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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
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history
Cash to Debt 0.09
ASCMA's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
76% of the 246 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.65 vs. ASCMA: 0.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.08  Med: 0.25 Max: No Debt
Current: 0.09
Equity to Asset 0.19
ASCMA's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
85% of the 234 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. ASCMA: 0.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.19  Med: 0.34 Max: 0.86
Current: 0.19
0.19
0.86
Interest Coverage 0.67
ASCMA's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
95% of the 167 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 33.34 vs. ASCMA: 0.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.54  Med: 0.72 Max: 9999.99
Current: 0.67
0.54
9999.99
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: -0.05
M-Score: -3.02
WACC vs ROIC
9.05%
4.60%
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 (%) 14.62
ASCMA's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 249 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.24 vs. ASCMA: 14.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -366.85  Med: -5.30 Max: 15.86
Current: 14.62
-366.85
15.86
Net-margin (%) -6.95
ASCMA's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
83% of the 249 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.27 vs. ASCMA: -6.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -421.67  Med: -9.81 Max: 6.62
Current: -6.95
-421.67
6.62
ROE (%) -8.30
ASCMA's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
84% of the 241 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.21 vs. ASCMA: -8.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -9.85  Med: -6.81 Max: 3.76
Current: -8.3
-9.85
3.76
ROA (%) -1.70
ASCMA's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
79% of the 252 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.08 vs. ASCMA: -1.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -8.2  Med: -1.76 Max: 1.26
Current: -1.7
-8.2
1.26
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 193.51
ASCMA's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 251 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.21 vs. ASCMA: 193.51 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -91.4  Med: 19.84 Max: 180.33
Current: 193.51
-91.4
180.33
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 21.70
ASCMA's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 189 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. ASCMA: 21.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
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
80% of the 166 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. ASCMA: 25.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -41.8  Med: 25.30 Max: 274.4
Current: 25.3
-41.8
274.4
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 11.60
ASCMA's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 147 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.00 vs. ASCMA: 11.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -39.2  Med: -21.70 Max: 11.6
Current: 11.6
-39.2
11.6
» ASCMA's 10-Y Financials

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Guru Trades

Q3 2014

ASCMA Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Ron Baron 21,300 sh (+74.59%)
Wallace Weitz 140,000 sh (+40.00%)
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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Q4 2014

ASCMA Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 6,989 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 9,905 sh (+39.70%)
Jim Simons 213,423 sh (+25.17%)
Wallace Weitz 140,000 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron Sold Out
Murray Stahl Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 884,846 sh (-3.19%)
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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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2015

ASCMA Guru Trades in 2015

Mario Gabelli 898,507 sh (+1.54%)
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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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history
Forward P/E 29.76
ASCMA's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
90% of the 110 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.92 vs. ASCMA: 29.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
P/B 1.26
ASCMA's P/B is ranked higher than
64% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.63 vs. ASCMA: 1.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.38  Med: 1.28 Max: 2.42
Current: 1.26
0.38
2.42
P/S 0.97
ASCMA's P/S is ranked higher than
57% of the 246 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.24 vs. ASCMA: 0.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.45  Med: 2.31 Max: 39.37
Current: 0.97
0.45
39.37
POCF 2.30
ASCMA's POCF is ranked higher than
91% of the 155 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.30 vs. ASCMA: 2.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 2.22  Med: 6.09 Max: 32.26
Current: 2.3
2.22
32.26
EV-to-EBIT 24.46
ASCMA's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
74% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.44 vs. ASCMA: 24.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -198.7  Med: 27.10 Max: 181.2
Current: 24.46
-198.7
181.2
Current Ratio 1.73
ASCMA's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
51% of the 235 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.71 vs. ASCMA: 1.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.73  Med: 3.40 Max: 6.33
Current: 1.73
1.73
6.33
Quick Ratio 1.73
ASCMA's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
63% of the 235 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.38 vs. ASCMA: 1.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.73  Med: 3.40 Max: 6.33
Current: 1.73
1.73
6.33
Days Sales Outstanding 9.35
ASCMA's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
92% of the 198 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 63.85 vs. ASCMA: 9.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 9.33  Med: 34.23 Max: 443.49
Current: 9.35
9.33
443.49

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Projected FCF 34.42
ASCMA's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
98% of the 103 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.22 vs. ASCMA: 34.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 5.18  Med: 11.55 Max: 34.92
Current: 34.42
5.18
34.92
Price/Median PS Value 0.42
ASCMA's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
94% of the 228 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.09 vs. ASCMA: 0.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.23  Med: 0.99 Max: 15.95
Current: 0.42
0.23
15.95
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 4.07
ASCMA's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
58% of the 244 Companies
in the Global Security & Protection Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. ASCMA: 4.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
ASCMA' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 0.6  Med: 3.00 Max: 33000.6
Current: 4.07
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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