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Fixed Line Telecommunications 23,428.00 2,666.00 21.80 8.7 18,833
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11/12/2019
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Bt Daily Update: Bt Group Plc is listed in the Fixed Line Telecommunications sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker BT.A. The last closing price for Bt was 190.24p.
Bt Group Plc has a 4 week average price of 182.16p and a 12 week average price of 171.84p.
The 1 year high share price is 260.40p while the 1 year low share price is currently 157.68p.
There are currently 9,882,190,019 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 24,409,218 shares. The market capitalisation of Bt Group Plc is £18,845,336,366.23.
07/11/2019
15:39
rathkum: Why I think the BT share price is a better buy than Vodafone on 7.9% dividends Tom Rodgers | Thursday, 7th November, 2019 | More on: BT-A VOD Image depicting web connectivity from a mobile phone Image source: Getty Images. The BT (LSE:BT.A) share price has bounced back from the doldrums, and despite some shock news recently, I think it still makes a good investment case for income investors. Virgin announced on 6 November its was moving its mobile operations over to rival Vodafone (LSE:VOD). Cable broadband specialist Virgin doesn’t have its own mobile infrastructure and so must piggyback on a network; first on EE and now Vodafone. The £200m contract switch was apparently made on cost grounds, taking 3 million Virgin customers off BT’s books. Still, I say BT is attractive because its share price is at multi-year lows. A headline dividend of 7.9%, and a trailing price-to-earnings ratio of 7.5 means it is super cheap, too. But is Vodafone the better bargain? 5G all the way Since BT’s £12.5bn buyout of EE in 2016 the mobile network has dominated every category in data speed, coverage, and reliability with 4G and 4G+. But since the UK regulator Ofcom’s 5G spectrum auction, Vodafone has come into its own. In the second half of 2019 data analyst Rootmetrics, which charts speed and reliability city-to-city, found Vodafone 5G faster and more reliable than long-time king of the hill EE. Vodafone debt hangs heavy There’s been talk of a takeover or merger between Virgin and Vodafone’s UK businesses for years. They certainly have close ties in Europe. Virgin’s owner Liberty Global owns half of Vodafone’s Dutch mobile and broadband service and in 2019 sold almost a third of its assets to Vodafone in a €18.4bn deal, giving it 25 million new customers across Germany, Hungary, Romania, and the Czech Republic. But Vodafone financed the deal with massive amounts of debt. And that’s what led bosses to dismiss 20 years of history with a 40% dividend cut in May 2019. I think investors should be concerned about the forward pressure this puts on Vodafone’s balance sheet even as group CEO Nick Read says his focus is on “reducing our financial leverage towards the lower end of our targeted 2.5–3.0 times range“. Vodafone’s price-to-earnings ratio is now in minus numbers. It swung to a €2.61bn loss in 31 March 2019 results, from €43bn in revenue. Half-year results are out on 12 November. BT free The telecoms behemoth is a classic recovery bid. Buying an out-of-favour stock when the herd is heading in the opposite direction takes some gumption and fortitude but you will be smiling if it pays off. Both bargain hunters and income investors have something to gain from BT, in my opinion. The share price rebounded 15% from 160p in August and now hovers around the mid-190p mark. I think there’s more upside in the BT share price than Vodafone, simply because prices are so low. And losing Virgin’s £200m contract after 20 years – as much as it stings and makes headlines – is still a drop in the ocean on half-year revenues of £11.4bn, reported on 31 October. As income investors, more than anything we want more our dividends every year like clockwork. BT have said that investing in their network will take precedence over sky-high dividends. I think that’s the right strategy. The contract loss will make BT’s dividend coverage tighter, City analysts say, which means that money may not come back to shareholders. I would price in a possible dividend cut from BT if you’re looking to load up on the shares
10/10/2019
08:53
