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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 : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.51
TDS's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
74% of the 802 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. TDS: 0.51 )
TDS' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.03   Max: 1.89
Current: 0.51

0.03
1.89
Equity to Asset 0.46
TDS's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
78% of the 794 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. TDS: 0.46 )
TDS' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.29   Max: 0.54
Current: 0.46

0.29
0.54
Interest Coverage 2.38
TDS's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
64% of the 545 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.87 vs. TDS: 2.38 )
TDS' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.93   Max: 4.32
Current: 2.38

0.93
4.32
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 1.51
M-Score: -2.50
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 : 7/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 4.80
TDS's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 768 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.93 vs. TDS: 4.80 )
TDS' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 2.52   Max: 18.05
Current: 4.8

2.52
18.05
Net-margin (%) 2.90
TDS's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 768 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.37 vs. TDS: 2.90 )
TDS' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -33.18   Max: 96.14
Current: 2.9

-33.18
96.14
ROE (%) 3.45
TDS's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 743 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.53 vs. TDS: 3.45 )
TDS' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -32.59   Max: 56.72
Current: 3.45

-32.59
56.72
ROA (%) 1.59
TDS's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 772 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.13 vs. TDS: 1.59 )
TDS' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -10.36   Max: 25.91
Current: 1.59

-10.36
25.91
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 6.04
TDS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 764 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 22.84 vs. TDS: 6.04 )
TDS' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 3.53   Max: 19.22
Current: 6.04

3.53
19.22
Revenue Growth (%) -0.20
TDS's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 684 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.30 vs. TDS: -0.20 )
TDS' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -0.2   Max: 35.2
Current: -0.2

-0.2
35.2
EBITDA Growth (%) 7.20
TDS's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 611 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. TDS: 7.20 )
TDS' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -31.5   Max: 82.4
Current: 7.2

-31.5
82.4
EPS Growth (%) -0.30
TDS's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 552 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. TDS: -0.30 )
TDS' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -47.5   Max: 35.5
Current: -0.3

-47.5
35.5
» TDS's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

TDS Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Louis Moore Bacon 200,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 727,492 sh (+83.24%)
Steven Cohen 20,436 sh (+45.57%)
Paul Tudor Jones 30,100 sh (+31.44%)
Chuck Royce 1,269,660 sh (+9.41%)
Jeremy Grantham 12,134 sh (+8.58%)
Mario Gabelli 5,268,562 sh (-2.17%)
Charles de Vaulx 780,047 sh (-12.91%)
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Q2 2013

TDS Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Meryl Witmer 8,900 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 1,132,971 sh (+5444%)
Jim Simons 1,227,292 sh (+68.7%)
Jeremy Grantham 15,366 sh (+26.64%)
Chuck Royce 1,291,660 sh (+1.73%)
Charles de Vaulx 780,047 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 5,118,904 sh (-2.84%)
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Q3 2013

TDS Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 7,600 sh (New)
CI Can Am Small Cap 149,100 sh (New)
Jim Simons 1,747,492 sh (+42.39%)
Chuck Royce 1,411,660 sh (+9.29%)
Charles de Vaulx 780,047 sh (unchged)
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 4,995,619 sh (-2.41%)
Steven Cohen 36,023 sh (-96.82%)
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Q4 2013

TDS Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Jean-Marie Eveillard 27,500 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 45,841 sh (+503.17%)
Jim Simons 1,879,592 sh (+7.56%)
Chuck Royce 1,411,660 sh (unchged)
Charles de Vaulx Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 4,800,084 sh (-3.91%)
Steven Cohen 27,718 sh (-23.05%)
» More
» Details

Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with TDS

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2013-12-31 New Buy$24.59 - $31.38 $ 26.77-5%27500
Mario Gabelli 2012-03-31 Add 48.95%0.31%$22.88 - $28.88 $ 26.7711%5578564
Ray Dalio 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.12%$18.2889 - $24.7286 $ 26.7721%0
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 Add 426.67%0.1%$19.56 - $29.3 $ 26.7713%373151
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0672%$19.56 - $29.3 $ 26.7712%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 New Buy0.07%$27.57 - $32.84 $ 26.77-10%15466
Mario Gabelli 2011-03-31 Reduce -36.88%0.45%$28.68 - $34.13 $ 26.77-16%3201193
George Soros 2011-03-31 Sold Out $28.68 - $34.13 $ 26.77-16%0
Mason Hawkins 2011-03-31 Sold Out $28.68 - $34.13 $ 26.77-16%0
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 20.80
TDS's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
64% of the 640 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.50 vs. TDS: 20.80 )
TDS' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 9.48   Max: 284.84
Current: 20.8

