Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Datacolor AG, through its subsidiaries, provides solutions for color measurement, management, communication, and calibration in Europe, the Americas, and the Asia Pacific.

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet average dividend payer.

Share Price & News

How has Datacolor's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: DCN has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




CH Electronic


CH Market

1 Year Return




CH Electronic


CH Market

Return vs Industry: DCN underperformed the Swiss Electronic industry which returned -1.9% over the past year.

Return vs Market: DCN underperformed the Swiss Market which returned -2.3% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day0%3.4%1.8%
30 Day-13.0%-1.9%1.4%
90 Day-16.8%-21.8%-12.1%
1 Year-10.3%-12.3%1.6%-0.9%1.4%-1.9%
3 Year-6.8%-12.3%6.6%-0.7%16.3%4.7%
5 Year13.4%2.6%64.2%44.4%19.2%-0.3%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Datacolor's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is Datacolor undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: DCN (CHF570) is trading below our estimate of fair value (CHF643.16)

Significantly Below Fair Value: DCN is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: DCN is poor value based on its PE Ratio (26.9x) compared to the Electronic industry average (19.1x).

PE vs Market: DCN is poor value based on its PE Ratio (26.9x) compared to the Swiss market (16.7x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate DCN's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: DCN is good value based on its PB Ratio (2.1x) compared to the CH Electronic industry average (2.3x).

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Future Growth

How is Datacolor forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 0 analysts?


Forecasted Tech industry annual growth in earnings

In this section we usually present revenue and earnings growth projections based on the consensus estimates of professional analysts to help investors understand the company’s ability to generate profit. But as Datacolor has not provided enough past data and has no analyst forecast, its future earnings cannot be reliably calculated by extrapolating past data or using analyst predictions.

This is quite a rare situation as 97% of companies covered by SimplyWall St do have past financial data.

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Past Performance

How has Datacolor performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: DCN has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: DCN's current net profit margins (4.5%) are lower than last year (5%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: DCN's earnings have grown by 1.1% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: DCN's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: DCN had negative earnings growth (-12.6%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Electronic industry average (-5.8%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: DCN's Return on Equity (7.9%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Datacolor's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: DCN's short term assets ($61.2M) exceed its short term liabilities ($24.6M).

Long Term Liabilities: DCN's short term assets ($61.2M) exceed its long term liabilities ($1.9M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: DCN is debt free.

Reducing Debt: DCN has not had any debt for past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: DCN has no debt, therefore it does not need to be covered by operating cash flow.

Interest Coverage: DCN has no debt, therefore coverage of interest payments is not a concern.

Balance Sheet

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What is Datacolor's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: DCN's dividend (2.55%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the Swiss market (2.03%).

High Dividend: DCN's dividend (2.55%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the Swiss market (4.24%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: DCN's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: DCN's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (68.8%), DCN's dividend payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Albert Busch (52yo)





Mr. Albert Busch, BS,MS serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Datacolor, Inc. Mr. Busch has been the Chief Executive Officer for Datacolor AG since January 2009. He joined Datacolor in February 2008. Fr ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Albert's total compensation ($USD1.05M) is above average for companies of similar size in the Swiss market ($USD705.00K).

Compensation vs Earnings: Albert's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Albert Busch
Chief Executive Officer11.25yrsUS$1.01mno data
Philipp Hediger
Chief Financial Officer1.42yrsno datano data
Tae Park
Vice President of R&D and Operationsno datano datano data
Patrice Jaunasse
Vice President of Sales & Support6.5yrsno datano data
Rolf Nüesch
Head of Financeno datano datano data
Steve Shaw
Head of Business Unit Textile Solutions - Color Divisionno datano datano data
Andreas Gerichhausen
Head of Technology - Beverages Divisionno datano datano data
Alex Eigenmann
Head of Sales Region 2 & International Beers - Beverages Divisionno datano datano data
Franziska Weissen
Secretaryno datano datano data
Brian Levey
Vice President of Consumer Solutions3.08yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: DCN's management team is considered experienced (4.8 years average tenure).

Board Members

Hans Wehrli
Director19.25yrsUS$57.00k0.69% $647.0k
Werner Dubach
Chairman39.25yrsUS$551.00k64.27% $60.1m
Anne Dubach
Director8.25yrsUS$57.00k21.5% $20.1m
Hanno Elbraechter
Director1.33yrsno datano data
Thomas Studhalter
Director4.25yrsUS$57.00k0.061% $57.0k
Jvo Grundler
Deputy Chairman2.33yrsUS$67.00kno data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: DCN's board of directors are considered experienced (6.3 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Datacolor AG's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Datacolor AG
  • Ticker: DCN
  • Exchange: SWX
  • Founded: 1970
  • Industry: Electronic Equipment and Instruments
  • Sector: Tech
  • Market Cap: CHF93.515m
  • Shares outstanding: 164.06k
  • Website: https://www.datacolor.com

Number of Employees


  • Datacolor AG
  • Waldstätterstrasse 12
  • Lucerne
  • Lucerne
  • 6003
  • Switzerland


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
DCNSWX (SIX Swiss Exchange)YesRegistered SharesCHCHFJan 1992
0QK9LSE (London Stock Exchange)YesRegistered SharesGBCHFJan 1992


Datacolor AG, through its subsidiaries, provides solutions for color measurement, management, communication, and calibration in Europe, the Americas, and the Asia Pacific. The company offers benchtop instruments, portables, and sample preparation products; formulation software and smart software solutions; QC software; lab dispensing and dyeing systems; and lightboxes and on screen evaluation products. It serves the textile and apparel, paint and coatings, plastics, photography, design, and other industries. The company was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/04/10 01:45
End of Day Share Price2020/04/09 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/09/30

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.