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mr_dinky_dot_bomb 114 posts  |  Last Activity: 5 hours ago Member since: Aug 6, 2001
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  • mr_dinky_dot_bomb by mr_dinky_dot_bomb 5 hours ago Flag

    Now that we have entered 2H 2015, is there any question that the divvy will go up by a penny per Q again?

    Just think, by 2017 we will be at $2 at a penny per Q.

    VZ will be about $2.40 by then if it's payout grows 3%.

  • mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb 7 hours ago Flag


    What would help here is you dropping like a stone....911

  • mr_dinky_dot_bomb by mr_dinky_dot_bomb 22 hours ago Flag

    Sorry, Flo. America has a new favorite spokeswoman in AT&T's Lily, the store employee character played with bright-eyed, quirky charm by improv actress Milana Vayntrub.

    The 27-year-old Upright Citizens Brigade veteran was originally cast for a single spot, "Supervisor," in late 2013. But her endearingly comical way of explaining the Mobile Share Value plans was quickly a hit, and she's been a fixture ever since in the BBDO campaign.

    AT&T figured a customer-service character would be a "persuasive, transparent and believable way" of presenting the plans to various customers and families in the ads, said Meredith Vincent, AT&T's director of advertising.

    "We were looking for someone approachable, friendly and relatable. When the Lily construct became a campaign, we were thrilled to find that Milana has great humor and great range as an actress, which really helps to keep the campaign fresh." Indeed, she isn't going away anytime soon.

  • Reply to

    Down Even With This Info

    by gypsymann Jul 1, 2015 10:28 AM
    mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jul 1, 2015 11:14 AM Flag

    There are two future events which in my view cast a shadow over FTR. First there will be considerable dilution on 6/29/18 when the Preferred shares convert to 300 mil +/- new FTR common shares. Second, if you compare FTR's total corporate NET INCOME in 2009 compared to 2014 it went up only by $9.7 million while total REVEUNE went from $2.12b in 2009 to $4.77b in 2014. It is obvious that the $$$$ billions FTR invested in acquisitions in 2009 and 2010 have failed to produce any return to shareholders as GAAP EPS was $.39 in 2009 and $.13 for 2014 -- so FTR is just a payroll machine.

    The second event that I expect is a big write down of FTR's Goodwill account. I doubt that any audit firm wants to risk that in 5 years from now history repeats and FTR EPS goes from $.13 to $.04 in the same manner it went from $.39 to $.13. I believe FTR invested $8b in the VZ lines including the 330 mil new shares issued to VZ holders. All of that to see EPS go down by 2/3. I think some Goodwill will need to be written off before the next deal. Probably at YE -- it will be a non-cash reduction of FTR Shareholders Equity as the offset to the Goodwill write down. Just the realization of what the numbers already show. And the realization that FTR overpaid for prior acquisitions.

  • mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jul 1, 2015 8:13 AM Flag

    "My One and only post of the past weekend Clown."

    New info -- nige can't be smalls because he writes "Clown" and smalls sayz "Klown".

    It's pretty funny -- the way his smalls mind works.

    T should be up today. Let's pick on smalls until he cries.

  • Reply to

    attack of the hydra

    by mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 26, 2015 8:24 AM
    mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 30, 2015 12:29 PM Flag

    "No, never met Smalls, but if I visit USA again, it would be a pleasure to meet him and buy him a pint. Top bloke."

    You never met smalls? Funny, most think you share undies.

    We need a board ordered DNA test. It's the same way they tracked down Bin Laden.You are a small nige and everybody is on to you.

  • Reply to

    attack of the hydra

    by mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 26, 2015 8:24 AM
    mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 30, 2015 12:00 PM Flag

    "Out on a long weekend getaway"

    That sounds wonderful. You must have needed a rest after trying to talk T down from $32.5 to $36.

    What happened to the Berkley guy and his Free Press article about why T/DTV could not possibly go thru based on some model you said would defeat the deal? I'm sure you will remember that. You started that stuff after you threatened us with Google for a couple of months. Anything new?

  • Reply to

    attack of the hydra

    by mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 26, 2015 8:24 AM
    mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 30, 2015 9:05 AM Flag

    "Yes I had a weekend off from my busy social life."

    Thanks for the update.

    Have you seen smalls lately?

  • Reply to

    attack of the hydra

    by mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 26, 2015 8:24 AM
    mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 29, 2015 10:06 AM Flag

    mr nige sayz:

    "My only reason for being here is the entertainment the Clown provides, he makes it interesting. I would have left this MB a long time ago, had the Clown not provided the laughter/entertainment... Although most on here are biased towards AT&T and only want to read sunshine views. As an investor I welcome negative views more than positive one’s….then I can make my own balanced opinion. GL to all"

    Your "views" are predictable. Your a virus infected DVD, aka broken record -- a constant nabob of negativism. There are news items on T by the hour. Your "views" are irrelevant.

  • Reply to

    FTR,WIN, and CTL all near 52 week lows

    by sage2123 Jun 25, 2015 12:50 PM
    mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 27, 2015 2:18 PM Flag

    Our senior board spin doctor sayeth:

    "You forgot to add that the net loss is only realized if you sell."