sarkasm: the motely fool The BT share price: is it time to buy ahead of the company�s turnaround? Rupert Hargreaves | Thursday, 10th October, 2019 | More on: BT-A Man shuffling cards Image source: Getty Images For a long time, I�ve recommended investors avoid the BT (LSE: BT.A) share price. The company�s debt, poor customer service record, and growing competition in the UK�s telecommunications sector are all red flags, in my opinion. However, yesterday the company published its plan to �boost� its UK business and, following the release of this update, my opinion of the group is starting to change. Putting the customer first I�ve long thought that the first place BT needs to look if it wants to return to growth is customer service. Of the 5,000 people who have left a review of the company on Trustpilot.com, 90% gave the business a one-star rating. By comparison, TalkTalk has an average rating of three stars with 36% of the 40,000+ reviewers giving it five stars. The good news is, BT�s managers seem to have realised customer service is lacking, and the �boost� plan is designed to change that. First off, the firm is accelerating a plan to return all of its call centres to the UK and Ireland by January 2020. That�s a year ahead of schedule. It�s also planning to answer customer service calls in the service centre closest to the customer, whenever possible. On top of this, the company is planning to transform 600 EE stores into dual-branded BT/EE stores across the UK. According to BT�s own estimates, this will put 95% of the UK population within 25 minutes drive of receiving personal help from a BT assistant. And that�s not all. The group is also planning to train up a team of 900 experts for a �Home Tech Team� to help customers with tech in their homes. A new team of Tech Experts for small business customers is being trained up as well. Also in the works are BT-sponsored community training centres for digitally excluded people, as well as other initiatives the company believes will help bring digital skills to more than 10m people by 2025. Improving infrastructure On the infrastructure side, BT said yesterday it will be upgrading 700,000 homes and businesses to superfast broadband by the summer of next year, at no extra cost. It will be one of the first mobile providers in the UK to launch 5G mobile plans and is planning to connect 15m homes and businesses to full-fibre broadband by the mid-2020s. It�s encouraging to see that BT has finally decided to take these bold actions. Management seems to want to build the brand into something that people can trust. Funding for the customer service strategy has already been earmarked with the �250m-�350m pot set aside in BT�s latest results. The roll-out of fibre might cost a bit more, however, and management has warned a dividend cut might be needed to fulfil its promises. Conclusion Overall, I think this is a big step in the right direction for BT, but I�m not a buyer of the stock just yet. The firm still has a mountain of debt to deal with and pension obligations that eclipse the market capitalisation of most FTSE 100 firms. But if that�s something you are willing to overlook, then now could be the time to buy the BT share price as the company gets going on its efforts to restore customer confidence and turn the business around.
03/9/2019
08:45
florenceorbis: invezz BT share price: Numis remains bullish on telco Tsveta van Son Tsveta van Son September 3, 2019 2 min read Share this article! Numis argues that BT Group (LON:BT.A) is ‘totally mispriced’ as it has scope to roll out fibre to the premises (FTTP) to 15 million homes by mid-2020, Citywire reports. The comments came as the broker reaffirmed its rating and target on the share price. BT’s share price rose 0.9 percent in the previous session to close at 167p, marginally underperforming the broader UK market, with the benchmark FTSE 100 index which gained 1.04 percent to 7,281.94 points. The group’s shares have given up more than 23 percent of their value over the past year, as compared with about a two-percent fall in the Footsie. Numis still bullish on BT Numis reaffirmed BT as a ‘buy’ yesterday, with a target of 340p on the stock. Citywire quoted the broker’s analyst John Karidis as commenting that the telecoms giant had ‘upgraded in the eyes of many’, ‘mended fences’ with industry regulator Ofcom, and “retired much risk related to its pension fund”. “The focus of retail competition keeps moving to well-priced bundled services and BT owns the incumbent wireline network and the best mobile network,” the analyst reckons, adding that in contrast to what BT’s current share price implies, the broker believes that the former telecoms monopoly “has good scope to build FTTP to 15 million properties by mid-2020s and sustain its dividend”. The comments mark a boost for the FTSE 100 company which updated investors on its first-quarter performance last month, posting a fall in revenue, as well as a hefty drop in normalised free cash flow, reflecting increased capital expenditure and higher interest and tax payments. Other analysts on telco Berenberg reaffirmed the former telecoms monopoly as a ‘hold’ yesterday, without specifying a target on the BT share price. According to MarketBeat, the FTSE 100 group currently has a consensus ‘buy’ rating and an average valuation of 258.33p.
