|Bid||8.20 x 1300|
|Ask||8.21 x 4000|
|Day's Range||8.20 - 8.22|
|52 Week Range||7.70 - 9.11|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.19|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||12.92|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.45 (5.51%)|
|1y Target Est||12.26|
Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel on Thursday approved a plan to coordinate investments among public and private players aimed at increasing access to broadband in Latin America's largest economy. Brazilian units of Telefonica SA, Telecom Italia SpA and Oi SA have been rushing to expand their fiber-to-home (FTTH) broadband service in Brazil. According to Anatel, the plan, named PERT, coordinates both public and private initiatives, in order to widen the access to fiber and, in cities where this is not possible, allows connections via satellite or other technologies.
British telecom companies should show "all due caution" before using China's Huawei equipment in their 5G networks because the government cannot ignore the warnings from the United States, its digital minister said. Britain has found itself caught up in the diplomatic row between Washington and Beijing after the Trump administration told allies not to use Huawei's 5G equipment for fear it could allow China to spy on sensitive communications and data. Britain's National Security Council, chaired by Prime Minister Theresa May, had agreed in April to allow Huawei restricted access to non-core parts of the 5G network, but that decision has been put on hold following the U.S. intervention.
After an expensive 5G auction, carriers in Germany are likely to find it increasingly difficult to shell out additional dry powder to upgrade the existing network infrastructure for the nationwide deployment.
Can Nokia Capitalize on Huawei’s Plight in Canada?(Continued from Prior Part)Nokia to help improve Telefónica network for video trafficTelefónica Spain recently adopted Nokia’s (NOK) Deepfield Cloud Intelligence for greater visibility into
Warning! GuruFocus has detected 3 Warning Signs with TEF. Thus, the following large caps have an earnings yield of more than 8.5% or a price-earnings ratio of less than 11.74 as of May 31. The Spanish telecommunication services company has an earnings yield of 8.9% versus the industry median of 5.2% or a price-earnings ratio of 11.22 versus the industry median of 19.33.
Nokia's (NOK) Deepfield Cloud Intelligence analytics solution is likely to equip Telefonica Spain with previously unfeasible visibility into application and service traffic on its network.
You would think that it's a great time to be in telecom stocks.And it is, but even the best -- and biggest -- of the bunch are having trouble keeping up with all the change that's going on.As mobility expanded, most of the big players just bought the smaller up and comers and started building towers, laying cable, whatever it took to maintain their dominance.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut as this trend continues to expand, there are players in various markets that are finding consistent growth tough to come by and the mergers with big players never materialized. Or, these are big players that just have nowhere to go now. * 7 Stocks to Sell Amid an Escalating Trade War These seven high-yield telecom stocks to avoid may have tantalizing dividends, but that income doesn't really matter if the stock isn't moving in the right direction. Also, high dividends can also be a last-ditch effort to keep investors. But a bad quarter will likely put that dividend at risk, and once it's cut, things get really ugly. Vodafone Group PLC (VOD)Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ:VOD) used to be a mobile darling, back when Motorola was a dominant mobile phone maker. Now it's in tough markets during tough times.Source: Shutterstock A U.K.-based firm, it is struggling at home with Brexit issues and a ban on Huawei telecom equipment. The latter issue means it's going to have to pull that equipment from its towers and replace it.As for its Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific division, there's more competition from local telecoms that can get by on less than VOD. Big countries like India also have a vested interest in developing their own technology companies rather than relying on outsiders.Finally, its attempted merger with Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYA) has sent the company into the convertible bond market to fund it. Adding more to its debt at this point is a real risk. It's likely why the stock is off nearly 40% in the past year.Sure the 6.23% dividend looks good, but it doesn't save you from the capital losses. Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri (TKC)Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS (NYSE:TKC), or Turkcell, is a major mobile provider in Turkey.Source: FlickrThe stock has withered from around $7 a year ago, to the mid-$4s today. That means its 6.16% dividend isn't going patch much of the leak in its asset pricing. Also bear in mind that after that significant price drop the dividend is only sitting at 6%. * 5 Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer The risks here are fundamentally political and geographical. The political risk is an authoritarian government that doesn't get along with most of its NATO allies and that has meant difficult trade deals and economic consistency. The Turkish lira has been extremely volatile and that isn't likely to recede.Geographically, Turkey shares a border with Syria, Iraq and Iran. And across those borders are the Kurdish people that have been a thorn in the side of many Turkish leaders for decades. Yet the Kurds have been great allies of the West in the region. Again, more volatility and Turkcell is hemmed in. Veon Ltd (VEON)Veon Ltd (NASDAQ:VEON) is a Dutch telecom firm that has operations in the Netherlands as well as throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. It's the eleventh largest mobile network with 214 million subscribers.Source: Shutterstock It delivers a 12% dividend yield and given the fact that it lost 4% in the past year, if you were a shareholder it could be worse.However, there's one number -- actually, there's more than one, to be honest -- that really sticks out. Its debt-to-equity ratio is at 214%. It owes $2 for every $1 it has in equity. The global telecom industry average according to Gurufocus.com is 74%.Its overseas markets include Russia, Algeria, Ukraine, Pakistan and Bangladesh. These aren't exactly growth markets now, or any time in the near future. What's more, they're all politically and economically unstable.Add to that the fact that Europe isn't doing well economically right now, and you have enough reasons to steer clear of this one for now. Telefonica (TEF)Source: Shutterstock Telefonica (NYSE:TEF) is a good sized international telecom and it has been around a very long time. Once the state-sponsored phone company of Spain, it has since expanded its territory across Europe and into South America.Given its size, it has a solid 5.69% dividend yield. The problem is, its South American operations tend to be wings or weights on its stock price. And at the current time, it's the latter. * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors TEF's current debt-to-equity ratio is more than 300%, which is huge. The problem is, Brazil has been a basket case for years and Argentina is also struggling. And that doesn't even include Venezuela.These issues weigh heavily on the parent as well as its regional subsidiaries. And those issues aren't going away anytime soon, given the global economic slowdown.The slowdown is also hurting Europe, as is the Brexit mess. It's not even worth bottom fishing right now. CenturyLink (CTL)CenturyLink Inc (NYSE:CTL) is a U.S.-based telecom that provides residential and business services around the U.S. Its merger with Level3 also opened it up to enterprise services and global customers in over 60 countries.Source: Shutterstock It generally provides a very high dividend -- currently around 9% -- but that usually comes at the price of the stock, which is off 43% in the past year.Most of CTL's business is in the U.S., in areas outside of major cities, where it may well be the only game in town for exurban and rural customers. That gives it some monopolistic qualities but also means it has to spend on equipment where people want cutting edge service but the populations don't help CTL recover the costs.That isn't a win-win situation. It either provides lesser quality service to those areas, which in turn makes for dissatisfied customers that actively avoid expanding services with CTL, or spending money on quality service that may take years to recoup since the population isn't dense enough to make a dent in the short term.Its debt-to-equity ratio is 180% and will likely remain much higher than average until it can figure out how to solve this fundamental problem. America Movil (AMOV)America Movil SAB de CV (NYSE:AMOV) is kind of the AT&T (NYSE:T) of Mexico. It provides mobile and fixed-line services in Mexico as well as pay television and equipment.Source: Shutterstock And its base economy is doing well. It's the rest of the business that is causing it trouble right now. With operations around South America, it is suffering in most of its major markets -- Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.Its Central American operations aren't faring much better. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua are also in bad economic shape at the moment. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Over 20% Upside Potential Its operations in Eastern Europe don't really mean that much to the bottom line and its Caribbean operations, which rely on Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, aren't helping, especially all the repair work that needs to be done in PR.It's no surprise AMOV's debt-to-equity is a whopping 354% right now. And that's a dangerous amount of debt to have when the global economy is slowing.Louis Navellier is a renowned growth investor. He is the editor of four investing newsletters: Growth Investor, Breakthrough Stocks, Accelerated Profits and Platinum Growth. His most popular service, Growth Investor, has a track record of beating the market 3:1 over the last 14 years. He uses a combination of quantitative and fundamental analysis to identify market-beating stocks. Mr. Navellier has made his proven formula accessible to investors via his free, online stock rating tool, PortfolioGrader.com. Louis Navellier may hold some of the aforementioned securities in one or more of his newsletters. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dividend Stocks Already Rewarding Shareholders In 2019 * The 10 Best-Performing ETFs This Year * 7 Stocks That Should Be Worried About a Data Dividend Compare Brokers The post 6 High-Yield Telecom Stocks to Avoid appeared first on InvestorPlace.