9.48
284.84
P/B 0.71
TDS's P/B is ranked higher than
95% of the 735 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.26 vs. TDS: 0.71 )
TDS' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.52   Max: 2.24
Current: 0.71

0.52
2.24
P/S 0.59
TDS's P/S is ranked higher than
88% of the 823 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.47 vs. TDS: 0.59 )
TDS' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.39   Max: 1.85
Current: 0.59

0.39
1.85
EV-to-EBIT 15.95
TDS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
64% of the 713 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 14.19 vs. TDS: 15.95 )
TDS' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.9   Max: 93.2
Current: 15.95

5.9
93.2
PEG 5.62
TDS's PEG is ranked higher than
59% of the 407 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.51 vs. TDS: 5.62 )
TDS' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 28.87
Current: 5.62

0.73
28.87
Shiller P/E 20.84
TDS's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
63% of the 486 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.99 vs. TDS: 20.84 )
TDS' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 9.55   Max: 44.68
Current: 20.84

9.55
44.68

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 1.90
TDS's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
72% of the 572 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.67 vs. TDS: 1.90 )
TDS' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.53   Max: 2.4
Current: 1.9

0.53
2.4
Dividend Payout 0.41
TDS's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
81% of the 453 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.61 vs. TDS: 0.41 )
TDS' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: -0.08   Max: 0.65
Current: 0.41

-0.08
0.65
Dividend growth (3y) 7.20
TDS's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
89% of the 390 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. TDS: 7.20 )
TDS' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 4.6   Max: 8
Current: 7.2

4.6
8
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.66
TDS's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
59% of the 580 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. TDS: 2.66 )
TDS' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.74   Max: 3.37
Current: 2.66

0.74
3.37
Share Buyback Rate 0.40
TDS's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
88% of the 567 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: -0.20 vs. TDS: 0.40 )
TDS' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 8.2   Max: -9.1
Current: 0.4

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 1.74
TDS's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
95% of the 502 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.30 vs. TDS: 1.74 )
TDS' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.43   Max: 5.5
Current: 1.74

1.43
5.5
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.72
TDS's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
87% of the 486 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. TDS: 0.72 )
TDS' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.48   Max: 5.3
Current: 0.72

0.48
5.3
Price/Median PS Value 0.77
TDS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
90% of the 724 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. TDS: 0.77 )
TDS' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 4.34
Current: 0.77

0.59
4.34
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.86
TDS's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
58% of the 213 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.03 vs. TDS: 2.86 )
TDS' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 1.52   Max: 12.97
Current: 2.86

1.52
12.97
Price/Graham Number 1.16
TDS's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
97% of the 425 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. TDS: 1.16 )
TDS' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.85   Max: 3.67
Current: 1.16

0.85
3.67
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.30
TDS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
68% of the 719 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. TDS: 6.30 )
TDS' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1.1   Max: 16.9
Current: 6.3

1.1
16.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 11.99
TDS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
86% of the 626 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.68 vs. TDS: 11.99 )
TDS' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -3.6   Max: 23
Current: 11.99

-3.6
23

Business Description

Industry: Communication Services » Telecom Services
Compare:CHU, VOD, T, VZ, AMOV » details
Traded in other countries:TDA1.Germany, TDSNA.USA
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., was incorporated in 1968 and changed its state of incorporation from Iowa to Delaware in 1998. The Company is a telecommunications service company with wireless operations provided by TDS' 84%-owned subsidiary, United States Cellular Corporation ('U.S. Cellular') and both wireline operations and hosted and managed services provided by TDS' wholly-owned subsidiary, TDS Telecommunications Corporation ('TDS Telecom'). The Company is also the majority owner of Airadigm Communications, Inc., a Wisconsin-based wireless service provider. Airadigm operates independently from U.S. Cellular and at this time there are no plans to combine the operations of these subsidiaries. The Company also conducts printing and distribution services through its majority-owned subsidiary, Suttle-Straus, Inc. ('Suttle-Straus'). At December 31, 2012, U.S. Cellular's consolidated operating markets cover approximately 5.8 million customers in five geographic market areas in 26 states. U.S. Cellular operates in one reportable segment, wireless operations, and all of its wireless operating markets are in the United States. U.S. Cellular is a wireless telecommunications service provider. U.S. Cellular groups its individual markets (geographic service areas as defined by the Federal Communications Commission ('FCC') in which wireless carriers are licensed, for fixed terms, to provide service) into broader geographic market areas to offer customers large service areas that primarily utilize U.S. Cellular's network. U.S. Cellular competes directly with several wireless service providers in each of its markets. In general, there are between three and five competitors in each wireless market in which U.S. Cellular provides service, excluding resellers and mobile virtual network operators. U.S. Cellular generally competes against each of the national wireless companies: Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile USA. U.S. Cellular's operations are subject to FCC and state regulation.

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