09/8/2019
10:36
ariane: BT share price: Analysts mull over telco’s Q1 results Tsveta Zikolova Tsveta Zikolova August 9, 2019 2 min read Share this article! While BT Group (LON:BT.A) posted first-quarter results largely in line with expectations, analysts remain concerned whether the telco’s prospects. The company’s share price has also continued its slide in the wake of the update and is about 23 percent down over the past year. Analysts mull over Q1 results Aaran Fronda at IG commented in a note this week that BT saw its share price continue its descent in the wake of its first-quarter results. The analyst has pointed to the telco’s pledge to to help the UK government with its plans to roll out superfast fibre broadband throughout the country by 2025, noting, however, that investors were likely “concerned that the plan may put pressure on its dividend to help finance the project”. Interactive investor’s Keith Bowman meanwhile has noted that the telco’s defensive qualities and cash generation make it appealing to income seekers. The analyst reckons that the group’s “historic dividend yield of around eight percent (not guaranteed), is highly attractive in the current low interest rate environment, but dividend cover of 1.6 times earnings is down from the 3-year average of 1.8 times, adding to current investor nerves”. George Salmon at Hargreaves Lansdown also weighed in on BT in the wake of the results, noting that the shares offered “a prospective yield of 7.6%, so BT doesn’t need to offer much dividend growth”. “The question is, can it sustain that payment these next few years, and then find a route to growth down the line?,” the analyst added. Analyst ratings update UBS reaffirmed the blue-chip telco as a ‘neutral’; this week, without specifying a target on the BT share price. According to MarketBeat, the blue-chip group currently has a consensus ‘hold’ rating and an average valuation of 270.50p. Barclays meanwhile sees the company as an ‘equal weight,’ arguing that while BT’s valuation provides a compelling argument to buy the shares, the company’s consumer division is under pressure and there is uncertainty over the planned roll out of fibre broadband. INVEZZ
21/7/2019
10:30
loganair: Forget BT! By Kevin Godbold: I last wrote about telecommunications firm BT Group (LSE: BT.A) around a month ago in an article with the headline: “Why I think the BT share price could go to £1.” At the time, the share price stood at 208p, but has since continued its long-established down-trend and the shares now change hands at close to 189p, as I write. So it’s getting there, and I reckon shareholders need just a little more patience before it touches £1! A poor trading record: But it isn’t just because the stock has been going down that I stuck my neck out to attempt a price prediction. There are sound reasons for the collapsing share price. For a start, I reckon the dividend is a good candidate for an axing down the line. BT’s five-year record reveals that cash flow per share has been falling, earnings have been slipping, and borrowings have been on the rise. Consequently, the dividend has remained mired in the mud. Progression? Forget it! On top of that, BT is up to its metaphorical eyeballs in debt. Net borrowings stand close to £12bn, which works out at just under four times the level of last year’s operating profit. Then there’s a big pension deficit to fret about too. Big debts can be excusable with vibrant, growing businesses – arguably, the borrowings help to enable the growth. But BT gives the impression of being a lumbering giant past its best. Looking forward, City analysts following the firm don’t offer investors any cheer with their predictions of a further double-digit percentage decline in earnings for the current trading year and a modest two-or-three per cent uptick the year after that. Taken together and averaged, we are looking at earnings being well down for the next couple of years. Cyclical threat: And we haven’t even had a decent general economic slump lately. Imagine the carnage one of those could inflict on BT’s business right now, or perhaps in a year or so’s time. BT should be flying, stock-piling incoming cash flow so it has the resources to get it through the lean times. But it isn’t. Overall, I think the enterprise and the stock look vulnerable, so I’m avoiding it.
