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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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Interest Coverage 5.80
DTV's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
53% of the 353 Companies
in the Global Pay TV industry.

( Industry Median: 6.60 vs. DTV: 5.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
DTV' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0.00 Max: 0
Current: 5.8
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 : 2/10

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Guru Trades

Q4 2014

DTV Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 9,200 sh (New)
David Abrams 700,000 sh (New)
David Dreman 2,917 sh (New)
George Soros 305,470 sh (New)
John Hussman 150,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 1,712,692 sh (+1833.24%)
Joel Greenblatt 796,791 sh (+234.01%)
Louis Moore Bacon 24,036 sh (+69.89%)
Jeremy Grantham 2,500,346 sh (+13.70%)
Ruane Cunniff 47,354 sh (+10.50%)
John Paulson 11,400,000 sh (+9.62%)
Warren Buffett 31,353,468 sh (+4.51%)
Ken Fisher 4,051 sh (+3.58%)
Scott Black Sold Out
Jeff Auxier 16,309 sh (-0.39%)
PRIMECAP Management 13,914,073 sh (-0.43%)
Mario Gabelli 3,861,863 sh (-1.45%)
Robert Bruce 85,000 sh (-1.73%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 425,609 sh (-2.54%)
Lou Simpson 1,594,678 sh (-2.88%)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 143,343 sh (-25.97%)
RS Investment Management 243,389 sh (-31.78%)
Wallace Weitz 268,570 sh (-83.47%)
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Q1 2015

DTV Guru Trades in Q1 2015

First Eagle Investment 50,000 sh (New)
Lee Ainslie 2,880 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 82,981 sh (+245.24%)
David Abrams 1,400,000 sh (+100.00%)
George Soros 535,556 sh (+75.32%)
Jeremy Grantham 2,697,467 sh (+7.88%)
Robert Bruce 85,000 sh (unchged)
John Paulson 11,400,000 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 31,353,468 sh (unchged)
First Eagle Investment 500 sh (unchged)
Wallace Weitz Sold Out
Ronald Muhlenkamp Sold Out
Lou Simpson Sold Out
David Dreman Sold Out
Ken Fisher Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 13,903,973 sh (-0.07%)
Jeff Auxier 16,159 sh (-0.92%)
Jim Simons 1,687,092 sh (-1.49%)
Ruane Cunniff 45,977 sh (-2.91%)
Mario Gabelli 3,700,434 sh (-4.18%)
John Hussman 100,000 sh (-33.33%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 273,759 sh (-35.68%)
Paul Tudor Jones 5,506 sh (-40.15%)
Joel Greenblatt 162,441 sh (-79.61%)
RS Investment Management 6,569 sh (-97.30%)
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Q2 2015

DTV Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Ken Fisher 2,194 sh (New)
Eric Mindich 4,481,762 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 503,300 sh (+9040.94%)
George Soros 695,956 sh (+29.95%)
RS Investment Management 8,227 sh (+25.24%)
David Abrams 1,714,262 sh (+22.45%)
Warren Buffett 31,353,468 sh (unchged)
John Paulson 11,400,000 sh (unchged)
Lee Ainslie 2,880 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 16,159 sh (unchged)
John Hussman 100,000 sh (unchged)
Robert Bruce Sold Out
First Eagle Investment Sold Out
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss Sold Out
Ruane Cunniff 45,952 sh (-0.05%)
Mario Gabelli 3,433,014 sh (-7.23%)
PRIMECAP Management 12,457,523 sh (-10.40%)
Joel Greenblatt 107,176 sh (-34.02%)
Jim Simons 553,892 sh (-67.17%)
Louis Moore Bacon 13,651 sh (-83.55%)
Jeremy Grantham 127,521 sh (-95.27%)
» More
Q3 2015

DTV Guru Trades in Q3 2015

John Hussman Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ken Fisher Sold Out
Mario Gabelli Sold Out
RS Investment Management Sold Out
Lee Ainslie Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Jeff Auxier Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
David Abrams Sold Out
George Soros Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Ruane Cunniff Sold Out
John Paulson Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Eric Mindich Sold Out
Warren Buffett Sold Out
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Business Description

