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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

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash-to-Debt 0.37
TDS's Cash-to-Debt is ranked lower than
51% of the 419 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.39 vs. TDS: 0.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash-to-Debt only.
TDS' s Cash-to-Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.03  Med: 0.38 Max: 1.89
Current: 0.37
0.03
1.89
Equity-to-Asset 0.44
TDS's Equity-to-Asset is ranked higher than
59% of the 418 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.39 vs. TDS: 0.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity-to-Asset only.
TDS' s Equity-to-Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.29  Med: 0.44 Max: 0.5
Current: 0.44
0.29
0.5
Interest Coverage 0.36
TDS's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
98% of the 438 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.07 vs. TDS: 0.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
TDS' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.35  Med: 2.53 Max: 3.2
Current: 0.36
0.35
3.2
Piotroski F-Score: 5
Altman Z-Score: 1.46
Beneish M-Score: -2.80
WACC vs ROIC
9.01%
0.56%
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 : 5/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Operating Margin % 1.18
TDS's Operating Margin % is ranked lower than
69% of the 418 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.36 vs. TDS: 1.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating Margin % only.
TDS' s Operating Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3.79  Med: 5.37 Max: 10.93
Current: 1.18
-3.79
10.93
Net Margin % 0.84
TDS's Net Margin % is ranked lower than
63% of the 420 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.27 vs. TDS: 0.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net Margin % only.
TDS' s Net Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.72  Med: 2.9 Max: 8
Current: 0.84
-2.72
8
ROE % 1.04
TDS's ROE % is ranked lower than
65% of the 401 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.82 vs. TDS: 1.04 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE % only.
TDS' s ROE % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3.38  Med: 3.66 Max: 10.3
Current: 1.04
-3.38
10.3
ROA % 0.46
TDS's ROA % is ranked lower than
63% of the 427 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.18 vs. TDS: 0.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA % only.
TDS' s ROA % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.53  Med: 1.76 Max: 3.77
Current: 0.46
-1.53
3.77
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % 6.71
TDS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
62% of the 423 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 13.51 vs. TDS: 6.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % only.
TDS' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.03  Med: 10.63 Max: 25.17
Current: 6.71
-1.03
25.17
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate 0.80
TDS's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked lower than
54% of the 392 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. TDS: 0.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate only.
TDS' s 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.4  Med: 7 Max: 22.8
Current: 0.8
-1.4
22.8
3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate -8.10
TDS's 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate is ranked lower than
75% of the 332 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. TDS: -8.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate only.
TDS' s 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -31.5  Med: 1.6 Max: 88.5
Current: -8.1
-31.5
88.5
3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate -32.90
TDS's 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate is ranked lower than
83% of the 278 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: -3.60 vs. TDS: -32.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate only.
TDS' s 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -47.6  Med: 2.65 Max: 38.2
Current: -32.9
-47.6
38.2
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Financials (Next Earnings Date: 2017-05-24 Est.)


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Cash & Debt
Operating Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow
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Guru Trades

Q1 2016

TDS Guru Trades in Q1 2016

CI Can Am Small Cap 94,870 sh (+3.12%)
Paul Tudor Jones 64,383 sh (+2.57%)
Chuck Royce 990,960 sh (unchged)
First Eagle Investment 17,500 sh (unchged)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 3,684,577 sh (-3.50%)
Jim Simons 2,267,008 sh (-9.47%)
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Q2 2016

TDS Guru Trades in Q2 2016

Jim Simons 2,406,992 sh (+6.17%)
Chuck Royce 990,960 sh (unchged)
First Eagle Investment 17,500 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 3,573,871 sh (-3.00%)
Paul Tudor Jones 26,610 sh (-58.67%)
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Q3 2016

