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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 : 5/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.16
S's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
70% of the 941 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.31 vs. S: 0.16 )
S' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.16

Equity to Asset 0.29
S's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
70% of the 901 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.38 vs. S: 0.29 )
S' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 0.62
Current: 0.29

0.1
0.62
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 0.55
M-Score: -2.49
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 : 3/10

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industry
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Operating margin (%) 0.48
S's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 944 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.99 vs. S: 0.48 )
S' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -72.01   Max: 17.22
Current: 0.48

-72.01
17.22
Net-margin (%) -5.47
S's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 944 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.41 vs. S: -5.47 )
S' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -73.68   Max: 13.23
Current: -5.47

-73.68
13.23
ROE (%) -7.58
S's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 913 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.35 vs. S: -7.58 )
S' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -78.74   Max: 17.99
Current: -7.58

-78.74
17.99
ROA (%) -2.26
S's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 952 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.57 vs. S: -2.26 )
S' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -36.68   Max: 8.64
Current: -2.26

-36.68
8.64
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 1.04
S's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 950 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 21.42 vs. S: 1.04 )
S' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -110.42   Max: 34.96
Current: 1.04

-110.42
34.96
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -23.60
S's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 843 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.90 vs. S: -23.60 )
S' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -46.9   Max: 89.5
Current: -23.6

-46.9
89.5
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -26.40
S's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 751 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.30 vs. S: -26.40 )
S' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -44.6   Max: 48.2
Current: -26.4

-44.6
48.2
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -22.50
S's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 703 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. S: -22.50 )
S' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -51.7   Max: 94.3
Current: -22.5

-51.7
94.3
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

S Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Leon Cooperman 40,558,858 sh (+14.92%)
John Paulson 64,149,405 sh (+13.28%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 602 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Francis Chou Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 1,173,840 sh (-1.91%)
Dodge & Cox 63,072,662 sh (-4.94%)
Steven Cohen 85,836 sh (-96.66%)
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Q1 2014

S Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Larry Robbins 12,208,867 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 2,868,670 sh (+3242.04%)
Leon Cooperman 43,235,421 sh (+6.6%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 602 sh (unchged)
John Paulson 64,113,200 sh (-0.06%)
Mario Gabelli 1,160,087 sh (-1.17%)
Dodge & Cox 40,984,193 sh (-35.02%)
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Q2 2014

S Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Steven Cohen 7,189,700 sh (unchged)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 602 sh (unchged)
John Paulson 64,113,200 sh (unchged)
Larry Robbins 12,203,617 sh (-0.04%)
Mario Gabelli 1,134,260 sh (-2.23%)
Dodge & Cox 38,587,443 sh (-5.85%)
Leon Cooperman 39,782,957 sh (-7.99%)
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Q3 2014

S Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 31,900 sh (New)
PRIMECAP Management 9,224,943 sh (New)
Dodge & Cox 63,428,278 sh (+64.38%)
John Paulson 64,113,200 sh (unchged)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 602 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 1,118,753 sh (-1.37%)
Larry Robbins 6,646,917 sh (-45.53%)
Leon Cooperman 20,525,517 sh (-48.41%)
Steven Cohen 3,080,100 sh (-57.16%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with S

