible revenues tend to outperform, although past performance is no guarantee of future performance.







From the Baron Asset Fund shareholder letter Q3 2015 by Andrew Peck.



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Ratios

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industry
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history
PE Ratio 26.14
VRSN's PE Ratio is ranked higher than
62% of the 241 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 34.63 vs. VRSN: 26.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio only.
VRSN' s PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.54  Med: 23.37 Max: 240.59
Current: 26.14
5.54
240.59
Forward PE Ratio 23.47
VRSN's Forward PE Ratio is ranked higher than
60% of the 75 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 27.47 vs. VRSN: 23.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward PE Ratio only.
N/A
PE Ratio without NRI 26.14
VRSN's PE Ratio without NRI is ranked higher than
63% of the 243 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 34.63 vs. VRSN: 26.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio without NRI only.
VRSN' s PE Ratio without NRI Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.33  Med: 27.96 Max: 371.82
Current: 26.14
11.33
371.82
Price-to-Owner-Earnings 18.98
VRSN's Price-to-Owner-Earnings is ranked higher than
63% of the 133 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 25.36 vs. VRSN: 18.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Owner-Earnings only.
VRSN' s Price-to-Owner-Earnings Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.18  Med: 18.92 Max: 1704.17
Current: 18.98
5.18
1704.17
PS Ratio 10.26
VRSN's PS Ratio is ranked lower than
87% of the 356 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 2.60 vs. VRSN: 10.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
VRSN' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.16  Med: 8.5 Max: 15.91
Current: 10.26
3.16
15.91
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 18.49
VRSN's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked higher than
64% of the 127 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 24.36 vs. VRSN: 18.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
VRSN' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.54  Med: 17.4 Max: 2685.38
Current: 18.49
8.54
2685.38
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 17.68
VRSN's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked higher than
56% of the 160 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 18.73 vs. VRSN: 17.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
VRSN' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.36  Med: 14.99 Max: 86.63
Current: 17.68
6.36
86.63
EV-to-EBIT 13.83
VRSN's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
74% of the 254 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 23.78 vs. VRSN: 13.83 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
VRSN' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -336.1  Med: 15.7 Max: 243.5
Current: 13.83
-336.1
243.5
EV-to-EBITDA 12.78
VRSN's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
64% of the 275 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 17.11 vs. VRSN: 12.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
VRSN' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.6  Med: 14.5 Max: 289.2
Current: 12.78
9.6
289.2
PEG Ratio 1.43
VRSN's PEG Ratio is ranked higher than
61% of the 88 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 1.89 vs. VRSN: 1.43 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG Ratio only.
VRSN' s PEG Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.25  Med: 1.22 Max: 88.95
Current: 1.43
0.25
88.95
Shiller PE Ratio 45.78
VRSN's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked lower than
53% of the 45 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 40.96 vs. VRSN: 45.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
VRSN' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 30.48  Med: 42.21 Max: 63.37
Current: 45.78
30.48
63.37
Current Ratio 1.21
VRSN's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
72% of the 373 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 1.93 vs. VRSN: 1.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
VRSN' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.78  Med: 1.44 Max: 6.73
Current: 1.21
0.78
6.73
Quick Ratio 1.21
VRSN's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
69% of the 373 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 1.87 vs. VRSN: 1.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
VRSN' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.78  Med: 1.44 Max: 6.73
Current: 1.21
0.78
6.73
Days Sales Outstanding 2.56
VRSN's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
95% of the 310 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 46.44 vs. VRSN: 2.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
VRSN' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.56  Med: 6.12 Max: 89.93
Current: 2.56
2.56
89.93
Days Payable 34.85
VRSN's Days Payable is ranked lower than
72% of the 271 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 61.06 vs. VRSN: 34.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
VRSN' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 32.24  Med: 49.86 Max: 603.06
Current: 34.85
32.24
603.06

Buy Back

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industry
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history
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 8.30
VRSN's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
97% of the 241 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: -2.40 vs. VRSN: 8.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
VRSN' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -36.4  Med: 5.8 Max: 10.5
Current: 8.3
-36.4
10.5

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 1.93
VRSN's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked higher than
51% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 1.96 vs. VRSN: 1.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
VRSN' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.05  Med: 2.08 Max: 3.58
Current: 1.93
1.05
3.58
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) 2.44
VRSN's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked lower than
82% of the 17 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 1.29 vs. VRSN: 2.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) only.
N/A
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 1.20
VRSN's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked lower than
67% of the 336 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. VRSN: 1.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
VRSN' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.11  Med: 0.95 Max: 27.28
Current: 1.2
0.11
27.28
Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value 1.57
VRSN's Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value is ranked higher than
57% of the 63 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 1.79 vs. VRSN: 1.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value only.
VRSN' s Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.52  Med: 1.5 Max: 66.16
Current: 1.57
0.52
66.16
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % 7.23
VRSN's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked higher than
83% of the 378 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 2.32 vs. VRSN: 7.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
VRSN' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.8  Med: 5.8 Max: 9.3
Current: 7.23
-2.8
9.3
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % 20.95
VRSN's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked higher than
60% of the 124 Companies
in the Global Internet Content & Information industry.

( Industry Median: 14.43 vs. VRSN: 20.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % only.
VRSN' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -20.8  Med: 23 Max: 80.2
Current: 20.95
-20.8
80.2

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $1,148.91
EPS (TTM) $ 3.55
Beta1.04
Short Percentage of Float22.30%
52-Week Range $74.01 - 94.93
Shares Outstanding (Mil)101.48

Analyst Estimate

Dec17 Dec18
Revenue (Mil $) 1,159 1,194
EPS ($) 3.99 4.57
EPS without NRI ($) 3.99 4.57
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
10.57%
Dividends per Share ($)
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