TDS Guru Trades in Q3 2016

Jim Simons 2,578,792 sh (+7.14%)
Paul Tudor Jones 28,207 sh (+6.00%)
Chuck Royce 990,960 sh (unchged)
CI Can Am Small Cap 94,870 sh (unchged)
First Eagle Investment Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 3,520,326 sh (-1.50%)
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Q4 2016

TDS Guru Trades in Q4 2016

Jim Simons 2,845,692 sh (+10.35%)
Mario Gabelli 3,473,037 sh (-1.34%)
Chuck Royce 971,760 sh (-1.94%)
Paul Tudor Jones 20,000 sh (-29.10%)
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Business Description

Industry: Communication Services » Telecom Services    NAICS: 517210    SIC: 4813
Compare:NYSE:BCE » details
Traded in other countries:TDA1.Germany, TDSNA.USA,
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. is a diversified telecommunications service company providing telecommunications services to wireless customers and wireline and cable connections.

Telephone and Data Systems is a diversified telecommunications operator that provides mobile, telephone, and broadband services to more than 7 million customers. The firm's mobile operations are conducted by its 81%-owned subsidiary, U.S. Cellular, which serves nearly 5 million wireless customers and provided 83% of TDS' total revenue in 2012. The firm's wireline operations are conducted by its wholly owned subsidiary, TDS Telecom, which services nearly 1 million phone and Internet access lines in predominantly rural and suburban areas.

Ratios

vs
industry
vs
history
PE Ratio 66.18
TDS's PE Ratio is ranked lower than
84% of the 456 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 19.62 vs. TDS: 66.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio only.
TDS' s PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.33  Med: 23.13 Max: 205.37
Current: 66.18
9.33
205.37
PE Ratio without NRI 66.18
TDS's PE Ratio without NRI is ranked lower than
83% of the 369 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 20.20 vs. TDS: 66.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio without NRI only.
TDS' s PE Ratio without NRI Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.32  Med: 23.67 Max: 201.27
Current: 66.18
9.32
201.27
PB Ratio 0.67
TDS's PB Ratio is ranked higher than
92% of the 521 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. TDS: 0.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
TDS' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.46  Med: 0.77 Max: 2.24
Current: 0.67
0.46
2.24
PS Ratio 0.55
TDS's PS Ratio is ranked higher than
84% of the 544 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.57 vs. TDS: 0.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
TDS' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.4  Med: 0.63 Max: 1.85
Current: 0.55
0.4
1.85
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 19.02
TDS's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
55% of the 311 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.85 vs. TDS: 19.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
TDS' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.28  Med: 22.09 Max: 100.14
Current: 19.02
5.28
100.14
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 3.57
TDS's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked higher than
86% of the 409 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.87 vs. TDS: 3.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
TDS' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.67  Med: 4.26 Max: 10
Current: 3.57
1.67
10
EV-to-EBIT 18.86
TDS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
61% of the 520 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.15 vs. TDS: 18.86 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
TDS' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -210.9  Med: 10.9 Max: 60.1
Current: 18.86
-210.9
60.1
EV-to-EBITDA 4.43
TDS's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
85% of the 576 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.03 vs. TDS: 4.43 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
TDS' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.5  Med: 4.2 Max: 6.6
Current: 4.43
2.5
6.6
Shiller PE Ratio 19.95
TDS's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked lower than
59% of the 125 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.40 vs. TDS: 19.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
TDS' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 12.91  Med: 22.12 Max: 53.53
Current: 19.95
12.91
53.53
Current Ratio 2.32
TDS's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
84% of the 407 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. TDS: 2.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
TDS' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.45  Med: 1.71 Max: 2.49
Current: 2.32
0.45
2.49
Quick Ratio 2.15
TDS's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
84% of the 407 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.98 vs. TDS: 2.15 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
TDS' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.39  Med: 1.59 Max: 2.37
Current: 2.15
0.39
2.37
Days Inventory 24.08
TDS's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
65% of the 318 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.21 vs. TDS: 24.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
TDS' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 21.93  Med: 26.15 Max: 37.67
Current: 24.08
21.93
37.67
Days Sales Outstanding 53.84
TDS's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
58% of the 323 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 47.51 vs. TDS: 53.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
TDS' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 27.03  Med: 38.71 Max: 54.45
Current: 53.84
27.03
54.45
Days Payable 54.87
TDS's Days Payable is ranked lower than
58% of the 275 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 63.61 vs. TDS: 54.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
TDS' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 52.75  Med: 63.93 Max: 283.29
Current: 54.87
52.75
283.29