[Editor's note: This story was previously published in January 2019. It has been republished to reflect the current market sentiment for, what we believe, are long-tail investment ideas.]With the trade war raging, investors can't be blamed for wanting to play some defense. Even when the markets are having one of their green days lately, volatility has been looming. As such, people are buying some more stable stocks, such as the phone companies.Telecom stocks are known for their conservative nature. Even during bear markets and recessions, people tend to keep paying for their phones and internet connections. As such, telecom stocks are a solid place to take shelter during volatile market storms. The fact that most telecoms are dividend stocks, sometimes yielding excess of 5%, only adds to the appeal.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend With all that in mind, what telecom stocks are looking good as we head deeper into 2019? Telecom Stocks To Buy Now: T-Mobile (TMUS)Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (modified)Let's start off with the telecom stocks to buy in the United States. Unfortunately, Verizon (NYSE:VZ) has run up recently and is no longer a strong value at this price. Meanwhile, AT&T (NYSE:T) has bet the farm on content with the Time Warner deal and is not a good choice for risk-averse telecom investors.That leaves us with T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) and Sprint (NYSE:S). For years now, there has been talk about how the two need to merge to stay competitive with AT&T and Verizon. It appears that the deal is finally coming to fruition now.On Monday, FCC head Ajit Pai said that: "In light of the significant commitments made by T-Mobile and Sprint as well as the facts in the record to date, I believe that this transaction is in the public interest and intend to recommend to my colleagues that the FCC approve it." The deal is far from a sure thing. There is talk that the DOJ still has misgivings about the potential merger. But in general, the odds now appear to favor the government approving the long-discussed merger.Both T-Mobile and Sprint have struggled to achieve the sort of profitability that the larger two telecom players have obtained. However, combining T-Mobile's nearly 60 million subscribers with Sprint's 40 million would take the company to 100 million, overtaking AT&T to become number two player in the country. T-Mobile believes it can achieve a whopping $6 billion in yearly cost synergies out of the deal, giving it plenty of funds for robust 5G deployment along with, hopefully, dividends and perhaps a share buyback.TMUS stock looks expensive on a standalone basis now, but once it gets Sprint integrated, the company should be a huge profit generator. Telus (TU)Source: Shutterstock Vancouver, Canada-based Telus (NYSE:TU) is a strong choice for yield-seeking telecom investors. The company pays a 4.5% dividend and is gaining market share in its home country. It's supported by solid organic business growth. Telus sported 9.2 million paying subscribers at the end of 2018. That's a gain of around 200,000 subs since the end of 2017 and an increase of half a million since 2016. Telus has benefited from some of the lowest customer churn in the North American telecom industry, keeping customer acquisition costs in line while growing the user base.Telus stock has been off to a good start in 2019. Shares are up 13% year to date. But don't let the recent strength scare you off. Over the past five years, TU stock has consistently traded between $30 and $40, so the $37 share price is pretty muted. Why hasn't TU stock broken out to new highs yet?For one thing, there has been tons of talk about the Canadian "housing bubble" popping. Home prices, particularly in Toronto and Vancouver, have surged in recent years. Government action to cool the market has led to a reversal in prices. This could lead to a recession. Canadian housing data in 2019 is looking particularly ugly so far.Oil prices have been pretty spotty as well, and the Canadian government has taken some anti-oil measures that have led to job losses and economic slowdown in that key industry. * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors That said, telecom stocks hold up during recessions. People keep using their phones regardless. With that 4.5% dividend yield and selling at less than 12x forward earnings, TU stock is a buy on any weakness. China Unicom (CHU)Source: Maher Najm via FlickrIt's no secret that the ongoing U.S.-China trade war has put a hex on Chinese stocks. While most of the focus has gone to beaten-down Chinese tech companies, that's not the only place where we can go bargain shopping.For example, look at China Unicom (NYSE:CHU), a leading Chinese mobile carrier. CHU stock started the year at $10.50. It rallied to as far as $13.50 in March as U.S.