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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

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.01
WIN's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
54% of the 800 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. WIN: 0.01 )
WIN' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.01

Equity to Asset 0.06
WIN's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
58% of the 792 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. WIN: 0.06 )
WIN' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.01   Max: 0.71
Current: 0.06

-0.01
0.71
Interest Coverage 1.61
WIN's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
61% of the 563 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.26 vs. WIN: 1.61 )
WIN' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.78   Max: 33.18
Current: 1.61

0.78
33.18
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 0.59
M-Score: -2.90
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 : 8/10

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history
Operating margin (%) 16.85
WIN's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 788 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.85 vs. WIN: 16.85 )
WIN' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -10.34   Max: 36.65
Current: 16.85

-10.34
36.65
Net-margin (%) 4.02
WIN's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 788 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.98 vs. WIN: 4.02 )
WIN' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -12.56   Max: 28.13
Current: 4.02

-12.56
28.13
ROE (%) 28.68
WIN's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.18 vs. WIN: 28.68 )
WIN' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 10.73   Max: 5969.71
Current: 28.68

10.73
5969.71
ROA (%) 1.79
WIN's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 792 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.69 vs. WIN: 1.79 )
WIN' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.79   Max: 19.6
Current: 1.79

0.79
19.6
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 17.69
WIN's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 784 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 22.49 vs. WIN: 17.69 )
WIN' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 15.08   Max: 88.81
Current: 17.69

15.08
88.81
Revenue Growth (%) 8.60
WIN's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 680 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.70 vs. WIN: 8.60 )
WIN' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 14.9
Current: 8.6

0
14.9
EBITDA Growth (%) 2.00
WIN's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 606 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. WIN: 2.00 )
WIN' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 29.6
Current: 2

0
29.6
EPS Growth (%) -16.10
WIN's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 545 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.20 vs. WIN: -16.10 )
WIN' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 62.8
Current: -16.1

0
62.8
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

WIN Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Joel Greenblatt 382,852 sh (New)
Columbia Wanger 3,000,000 sh (+50%)
Pioneer Investments 640,076 sh (-23.38%)
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Q2 2013

WIN Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Columbia Wanger 3,500,000 sh (+16.67%)
Pioneer Investments 640,076 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt 181,853 sh (-52.5%)
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Q3 2013

WIN Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Jeremy Grantham 62,785 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 39,600 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 455,498 sh (+150.48%)
Columbia Wanger 3,500,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 640,076 sh (unchged)
» More
Q4 2013

WIN Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Steven Cohen 727,395 sh (+1736.86%)
Joel Greenblatt 793,889 sh (+74.29%)
Jeremy Grantham 76,727 sh (+22.21%)
Pioneer Investments 640,076 sh (unchged)
Columbia Wanger 1,500,000 sh (-57.14%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with WIN

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Add 74.29%0.06%$7.92 - $8.655 $ 8.948%793889
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Add 150.48%0.07%$7.69 - $8.64 $ 8.948%455498
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Reduce -52.5%0.08%$7.65 - $8.87 $ 8.948%181853
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 New Buy0.15%$7.93 - $10 $ 8.94-2%382852
Mario Gabelli 2011-03-31 Sold Out $12.25 - $14.01 $ 8.94-31%0
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Ratios

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history
P/E(ttm) 22.50
WIN's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
62% of the 642 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.30 vs. WIN: 22.50 )
WIN' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 3.73   Max: 60.89
Current: 22.5

3.73
60.89
P/B 6.30
WIN's P/B is ranked lower than
54% of the 728 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.26 vs. WIN: 6.30 )
WIN' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 23.36
Current: 6.3

0.23
23.36
P/S 0.90
WIN's P/S is ranked higher than
77% of the 822 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.46 vs. WIN: 0.90 )
WIN' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.73   Max: 2.91
Current: 0.9

0.73
2.91
PFCF 8.00
WIN's PFCF is ranked higher than
88% of the 519 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.86 vs. WIN: 8.00 )
WIN' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 3.82   Max: 13.26
Current: 8

3.82
13.26
EV-to-EBIT 14.10
WIN's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
68% of the 711 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 14.25 vs. WIN: 14.10 )
WIN' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 3.2   Max: 18.9
Current: 14.1

