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J2 Global: Value Investors and Institutional Investors

The famed mutual fund manager Peter Lynch didn’t like to get shares that experienced a superior stage of institutional expense, even even though he was an institutional investor himself. The reason? Their costs would be also gradual-shifting to give him the types of substantial returns he chased (normally efficiently).

What, then, are we to believe of J2 World-wide Inc. (NASDAQ:JCOM), a tech business with ninety one% institutional possession, not to mention another 3.55% of insider possession.

Even with the heavy institutional possession, J2 shares have risen virtually five-fold more than the past 10 a long time:

GuruFocus J2 stock price chart

J2 is also a Buffett-Munger Screener stock, one particular of just 18 on the record, as of June 9. These are viewed as superior-top quality shares at reasonable benefit or undervalued costs.

The business commenced as an on the internet faxing services in 1995, but has because expanded its record of world wide web expert services and adjusted its identify to J2 World-wide. It has two most important strains of business, in accordance to its 10-K for 2019:

  • Cloud Companies, which offers “cloud-centered membership expert services to people and firms and license our intellectual assets (‘IP’) to 3rd functions. In addition, the Cloud Companies business incorporates fax, security, privacy, data backup, e-mail marketing and voice products and solutions.”
  • Electronic Media, which “specializes in the technological innovation, gaming, broadband, business to business, health care, and worldwide markets, presenting content, tools and expert services to people and firms.”

Income from Cloud Companies is rather secure, whilst revenue from Electronic Media is rising. All those dynamics have pushed down its functioning margins.

The business cites two brings about: Initial, Electronic Media is rising more rapidly than Cloud Companies, but its functioning margins are narrower, this means that consolidated functioning margins will proceed to shrink.

2nd, and as J2 noted in its 10-K, “the craze in advertising devote is shifting to mobile products and other more recent advertising formats which normally practical experience reduced margins than these from desktop computers and tablets. We be expecting this craze to proceed to place strain on our margins.”

Even with the shrinkage, margins remain respectable, for now at minimum:

  • Functioning margin: twenty.04%
  • Net margin: twelve.eighty one%


As we’ve pointed out, J2 is a Buffett-Munger Screener stock, and we can evaluate the stock applying the screener’s 4 requirements: a superior predictability score, a aggressive benefit, minor or no financial debt and an undervalued PEG ratio.


J2 has a five out of five rating, the leading for predictability, for regularly rising its revenue and its earnings. Right here is its heritage more than the past 10 a long time:

GuruFocus J2 revenue and earnings per share chart

Aggressive benefit

1 of its aggressive positive aspects, or moats, is its proprietary technological innovation and intellectual assets. In addition, it has created or obtained a large secure of model names, which includes these demonstrated in an investor presentation from past month:

J2 brands

Quantitatively, a median return of at minimum fifteen% for each yr more than the past 10 years, on return on