(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
Leon Cooperman 2014-09-30 Reduce -48.41%2.18%$5.39 - $8.6 $ 4.16-38%20525517
Dodge & Cox 2014-09-30 Add 64.38%0.15%$5.39 - $8.6 $ 4.16-38%63428278
PRIMECAP Management 2014-09-30 New Buy0.06%$5.39 - $8.6 $ 4.16-38%9224943
Leon Cooperman 2014-06-30 Reduce -7.99%0.42%$7.43 - $9.71 $ 4.16-53%39782957
Leon Cooperman 2014-03-31 Add 6.6%0.33%$7.69 - $10.75 $ 4.16-53%43235421
Dodge & Cox 2014-03-31 Reduce -35.02%0.25%$7.69 - $10.75 $ 4.16-53%40984193
Leon Cooperman 2013-12-31 Add 14.92%0.8%$5.97 - $10.79 $ 4.16-44%40558858
John Paulson 2013-12-31 Add 13.28%0.4%$5.97 - $10.79 $ 4.16-44%64149405
John Paulson 2013-09-30 Reduce -71.69%7.1%$5.55 - $7.25 $ 4.16-36%56628439
Leon Cooperman 2013-09-30 Reduce -62.89%6.41%$5.55 - $7.25 $ 4.16-36%35293890
Dodge & Cox 2013-09-30 Reduce -73.5%1.54%$5.55 - $7.25 $ 4.16-36%66353287
Mario Gabelli 2013-09-30 Reduce -74.98%0.16%$5.55 - $7.25 $ 4.16-36%1196639
Ken Fisher 2013-09-30 Sold Out $5.55 - $7.25 $ 4.16-36%0
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2013-09-30 Reduce -73.83%$5.55 - $7.25 $ 4.16-36%602
John Paulson 2013-03-31 Add 81.02%3.63%$5.53 - $6.21 $ 4.16-28%231153000
Leon Cooperman 2013-03-31 Add 16.44%0.89%$5.53 - $6.21 $ 4.16-28%65230717
Dodge & Cox 2013-03-31 Add 9.53%0.23%$5.53 - $6.21 $ 4.16-28%350295874
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2013-03-31 Reduce -46.77%0.01%$5.53 - $6.21 $ 4.16-28%342210
Ken Fisher 2013-03-31 Reduce -29.92%$5.53 - $6.21 $ 4.16-28%14758
John Paulson 2012-12-31 New Buy4.5%$4.9 - $5.78 $ 4.16-25%127693000
Leon Cooperman 2012-12-31 Add 30.93%1.37%$4.9 - $5.78 $ 4.16-25%56018527
Dodge & Cox 2012-12-31 Add 5.57%0.13%$4.9 - $5.78 $ 4.16-25%319807955
PRIMECAP Management 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.05%$4.9 - $5.78 $ 4.16-25%0
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2012-12-31 Add 27852.4%0.01%$4.9 - $5.78 $ 4.16-25%642906
David Einhorn 2012-09-30 Reduce -63.88%2.36%$3.19 - $5.66 $ 4.16-6%26178549
Ken Fisher 2012-09-30 Add 94.92%$3.19 - $5.66 $ 4.16-6%24338
Leon Cooperman 2012-06-30 Add 34.35%0.82%$2.34 - $3.3 $ 4.1656%43127000
Dodge & Cox 2012-06-30 Add 34.9%0.36%$2.34 - $3.3 $ 4.1656%308907528
David Einhorn 2012-06-30 Add 6.17%0.22%$2.34 - $3.3 $ 4.1656%72475900
Leon Cooperman 2012-03-31 New Buy1.8%$2.12 - $2.98 $ 4.1681%32100400
Donald Smith 2012-03-31 Sold Out 0.05%$2.12 - $2.98 $ 4.1681%0
Arnold Schneider 2012-03-31 Sold Out 0.03%$2.12 - $2.98 $ 4.1681%0
Charles Brandes 2012-03-31 Sold Out $2.12 - $2.98 $ 4.1681%0
PRIMECAP Management 2011-12-31 Reduce -75.28%0.12%$2.16 - $3.01 $ 4.1660%7333550
Arnold Schneider 2011-12-31 Reduce -76.14%0.1%$2.16 - $3.01 $ 4.1660%134535
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.02%$2.16 - $3.01 $ 4.1660%0
George Soros 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.0017%$2.16 - $3.01 $ 4.1660%0
David Einhorn 2011-09-30 Add 31.96%1.16%$3.01 - $5.65 $ 4.164%73765000
George Soros 2011-09-30 Reduce -97.08%0.08%$3.01 - $5.65 $ 4.164%32100
Donald Smith 2011-09-30 New Buy0.07%$3.01 - $5.65 $ 4.164%620000
John Keeley 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0299%$3.01 - $5.65 $ 4.164%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 New Buy0.02%$3.01 - $5.65 $ 4.164%47268
Charles Brandes 2011-09-30 New Buy$3.01 - $5.65 $ 4.164%15331
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Guru Investment Theses on Sprint Corp

Dodge & Cox Comments on Sprint - Aug 22, 2013

Sprint (S), the third largest cellular carrier in the United States, is a 2.3% position in the Fund. Since the Fund's initial investment in 2006, the company has faced a difficult competitive environment, lost market share to Verizon Wireless and AT&T (the two largest carriers in the United States), and struggled to assimilate Nextel, which it acquired in 2005. In addition, overall economic weakness and the 2008-2009 equity market decline impacted profitability. As a result of these challenges, Sprint's share price dropped significantly from the Fund's initial purchase price. By mid 2012, the broader economy and equity markets had recovered from the lows of 2009, but Sprint continued to struggle.

