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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 : 6/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.07
ASCMA's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
81% of the 248 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.80 vs. ASCMA: 0.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
ASCMA' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.07  Med: 0.24 Max: No Debt
Current: 0.07
Equity to Asset 0.16
ASCMA's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
88% of the 253 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. ASCMA: 0.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
ASCMA' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.16  Med: 0.33 Max: 0.86
Current: 0.16
0.16
0.86
Interest Coverage 0.55
ASCMA's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
95% of the 171 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 27.30 vs. ASCMA: 0.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
ASCMA' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.54  Med: 0.72 Max: 9999.99
Current: 0.55
0.54
9999.99
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: -0.24
M-Score: -3.03
WACC vs ROIC
8.63%
3.67%
WACC
ROIC
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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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 12.12
ASCMA's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 253 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.26 vs. ASCMA: 12.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
ASCMA' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -366.85  Med: -5.30 Max: 15.86
Current: 12.12
-366.85
15.86
Net-margin (%) -10.61
ASCMA's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
85% of the 254 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.62 vs. ASCMA: -10.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
ASCMA' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -421.67  Med: -9.81 Max: 6.62
Current: -10.61
-421.67
6.62
ROE (%) -14.30
ASCMA's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
87% of the 246 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.61 vs. ASCMA: -14.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
ASCMA' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -9.85  Med: -6.81 Max: 3.76
Current: -14.3
-9.85
3.76
ROA (%) -2.66
ASCMA's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
82% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.13 vs. ASCMA: -2.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
ASCMA' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -8.2  Med: -1.76 Max: 1.26
Current: -2.66
-8.2
1.26
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 177.31
ASCMA's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 252 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.51 vs. ASCMA: 177.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
ASCMA' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -43.16  Med: 19.84 Max: 180.33
Current: 177.31
-43.16
180.33
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 21.70
ASCMA's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 203 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. ASCMA: 21.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ASCMA' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -75.2  Med: 21.70 Max: 269.9
Current: 21.7
-75.2
269.9
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 25.30
ASCMA's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 174 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. ASCMA: 25.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ASCMA' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -41.8  Med: 25.30 Max: 274.4
Current: 25.3
-41.8
274.4
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 11.50
ASCMA's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 157 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.70 vs. ASCMA: 11.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ASCMA' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -39.2  Med: -21.70 Max: 11.5
Current: 11.5
-39.2
11.5
» ASCMA's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q1 2015

ASCMA Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Francis Chou 140,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 319,200 sh (+49.56%)
Paul Tudor Jones 9,824 sh (+40.56%)
Mario Gabelli 900,667 sh (+1.79%)
Wallace Weitz 140,000 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
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Q2 2015

ASCMA Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Jim Simons 411,300 sh (+28.85%)
Francis Chou 140,000 sh (unchged)
Wallace Weitz Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 894,179 sh (-0.72%)
Paul Tudor Jones 9,597 sh (-2.31%)
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Q3 2015

ASCMA Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Francis Chou 316,591 sh (+126.14%)
Mario Gabelli 909,020 sh (+1.66%)
Paul Tudor Jones 8,720 sh (-9.14%)
Jim Simons 355,100 sh (-13.66%)
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Q4 2015

ASCMA Guru Trades in Q4 2015

Jim Simons 419,900 sh (+18.25%)
Mario Gabelli 956,988 sh (+5.28%)
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Guru Investment Theses on Ascent Capital Group Inc

Baron Funds Comments on Ascent Capital Group - Mar 05, 2014

Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA) is the second largest residential alarm monitoring company in the U.S. behind ADT. It has over 1 million subscribers in all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico and Canada. Accounts are 95% residential and 5% small business. Ascent has a monitoring center in Dallas (which has won Five Diamond Certified status, which fewer than 5% of central stations achieve) with a backup in McKinney, TX. It features cellular transmission options, as well as technology to provide some next- generation services, such as remote arm/disarm. The company runs on an "asset light" model, which means that it only does monitoring, not installation or customer service. For the latter, it relies on its pre-qualified nationwide network of dealers from which Ascent buys new accounts (using its free cash flow). Its customers are of very high quality with FICO scores averaging 720. The industry is incredibly fragmented, and we believe that Ascent has only 4% of overall subscribers in an industry which itself is only 20% penetrated into U.S. households. The long customer life (8-9 years), combined with a high return on investment provides a significant stream of free cash flow to the company (and its investors).

