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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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Cash to Debt 0.11
ASCMA's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
51% of the 273 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.34 vs. ASCMA: 0.11 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.1   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.11

Equity to Asset 0.21
ASCMA's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
56% of the 277 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.43 vs. ASCMA: 0.21 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 0.86
Current: 0.21

0.21
0.86
Interest Coverage 0.75
ASCMA's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
69% of the 186 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 13.82 vs. ASCMA: 0.75 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 9999.99
Current: 0.75

0.54
9999.99
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 0.06
M-Score: -3.00
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 (%) 13.92
ASCMA's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 284 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.55 vs. ASCMA: 13.92 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -366.85   Max: 15.86
Current: 13.92

-366.85
15.86
Net-margin (%) -9.07
ASCMA's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
56% of the 284 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.75 vs. ASCMA: -9.07 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -421.67   Max: 6.62
Current: -9.07

-421.67
6.62
ROE (%) -9.77
ASCMA's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
56% of the 280 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9.28 vs. ASCMA: -9.77 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -9.85   Max: 3.76
Current: -9.77

-9.85
3.76
ROA (%) -2.18
ASCMA's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
53% of the 286 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.22 vs. ASCMA: -2.18 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -8.2   Max: 1.26
Current: -2.18

-8.2
1.26
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 144.76
ASCMA's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 284 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.38 vs. ASCMA: 144.76 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -91.4   Max: 126.63
Current: 144.76

-91.4
126.63
Revenue Growth (%) 269.90
ASCMA's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
100% of the 242 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.40 vs. ASCMA: 269.90 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -75.2   Max: 269.9
Current: 269.9

-75.2
269.9
EPS Growth (%) -11.80
ASCMA's EPS Growth (%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 178 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.90 vs. ASCMA: -11.80 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -39.2   Max: -11.8
Current: -11.8

-39.2
-11.8
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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

ASCMA Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Ron Baron 3,830 sh (New)
Jim Simons 237,763 sh (+10.13%)
Wallace Weitz 60,000 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 384,129 sh (-5.17%)
Mario Gabelli 999,850 sh (-6.11%)
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Q1 2014

ASCMA Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Joel Greenblatt 3,203 sh (New)
Ron Baron 10,900 sh (+184.6%)
Wallace Weitz 70,000 sh (+16.67%)
Murray Stahl 365,046 sh (-4.97%)
Mario Gabelli 941,158 sh (-5.87%)
Jim Simons 198,700 sh (-16.43%)
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Q2 2014

ASCMA Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Joel Greenblatt 11,040 sh (+244.68%)
Wallace Weitz 100,000 sh (+42.86%)
Ron Baron 12,200 sh (+11.93%)
Mario Gabelli 926,368 sh (-1.57%)
Jim Simons 194,026 sh (-2.35%)
Murray Stahl 53,292 sh (-85.4%)
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Q3 2014

ASCMA Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Ron Baron 21,300 sh (+74.59%)
Wallace Weitz 140,000 sh (+40%)
Mario Gabelli 914,001 sh (-1.33%)
Jim Simons 170,500 sh (-12.13%)
Joel Greenblatt 7,090 sh (-35.78%)
Murray Stahl 23,564 sh (-55.78%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ASCMA

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Wallace Weitz 2014-09-30 Add 40%0.07%$60.69 - $65.31 $ 52.77-16%140000
Joel Greenblatt 2014-09-30 Reduce -35.78%$60.69 - $65.31 $ 52.77-16%7090
Ron Baron 2014-09-30 Add 74.59%$60.69 - $65.31 $ 52.77-16%21300
Wallace Weitz 2014-06-30 Add 42.86%0.06%$60.41 - $78.17 $ 52.77-21%100000
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Add 244.68%0.01%$60.41 - $78.17 $ 52.77-21%11040
Ron Baron 2014-03-31 Add 184.6%$67.86 - $87.31 $ 52.77-31%10900
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 New Buy$67.86 - $87.31 $ 52.77-31%3203
Ron Baron 2013-12-31 New Buy$80.98 - $88.5 $ 52.77-37%3830
Wallace Weitz 2013-03-31 Add 167.86%0.11%$61.94 - $74.44 $ 52.77-21%60000
Wallace Weitz 2012-12-31 Reduce -91.04%0.57%$55.04 - $63.13 $ 52.77-12%22400
Wallace Weitz 2012-09-30 Reduce -48.88%0.54%$48.55 - $54.75 $ 52.772%250000
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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. (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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Top Ranked Articles about Ascent Capital Group Inc

Baron Funds Comments on Ascent Capital Group
Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (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 Read more...
Mario Gabelli’s Two Real-Time Reductions
According to GuruFocus Real Time Picks, GAMCO Investors’ chairman and CEO Mario Gabelli just reduced his positions in Ascent Capital Group Inc. (ASCMA) and Biglari Holdings Inc. (BH). After making the decreases, Gabelli is still the largest guru stakeholder of both companies. The GAMCO Investors portfolio shows 820 stocks, 55 of them new, with a total value of $17.02 billion. GAMCO’s quarter-over- quarter turnover is 6%. As of the third quarter of 2013, the portfolio’s top three sector weightings were: industrials at 24.6%, consumer cyclical at 20.3% and consumer defensive at 10.8%.Here’s a look at Mario Gabelli’s real-time reductions. Read more...

Ratios

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P/B 1.59
ASCMA's P/B is ranked higher than
72% of the 310 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.92 vs. ASCMA: 1.59 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 2.42
Current: 1.59

0.38
2.42
P/S 1.37
ASCMA's P/S is ranked higher than
65% of the 310 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.33 vs. ASCMA: 1.37 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.45   Max: 39.37
Current: 1.37

0.45
39.37
EV-to-EBIT 29.33
ASCMA's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
61% of the 310 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 18.94 vs. ASCMA: 29.33 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -198.7   Max: 181.2
Current: 29.33

-198.7
181.2
Current Ratio 2.21
ASCMA's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
77% of the 279 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.59 vs. ASCMA: 2.21 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 2.06   Max: 6.33
Current: 2.21

2.06
6.33
Quick Ratio 2.21
ASCMA's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
80% of the 279 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.33 vs. ASCMA: 2.21 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 2.06   Max: 6.33
Current: 2.21

2.06
6.33

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 12.84
ASCMA's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
72% of the 310 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 51.50 vs. ASCMA: 12.84 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 5.18   Max: 14.83
Current: 12.84

5.18
14.83
Price/Median PS Value 0.57
ASCMA's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
95% of the 310 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.25 vs. ASCMA: 0.57 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.22   Max: 15.44
Current: 0.57

0.22
15.44
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 3.40
ASCMA's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
58% of the 285 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. ASCMA: 3.40 )
ASCMA' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 33000.6
Current: 3.4

0.6
33000.6

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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Ascent Media Group Announces Integration of Riot and Method Dec 11 2008 

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