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.
BCE vs. T Likes telecoms in general, giving a mix of some growth with very good dividend yields. Telus yield looks secure, with about a 5% growth rate. Yield about 4.4%. He prefers BCE, with a yield of 5.44% and its consistent cashflow and growth. Media, sports teams, and different networks are helpful to BCE's…
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.
He likes the sector but this is not his top pick in the sector because of the high valuation. RCI.B-T would have more growth ahead of it. Decent dividends, stable earnings are great for this sector, though. He thinks telecoms should be valued higher across the board.
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.
RCI.B-T vs. SJR.B-T. He is not buying either right now. He owns Bell and Telus. There is deal risk in the merger between Rogers and Shaw. You might want to take the money and run if you hold Shaw. Both are fairly priced.
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.
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.
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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.
Very cheap compared to peers. Challenge now is national expansion clarity. A cosy little monopoly in Quebec, but how will they compete against the big boys? Company wants to return capital to shareholders, which means share buybacks and dividend increases. You can buy a bit if it gets to $29-30, but don't expect it to…
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.