07/7/2019
08:18
adrian j boris: THE MOTELY FOOL This is what I’d do with the Vodafone share price right now Roland Head | Sunday, 7th July, 2019 | More on: VOD Illustration showing how the world is connected Image source: Getty Images. The Vodafone Group (LSE: VOD) share price is bumping along at about 130p — its lowest level since the 2008 financial crisis. Is the telecom giant’s lowly share price justified? Probably, in my view. Should you sell the shares? I don’t think so. Here, I’ll explain why I feel holding onto Vodafone stock might be the best plan right now. Finally, what a relief! In May, Vodafone boss Nick Read finally bowed to necessity and cut the group’s dividend by 40%. Shareholders may have felt disappointed, but in my view this was a good decision that should end up helping investors. When I last looked at the telecoms giant in March, I explained why I thought the group’s debt levels were too high. My view was that the company’s latest issue of debt seemed like a cunning plan, but didn’t leave any scope for debt repayments. Put simply, I thought Read was in danger of being too clever for his own good. A cash cow? The dividend cut put Vodafone back on my radar as a potential buy. You see, despite the firm’s heavy investment in new networks, its free cash flow is still pretty good. Last year, the firm generated €4.4bn of free cash flow, even after buying 5G spectrum and paying cash restructuring costs. This level of free cash flow would have been swallowed up by the old dividend, leaving no cash spare for debt reduction. But my sums suggest if this level of cash generation can be maintained, the new reduced dividend should leave about €1.5bn spare to help reduce debt. Ultimately, that’s good news for shareholders as it makes the dividend safer. Buy, sell or hold? I think Vodafone could remain out of favour with investors for a little while longer yet. But I no longer view the stock as a sell. In my view, the company’s continued strong cash generation and dividend cut make the valuation seem much more appealing. It’s worth noting that at current levels, this global business is trading on just 8.7 times free cash flow. I think that’s an attractive valuation, if it’s sustainable. A second attraction is that earnings are expected to rise significantly next year. Broker forecasts show City analysts expect earnings to rise by 27% to €0.10 per share in 2020/21. That would put the stock on a fairly reasonable rating of 14 times earnings. Even after the dividend cut, VOD shares offer a forecast dividend yield of 6.9% for the current year. That puts the shares firmly into high-yield territory. I won’t be adding Vodafone shares to my portfolio, because I already own BT Group shares. The broadband and mobile group is too similar for me to want to double up. But if I was looking for a telecoms dividend stock to buy today, Vodafone would definitely be on my radar and might be my top choice.
30/5/2019
10:12
waldron: BT Downgraded by Analysts Despite "Making Steady Progress" Morningstar analysts say the telecoms firm is moving in the right direction and its shares remain undervalued, despite a tough regulatory environment James Gard 30 May, 2019 | 11:03AM BT FTSE 100 telecoms giant BT (BT.) has been downgraded by Morningstar analysts amid concerns over regulatory pressure affecting profit margins. Despite the drop in its fair value estimate from 360p to 320p, the company remains undervalued, according to analyst Michael Hodel, with shares currently trading below 200p after sustained share price weakness in recent years. “We believe the firm is gradually moving in the right direction, but progress will likely be slow,” he says. BT has been in a strong position as the only “convergedR21; operator offering fixed-line telecoms, broadband and mobile phone services, but the benefits of this position have started to slow as BT has failed to overcome regulatory, operational and competitive challenges. The most contentious and costly issue for BT in recent years has been its infrastructure business Openreach, which regulator Ofcom forced it to split out from its consumer business in 2017. As owner of the telecoms infrastructure, BT sells network access to the likes of Sky and Virgin, but Morningstar analysts say the company does not make a profit from this operation. “We expect Ofcom will continue to pressure the prices Openreach charges for network access,” Hodel argues; this is one of the main drivers of the share price downgrade. Hodel says the cost of running Openreach has dragged on BT’s profits and revenues as well as stalling its upgrade plans. Currently 3 million customer locations (business and residential premises) have access to super-fast broadband, and BT says it can boost this to 15 million by around 2025 if the regulator allows it to make a better return from Openreach. Regulatory pressures on prices at Openreach have “forced BT to constantly cut costs to preserve margins”, Hodel says. Change at the Top Under former chief executive Gavin Patterson, BT spent big to build market share in its consumer business, setting up BT Sport to take on Sky Sports and buying the rights to Champions League football in 2013. In 2016, BT bought mobile phone company EE, which in 2012 became the first network to roll out 4G coverage. (Today it is the first network to roll out 5G). Nevertheless, BT’s share price has struggled in recent years, falling from nearly 500p in 2016 to nearly 200p today. Brexit is expected to hit the company’s European revenues, and the competition among mobile phone providers has intensified. Vodafone (VOD), which has recently cut its dividend by 40%, faces similar pressures. In terms of City brokers, Numis has a share price target for BT of 340p and a buy rating, just above Morningstar’s fair value, while Societe Generale has just reiterated its buy recommendation with a new target price of 320p. The share price slump has pushed BT’s yield to above 7%, making it ones of the top yielders in the FTSE 100. Chief executive Gavin Patterson left in February and was replaced by Philip Jansen. Investor disquiet over the share price, job cuts, missed profit targets and even the move out of the firm’s HQ for 150 years brought an end to Patterson’s tenure with the firm. Jansen said this month as BT announced full-year results that “we have a lot of work to do to … deliver long term sustainable value to our shareholders”. Last year’s final results showed a fall of 1% in revenue to £23 billion, and BT expects revenue to fall 2% in this financial year.
