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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 : 4/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.29
ARRS's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
62% of the 636 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 10.14 vs. ARRS: 0.29 )
ARRS' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.29

Equity to Asset 0.31
ARRS's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
61% of the 618 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.59 vs. ARRS: 0.31 )
ARRS' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.31   Max: 0.8
Current: 0.31

0.31
0.8
F-Score: 3
Z-Score: 1.59
M-Score: -1.40
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 : 6/10

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Operating margin (%) -0.50
ARRS's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
52% of the 622 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.31 vs. ARRS: -0.50 )
ARRS' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -14.25   Max: 13.43
Current: -0.5

-14.25
13.43
Net-margin (%) -1.35
ARRS's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
50% of the 622 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.07 vs. ARRS: -1.35 )
ARRS' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -26.7   Max: 15.96
Current: -1.35

-26.7
15.96
ROE (%) -3.70
ARRS's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
51% of the 613 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 5.69 vs. ARRS: -3.70 )
ARRS' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -40.46   Max: 23.9
Current: -3.7

-40.46
23.9
ROA (%) -1.13
ARRS's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 627 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.19 vs. ARRS: -1.13 )
ARRS' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -22.3   Max: 14.04
Current: -1.13

-22.3
14.04
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -3.45
ARRS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 622 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 11.39 vs. ARRS: -3.45 )
ARRS' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -59.49   Max: 80.2
Current: -3.45

-59.49
80.2
Revenue Growth (%) 47.90
ARRS's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 508 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. ARRS: 47.90 )
ARRS' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -33.2   Max: 47.9
Current: 47.9

-33.2
47.9
EBITDA Growth (%) 8.70
ARRS's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 355 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.60 vs. ARRS: 8.70 )
ARRS' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -78.6   Max: 157.1
Current: 8.7

-78.6
157.1
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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

ARRS Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 73,400 sh (+90.16%)
Steven Romick 7,098,800 sh (+70.32%)
First Pacific Advisors 9,578,200 sh (+66.68%)
FPA Capital Fund 918,100 sh (+52.31%)
Chuck Royce 1,058,671 sh (+43.32%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 10,180,226 sh (+38.64%)
Jim Simons 1,417,220 sh (-5.29%)
David Dreman 1,675,078 sh (-16.8%)
Steven Cohen 123,675 sh (-97.15%)
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Q3 2013

ARRS Guru Trades in Q3 2013

FPA Capital Fund 1,312,800 sh (+42.99%)
Chuck Royce 1,213,671 sh (+14.64%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 11,563,426 sh (+13.59%)
First Pacific Advisors 10,487,000 sh (+9.49%)
Steven Romick 7,098,800 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones 37,300 sh (-49.18%)
Jim Simons 657,620 sh (-53.6%)
David Dreman 447,123 sh (-73.31%)
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Q4 2013

ARRS Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Steven Cohen 2,312,715 sh (New)
Jim Simons 988,020 sh (+50.24%)
David Dreman 505,149 sh (+12.98%)
FPA Capital Fund 1,444,000 sh (+9.99%)
First Pacific Advisors 10,600,300 sh (+1.08%)
Steven Romick 7,098,800 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 995,671 sh (-17.96%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 9,189,187 sh (-20.53%)
Paul Tudor Jones 9,200 sh (-75.34%)
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Q1 2014

ARRS Guru Trades in Q1 2014

FPA Capital Fund 1,525,200 sh (+5.62%)
Steven Romick 7,098,800 sh (unchged)
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Latest Guru Trades with ARRS

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
FPA Capital Fund 2014-03-31 Add 5.62%0.24%$24.05 - $31.34 $ 26.5-2%1525200
FPA Capital Fund 2013-12-31 Add 9.99%0.37%$16.4 - $24.11 $ 26.539%1444000
David Dreman 2013-12-31 Add 12.98%0.11%$16.4 - $24.11 $ 26.539%505149
FPA Capital Fund 2013-09-30 Add 42.99%0.84%$14.38 - $17.07 $ 26.567%1312800
David Dreman 2013-09-30 Reduce -73.31%0.59%$14.38 - $17.07 $ 26.567%447123
FPA Capital Fund 2013-06-30 Add 52.31%0.55%$14.17 - $17.47 $ 26.568%918100
David Dreman 2013-06-30 Reduce -16.8%0.15%$14.17 - $17.47 $ 26.568%1675078
PRIMECAP Management 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.0005%$9.91 - $11.52 $ 26.5146%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0298%$9.7 - $12.23 $ 26.5143%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 New Buy0.03%$10.49 - $12.99 $ 26.5132%18379
George Soros 2011-06-30 Sold Out $10.49 - $12.99 $ 26.5132%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-03-31 Sold Out $11.22 - $13.74 $ 26.5111%0
PRIMECAP Management 2011-03-31 Reduce -78.42%$11.22 - $13.74 $ 26.5111%29000
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Guru Investment Theses on ARRIS Group Inc

FPA Capital Comments on Arris Group - Oct 23, 2013

We initiated one new position in the third quarter, Aarons (AAN), and purchased shares in several existing investments, including small amounts in Apollo Group (APOL) and Devry (DV) and a larger increase in Arris Group (ARRS). We have written about the for-profit education companies in previous letters, so please refer to those letters should you want to familiarize yourself with APOL or DV.

