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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
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history
Cash to Debt 0.44
USM's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
51% of the 485 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. USM: 0.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
USM' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.20 Max: 0.63
Current: 0.44
0.01
0.63
Equity to Asset 0.50
USM's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
64% of the 474 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. USM: 0.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
USM' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.5  Med: 0.57 Max: 0.71
Current: 0.5
0.5
0.71
Interest Coverage 3.63
USM's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
64% of the 368 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.71 vs. USM: 3.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
USM' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.36  Med: 3.63 Max: 4.68
Current: 3.63
0.36
4.68
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 1.99
M-Score: -2.58
WACC vs ROIC
6.02%
4.54%
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 (%) 7.83
USM's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
51% of the 481 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.98 vs. USM: 7.83 )
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: 7.83
-3.68
10.04
Net-margin (%) 6.04
USM's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 483 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.89 vs. USM: 6.04 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
USM' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.1  Med: 3.80 Max: 7.98
Current: 6.04
-1.1
7.98
ROE (%) 6.95
USM's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 460 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.88 vs. USM: 6.95 )
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: 6.95
-1.28
10.17
ROA (%) 3.58
USM's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
57% of the 490 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.69 vs. USM: 3.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
USM' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.66  Med: 2.60 Max: 5.57
Current: 3.58
-0.66
5.57
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 17.66
USM's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
56% of the 484 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 14.61 vs. USM: 17.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
USM' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.05  Med: 12.72 Max: 24.13
Current: 17.66
-0.05
24.13
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -3.40
USM's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
65% of the 418 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: 10.70 Max: 31.6
Current: -3.4
-3.4
31.6
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 8.70
USM's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 358 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 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: 5.20 Max: 29.7
Current: 8.7
-20.8
29.7
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 29.70
USM's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 312 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.60 vs. USM: 29.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
USM' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -54.1  Med: 3.45 Max: 110
Current: 29.7
-54.1
110
» USM's 10-Y Financials

Financials (Next Earnings Date: Est. 2016-07-31)


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

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Guru Trades

Q1 2015

USM Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Paul Tudor Jones 9,200 sh (+73.58%)
Jim Simons 366,300 sh (+14.43%)
Mario Gabelli 3,587,756 sh (-1.12%)
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Q2 2015

USM Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Paul Tudor Jones 15,766 sh (+71.37%)
Jim Simons 427,200 sh (+16.63%)
Mario Gabelli 3,483,061 sh (-2.92%)
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Q3 2015

USM Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Joel Greenblatt 6,025 sh (New)
Jim Simons 515,900 sh (+20.76%)
Mario Gabelli 3,254,637 sh (-6.56%)
Paul Tudor Jones 7,365 sh (-53.29%)
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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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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 15.01
USM's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
62% of the 336 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 18.88 vs. USM: 15.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
USM' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.59  Med: 27.02 Max: 6651.67
Current: 15.01
9.59
6651.67
Forward P/E 38.02
USM's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
83% of the 124 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.39 vs. USM: 38.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 15.01
USM's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
63% of the 337 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 18.87 vs. USM: 15.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
USM' s PE(NRI) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.6  Med: 27.04 Max: 3991
Current: 15.01
9.6
3991
Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) 35.20
USM's Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) is ranked lower than
81% of the 211 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.69 vs. USM: 35.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) only.
USM' s Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.49  Med: 24.75 Max: 476.24
Current: 35.2
7.49
476.24
P/B 1.01
USM's P/B is ranked higher than
81% of the 455 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.18 vs. USM: 1.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
USM' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.74  Med: 1.06 Max: 2.84
Current: 1.01
0.74
2.84
P/S 0.89
USM's P/S is ranked higher than
67% of the 473 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.45 vs. USM: 0.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
USM' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.6  Med: 0.89 Max: 2.42
Current: 0.89
0.6
2.42
POCF 6.52
USM's POCF is ranked higher than
54% of the 312 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.32 vs. USM: 6.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
USM' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.69  Med: 6.04 Max: 65.58
Current: 6.52
2.69
65.58
EV-to-EBIT 9.27
USM's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
76% of the 357 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.07 vs. USM: 9.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
USM' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3245.6  Med: 14.30 Max: 181.2
Current: 9.27
-3245.6
181.2
EV-to-EBITDA 4.14
USM's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
83% of the 401 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.36 vs. USM: 4.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
USM' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3  Med: 5.00 Max: 8.2
Current: 4.14
3
8.2
PEG 30.00
USM's PEG is ranked lower than
96% of the 159 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.57 vs. USM: 30.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
USM' s PEG Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.67  Med: 3.53 Max: 2254.8
Current: 30
0.67
2254.8
Shiller P/E 22.94
USM's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
66% of the 118 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 18.52 vs. USM: 22.94 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
USM' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 13  Med: 23.16 Max: 48.31
Current: 22.94
13
48.31
Current Ratio 2.24
USM's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
81% of the 467 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. USM: 2.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
USM' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.46  Med: 1.19 Max: 2.24
Current: 2.24
0.46
2.24
Quick Ratio 2.04
USM's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
81% of the 467 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.03 vs. USM: 2.04 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
USM' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.41  Med: 1.04 Max: 2.04
Current: 2.04
0.41
2.04
Days Inventory 35.66
USM's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
74% of the 361 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.01 vs. USM: 35.66 )
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: 35.66
25.38
46.98
Days Sales Outstanding 57.38
USM's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
61% of the 377 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 47.76 vs. USM: 57.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
USM' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 28.69  Med: 38.67 Max: 57.38
Current: 57.38
28.69
57.38
Days Payable 54.88
USM's Days Payable is ranked lower than
58% of the 318 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 67.10 vs. USM: 54.88 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
USM' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 54.88  Med: 65.33 Max: 84
Current: 54.88
54.88
84

