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.
The market worries all these telcos are overpaying on spectrum. He predicts the Rogers-Shaw deal will happen. The telcos will benefit from 5G and should be held in a TFSA as you collect the good dividends.
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.
All the carriers are offering 5G. He does not expect 5G will result in increased growth in any of the carriers. The biggest opportunity in 5G is a company that provides a 5G app, product or service that really takes advantage of 5G that everyone will want. He has not found such a company.
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.
Big fan of telecoms, though they didn't deliver last year as expected. Telecoms are very defensive and operate in an oligopoly. RCI is OK, but not as keen on it compared to others in the space. Least enthusiastic about cable. Ton of risk on the Shaw deal.
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.
(A Top Pick Sep 03/20, Up 52%) Likes telecom in general. He sold out into the Rogers bid. If the deal doesn't go through, downside might be 30% or more.
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.
(A Top Pick Aug 17/20, Up 1%) He bought this to play defence and collect its nice dividend. They're still growing earnings at 13%, faster than peers. The whole group is nervous, that they have to spend more on spectrum. But this is a good 5G play over time. It's still a buy.
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.