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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
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.41
USM's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
50% of the 474 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.41 vs. USM: 0.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
USM' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0.22 Max: 0.71
Current: 0.41
0
0.71
Equity to Asset 0.51
USM's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
67% of the 468 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. USM: 0.51 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
USM' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.48  Med: 0.57 Max: 0.71
Current: 0.51
0.48
0.71
Interest Coverage 0.02
USM's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
100% of the 368 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.66 vs. USM: 0.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
USM' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.02  Med: 3.63 Max: 4.68
Current: 0.02
0.02
4.68
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 1.80
M-Score: -2.71
WACC vs ROIC
7.20%
0.17%
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

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 0.05
USM's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
72% of the 470 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.30 vs. USM: 0.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
USM' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3.68  Med: 5.64 Max: 10.04
Current: 0.05
-3.68
10.04
Net-margin (%) 1.30
USM's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
60% of the 472 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.25 vs. USM: 1.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
USM' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.1  Med: 3.8 Max: 7.98
Current: 1.3
-1.1
7.98
ROE (%) 1.43
USM's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
64% of the 455 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. USM: 1.43 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
USM' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.28  Med: 4.45 Max: 10.17
Current: 1.43
-1.28
10.17
ROA (%) 0.73
USM's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
61% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.31 vs. USM: 0.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
USM' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.66  Med: 2.61 Max: 5.57
Current: 0.73
-0.66
5.57
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 7.03
USM's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
62% of the 476 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 14.14 vs. USM: 7.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
USM' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.05  Med: 12.77 Max: 24.13
Current: 7.03
-0.05
24.13
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -3.40
USM's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
67% of the 411 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. USM: -3.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
USM' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3.4  Med: 10.7 Max: 31.6
Current: -3.4
-3.4
31.6
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 8.70
USM's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 350 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. USM: 8.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
USM' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -20.8  Med: 5.2 Max: 29.7
Current: 8.7
-20.8
29.7
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 29.80
USM's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 303 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.60 vs. USM: 29.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
USM' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -54.1  Med: 3.4 Max: 110.1
Current: 29.8
-54.1
110.1
» USM's 10-Y Financials

Financials (Next Earnings Date: 2017-02-17)


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

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Guru Trades

Q4 2015

USM Guru Trades in Q4 2015

Joel Greenblatt 32,328 sh (+436.56%)
Paul Tudor Jones 15,213 sh (+106.56%)
Jim Simons 537,600 sh (+4.21%)
Mario Gabelli 3,175,487 sh (-2.43%)
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Q1 2016

USM Guru Trades in Q1 2016

Jeremy Grantham 13,800 sh (New)
Jim Simons 584,000 sh (+8.63%)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 3,021,487 sh (-4.85%)
Paul Tudor Jones 13,198 sh (-13.25%)
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Q2 2016

USM Guru Trades in Q2 2016

Jeremy Grantham 25,755 sh (+86.63%)
Jim Simons 608,500 sh (+4.20%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 3,019,487 sh (-0.07%)
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Q3 2016

USM Guru Trades in Q3 2016

Paul Tudor Jones 11,834 sh (New)
Jim Simons 625,200 sh (+2.74%)
Mario Gabelli 2,970,582 sh (-1.62%)
Jeremy Grantham 21,765 sh (-15.49%)
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Business Description

Industry: Communication Services » Telecom Services    NAICS: 517210    SIC: 4812
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United States Cellular Corp is a wireless telecommunications service provider. Its ownership interests include consolidated and investment interests in licenses covering portions of 30 states & total population of 50.9 million.

United States Cellular Corp was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware in 1983. The Company is a wireless telecommunications service provider. The Company provides services to approximately 4.9 million customers in 23 states, collectively representing a total population of 32.0 million. It offers wireless devices such as handsets, modems, mobile hotspots, home phones and tablets for use by its customers. In addition, the Company offers accessories including wireless basics such as carrying cases, hands-free devices, batteries, battery chargers, and memory cards to related consumer electronics such as headphones, speakers, and Bluetooth keyboards. It also sells wireless devices to agents and other third-party distributors for resale. It also offers services including voice; messaging and data usage options and pricing that are designed to fit different customer needs, usage patterns and budgets. It offers service to postpaid and prepaid customers from a variety of demographic segments. It focuses on retail consumers, government, and small-to-mid-size business customers in industries such as construction, retail, professional services and real estate. The Company purchases wireless devices and accessory products from a number of manufacturers, including Samsung, Apple, Motorola, LG, Superior Communications, Kyocera, ZTE, Tessco, and Sierra Wireless. The Company operates four regional customer care centers with personnel who are responsible for customer service activities, and a national financial services center with personnel who perform credit and other customer payment activities. It also contracts with third parties that provide additional customer care and financial services support. The Overage Protection service provides customers peace-of-mind by sending them text message alerts when they come close to reaching their allowable monthly plan minutes, text messages or data usage in order to avoid overage charges. The Company's distribution program consists of retail sales and service centers, direct sales, third-party national retailers and independent agents, plus the website and telesales for customers who wish to contact the Company through the Internet or by phone. The Company's products are provided by Wal-Mart and Sam's Club at select retail locations. Further, Amazon offers the Company's prepaid service on-line. The Company also markets wireless service through resellers. The Company's competitors include Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, and T-Mobile USA., among others. The Company's operations are subject to FCC and state regulations.

