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Communications Systems

Executive Summary

Communications Systems, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells connectivity infrastructure products and services for broadband networks in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and internationally. More Details


Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet and fair value.

Share Price & News

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


Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: JCS's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.


Market Performance


7 Day Return

1.5%

JCS

-2.3%

US Communications

-0.4%

US Market


1 Year Return

-10.9%

JCS

-14.0%

US Communications

18.3%

US Market

Return vs Industry: JCS exceeded the US Communications industry which returned -14% over the past year.

Return vs Market: JCS underperformed the US Market which returned 18.3% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

JCSIndustryMarket
7 Day1.5%-2.3%-0.4%
30 Day3.5%2.9%6.6%
90 Day-21.5%-15.5%8.6%
1 Year-10.0%-10.9%-11.6%-14.0%21.0%18.3%
3 Year1.5%-6.4%14.4%6.8%42.1%32.7%
5 Year-40.0%-50.3%37.8%22.4%85.6%64.7%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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


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Valuation

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

>50%

Undervalued compared to fair value


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: JCS ($4.09) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($116.57)

Significantly Below Fair Value: JCS is trading below fair value by more than 20%.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: JCS is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the US Communications industry average.

PE vs Market: JCS is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the US market.


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

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


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: JCS is good value based on its PB Ratio (0.8x) compared to the US Communications industry average (1.7x).


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Future Growth

How is Communications Systems forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 1 analyst?

13.6%

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 Communications Systems 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 Communications Systems performed over the past 5 years?

25.3%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: JCS is currently unprofitable.

Growing Profit Margin: JCS is currently unprofitable.


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: JCS is unprofitable, but has reduced losses over the past 5 years at a rate of 25.3% per year.

Accelerating Growth: Unable to compare JCS's earnings growth over the past year to its 5-year average as it is currently unprofitable

Earnings vs Industry: JCS is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Communications industry (-28.9%).


Return on Equity

High ROE: JCS has a negative Return on Equity (-0.18%), as it is currently unprofitable.


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Financial Health

How is Communications Systems's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: JCS's short term assets ($43.9M) exceed its short term liabilities ($9.9M).

Long Term Liabilities: JCS's short term assets ($43.9M) exceed its long term liabilities ($505.6K).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: JCS is debt free.

Reducing Debt: JCS has no debt compared to 5 years ago when its debt to equity ratio was 4.4%.


Balance Sheet


Cash Runway Analysis

For companies that have on average been loss making in the past we assess whether they have at least 1 year of cash runway.

Stable Cash Runway: Whilst unprofitable JCS has sufficient cash runway for more than 3 years if it maintains its current positive free cash flow level.

Forecast Cash Runway: JCS is unprofitable but has sufficient cash runway for more than 3 years, even with free cash flow being positive and shrinking by 4.4% per year.


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Dividend

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

1.96%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: JCS's dividend (1.96%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.63%).

High Dividend: JCS's dividend (1.96%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.56%).


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: JCS's dividend payments have been volatile in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: JCS's dividend payments have fallen over the past 10 years.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: JCS is paying a dividend but the company is unprofitable.


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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Management

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

7.1yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Roger Lacey (70 yo)

6.33yrs

Tenure

US$472,194

Compensation

Mr. Roger H. D. Lacey has been the Chief Executive Officer of Communications Systems Inc. since February 27, 2015 and served as its President. Mr. Lacey has been Executive Chairman of Communications System ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Roger's total compensation ($USD472.19K) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD579.76K).

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


Leadership Team

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Roger Lacey
Executive Chairman6.33yrsUS$472.19k0.97%
$ 369.9k
Mark Fandrich
CFO, Treasurerno dataUS$502.49k0.24%
$ 90.5k
Scott Fluegge
President & GM of JDL Technologies7.08yrsUS$309.70k0.29%
$ 109.8k
Kristin Hlavka
Corporate Controller9.42yrsUS$200.67k0.20%
$ 75.4k
Seweryn Sadura
General Manager of Suttleno dataUS$211.52kno data

7.1yrs

Average Tenure

50yo

Average Age

Experienced Management: JCS's management team is seasoned and experienced (7.1 years average tenure).


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Roger Lacey
Executive Chairman6.33yrsUS$472.19k0.97%
$ 369.9k
Randall Sampson
Lead Independent Director1.83yrsUS$32.57k1.07%
$ 410.5k
Richard Primuth
Independent Director7yrsUS$58.82k0.28%
$ 106.9k
Steven Webster
Independent Director3.42yrsUS$30.69k0.053%
$ 20.5k
Michael Zapata
Independent Director0.33yrno datano data

1.8yrs

Average Tenure

63yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: JCS's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 1.8 years average tenure), which suggests a new board.


Ownership

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.


Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

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


Top Shareholders

Company Information

Communications Systems, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Communications Systems, Inc.
  • Ticker: JCS
  • Exchange: NasdaqGM
  • Founded: 1969
  • Industry: Communications Equipment
  • Sector: Tech
  • Market Cap: US$38.268m
  • Shares outstanding: 9.36m
  • Website: https://www.commsystems.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Communications Systems, Inc.
  • 10900 Red Circle Drive
  • Minnetonka
  • Minnesota
  • 55343
  • United States

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
JCSNasdaqGM (Nasdaq Global Market)YesCommon StockUSUSDNov 1981

Biography

Communications Systems, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells connectivity infrastructure products and services for broadband networks in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, an ...


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/10/25 00:29
End of Day Share Price2020/10/23 00:00
Earnings2020/06/30
Annual Earnings2019/12/31


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.