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 2.66
USM's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
52% of the 339 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.70 vs. USM: 2.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
USM' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.6  Med: 4.16 Max: 8.76
Current: 2.66
1.6
8.76
Price/Projected FCF 1.61
USM's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
59% of the 222 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.35 vs. USM: 1.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
USM' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.56  Med: 1.38 Max: 8.82
Current: 1.61
0.56
8.82
Price/Median PS Value 1.02
USM's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
54% of the 420 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.99 vs. USM: 1.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
USM' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.76  Med: 1.45 Max: 6.34
Current: 1.02
0.76
6.34
Price/Graham Number 1.33
USM's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
56% of the 273 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. USM: 1.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
USM' s Price/Graham Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.27  Med: 2.25 Max: 7.92
Current: 1.33
1.27
7.92
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 10.77
USM's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 482 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. USM: 10.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
USM' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.6  Med: 6.90 Max: 15.9
Current: 10.77
0.6
15.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) -3.10
USM's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
82% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.84 vs. USM: -3.10 )
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: -5.2  Med: 6.70 Max: 23.6
Current: -3.1
-5.2
23.6

More Statistics

Revenue(Mil) $3997
EPS $ 2.85
Beta0.64
Short Percentage of Float2.78%
52-Week Range $32.72 - 45.87
Shares Outstanding(Mil)84.32

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17 Dec18
Revenue(Mil) 3,943 4,035 4,031
EPS($) 0.55 1.14 1.95
EPS without NRI($) 0.55 1.14 1.95

Business Description

Industry: Communication Services » Telecom Services
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Traded in other countries:US7.Germany,
United States Cellular Corp was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware in 1983. The Company is a wireless telecommunications service provider. It operates in one segment: wireless operations, and its wireless operating markets are in the United States. U.S. Cellular's ownership interests in wireless licenses include both consolidated and investment interests in licenses covering portions of 30 states and a total population of 58 million at December 31, 2013. The Company provides services in two categories: Wireless Services and Wireless Devices. In Wireless Services, the Company's postpaid customers are able to choose from a variety of plans with voice messaging and data usage options and pricing that are designed to fit different customer needs, usage patterns and budgets. In 2013 the Company began offering Shared Data plans that include unlimited voice minutes and text messaging combined with a variety of data usage options. The Company also offers prepaid service plans, which include voice, messaging and data options for a monthly fee. As of December 31, 2013 the Company's 4G LTE network covers 87% of its postpaid customers. The Company offers a comprehensive range of wireless devices such as handsets, modems, mobile hotspots, home phone and tablets for use by its customers. The Company offers wireless devices that are compatible with some or all of its 4G LTE, 3G and 2G networks. The Company sells wireless devices to agents and other third-party distributors for resale. The Company purchases wireless devices and accessory products from a number of manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Personal Communications Devices, LG, BlackBerry, Superior Communications, Kyocera, ZTE, Tessco, ABM Wireless (Mobilistics), and Xentris Wireless. The Company's marketing plan is focused on acquiring, retaining and growing customer relationships by offering products and services built around customer needs at fair prices, maintaining an exceptional wireless network, and providing customer service. The Company currently 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
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