-China relations were looking up. Now, however, the stock has slumped back to $10.50 as American investors don't want anything to do with Chinese shares.That said, the company, as of its recent semi-annual results, is posting strong numbers despite concerns about the Chinese economy. Its service revenue grew by 8.3%, for example, which was more than double the pace of the industry overall. EBITDA and free cash flow both grew by 5%. For a telecom companies these are fine numbers indeed, especially in a so-so economy.Prior to the trade war, China Unicom stock was trading around $14. Just a couple months ago, it almost reached that level again. From the current $10.50 share price, it's not hard to see a path to 25-30% gains later this year once the trade war is resolved.There's also the possibility that China Unicom may pair up with China Telecom (NYSE:CHA) to combine the second and third largest players in the Chinese market. With the rollout of expensive nationwide 5G networks on the way, this would help the two smaller players stay competitive and save money to compete against behemoth China Mobile (NYSE:CHL). In any case, don't overlook the Chinese mobile carriers as a way to play a fast-growing telecom market with huge mobile data demand.The trade war drama is a negative. Additionally, the FCC has already blocked China Mobile's bid to offer service in the U.S. on national security grounds, adding another question mark for the industry. Tension is high, but this won't drag on forever, and when it ends, CHU stock will make gains. Telefonica (TEF)Source: Shutterstock It was a rotten, no-good year for emerging markets in 2018. If anything, 2019 has gotten off to a worse start. China is dragging down emerging markets around the globe, and the strong U.S. dollar is another headwind. Europe's economy is struggling as well. Hence, Spain's Telefonica (NYSE:TEF) put in an underwhelming performance.Telefonica derives 24% of its business from Spain, 14% from Germany and 13% from the U.K., with most of the rest coming from assorted countries in Latin America. These economies have largely been mediocre to bad in recent years.However, with sustained underperformance comes opportunity. Economic activity tends to revert, and there have been some recent signs of life in various Telefonica markets, notably Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia. The company's operating income has quietly rebounded from just 3.5 billion Euros in 2015 to 5.5 billion in 2016 and 6.8 billion Euros in 2017 before a slight dip recently due to currency swings and restructuring charges. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Over 20% Upside Potential TEF stock has slid a bit in 2019 thanks to the weakness in emerging markets. The current $8 share price is just 5% or so above 52-week lows. That's also way down from the $15 level where it generally traded between 2012 and 2015. Regardless, profitability has been picking up and the company is one of the most widely diversified telecoms out there. It wouldn't take much for TEF stock to catch a bid. Additionally, it has historically paid extremely generous dividends and currently offers a 5% yield. Telecom Stocks To Buy Now: BT Group (BT)Source: Shutterstock For many American investors, BT Group (NYSE:BT) is overshadowed by the U.K's other telecom giant, Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). But don't sleep on BT. The $25 billion market cap BT Group has a rather impressive business of its own. And besides, Vodafone, with its recent dividend cut, has some problems at the moment.Turning to BT, it has its mobile business, enterprise division, international subsidiaries and so on. But its crown jewel is Openreach, which controls the phone cables and telecom pipes across Britain. This gives it an effective monopoly over the so-called last mile of connectivity. The British government was considering making BT divest this most powerful asset, but so far, it appears the worst of the regulatory storm has passed.Despite that, BT stock is down from more than $30 a share a few years ago to just $13 now. Much of this has been due to Brexit concerns. Businesses in particular have spent less in preparation for a potential slowdown in the British economy. BT's Italian subsidiary also was hit with an accounting scandal.Regardless, the selling is way overdone, as the company remains strongly profitable and has maintained its greater than 6% dividend yield despite the share price decline. The stock fell another 10% on its recent earnings report, setting up a dip-buying opportunity. From the low $13's, where the stock currently trades, Goldman Sachs sees nearly 50% upside. That, plus the dividend, would be a nice return indeed.At the time of this writing, Ian Bezek owned TEF, BT, and VOD stock. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek. 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El Salvador's competition authority has rejected Mexican telecoms firm America Movil's bid to acquire a local unit of Telefonica, but the company controlled by the family of billionaire Carlos Slim vowed to try again. In January, Spain's Telefonica reached a deal to sell operations in Guatemala and El Salvador to America Movil. In a statement on Tuesday, the Superintendence of Competition (SC) said the bid by America Movil, which is controlled by the Slim family, was "inadmissible" and that the company had been informed of the decision dated April 29.