Dividend & Buy Back

vs
industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield % 2.38
TDS's Dividend Yield % is ranked lower than
71% of the 742 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.85 vs. TDS: 2.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield % only.
TDS' s Dividend Yield % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.53  Med: 1.69 Max: 2.59
Current: 2.38
0.53
2.59
Dividend Payout Ratio 1.52
TDS's Dividend Payout Ratio is ranked lower than
89% of the 314 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.73 vs. TDS: 1.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout Ratio only.
TDS' s Dividend Payout Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.14  Med: 0.32 Max: 1.52
Current: 1.52
0.14
1.52
3-Year Dividend Growth Rate 5.10
TDS's 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate is ranked higher than
50% of the 193 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.30 vs. TDS: 5.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate only.
TDS' s 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.6  Med: 6.1 Max: 8
Current: 5.1
4.6
8
Forward Dividend Yield % 2.45
TDS's Forward Dividend Yield % is ranked lower than
73% of the 732 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.21 vs. TDS: 2.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield % only.
N/A
5-Year Yield-on-Cost % 3.18
TDS's 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % is ranked lower than
65% of the 803 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. TDS: 3.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % only.
TDS' s 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.71  Med: 2.25 Max: 3.47
Current: 3.18
0.71
3.47
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -0.40
TDS's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
66% of the 267 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.70 vs. TDS: -0.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
TDS' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.8  Med: 0.6 Max: 5.4
Current: -0.4
-0.8
5.4

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price-to-Tangible-Book 2.29
TDS's Price-to-Tangible-Book is ranked higher than
61% of the 392 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.35 vs. TDS: 2.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Tangible-Book only.
TDS' s Price-to-Tangible-Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.43  Med: 2.31 Max: 7.05
Current: 2.29
1.43
7.05
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 0.96
TDS's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked higher than
75% of the 317 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.55 vs. TDS: 0.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
TDS' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.48  Med: 1.11 Max: 5.22
Current: 0.96
0.48
5.22
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 0.87
TDS's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked higher than
69% of the 498 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.04 vs. TDS: 0.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
TDS' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.72  Med: 1.57 Max: 5.34
Current: 0.87
0.72
5.34
Price-to-Graham-Number 2.60
TDS's Price-to-Graham-Number is ranked lower than
61% of the 257 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.01 vs. TDS: 2.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Graham-Number only.
TDS' s Price-to-Graham-Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.96  Med: 1.58 Max: 2.94
Current: 2.6
0.96
2.94
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % 5.30
TDS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked higher than
52% of the 655 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.84 vs. TDS: 5.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
TDS' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.7  Med: 8.9 Max: 18.3
Current: 5.3
1.7
18.3
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % -5.70
TDS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked lower than
82% of the 250 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.29 vs. TDS: -5.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % only.
TDS' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -5.7  Med: 5.4 Max: 23.4
Current: -5.7
-5.7
23.4

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $5,105
EPS (TTM) $ 0.38
Beta1.46
Short Percentage of Float1.19%
52-Week Range $24.12 - 32.98
Shares Outstanding (Mil)110.17

Analyst Estimate

Dec17 Dec18 Dec19
Revenue (Mil $) 5,102 5,097 5,165
EPS ($) -0.05 0.15 0.25
EPS without NRI ($) -0.05 0.15 0.25
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
5.00%
Dividends per Share ($)
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