    Famous last words at $16, $15, $14, $13, $12, $11, $10, $9, $8, $7, $6...

  • Reply to

    FTR,WIN, and CTL all near 52 week lows

    by sage2123 Jun 25, 2015 12:50 PM
    mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 26, 2015 1:12 PM Flag

    Looking at the last 5 years FTR has a high of $9.48 and a low of $3.45.

    And here we at about $5.10 -- that's a ride down from $9.48 around 12/10 by 64% to $3.45 and up by 48% from $3.45 to $5.10. How you have done on FTR depends solely on timing. Because the net result is down from the 5 year high of $9.48 to $5.10 is a net capital loss of 46% or $4.38. Compare that to two years at $.75, two at $.40 and one at $.42 and the total is $2#$%$ a net loss of $1.61/ $9.48 = a negative 17% return. If you reinvested the cash dividend in FTR you got the same return on more money.

    So FTR has been a trade. Those that thought holding a high yield income stock with a junk credit rating have had a rude awakening. Well, almost all of em. There's sage an a couple more still wide-eyed and grinning like Moonies. Maggie is their Bog Won. Not the stock for LT investment like it used to be before it became Frontier.

  • mr_dinky_dot_bomb by mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 26, 2015 9:37 AM Flag

    From an SA article today - FLASH REPORT:


    • AT&T has announced plans to invest $3B in Mexico to built out high-speed mobile internet.

    • Last year, the company bought a pair of small Mexican carriers for $4.4B.

    • Analysts have turned bullish, with a trio of recent upgrades.

    • I see AT&T returning to the 5% yield mark, or ~$38 per share." EOM

  • mr_dinky_dot_bomb by mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 26, 2015 8:24 AM Flag

    It's nige in for smalls.

    After months of threating T shareholders with the future it makes sense to give the smalls iD a rest.

    I'd say that's a good sign. You can't la fetish completely take over your life.

    In smalls case it's only 19 hours a day.

  • mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 25, 2015 4:26 PM Flag

    the smalls ID said:

    "Add just 40B market cap for the $70B in cash, stock and debt being assumed. ROFLMAO Yep, sounds about right klown as DTV will sooner or later be a negative cash flow acquisition when one counts for new dividend expenses, debt service,"

    Thanks smalls, if you hadn't let us know it was a train wreck ahead then we may have been mislead by the obviously phony upgrades from those worthless Wall Street analysts. What do those guys know anyway? And everybody knows who they are and where they work. And that's it right there -- they have to toe the line set by the Council on Foreign Relations and several world banks led by Charles Schwab.

    Keep posting -- great stuff. But I missed your trademark "AOL=DTV" ??

  • mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 25, 2015 4:07 PM Flag

    Randall is going down to say to Slim:

    We'll buy you out.

    The same way Michael told Moe Green his time was up.

    But Moe didn't listen carefully.

    Randall is aggressive. More like Sonny than Michael. But he's smart like Mike.

    It's really more like:

    "We have the network and staff, lets be partners and cash in on the growing Mexican conversion to digital life and manufacturing shifted from China.

  • mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 25, 2015 11:36 AM Flag

    "VZ readying to be a nationwide pay TV provider.....without spending roughly $70B to buy an existing bundler who will have its margins attacked by new market entrants like VZ's new bundle offering. VZ looking to become the disruptor while T buys one of the largest players that will be disrupted. =VZ a much wiser purchase vs. AT&T. DTV=AOL rerun."

    You found a new stick to beat T with. Now it's VZ who is your boggy man and not the FCC or Google high speed.

    You still seem confused smalls.

    Go ahead and keep gurgling as the bath water rises above the black ring and close to your chinny chin cnins.


  • Reply to

    where are...

    by treword77 Jun 24, 2015 10:26 AM
    mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 24, 2015 11:39 AM Flag

    "...all the pom-pom girls today? tia


    smalls -- you can use your dork ID or anything else and it's still you.

    Quality will out.

  • mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 24, 2015 9:52 AM Flag

    Great News!

    Thanks for the report.

  • Also like to read that the goal for dividend payout is 40% of cash flow and we are at 35%. The target of 50% of cash flow to dividends and buybacks sounds like an investment grade profile -- I think institutions will add MDT. I have a big chunk of my pile in MDT so I'm glad that the stock's payout will push valuation along with revenue growth.. Borrowing is very cheap for a credit like MDT. I'd be happy to see them refi the $16 bil or so borrowed in connection with the COV purchase and put the money in current buybacks instead of debt reduction. Given MDT's outlook for up to 6% revenue growth, buybacks are a good investment at today's market range with the stock paying $1.52 and cash payout set to grow from 35% to 40% of cash flow. Sounds like a Buffett stock -- says he wants to own companies who treat their stockholders with reverence.

  • Reply to

    FTR value????

    by longpickuptruck Jun 19, 2015 9:13 AM
    mr_dinky_dot_bomb mr_dinky_dot_bomb Jun 19, 2015 10:30 AM Flag

    Right now it looks like FTR is a little sketchy for you.

    To get a good understanding of FTR I'd read the 10Q's from 2008 forward.

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