Let us share some thoughts about ARRS. Our team has followed ARRS since 2005 and purchased the first share for the portfolios we manage in October 2010. Arris provides communication hardware products to cable operators. Every day, we demand faster speeds and more bandwidth from our intern et providers in order to achieve a higher satisfaction with our internet experience. We also ask for more High-definition (HD) channels from our TV/video providers. We want to stream movies and upload our own movies or videos to the internet. All these desires require large capital investments by cable operators.

In order to meet this demand, cable operators need to continuously update their infrastructure and this is where Arris comes in. ARRS manufactures and sells a wide range of technology products so all of the above wishes can be realized. ARRS has been gaining market share in many of its product niches because of the quality of its offerings and its leading technology innovations, which many of its customers and industry experts view as the "gold standard".

We initially invested in Arris at an attractive valuation at close to 12% free cash flow yield and under four times total enterprise value to EBITDA3. At the time of our investment, the company's net cash position made up approximately 35% of its market capitalization. The management team, which we hold in high regard and which has demonstrated a strong operational track record, has been taking advantage of this low valuation by gradually buying back their outstanding convertible debt and reducing their outstanding shares.

However, in December 2012, a major development occurred when ARRS acquired Motorola Home from Google for $2.5b. An industry analyst described the acquisition quite correctly as "minnow eats whale." We believe ARRS got a good deal by buying from a motivated seller. As mentioned earlier, we have been following ARRS for nearly a decade and think this management team is very disciplined. That said, as with any major acquisition, we worry about the integration/execution issues, but we have confidence ARRS's management team will optimize the operations. After the initial cost savings and synergies are accomplished in approximately a year, we believe the Company can generate substantially higher owner earnings and, therefore, good returns on our invested capital.

We continued to take advantage of strong upward momentum in the market place and trimmed a number of positions. When the market is trading at rich multiples, we trim or sell our positions. Currently, the market is expensive so we have more cash than usual. We are absolute value managers so we will stay on the sidelines as long as it takes and husband our cash until excellent investment opportunities become available. On the other hand, we will quickly deploy capital into investments if they are attractive–like we have done on three separate occasions this year.

We have done just that over the last 29 years for the strategy. Our portfolio is very defensive right now and has a great valuation advantage over our benchmark. Our P/E ratio is roughly 13 multiple points lower than Russell 2500's nearly 27x multiple at the end of the quarter.

During the quarter, we also fully exited a position– Alliant Techsystems (ATK). Our long-term clients know that our average holding period is over 6 years. Alliant Techsystems was in the portfolio for only approximately one year, and appreciated more than 115% from our cost basis. Our long-term clients also know that we start trimming our positions when we believe our required margin of safety diminishes. We also sell the position outright if our investment thesis has worked out and/or the investment thesis has changed. All these criteria were met with Alliant Techsystems.

Alliant Techsystems is an armament and aerospace company. The company has three segments. Aerospace is the first one. In this segment, the company provides mainly two products. The first one is what is called a Solid Rocket Motor. Each time NASA sends a cargo into the space, they need one of ATK's propulsion systems. Another product line for the Aerospace segment is aircraft components such as wing skins, fuselage skins, and other composites. The Company's products can be found on F-35s and Airbus A350s.

The second segment is Defense. The Company is the overwhelming majority provider of small caliber ammunition to the U.S. Army. In this segment, they also offer medium and large caliber ammunition and missiles.

The last segment is called Sporting. They sell sporting and law enforcement ammunition, accessories, and tactical gear. These are sold to police departments, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and U.S. Secret Service on the law enforcement side. On the commercial side, the largest customers are Wal-Mart, Cabela's, Gander Mountain, and large distributors. Our team started looking at defense companies when many investors were worried about defense budget cuts, sequestration, and the end of wars. Alliant's stock price peaked at around $120 in late 2007 and gradually decreased to $90 in 2010 and then started decreasing more rapidly and hit $43 in Q3'12. That's when we started buying and built a small position with an average price of approximately $43.50.

By September 2013, our investment thesis played out – investors who were worried about lower armament sales and NASA contract losses were proved wrong. In 2012, we believed that the selling was overdone, as the uses of armament were mainly for military training, and the rest of the aerospace business was doing well. The stock price subsequently increased to over $95 per share, which is in the range where we exited the position.

