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United States Cellular Corp - Stock Quote USM

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Challenges in U.S. Cellular’s Core Business Offset Value in Underlying Assets and New Opportunities

Matthew Dolgin, CFA Equity Analyst

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| Matthew Dolgin, CFA |

U.S. Cellular faces challenges that are a byproduct of its small, regional scale in an industry that has come to be dominated by gigantic, national wireless carriers. We think the firm’s core wireless business will continue to be challenged as a result. However, we’re optimistic about some of the other levers the firm is looking to pull in its operations, and U.S. Cellular holds assets that we think have significant value, including its portfolio of over 4,000 towers and a 5.5% stake in Verizon’s Los Angeles wireless business.

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U.S. Cellular is a regional wireless carrier that serves about 5 million customers spread across four major geographic clusters: the Midwest, mid-Atlantic, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. These service territories encompass a total population of about 32 million people. The vast majority of the markets the firm serves are rural or second/third-tier cities, with only the greater Milwaukee and Oklahoma City regions boasting populations greater than 1 million. U.S. Cellular also owns a 5.5% stake in Verizon Wireless’ Los Angeles operations and, unlike its wireless carrier peers, owns most of its own towers.

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8410 West Bryn Mawr
Chicago, IL, 60631
T +1 773 399-8900
Industry Telecom Services
Most Recent Earnings Mar 31, 2022
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2022
Stock Type Slow Growth
Employees 4,800