Industry: Communication Services » Pay TV
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Directv was incorporated in Delaware in 2009. The Company is a provider of digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. It operates two direct-to-home, or DTH, business units: DIRECTV U.S. and DIRECTV Latin America, which are differentiated by their geographic location and are engaged in acquiring, promoting, selling and distributing digital entertainment programming via satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. In addition, the Company owns and operate two regional sports networks, or RSNs, hold a minority ownership interest in ROOT SPORTS Northwest and own a 42% interest in Game Show Network, LLC, or GSN, a television network dedicated to game-related programming and Internet interactive game playing. The Company face substantial competition in the MVPD industry and from emerging digital media distribution providers. Its competition includes companies that offer video, audio, interactive programming, telephony, data and other entertainment services, such as cable television, other DTH companies, telcos, wireless companies and companies that are developing new technologies, including online video distributors. The Company provides services in PanAmericana and Brazil from leased transponders on two geosynchronous satellites. Sky Mexico provides its services from leased transponders on a separate satellite. In addition, it leases a backup satellite that serves Sky Brasil and Sky Mexico. The Company is subject to government regulation in the United States, by the FCC and by other federal, state and local authorities. The Company is subject to similar regulatory agencies in Latin America. It is also subject to the rules and procedures of the International Telecommunication Union, or ITU, a agency of the United Nations, which coordinates telecommunications networks and services.

Guru Investment Theses on Directv

Mario Gabelli Comments on DIRECTV - Mar 12, 2015

DIRECTV (1.8%) (DTV – $86.70 – NASDAQ) is the largest pay television provider in the world, with over twenty million subscribers in the U.S. and over twelve million throughout Latin America. Originally part of General Motors (less than 0.1%), DTV used its technological advantage, focus on high income customers, recognition of the necessity for superior customer service, and clever (Sunday Ticket) participation in exclusive sports programming to cement its position in the U.S. The company used essentially the same strategy in Latin America, where it is benefiting from the growth of the middle class in countries such as Brazil and Colombia. Atop a superior operating business, DTV has layered a capital structure that maximizes equity returns. The company has used modest leverage to repurchase stock, in the process cutting its shares outstanding by more than half over the last five years. Long of interest to its telecom distribution partners, AT&T (less than 0.1%) agreed to acquire the company in April 2014 for $95 per share in cash and stock. We expect the transaction to be approved and close in the first half of 2015.

From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)’s Asset Fund Q4 2014 Commentary.

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Mario Gabelli Comments on DIRECTV - Jul 30, 2014

DIRECTV (DTV) (1.7%) (DTV - $85.01 - NASDAQ) is the largest pay TV provider in the world, with over twenty million subscribers in the U.S. and over twelve million throughout Latin America. Originally part of General Motors, DTV used its technological advantage, focus on high income customers, recognition of the necessity for superior customer service, and clever (Sunday Ticket) participation in exclusive sports programming to cement its position in the U.S. The company used essentially the same strategy in Latin America, where it is benefiting from the growth of the middle class in countries such as Brazil and Colombia. Atop a superior operating business, DTV has layered a capital structure that maximizes equity returns. The company has used modest leverage to repurchase stock, in the process cutting its shares outstanding by more than half over the last five years. Long of interest to its telecom distribution partners, AT&T agreed to acquire the company in April 2014 for $95 per share in cash and stock. We expect the transaction to be approved and close early in 2015.

From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)’s The Gabelli Asset Fund Second Quarter 2014 Shareholder Commentary.

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Weitz Investment Management Comments on DIRECTV - Jul 22, 2014

DIRECTV (DTV) is on the receiving end of a takeover offer—it is the target of an acquisition by AT&T. DIRECTV had grown its business steadily over the years and had increased its value per share significantly by making very large share repurchases. AT&T is offering roughly twice the price we paid for our first shares about three years ago. We have mixed feelings about giving up our holdings but it has been a good investment for us.



From Wallace Weitz (Trades, Portfolio)'s Q2 Shareholder Letter.



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Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $33,548
EPS (TTM) $ 5.77
Short Percentage of Float1.90%
52-Week Range $82.04 - 95.51
Shares Outstanding (Mil)504.29

Analyst Estimate

Dec15 Dec16 Dec17
Revenue (Mil $) 34,504 36,083 36,564
EPS ($) 5.98 6.20 6.46
EPS w/o NRI ($) 5.98 6.20 6.46
EPS Growth Rate
(3Y to 5Y Estimate)
-1.50%
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