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 73.12
USM's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
87% of the 322 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 19.34 vs. USM: 73.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
USM' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.57  Med: 27.8 Max: 1995.5
Current: 73.12
9.57
1995.5
Forward P/E 47.39
USM's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
86% of the 94 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.98 vs. USM: 47.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 73.12
USM's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
87% of the 325 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 20.00 vs. USM: 73.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
USM' s PE(NRI) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.57  Med: 27.8 Max: 1995.5
Current: 73.12
9.57
1995.5
P/B 0.98
USM's P/B is ranked higher than
83% of the 450 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.08 vs. USM: 0.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
USM' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.74  Med: 1.02 Max: 2.84
Current: 0.98
0.74
2.84
P/S 0.91
USM's P/S is ranked higher than
70% of the 458 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.44 vs. USM: 0.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
USM' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.6  Med: 0.87 Max: 2.42
Current: 0.91
0.6
2.42
POCF 8.81
USM's POCF is ranked lower than
58% of the 302 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.79 vs. USM: 8.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
USM' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.69  Med: 6.18 Max: 65.58
Current: 8.81
2.69
65.58
EV-to-EBIT 23.71
USM's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
66% of the 352 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.25 vs. USM: 23.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
USM' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3245.6  Med: 14.6 Max: 181.2
Current: 23.71
-3245.6
181.2
EV-to-EBITDA 5.66
USM's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
75% of the 385 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.29 vs. USM: 5.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
USM' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3  Med: 5 Max: 8.2
Current: 5.66
3
8.2
PEG 132.80
USM's PEG is ranked lower than
99% of the 157 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.59 vs. USM: 132.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
USM' s PEG Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.66  Med: 3.3 Max: 1127.4
Current: 132.8
0.66
1127.4
Shiller P/E 24.13
USM's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
63% of the 121 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.29 vs. USM: 24.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
USM' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 13.75  Med: 23.07 Max: 50.22
Current: 24.13
13.75
50.22
Current Ratio 2.31
USM's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
81% of the 466 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. USM: 2.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
USM' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.45  Med: 1.31 Max: 2.36
Current: 2.31
0.45
2.36
Quick Ratio 2.11
USM's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
80% of the 466 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.03 vs. USM: 2.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
USM' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.36  Med: 1.13 Max: 2.15
Current: 2.11
0.36
2.15
Days Inventory 31.54
USM's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
72% of the 352 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.05 vs. USM: 31.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
USM' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 25.38  Med: 30.85 Max: 46.98
Current: 31.54
25.38
46.98
Days Sales Outstanding 59.55
USM's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
63% of the 359 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 46.39 vs. USM: 59.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
USM' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 31.25  Med: 38.19 Max: 59.55
Current: 59.55
31.25
59.55
Days Payable 59.71
USM's Days Payable is ranked lower than
51% of the 301 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 61.03 vs. USM: 59.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
USM' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 54.91  Med: 63.09 Max: 84
Current: 59.71
54.91
84

Buy Back

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industry
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history
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -0.10
USM's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
74% of the 274 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.60 vs. USM: -0.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
USM' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1  Med: 0.2 Max: 1.3
Current: -0.1
-1
1.3

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 2.53
USM's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
55% of the 328 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. USM: 2.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
USM' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.51  Med: 3.86 Max: 8.76
Current: 2.53
1.51
8.76
Price/Projected FCF 1.60
USM's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
56% of the 230 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.38 vs. USM: 1.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
USM' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.56  Med: 1.3 Max: 9.05
Current: 1.6
0.56
9.05
Price/Median PS Value 1.03
USM's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
52% of the 387 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.99 vs. USM: 1.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
USM' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.78  Med: 1.39 Max: 6.49
Current: 1.03
0.78
6.49
Price/Graham Number 2.81
USM's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
70% of the 202 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.71 vs. USM: 2.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
USM' s Price/Graham Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.12  Med: 2.31 Max: 22.24
Current: 2.81
1.12
22.24
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 4.21
USM's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
50% of the 464 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. USM: 4.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
USM' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.6  Med: 6.8 Max: 15.9
Current: 4.21
0.6
15.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) -5.55
USM's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
82% of the 248 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.24 vs. USM: -5.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
USM' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -6.1  Med: 6.65 Max: 23.6
Current: -5.55
-6.1
23.6

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $3,935
EPS (TTM) $ 0.59
Beta0.80
Short Percentage of Float4.05%
52-Week Range $32.72 - 45.87
Shares Outstanding (Mil)84.82

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19
Revenue (Mil $) 3,930 4,027 4,055 4,145
EPS ($) 0.43 0.88 1.10 1.35
EPS w/o NRI ($) 0.43 0.88 1.10 1.35
EPS Growth Rate
(3Y to 5Y Estimate)
-6.76%
Dividends Per Share ($)
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