Throughout this period, we continually reassessed the company's major risks and challenges, including its competitive position, balance sheet, cash flow, and capital spending needs. We also evaluated the value of the company's customer base, and its other assets, including its ownership stake in Clearwire. Concluding that the shares had significant potential, we decided to add meaningfully to the Fund's position during 2012. Importantly, our analysis compared the existing price to what we believed the long-term value could be; the initial purchase price did not cloud our analysis.

Recently, the combination of stabilizing market share and continued progress on infrastructure upgrade projects was partly recognized by investors, and Softbank's offer to buy a controlling interest in Sprint and improve funding caused the shares to move even higher. During the past 12 months, Sprint (up 115%) was one of the largest contributors to the Fund's outperformance.

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Ratios

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P/B 0.67
S's P/B is ranked higher than
98% of the 1019 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.84 vs. S: 0.67 )
S' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 5.76
Current: 0.67

0.23
5.76
P/S 0.47
S's P/S is ranked higher than
94% of the 1019 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.71 vs. S: 0.47 )
S' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 1.99
Current: 0.47

0.13
1.99
EV-to-EBIT 249.20
S's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
71% of the 1019 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.20 vs. S: 249.20 )
S' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -22278.3   Max: 12266.3
Current: 249.2

-22278.3
12266.3
Current Ratio 1.06
S's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
76% of the 926 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.03 vs. S: 1.06 )
S' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.55   Max: 1.97
Current: 1.06

0.55
1.97
Quick Ratio 0.96
S's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
76% of the 926 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.97 vs. S: 0.96 )
S' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.51   Max: 1.86
Current: 0.96

0.51
1.86

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 1.01
S's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
92% of the 1019 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.01 vs. S: 1.01 )
S' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.12   Max: 2.41
Current: 1.01

0.12
2.41
Price/Median PS Value 0.75
S's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
92% of the 1019 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. S: 0.75 )
S' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 30.07
Current: 0.75

0.24
30.07
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 0.40
S's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
69% of the 931 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.10 vs. S: 0.40 )
S' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 6.5
Current: 0.4

0.3
6.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -11.51
S's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
71% of the 652 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9.26 vs. S: -11.51 )
S' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -11.6   Max: 88.7
Current: -11.51

-11.6
88.7

Business Description

Industry: Communication Services » Telecom Services
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Traded in other countries:2S7.Germany, S.Mexico,
Sprint Corp was incorporated in 2012 under the laws of Delaware. It is a communications company offering wireless and wireline communications products and services to individual consumers, businesses, government subscribers and resellers. The Company offers wireless and wireline voice and data transmission services to subscribers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands under the Sprint corporate brand, which includes its retail brands of Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Assurance Wireless on networks that utilize third generation (3G) code division multiple access (CDMA) or Internet protocol (IP) technologies. It also offers fourth generation (4G) services utilizing Long Term Evolution (LTE) as well as Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) technologies. It utilizes these networks to offer wireless and wireline subscribers differentiated products and services whether through the use of a single network or a combination of these networks. It operates in two segments, namely Wireless and Wireline. Through its Wireless segment, it offers wireless services on a postpaid and prepaid payment basis to retail subscribers and also on a wholesale and affiliate basis, which includes the sale of wireless services that utilize the Sprint network but are sold under the wholesaler's brand. It supports the open development of applications, content, and devices on the Sprint platform through products and services such as Sprint ID, which provides an easy way for users to discover content from brands and special interests as well as manage those experiences on certain Android devices, and Sprint Zone, which allows subscribers to not only manage their account and self-service functions via their device but facilitates discovery of new content and personalization through recommendations for applications and entertainment content. Through its Wireline segment, it provides wireline voice and data communications services to other communications companies and targeted business and consumer subscribers. In addition, it provides voice, data and IP communication services to its Wireless segment, and IP and other services to cable Multiple System Operators (MSOs). Cable MSOs resell its local and long distance services and use its back office systems and network assets in support of their telephone service provided over cable facilities primarily to residential end-use subscribers. The Company's competitors include AT&T, Verizon Wireless (Verizon) and T-Mobile, Verizon Communications, CenturyLink, Level 3 Communications, Inc. Communications services are subject to regulation at the federal level by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and in certain states by public utilities commissions (PUCs).
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