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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 : 6/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.31
USM's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
59% of the 455 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. USM: 0.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
USM' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0  Med: 0.19 Max: 0.71
Current: 0.31
0
0.71
Equity to Asset 0.53
USM's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
67% of the 433 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.41 vs. USM: 0.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
USM' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.48  Med: 0.58 Max: 0.73
Current: 0.53
0.48
0.73
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 1.88
M-Score: -2.31
WACC vs ROIC
5.02%
1.87%
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 (%) 4.00
USM's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
63% of the 456 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.37 vs. USM: 4.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
USM' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -3.68  Med: 7.99 Max: 17.03
Current: 4
-3.68
17.03
Net-margin (%) 3.44
USM's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
54% of the 456 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.35 vs. USM: 3.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
USM' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -1.1  Med: 5.01 Max: 20.76
Current: 3.44
-1.1
20.76
ROE (%) 4.00
USM's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
61% of the 434 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.77 vs. USM: 4.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
USM' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -1.28  Med: 5.81 Max: 14.24
Current: 4
-1.28
14.24
ROA (%) 2.11
USM's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
56% of the 463 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.30 vs. USM: 2.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
USM' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -0.66  Med: 2.92 Max: 9.19
Current: 2.11
-0.66
9.19
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 11.39
USM's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
54% of the 457 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 13.77 vs. USM: 11.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
USM' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -0.05  Med: 13.94 Max: 85.53
Current: 11.39
-0.05
85.53
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -3.20
USM's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
64% of the 391 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. USM: -3.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
USM' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -3.2  Med: 11.30 Max: 38
Current: -3.2
-3.2
38
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -13.70
USM's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
78% of the 328 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. USM: -13.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
USM' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -20.8  Med: 5.20 Max: 33.7
Current: -13.7
-20.8
33.7
» USM's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q3 2014

USM Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 24,200 sh (+47.56%)
Jim Simons 274,100 sh (+8.13%)
Mario Gabelli 3,649,830 sh (+3.69%)
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Q4 2014

USM Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 320,100 sh (+16.78%)
Mario Gabelli 3,564,465 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 3,564,465 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 3,628,339 sh (-0.59%)
Paul Tudor Jones 5,300 sh (-78.10%)
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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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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 23.16
USM's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
61% of the 310 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 18.90 vs. USM: 23.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
USM' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 9.59  Med: 29.49 Max: 6651.67
Current: 23.16
9.59
6651.67
Forward P/E 52.36
USM's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
89% of the 188 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.31 vs. USM: 52.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 23.30
USM's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
59% of the 305 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 19.60 vs. USM: 23.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
USM' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 9.6  Med: 29.49 Max: 3991
Current: 23.3
9.6
3991
P/B 0.89
USM's P/B is ranked higher than
82% of the 423 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.21 vs. USM: 0.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
USM' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.74  Med: 1.12 Max: 2.84
Current: 0.89
0.74
2.84
P/S 0.78
USM's P/S is ranked higher than
70% of the 451 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.39 vs. USM: 0.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
USM' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.6  Med: 0.93 Max: 2.42
Current: 0.78
0.6
2.42
POCF 8.28
USM's POCF is ranked lower than
56% of the 319 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.72 vs. USM: 8.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
USM' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 2.68  Med: 6.17 Max: 64.57
Current: 8.28
2.68
64.57
EV-to-EBIT 12.54
USM's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
64% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.31 vs. USM: 12.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
USM' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -351.2  Med: 22.40 Max: 180.2
Current: 12.54
-351.2
180.2
Shiller P/E 24.67
USM's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
68% of the 215 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.77 vs. USM: 24.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
USM' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 13.82  Med: 25.61 Max: 68.55
Current: 24.67
13.82
68.55
Current Ratio 1.48
USM's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
64% of the 447 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. USM: 1.48 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
USM' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.45  Med: 1.25 Max: 2.07
Current: 1.48
0.45
2.07
Quick Ratio 1.32
USM's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
62% of the 447 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. USM: 1.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
USM' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.36  Med: 1.07 Max: 1.94
Current: 1.32
0.36
1.94
Days Inventory 35.99
USM's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
75% of the 347 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 14.60 vs. USM: 35.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
USM' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 11.79  Med: 27.67 Max: 46.98
Current: 35.99
11.79
46.98
Days Sales Outstanding 47.71
USM's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
51% of the 380 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 47.27 vs. USM: 47.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
USM' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 28.69  Med: 44.05 Max: 58.67
Current: 47.71
28.69
58.67

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 2.41
USM's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
53% of the 306 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.69 vs. USM: 2.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
USM' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.51  Med: 4.25 Max: 10.83
Current: 2.41
1.51
10.83
Price/Projected FCF 1.45
USM's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
58% of the 226 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.32 vs. USM: 1.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
USM' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.58  Med: 1.34 Max: 9.05
Current: 1.45
0.58
9.05
Price/Median PS Value 0.85
USM's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
65% of the 415 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.99 vs. USM: 0.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
USM' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.73  Med: 1.47 Max: 6.97
Current: 0.85
0.73
6.97
Price/Graham Number 1.53
USM's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
52% of the 202 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.59 vs. USM: 1.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
USM' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.12  Med: 2.15 Max: 4.41
Current: 1.53
1.12
4.41
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 7.98
USM's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 456 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. USM: 7.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
USM' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 0.6  Med: 4.20 Max: 12.4
Current: 7.98
0.6
12.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) -6.65
USM's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
85% of the 241 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9.65 vs. USM: -6.65 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
USM' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -7  Med: 6.70 Max: 23.3
Current: -6.65
-7
23.3

Analyst Estimate

Dec15 Dec16 Dec17
Revenue(Mil) 4,085 4,211 4,165
EPS($) 0.59 0.69 1.25
EPS without NRI($) 0.59 0.69 1.25

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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