As you know, we endeavor to find and invest your capital in more stocks like ATK. Unfortunately, it is currently not a target-rich environment for dedicated Small/Mid-Cap Value investors. We have experienced these droughts several times over the past few decades. Our patience has ultimately been rewarded as we have subsequently been able to put capital to work when the tide changes. We remain optimistic. If we can discover three new stocks for your portfolio in a year like 2013, we are confident that we will be able to put more capital to work when the market experiences greater volatility.

From FPA Capital's third quarter 2013 commentary.
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FPA Capital Comments on Arris Group - Oct 31, 2012

In addition to DV and VECO, Arris Group (ARRS) also declined in the quarter by roughly 8%, but it is still up over 18% year-to-date. Thus, we attribute the weakness in ARRS more to investors taking some profits off the table rather than anything negative about the operations of the company.

From FPA Capital’s third quarter commentary.


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Top Ranked Articles about ARRIS Group Inc

FPA Capital Comments on Arris Group
We initiated one new position in the third quarter, Aarons (AAN), and purchased shares in several existing investments, including small amounts in Apollo Group (APOL) and Devry (DV) and a larger increase in Arris Group (ARRS). We have written about the for-profit education companies in previous letters, so please refer to those letters should you want to familiarize yourself with APOL or DV. Read more...
Update from FPA Capital - Seven Changes to Portfolio
As of June 30, 2013, the updated portfolio of First Pacific Advisors (FPA) Capital Fund, managed by Dennis Bryan and Rikard Ekstrand, lists 27 stocks, none of them new, with a total value of $803 million and a quarter-over-quarter turnover of 3%. According to GuruFocus research, FPA Capital added or reduced the following holdings as of the second quarter of 2013. Here are the details of the trades, as of June 30, 2013. Read more...
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The Stocks You Can Buy Cheaper Than Steven Romick Did
Steven Romick, portfolio manager at the FPA Crescent Fund, rarely misses the low point to buy a good value stock. Only two of the stocks from his portfolio have fallen to below his purchase price: Arris Group Inc. (ARRS) and Oracle Corp. (ORCL). Read more...

Ratios

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P/B 2.70
ARRS's P/B is ranked lower than
53% of the 600 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.96 vs. ARRS: 2.70 )
ARRS' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 3.28
Current: 2.7

0.59
3.28
P/S 0.97
ARRS's P/S is ranked higher than
64% of the 638 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. ARRS: 0.97 )
ARRS' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 2.02
Current: 0.97

0.57
2.02
PFCF 7.10
ARRS's PFCF is ranked higher than
91% of the 332 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 21.59 vs. ARRS: 7.10 )
ARRS' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.34   Max: 83.38
Current: 7.1

4.34
83.38
EV-to-EBIT 55.60
ARRS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
66% of the 485 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 19.94 vs. ARRS: 55.60 )
ARRS' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 4.2   Max: 107.7
Current: 55.6

4.2
107.7
Shiller P/E 14639.00
ARRS's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
78% of the 248 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 24.72 vs. ARRS: 14639.00 )
ARRS' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 12.9   Max: 14639
Current: 14639

12.9
14639

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 1.00
ARRS's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
82% of the 310 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. ARRS: 1.00 )
ARRS' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.61   Max: 8.08
Current: 1

0.61
8.08
Price/Median PS Value 0.80
ARRS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
86% of the 601 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. ARRS: 0.80 )
ARRS' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 1.42
Current: 0.8

0.34
1.42
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 1.80
ARRS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
54% of the 532 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 4.70 vs. ARRS: 1.80 )
ARRS' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.9   Max: 23.5
Current: 1.8

0.9
23.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 3.30
ARRS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
77% of the 419 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. ARRS: 3.30 )
ARRS' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 3.4   Max: 11.2
Current: 3.3

3.4
11.2

Business Description

Industry: Communication Equipment » Communication Equipment
Compare:PTFRY, QCOM, CSCO, ERIC, NOK » details
Traded in other countries:20A.Germany
Arris Group, Inc., is incorporated in Delaware. It operates as a communications technology company specializing in the design and engineering of broadband network solutions. ARRIS operates in three business segments, Broadband Communications Systems, Access, Transport & Supplies, and Media & Communications Systems, specializing in integrated broadband network solutions that include products, systems and software for content and operations management (including video on demand, or VOD), and professional services. ARRIS is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of telephony, data, video, construction, rebuild and maintenance equipment for the broadband communications industry. In addition, ARRIS is a supplier of infrastructure products used by cable system operators to build-out and maintain hybrid fiber-coaxial ('HFC') networks. The Company provides its customers with products and services that enable reliable, high speed, two-way broadband transmission of video, telephony, and data. During 2012, the company was awarded 55 patents and filed 59 utility patent applications and 10 provisional patent applications. As of January 31, 2013, the patenting program consisted of maintaining its portfolio of approximately 628 issued patents (both U.S. and foreign) and pursuing patent protection on new inventions (currently approximately 352 U.S. and foreign patent applications). Its major competitors include: Aurora Networks; Casa Systems, Inc, Cisco Systems, Inc. Commscope, Inc.

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