The telecommunications sector is composed of companies that provide communication through wired and wireless infrastructure. Some companies are considered both income and growth stocks, due to their strong performance, regulatory protection and good dividends.
The latest generation of cellular mobile communications, 5G, is rolling out, and these companies are preparing to offer high data rate, reduced latency, cost savings and energy saving. Innovations like this contribute to the growth and success of the industry.
Furthermore, telecommunications is considered a defensive stock, as the demand remains steady in times of economic stress and subscription plans give a stable source of revenue.
BCE Inc. (BCE-T)
The holding company for Bell Canada group. They’re almost done their fibre to home that will give them more market share. BCE is the dominant player in this space and they pay a 5.5% dividends. They are well managed and are considered a good defensive stock that will weather a recession.
All the telcos have paused over the last few months. Mobile data volume allowance is going up in plans while plan costs go down. A price war is hitting their top line. He prefers Shaw and Rogers. It is a marriage that at some point may happen. Telus has created a digital health care market.…
Telus Corp (T-T)
One of the three big Canadian telecom company. They beat subscriber growth and reduced churn in Q4. They’ve increased dividends by 7% and is projected to increase. They have invested in data and are increasing their free cash flow.
Telus Health going well. Small impact from Covid. High dividend with 6% growth. Great name. Not cheap. Part of the solution in the thirst for data. Best of the bunch.
Shaw Communication (B) (SJR.B-T)
A Canadian telecommunications company that has extensive fibre optic network that provides telephone, internet, tv, and mobile services. They are expected to get get a good market share of 5G. They pay a 4% monthly yield.
Growing exposure to wireless, content, cable, low valuation at 6x operating cash flow. Likes the group, and this is a newer name he's added. Yield is 4.78%. (Analysts’ price target is $27.58)
Rogers Communications (B) (RCI.B-T)
A telecom leader that also owns media. They pay a good dividends that is expected to be increased. I has organic growth and some say the media assets are undervalued. They have the largest wireless network in Canada and is considered a defensive growth name.
He's held this for 30 years. Investors underestimate their infrastructure assets in their networks built-out. The stock is cheap now. They benefit from heavy streaming now. They generate good cash flow and a cheap valuation. (He also own BCE, Telus and Shaw.) Rogers' advantage as that it trades at a similar valuation, but pays the…
Quebecor Inc (B) (QBR.B-T)
A Quebec based communications company that has seen earning growth of over 20%. The growth has been exponential and the company is managed well. Their main area served is limited to Quebec, and are investing in their network.
Pre-COVIC, he saw that tech was going to pop, and now the puck is heading to boring value names, like Quebecor. Has an 11% growth rate and trades at 12.6x 2021. Its a very cheap telco and have a lot of cash to return to shareholders and raise the dividend if they wish. Their wireless…
Telefonica S.A. (TEF-N)
An international telecommunications company based in Spain. Revenues rose in 2018, and they are expecting a 2% organic in revenue. They sold their mobile communications assets in some central American countries back in February.
It's a telecom, which is the worst industry to ever invest in. Telecoms are being swept into the new communication industry which will also include media, cable and internet search. The telecom industry will cease to exist. He's not intersted in telecoms at all. It's crazy. He once paid for long-distance calls; now, they're giving…
One fo the oldest telecommunications company. They have consistently raised dividends for the past 30 years and own 1/3 of the wireless market share in the U.S. They are considered lower risk than their European counterpart.
The layoffs they announced make him nervous, a bad sign. He wishes they would appear on his show to discuss what is really happening. He prefers Verizon.
AMERICA MOVIL, S.A.B. DE C.V. (AMX-N)
A Mexican telecommunications corporation that is the fourth largest mobile network operator. Their share price jumped following their acquisition of Nextel’s Brazil operation giving them a strong position in Latin America.
(A Top Pick June 5/07. Down 8%.) Largest cellular company in Mexico. Their capacity utilization of the network is superior to many other global ones. Very Bullish on this stock.
Vodafone Group PLC (VOD-Q)
The United Kingdom’s largest telecom company that offers voice, broadband and data services. Most of their business is in Europe. Due to them being a UK-based company, Brexit talks have negatively affected this stock. They are facing big capital expenditures with 5G but their dividends are considered safe.
Not a tech company, but does provide access to the internet. Overexpanded and took on a lot of debt. Great business in the UK and Europe. How do they integrate 5G and the cable business? Will have a lot of capex going forward. He'd rather own a Canadian telecom like BCE. Good yield.
Verizon Communications (VZ-N)
They are the largest telecommunications company in the U.S. and operates internationally. They pay an attractive dividends of 4.2% and their balance sheet looks good. 5G infrastructure will make it a good long term story.
It shouldn't be down. Pays a 4% and offers a good balance sheet. Just reported better-than-expected earnings.
T-Mobile US (TMUS-Q)
They recently launched their home internet pilot in the US for rural and underserved markets.. They are seeking a merger with Sprint on the grounds that wireless telecommunications and cable are coming together. If this goes through, it could see major upsides.
Still margin pressures on business and some slowing growth. Good cash generation. Balance sheet is in good shape so he wouldn’t have any trouble owning this. Thinks that the best growth is behind some of the telecom companies right now.
Sprint Nextel (S-N)
A U.S. telecommunications holding company. They just announced a merger with T-Mobile, and its consolidation is seen positively by experts. Sprint does not pay a dividend.
Just announced a merger with T-Mobile (TMUS-Q). Telecom has been an industry under pressure for a long time, and we are starting to see smaller players consolidate to cut costs. These are investments you want to hold, only to milk the cash flows remaining in them. The saturation level of smart phones is pretty high.…
China Mobile Hong Kong (CHL-N)
A Chinese state-owned telecommunication company. They have grown their dividends reliably. There is still growth opportunity in China but it’s still a mature business. They have a good balance sheet and is a good long-term investment.
He does not own it, but has looked at it. He is a little concerned about seeing all the information, being that it is a Chinese company. He would look for a different global telco player.