11/1/2019
14:12
gotnorolex: Terms of BT's EE buy-out stipulate that Deutsche Telekom cannot hold more than 15 per cent of BT shares for three years after the deal closes, this was to protect the quarry of being taken over cheaply, in the vain hope that the BT.A share price would be high and out of reach come Jan 2019. But currently have a share price collapse and a 50% discount from the time of the deal. So hence the speculation of a "Timely Tutonic Takeover" edit: the euro is also about 25% stronger than in 2016.
10/11/2018
10:52
adrian j boris: Barclays points to headwinds for telco Analysts nevertheless lift valuation on former telecoms monopoly Tsveta Zikolova by Tsveta Zikolova Friday, 09 Nov 2018, 13:48 GMT BT share price: Barclays points to headwinds for telco Barclays argues that BT Group (LON:BT.A) faces a number of headwinds in coming quarters, Proactive Investors has reported. The comments came as the broker lifted its price target on the former telecoms monopoly. BT’s share price has fallen marginally into the red in today’s session, having given up 0.12 percent to 254.70p as of 13:30 GMT. The stock is outperforming the broader UK market, with the benchmark FTSE 100 index which currently stands 0.66 percent lower at 7,093.75 points. The group’s shares have added about 1.6 percent to their value over the past year, as compared with about a 5.3-percent dip in the Footsie. Barclays weighs in on BT Barclays reaffirmed BT as an ‘equal weight’ today, while lifting its price target on the shares from 250p to 260p. “BT’s recent share price outperformance reflects a solid 2Q result, with EBITDA well ahead of expectations on solid cost execution,” the analysts pointed out, as quoted by Proactive Investors. “This raises in our view the question of whether the steady drip of earnings cuts that have plagued the name for the past few quarters is now over.” The broker, however, noted that “the former telecoms monopoly was set to see a number of headwinds in the coming quarters, notably Openreach wholesale price cuts, fixed retail market share losses, and continued enterprise pressure”. The comments came after BT updated investors on its interim performance this month, noting that it expected its full-year earnings to come in at the upper end of its guidance. Other analysts on telco Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed BT as a ‘sector performer’ this week, without specifying a price target on the shares. According to MarketBeat, the blue-chip telco currently has a consensus ‘hold’ rating and an average valuation of 273.33p. As of 13:50 GMT, Friday, 09 November, BT Group plc share price is 254.92p.
21/8/2018
07:19
hamhamham1: With sector rotation now gaining more acceptance as the next stage of this economic cycle. I wonder if buying into the telecoms in the US also includes buying BT ADR's? They certainly look good value with the BT share price down and the dollar up... See below for the approx buy rates in dollars for BT shares over the past 5 years: Sep-14 BT Share Price GBP - £3.98 USD/GBP rate - 1.63 BT Share Price USD - $6.49 Sep-15 BT Share Price GBP - £4.15 USD/GBP rate - 1.56 BT Share Price USD - $6.47 Sep-16 BT Share Price GBP - £3.90 USD/GBP rate - 1.3 BT Share Price USD - $5.07 Sep-17 BT Share Price GBP - £2.84 USD/GBP rate - 1.35 BT Share Price USD - $3.83 Current BT Share Price GBP - £2.26 USD/GBP rate - 1.28 BT Share Price USD - $2.89 So, looking very cheap if you have dollars to invest! I have also put in the price that would have been paid for BT shares in USD when BT shares hit their peak in Nov-15: Highest GBP share price over last 5 yrs (Nov-15) BT Share Price GBP - £4.99 USD/GBP rate - 1.27 BT Share Price USD - USD 6.34
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