El Salvador's competition authority on Tuesday said it had rejected a bid by Mexican telecoms company America Movil to acquire the local unit of Spanish rival Telefonica, arguing the planned takeover did ...
Spain's Telefonica is reviewing a U.S. order which hit Chinese telecoms giant Huawei with severe sanctions, to see if it will affect its customers, a spokeswoman for the group said on Monday. "We are reviewing the details of the executive order to understand any potential implications for our customers," the spokeswoman said. The executive order, which was announced on Wednesday, barred Huawei from acquiring components and technology from U.S. firms without government approval.
Moody's Investors Service, ("Moody's") has today assigned a first-time B1 Corporate Family Rating ("CFR") and a B1-PD Probability of Default Rating ("PDR") to Masmovil Ibercom, S.A. ("Masmovil"). Concurrently, Moody's has assigned a B1 rating to the E1,450 million senior secured Term Loan B due in 2026, the E100 million senior secured revolving credit facility due in 2024 and the E150 million senior secured Capex facility due in 2024 and raised by MasMovil Holdphone S.A.U. (100% subsidiary of Masmovil). "The B1 rating reflects Masmovil's success as the fourth largest telecommunications company in Spain, consistently growing revenues at double-digit rates and achieving a market share of close to 16% in residential mobile and 8% in the residential fixed segment since its creation in 2006," says Carlos Winzer, Moody's Senior Vice President, and lead analyst for Masmovil.
Telefonica SA is illustrating why. The former Spanish national carrier is midway through a digital transformation program, and has succeeded in realizing almost two thirds of the 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in savings it’s targeting by the end of next year. Digitization can only take you so far.
Spain's Telefonica expects improvements in its home market, service revenues and more efficient use of digital technology to help boost earnings growth and meet full-year guidance, the company said on Friday. Large telecoms operators across Europe are battling to maintain growth in the face of strong competition from low-cost rivals, while at the same time investing heavily in next-generation mobile networks and fibre broadband. Telefonica said its revenue growth trend improved in the first quarter.
Key InsightsTelefonica Chairman Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete is pushing artificial intelligence and other technology throughout the company’s networks to cut costs and improve efficiencies. Oibda was negatively impacted by poor performance in the embattled Mexican unit, where it declined 46 percent in the quarterNet debt is set to drop to 38.7 billion euros after Telefonica receives proceeds from asset sales. Telefonica, which long faced investor concerns about its debt, may now have financial flexibility to pursue acquisitions for growth.
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Telefonica SA’s local unit is at particular risk of losing out. The Spanish carrier is bidding alongside Deutsche Telekom AG, Vodafone Group Plc and 1&1 Drillisch AG in the auction for 5G spectrum: the radio bandwidths for next-generation telecommunications. The unbalanced distribution of the spectrum from the auction so far suggests it has some way to go, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Erhan Gurses.
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After faring far better than the broader stock market during the sharp sell-off in late 2018, the Morningstar Global Communications Index has increased only about 10% so far during the first quarter, similar to the 11% return of the market in the same period. Despite this rocky performance, we continue to believe that Europe offers a particularly attractive hunting ground for value within our telecom coverage. Excitement around 5G wireless technology has steadily built in recent months, with the first 5G-capable mobile devices hitting the market and initial in-home wireless broadband trials, notably at Verizon, ramping up.
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Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") assigned a Ba1 corporate family rating (CFR) to Telefonica del Peru S.A.A. ("Telefonica del Peru"). At the same time Moody's assigned a Ba1 rating to the company's proposed up to PEN1,700 million senior unsecured notes with a medium term or intermediate maturity payable in US dollars.