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TNS Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: March 16, 2011 05:26PM
TNS Inc. (TNS) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.
Highlight of Business Operations:
Our business began operations in 1991 to address the needs of the Point-of-Sale industry in the United States. The strong operating cash flows generated by our business have enabled us to invest in our data network to make our communications services more rapid, secure, reliable and cost efficient. In addition, we have leveraged these investments and used our continued strong operating cash flows to expand our service offerings to related market opportunities in the telecommunications and financial services industries in the United States and abroad. By implementing and executing this strategy, we have grown our revenues every year, from $285,000 for the year ended December 31, 1991, to $527.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2010.
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