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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 0.23
S's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
68% of the 823 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. S: 0.23 )
S' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.23

Equity to Asset 0.30
S's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
68% of the 820 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. S: 0.30 )
S' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 0.62
Current: 0.3

0.1
0.62
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 0.49
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 : 4/10

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Operating margin (%) -5.15
S's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 810 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.14 vs. S: -5.15 )
S' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -72.01   Max: 17.3
Current: -5.15

-72.01
17.3
Net-margin (%) -12.24
S's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 810 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.43 vs. S: -12.24 )
S' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -73.68   Max: 11.1
Current: -12.24

-73.68
11.1
ROE (%) -61.04
S's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 783 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.91 vs. S: -61.04 )
S' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -133.63   Max: 17.01
Current: -61.04

-133.63
17.01
ROA (%) -8.39
S's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 814 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.96 vs. S: -8.39 )
S' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -46.01   Max: 8.3
Current: -8.39

-46.01
8.3
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -13.38
S's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 810 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 21.47 vs. S: -13.38 )
S' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -108.54   Max: 21.97
Current: -13.38

-108.54
21.97
Revenue Growth (%) 1.70
S's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 723 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.30 vs. S: 1.70 )
S' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -50.4   Max: 87.8
Current: 1.7

-50.4
87.8
EBITDA Growth (%) -11.90
S's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 641 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.90 vs. S: -11.90 )
S' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -60.2   Max: 48.9
Current: -11.9

-60.2
48.9
EPS Growth (%) 19.70
S's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 620 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. S: 19.70 )
S' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -51.7   Max: 94.3
Current: 19.7

-51.7
94.3
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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

S Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Louis Moore Bacon 1,370,000 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 28,100 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 83,040 sh (+49.51%)
Leon Cooperman 95,112,117 sh (+45.81%)
Jim Simons 7,453,505 sh (+12.95%)
Ken Fisher 14,758 sh (unchged)
David Einhorn Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 4,783,218 sh (-4.39%)
Jeremy Grantham 5,127,055 sh (-6.96%)
John Paulson 200,000,000 sh (-13.48%)
Dodge & Cox 250,422,274 sh (-28.51%)
Eric Mindich 13,000,000 sh (-29.56%)
Francis Chou 423,200 sh (-73.93%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2,300 sh (-99.33%)
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Q3 2013

S Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Caxton Associates 3,000,000 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 2,570,164 sh (+2995.09%)
Ken Fisher Sold Out
Eric Mindich Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Leon Cooperman 35,293,890 sh (-62.89%)
John Paulson 56,628,439 sh (-71.69%)
Dodge & Cox 66,353,287 sh (-73.5%)
Francis Chou 110,770 sh (-73.83%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 602 sh (-73.83%)
Mario Gabelli 1,196,639 sh (-74.98%)
Jim Simons 303,797 sh (-95.92%)
Jeremy Grantham 209,187 sh (-95.92%)
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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)
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Francis Chou Sold Out
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Jim Simons 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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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with S

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Leon Cooperman 2014-03-31 Add 6.6%0.33%$7.69 - $10.75 $ 7.72-13%43235421
Dodge & Cox 2014-03-31 Reduce -35.02%0.25%$7.69 - $10.75 $ 7.72-13%40984193
Leon Cooperman 2013-12-31 Add 14.92%0.8%$5.97 - $10.79 $ 7.723%40558858
John Paulson 2013-12-31 Add 13.28%0.4%$5.97 - $10.79 $ 7.723%64149405
John Paulson 2013-09-30 Reduce -71.69%7.1%$5.55 - $7.25 $ 7.7219%56628439
Leon Cooperman 2013-09-30 Reduce -62.89%6.41%$5.55 - $7.25 $ 7.7219%35293890
Dodge & Cox 2013-09-30 Reduce -73.5%1.54%$5.55 - $7.25 $ 7.7219%66353287
Mario Gabelli 2013-09-30 Reduce -74.98%0.16%$5.55 - $7.25 $ 7.7219%1196639
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2013-09-30 Reduce -73.83%$5.55 - $7.25 $ 7.7219%602
John Paulson 2013-03-31 Add 81.02%3.63%$5.53 - $6.21 $ 7.7233%231153000
Leon Cooperman 2013-03-31 Add 16.44%0.89%$5.53 - $6.21 $ 7.7233%65230717
Dodge & Cox 2013-03-31 Add 9.53%0.23%$5.53 - $6.21 $ 7.7233%350295874
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2013-03-31 Reduce -46.77%0.01%$5.53 - $6.21 $ 7.7233%342210
John Paulson 2012-12-31 New Buy4.5%$4.9 - $5.78 $ 7.7239%127693000
Leon Cooperman 2012-12-31 Add 30.93%1.37%$4.9 - $5.78 $ 7.7239%56018527
Dodge & Cox 2012-12-31 Add 5.57%0.13%$4.9 - $5.78 $ 7.7239%319807955
PRIMECAP Management 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.05%$4.9 - $5.78 $ 7.7239%0
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2012-12-31 Add 27852.4%0.01%$4.9 - $5.78 $ 7.7239%642906
Leon Cooperman 2012-06-30 Add 34.35%0.82%$2.34 - $3.3 $ 7.72189%43127000
Dodge & Cox 2012-06-30 Add 34.9%0.36%$2.34 - $3.3 $ 7.72189%308907528
Leon Cooperman 2012-03-31 New Buy1.8%$2.12 - $2.98 $ 7.72236%32100400
Donald Smith 2012-03-31 Sold Out 0.05%$2.12 - $2.98 $ 7.72236%0
Charles Brandes 2012-03-31 Sold Out $2.12 - $2.98 $ 7.72236%0
PRIMECAP Management 2011-12-31 Reduce -75.28%0.12%$2.16 - $3.01 $ 7.72197%7333550
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.02%$2.16 - $3.01 $ 7.72197%0
George Soros 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.0017%$2.16 - $3.01 $ 7.72197%0
George Soros 2011-09-30 Reduce -97.08%0.08%$3.01 - $5.65 $ 7.7292%32100
Donald Smith 2011-09-30 New Buy0.07%$3.01 - $5.65 $ 7.7292%620000
John Keeley 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0299%$3.01 - $5.65 $ 7.7292%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 New Buy0.02%$3.01 - $5.65 $ 7.7292%47268
Charles Brandes 2011-09-30 New Buy$3.01 - $5.65 $ 7.7292%15331
John Keeley 2011-06-30 New Buy0.03%$4.55 - $5.93 $ 7.7249%340000
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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 1.19
S's P/B is ranked higher than
91% of the 901 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.82 vs. S: 1.19 )
S' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 5.76
Current: 1.19