3.2
18.9
PEG 8.60
WIN's PEG is ranked higher than
51% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.58 vs. WIN: 8.60 )
WIN' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 95.23
Current: 8.6

0.69
95.23
Shiller P/E 15.30
WIN's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
75% of the 482 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.99 vs. WIN: 15.30 )
WIN' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.89   Max: 15.2
Current: 15.3

8.89
15.2

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 11.10
WIN's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
96% of the 570 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.70 vs. WIN: 11.10 )
WIN' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 1.15   Max: 15.22
Current: 11.1

1.15
15.22
Dividend Payout 2.56
WIN's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
58% of the 462 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.58 vs. WIN: 2.56 )
WIN' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.52   Max: 3.57
Current: 2.56

0.52
3.57
Yield on cost (5-Year) 11.10
WIN's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
87% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.83 vs. WIN: 11.10 )
WIN' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.15   Max: 15.22
Current: 11.1

1.15
15.22
Share Buyback Rate -8.00
WIN's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
68% of the 565 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: -0.20 vs. WIN: -8.00 )
WIN' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0   Max: -83.5
Current: -8

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.60
WIN's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
90% of the 495 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. WIN: 0.60 )
WIN' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 0.91
Current: 0.6

0.57
0.91
Price/Median PS Value 0.60
WIN's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
95% of the 736 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. WIN: 0.60 )
WIN' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 1.3
Current: 0.6

0.5
1.3
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 7.10
WIN's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
72% of the 716 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.00 vs. WIN: 7.10 )
WIN' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5.3   Max: 31.7
Current: 7.1

5.3
31.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 14.84
WIN's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
88% of the 623 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.96 vs. WIN: 14.84 )
WIN' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 8.3   Max: 33.7
Current: 14.84

8.3
33.7

Business Description

Industry: Communication Services » Telecom Services
Compare:CHU, VOD, T, VZ, AMOV » details
Traded in other countries:B4O.Germany
Windstream Corp is a Delaware Corporation. On July 17, 2006, Alltel Corporation, which has subsequently merged with Verizon Communications Inc. (Alltel), completed the spin off of its wireline telecommunications division and immediately merged with and into Valor Communications Group, Inc. (Valor), with Valor continuing as the surviving corporation. The resulting company was renamed Windstream Corporation. The Company is a provider of advanced communications and technology solutions, including managed services and cloud computing, to businesses nationwide. In addition to business services, it offers broadband, voice and video services to consumers in primarily rural markets. The Company offers a robust portfolio of products and services to meet the communications and technology needs of its customers. Its business data services includes Multi-site networking, which provides private, secure multi-site connections for large businesses with multiple locations; High-speed Internet access services, which provides reliable broadband Internet access, including high-speed T1, Dedicated Internet and Ethernet Internet options; and Data centers, which offers cloud computing, colocation, dedicated server, managed services and disaster recovery solutions. Its consumer services primarily consist of high-speed Internet, voice and video services. The Company offers consumer video services primarily through a relationship with Dish Network LLC. The Company also owns and operates cable television franchises in some of its service areas. The Company's video offerings allow them to provide comprehensive bundled services to its consumer base, helping insulate customers from competitors. The Company provides switched access services to long-distance companies and other local exchange carriers for access to its network in connection with the completion of long-distance calls. The Company also receives compensation from wireless and other local exchange carriers for the use of its facilities. Consumer sales are made through various distribution channels giving new and existing customers' choices in how they interact and experience its products and services. Additionally, the Company offers customers the opportunity to order service and purchase a number of products designed to enhance their existing services, such as tablet computers, telephones and accessories at any of its approximately 60 retail stores located in its local service areas. The Company's fiber transport network is fully integrated and allows offering a full suite of voice and advanced data services, including, but not limited to, multi-site networking, dedicated Internet and Ethernet solutions, high-speed Internet and VoIP services. The Company's owned local networks consist of central office digital switches, routers; loop carriers and virtual and physical colocations interconnected with fiber, copper and microwaved facilities. A mix of fiber optic and copper facilities connect its cus

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