We like these types of businesses as they exhibit excellent stable free cash flow characteristics (subscribers are growing, retention is nearly 90%, and cash flow margins are nearly 70%). We believe that over the next five years the company can grow its revenues by 50%, and its cash flow by nearly 70%. Therefore, the current multiple of under 7x is too cheap given the company's prospects. We think that a business like this could trade at a 10x multiple in the right circumstances. Therefore, we believe that shares could at least double over their current $82 price over the next five years. Upside could come from additional accretive acquisitions or the return of excess free cash flow to shareholders

From Ron Baron (Trades, Portfolio)'s Baron Funds fourth quarter 2013 commentary.

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Ratios

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industry
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history
Forward P/E 29.76
ASCMA's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
93% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.02 vs. ASCMA: 29.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
P/B 0.30
ASCMA's P/B is ranked higher than
95% of the 318 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.45 vs. ASCMA: 0.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
ASCMA' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.3  Med: 1.21 Max: 2.42
Current: 0.3
0.3
2.42
P/S 0.20
ASCMA's P/S is ranked higher than
93% of the 318 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.84 vs. ASCMA: 0.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
ASCMA' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.2  Med: 2.26 Max: 39.37
Current: 0.2
0.2
39.37
POCF 0.50
ASCMA's POCF is ranked higher than
98% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.62 vs. ASCMA: 0.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
ASCMA' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.5  Med: 5.88 Max: 32.26
Current: 0.5
0.5
32.26
EV-to-EBIT 27.25
ASCMA's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
76% of the 289 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 14.97 vs. ASCMA: 27.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
ASCMA' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -156.4  Med: 27.30 Max: 568.3
Current: 27.25
-156.4
568.3
EV-to-EBITDA 5.26
ASCMA's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
73% of the 305 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.86 vs. ASCMA: 5.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
ASCMA' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -62.7  Med: 7.00 Max: 53.3
Current: 5.26
-62.7
53.3
Current Ratio 1.67
ASCMA's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
53% of the 249 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. ASCMA: 1.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
ASCMA' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.67  Med: 3.33 Max: 6.33
Current: 1.67
1.67
6.33
Quick Ratio 1.67
ASCMA's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
60% of the 249 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 vs. ASCMA: 1.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
ASCMA' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.67  Med: 3.33 Max: 6.33
Current: 1.67
1.67
6.33
Days Sales Outstanding 9.32
ASCMA's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
92% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 65.81 vs. ASCMA: 9.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
ASCMA' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.33  Med: 34.23 Max: 443.49
Current: 9.32
9.33
443.49
Days Payable 31.59
ASCMA's Days Payable is ranked lower than
67% of the 177 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 52.69 vs. ASCMA: 31.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
ASCMA' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.19  Med: 26.68 Max: 1811.91
Current: 31.59
11.19
1811.91

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Median PS Value 0.09
ASCMA's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
99% of the 310 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.93 vs. ASCMA: 0.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
ASCMA' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.23  Med: 0.99 Max: 16.35
Current: 0.09
0.23
16.35
Price/Graham Number 0.07
ASCMA's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
99% of the 241 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. ASCMA: 0.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
ASCMA' s Price/Graham Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.23  Med: 1.00 Max: 15.96
Current: 0.07
0.23
15.96
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 3.70
ASCMA's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
58% of the 250 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. ASCMA: 3.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
ASCMA' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.2  Med: 3.20 Max: 33000.6
Current: 3.7
0.2
33000.6

More Statistics

Revenue(Mil) $558
EPS $ -4.50
Beta1.53
Short Percentage of Float4.50%
52-Week Range $7.77 - 48.16
Shares Outstanding(Mil)12.66

Analyst Estimate

Dec15
Revenue(Mil)
EPS($) 2.22
EPS without NRI($) 2.22

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Business Description

Industry: Consulting & Outsourcing » Security & Protection Services
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Traded in other countries:ASCMB.USA,
Ascent Capital Group Inc is a holding company incorporated in Delaware on May 29, 2008. On July 7, 2011, Ascent Media Corporation merged with its direct wholly-owned subsidiary, Ascent Capital Group, Inc. "Ascent Capital" or the "Company", for the purpose of changing its name to Ascent Capital Group, Inc. The Company through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Monitronics is engaged in the business of providing security alarm monitoring services like; monitoring signals arising from burglaries, fires, medical alerts and other events though security systems at subscribers' premises, as well as providing customer service and technical support. Monitronics has over one million subscribers under contract. With subscribers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada, Monitronics provides a range of residential security services, including hands-free two-way interactive voice communication with the monitoring center, cellular options, and an interactive service option which allows the customer to control their security system remotely using a computer or smart phone. In the U.S. market it competes with The ADT Corporation, Protection One, Inc.; Stanley Security Solutions, a subsidiary of Stanley Black and Decker; and Vivint, Inc.
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