The Big Canadian Telcos Stocks to Buy in 2019
Global markets have been experiencing a tumultuous couple of weeks, with concerns mounting over an upcoming recession. The inverted yield curve that has only worsened, and has investors on edge. Concerns over the trade war between the U.S. and China have also depressed the market. In such volatile times, investors need to consider risk and look at more stable defensive stocks, such as the phone companies.
Telecommunication stocks are known to be resilient, even during a recession, as people are likely to keep their phone and internet connections. They are utility type holdings. In Canada, they are a virtual oligopoly that gives them further stability and protection. Furthermore, most telecom companies pay dividends with decent yield, so it could be an important place to hide your money and weather the storm.
BCE Inc. (BCE-T)
Previously known as Bell Canada, BCE is a good choice for those looking for dividends yield and growth. It’s a safe haven stock that grows dividends yearly. In a falling interest rate environment, it will continue to do well. It is a good income stock that will perform well since it is part of an oligopoly in Canada.
Significant capital expenditures. Announced a further 3-year plan, and that will stress the EPS and cashflow numbers. Once the build is complete, capex should decline and earnings should grow. Dividend increases should, perhaps, be slowed. In 3-4 years, the payout ratio should normalize. In the meantime, it's vulnerable to something going wrong, payout ratio and…
Telus Corp (T-T)
Telus is a strong choice for investors looking for a telecommunication company with good market share and a good yield. They are currently paying a dividend of around 4.7%. They have shown good organic business growth, and have continued to add new customers. They are diversified and is ideal for those seeking yield and safety.
Stable company. Rose last year on hype surrounding investments in agriculture and healthcare, but he likes those investments. Telus is using its tech know-how to expand opportunities in other business-use cases. Core business looks good. Further ahead than BCE on fibre build, capex starting to come down, free cashflow starting to rise. Dividend growth at…
Rogers Communications (B) (RCI.B-T)
Rogers has a good likelihood of growth. They will perform well later in the cycle and is more resilient in a recession, with a low beta. They are one of the most diversified telecommunication companies, with assets in sports, publication and other media.
Very strong company regardless of Shaw merger. Strong technology assets and legacy equipment. Demand for services inelastic. Strong dividend yield that appears to be stable. Good company for the long term shareholder.
Shaw Communication (B) (SJR.B-T)
Shaw is going through a long-term expansion, after buying Wind Mobile and other acquisitions. They are also investing into their streaming services. There are some concerns over their capability to grow, since 5G is expensive and they have some debt. It has a controlling interest in Corus Entertainment that is weighing down the stock. They pay a 4% monthly yield.
Rogers will probably win the court battle, though there will be concessions. You better like Rogers.
Cogeco Cable (CCA-T)
The company has done very well over the last couple of years, and has always been held out as a possible acquisition target by Rogers. They are diversifying by buying more U.S. assets. It has good return on capital and has grown very well this year.
Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly This TOP PICK is the 8th largest hybrid fibre cable operator in North American with customers in Quebec, Ontario 13 US states serving 1.6 million customers. It just launched a streaming TV service to integrate live tv, dvr and steaming apps with a single interface. It trades 1.2x book value…
Quebecor Inc (B) (QBR.B-T)
A more regional telecommunication company, concentrated in Quebec. They are reinvesting a lot of money into their network and have experienced earnings growth of over 20% last year. They have a high free cash flow that they can redeploy. They have an edge over their competitors in Quebec, so this could be a good regional play.
Defensive telecom and cable. Regional. Dominant cable operator. New cell phone competitor with 21% market share, but the fastest growing. Small sports/entertainment division. No commodity exposure and minimal wage inflation, as it's capital- and tech-intensive. Strong balance sheet. Interesting reinvestment catalysts out of Rogers-Shaw deal. Yield is 4.11%. (Analysts’ price target is $35.31)
Tucows Inc. (TC-T)
The second largest domain registrar worldwide. They were under the radar until last year when they broke out. The stock price has pulled back now, but the company is capital efficient and is expected to grow. They are also active in the reselling of mobile phone services.
(A Top Pick Jul 29/20, Up 17%) #2 in the domain business. A cash cow. Steady and predictable. Also have a mobile business and a fibre business. In this environment, expects them to have many more installations and business should boom. Top management. Would buy at these levels.