0.23
5.76
P/S 0.76
S's P/S is ranked higher than
89% of the 901 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.72 vs. S: 0.76 )
S' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 1.84
Current: 0.76

0.13
1.84
EV-to-EBIT -31.47
S's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
63% of the 901 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.06 vs. S: -31.47 )
S' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 14.6   Max: 208.1
Current: -31.47

14.6
208.1
Current Ratio 1.22
S's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
77% of the 821 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. S: 1.22 )
S' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.52   Max: 1.97
Current: 1.22

0.52
1.97
Quick Ratio 1.11
S's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
77% of the 821 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.99 vs. S: 1.11 )
S' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.48   Max: 1.86
Current: 1.11

0.48
1.86

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 1.10
S's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
90% of the 901 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.37 vs. S: 1.10 )
S' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 1.9
Current: 1.1

0.11
1.9
Price/Median PS Value 1.20
S's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
75% of the 901 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. S: 1.20 )
S' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 30.07
Current: 1.2

0.23
30.07
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 0.40
S's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
55% of the 759 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.80 vs. S: 0.40 )
S' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 6.8
Current: 0.4

0.5
6.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -11.75
S's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
66% of the 682 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.80 vs. S: -11.75 )
S' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -1.4   Max: 38.3
Current: -11.75

-1.4
38.3

Business Description

Industry: Communication Services » Telecom Services
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Sprint Corp, formerly Sprint Nextel Corp was incorporated in 1938 in the state of Kansas. It is an Amercian telecommunications holding company. The Company through its subsidiaries provides wireless and wireline communications products and services that are designed to meet the needs of individual consumers, businesses, government subscribers and resellers. It operates as a wireless company in the United States. It owns wireless networks and a global long distance, Tier 1 Internet backbone. It offers digital wireless service to subscribers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands under the Sprint(r) brand name utilizing wireless code division multiple access, or CDMA, technology. The Company offers digital wireless services under its Nextel(r) brand name using integrated Digital Enhanced Network, or iDEN(r), technology. It is a reseller of Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, fourth generation, or 4G, wireless services as provided by Clearwire Corporation. It has two reportable segments: Wireless and Wireline. It offers wireless voice and data services to individuals, businesses and resellers on state-of-the-art networks that utilize CDMA and iDEN technologies. The Company's family of 'Simply Everything(tm)' post-paid price plans bundle together popular data applications with traditional mobile voice calling at price points that could save customers hundreds of dollars annually. The Company's Boost Mobile(r) brand prepaid price plans include unique nationwide monthly unlimited, pay as you go, and $1 per day chat plan options. It offers multi-functional devices such as the Samsung Instinct(tm) and the iDEN Blackberry(r) Curve(tm). It sells accessories, such as carrying cases, hands-free devices, batteries, battery chargers and other items to subscribers, and it sells handsets and accessories to agents and other third-party distributors for resale. The Company provides a suite of wireline voice and data communications services to its Wireless segment, other communications companies and targeted business customers. It provides Internet Protocol, or IP, wide-area network and long distance services. It operates an all-digital long distance and 40 gigabyte capacity Tier 1 IP network. The services and products include domestic and international data communications using various protocols such as multi-protocol-label switching, or MPLS, IP, IP-based frame relay, managed network services, VoIP and traditional voice services. The Company's IP services could be combined with its wireless services. It owns numerous patents, patent applications, service marks, trademarks and other intellectual property in the United States and other countries, including 'Sprint,' 'Nextel,' 'Direct Connect,' and 'Boost Mobile.' The Wireline segment competes with AT&T, Verizon Communications, Qwest Communications, Level 3 Communications, Inc. It competes with a number of wireless carriers, including three other national wireless com
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