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.
He likes the name and sees it as an anchor in a portfolio. It has a great dividend and low beta with the market. It will be challenged with adding growth, but has been using acquisitions to do it and add new clients. It is definitely a hold. He would never own more than 5%…
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 vs. ROGERS All Canadian telcos and utilities are overpriced as investors expect a recession later this year of mid-2020. $39.52 is his target price for Telus; $61.22 for Rogers. Investors are attacted by the yields. (Brian Acker, CA)
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.
He does not like this name. He is worried about its balance sheet and value. It makes sense to own Tel Co’s in a portfolio, but there are better names to own. It is trading at a 37 X P/E. He does not expect much growth in this name. (Rob Tetrault)
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.
TELUS VS ROGERS All Canadian telcos and utilities are overpriced as investors expect a recession later this year of mid-2020. $39.52 is his target price for Telus; $61.22 for Rogers. Investors are attacted by the yields. (Brian Acker, CA)
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.
He bought the bonds over the years. He used to own the stock. They were playing catch-up when they developed their wireless market. They still have to reinvest a lot of money into their network. The easy money has been made. They are limited in their market in Quebec. (Stephen Takacsy, B. Eng, MBA)
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.
He views this differently in the space, due to its high level of debt. They have made big bets on acquisitions. They have $170 billion in debt -- at some point this will bring risk. Its high dividend is also at risk to a future cut, he feels. (Kash Pashootan)
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. (Patricia Perez-Coutts)
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.
It is a global Telco. Most of their business is in Europe. He would not go to it. T-N has been really beaten up. SCL-T looks good. (Robert Lauzon)
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.
He prefers Canadian telcos. VZ-N is better than T-N. Overtime you have not made money with VZ-N, other than holding for the dividend. Their new subscriber base is growing fast than expected, but cell rates are becoming incredibly competitive in the US. He would stay away. Yield 4.2%. (Analysts’ price target is $60.00) (Kash Pashootan)
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. (John Zechner)
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.
CHINA MOBILE VS. CHINA UNICOM When Alibaba and TenCent sell-off, China investors seek a safe haven in this these. Mobile has had a good run lately because and have committed to a progressive dividend yield. It's the biggest phone company in the world and will still grow. It has more cash than debt, only one…