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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 0.36
USM's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
78% of the 946 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.31 vs. USM: 0.36 )
USM' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: 0.71
Current: 0.36

0
0.71
Equity to Asset 0.53
USM's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
85% of the 906 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.38 vs. USM: 0.53 )
USM' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.48   Max: 0.73
Current: 0.53

0.48
0.73
Interest Coverage 3.34
USM's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
71% of the 637 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.37 vs. USM: 3.34 )
USM' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.36   Max: 9.02
Current: 3.34

0.36
9.02
F-Score: 3
Z-Score: 1.74
M-Score: -2.91
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 : 4/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) -3.28
USM's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 949 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.00 vs. USM: -3.28 )
USM' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.65   Max: 17.97
Current: -3.28

0.65
17.97
Net-margin (%) -0.52
USM's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 949 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.41 vs. USM: -0.52 )
USM' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -0.65   Max: 21.22
Current: -0.52

-0.65
21.22
ROE (%) -0.59
USM's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 919 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.35 vs. USM: -0.59 )
USM' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -0.6   Max: 14.24
Current: -0.59

-0.6
14.24
ROA (%) -0.31
USM's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 957 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.44 vs. USM: -0.31 )
USM' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -0.34   Max: 9.19
Current: -0.31

-0.34
9.19
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -4.43
USM's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 955 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 21.42 vs. USM: -4.43 )
USM' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 1.05   Max: 26.09
Current: -4.43

1.05
26.09
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -1.40
USM's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 846 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.90 vs. USM: -1.40 )
USM' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -1.4   Max: 34.5
Current: -1.4

-1.4
34.5
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 8.90
USM's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 755 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.30 vs. USM: 8.90 )
USM' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -20.5   Max: 43.8
Current: 8.9

-20.5
43.8
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 1.70
USM's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 709 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. USM: 1.70 )
USM' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -54.1   Max: 110.1
Current: 1.7

-54.1
110.1
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Financials


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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

USM Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 20,602 sh (+151.24%)
Jim Simons 420,500 sh (+34.43%)
Mario Gabelli 3,535,780 sh (-0.47%)
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Q1 2014

USM Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Mario Gabelli 3,525,648 sh (-0.29%)
Jim Simons 339,345 sh (-19.3%)
Paul Tudor Jones 16,600 sh (-19.43%)
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Q2 2014

USM Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Mario Gabelli 3,519,787 sh (-0.17%)
Paul Tudor Jones 16,400 sh (-1.2%)
Jim Simons 253,500 sh (-25.3%)
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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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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/B 1.00
USM's P/B is ranked higher than
94% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.00 vs. USM: 1.00 )
USM' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.74   Max: 2.84
Current: 1

0.74
2.84
P/S 0.80
USM's P/S is ranked higher than
89% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. USM: 0.80 )
USM' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 2.42
Current: 0.8

0.6
2.42
EV-to-EBIT -30.36
USM's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
70% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.61 vs. USM: -30.36 )
USM' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -263.1   Max: 195.7
Current: -30.36

-263.1
195.7
Shiller P/E 34.10
USM's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
86% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 39.83 vs. USM: 34.10 )
USM' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 13.88   Max: 68.55
Current: 34.1

13.88
68.55
Current Ratio 1.27
USM's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
81% of the 931 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.03 vs. USM: 1.27 )
USM' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.45   Max: 2.07
Current: 1.27

0.45
2.07
Quick Ratio 1.07
USM's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
79% of the 931 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.97 vs. USM: 1.07 )
USM' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.36   Max: 1.94
Current: 1.07

0.36
1.94

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 2.04
USM's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
90% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.84 vs. USM: 2.04 )
USM' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.55   Max: 17.42
Current: 2.04

1.55
17.42
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.04
USM's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
92% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.17 vs. USM: 1.04 )
USM' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 9.05
Current: 1.04

0.57
9.05
Price/Median PS Value 0.87
USM's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
88% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. USM: 0.87 )
USM' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 8.03
Current: 0.87

0.7
8.03
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) -3.30
USM's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
66% of the 937 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. USM: -3.30 )
USM' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 12.4
Current: -3.3

0.5
12.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -0.72
USM's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
75% of the 652 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9.28 vs. USM: -0.72 )
USM' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -7.5   Max: 22.7
Current: -0.72

-7.5
22.7

Business Description

Industry: Communication Services » Telecom Services
Compare:CHU, VOD, T, VZ, AMOV » details
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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