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Bt Group Plc LSE:BT.A London Ordinary Share GB0030913577 ORD 5P
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  2.85 2.45% 119.10 27,086,326 16:35:11
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Fixed Line Telecommunications 22,905.00 2,353.00 17.50 6.8 11,770
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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 116.25p.
Bt Group Plc has a 4 week average price of 98.40p and a 12 week average price of 98.40p.
The 1 year high share price is 212.25p while the 1 year low share price is currently 98.40p.
There are currently 9,882,206,625 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 47,126,490 shares. The market capitalisation of Bt Group Plc is £11,769,708,090.38.
hhhold2: By Lauren Almeida BT (BT.A) investors faced a second disappointment in less than two weeks earlier this month when reports that it was in discussions to sell a multi-billion-pound stake in Openreach were dismissed. The Financial Times report boosted the telecoms group's share price by 9 per cent, after the market value had sunk to a near-11-year low on the back of management's decision to suspend its annual dividend until 2022. BT.A:LSE BT Group 1mth Today change -1.01% Price (GBP) 117.55 However, the rumours were quashed by Openreach chief executive Clive Selley in an internal memo to staff. Mr Selley wrote that the entity, which maintains the UK’s telephone and broadband network and is already legally separate from BT, would stay in BT Group, after he had spoken with its chief executive, Philip Jansen. Indeed, Mr Jansen had acquired £2m-worth of shares only a few days prior to the FT report – which would have not been possible under insider dealing regulations if discussions were material. However, the sharp rise in working from home among the nation's employees has highlighted the importance of upgrading the UK's creaking broadband infrastructure – arguably the case for a stake sale or complete spin-off of Openreach has never been stronger. It is not a new idea: in 2017 the division was targeted by institutional investors. And it has long been a question for shareholders: why has BT chosen not to unlock the value of the company? Why did the market think it was good news? The market was upbeat on the news that the group might be selling a stake in Openreach – evidenced by the sharp share price movement – and it is not hard to understand why. A cash injection from a stake sale would help BT’s balance sheet – which is being stretched to its limit by higher investment commitments as the UK grapples with its shoddy telecoms infrastructure. The current network is caught up in what analysts at Deutsche Bank describe as “a once-in-a-multi-generational investment cycle to replace the copper network (which lasted more than a hundred years) with a glass one (which will last longer)”. So the company has to balance a huge national investment programme and the fact that normalised free cash flow dropped by almost a fifth in 2020. What’s the task? The transformation from copper to glass has not been easy. The UK government’s track record in investing in fibre broadband has been poor, as it steadily decreased investment in telecommunications in the years after 2005, the year prior to Openreach’s legal separation, according to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in telecommunications investment between 2005 and 2010 was a negative 15.9 per cent in the UK, whereas the CAGR for OECD countries in aggregate over the same time period was flat. And this lack of investment has caught up with us: the UK now lags severely behind other developed peers. It is little wonder that the issue has surged up the political agenda. It may feel like a lifetime ago, as a tidal wave of emergency measures have been introduced since, but in the March Budget only two months ago Chancellor Rishi Sunak committed £5bn to develop “gigabit-capable” broadband networks. Now higher levels of remote working have revealed the weak spots across the country’s networks. Even beyond lockdown, changes to our everyday way of working are likely to stick. Take Twitter (US:TWTR), which has told its employees that they can continue to work from home "forever" if they want. How will BT cope? It is no wonder, then, that BT has had to prioritise its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and 5G mobile roll-out, although it had to sacrifice its dividend to fund it. Now its FTTP target stands at 20m premises by the mid-to-late 2020s, from an earlier goal of 15m – including a “significant build” in rural areas. But with one step forward, the government has pushed the group two steps back: the UK has reportedly now committed to a three-year plan of removing Huawei equipment from sensitive parts of the national network. BT estimated that complying with the 35 per cent cap on Huawei’s market share would cost the group £500m – and that is not to mention the progress that will be erased from the rollout of 5G. An extra bit of cash would not be amiss. It would support BT’s investment in broadband, as well as help maintain the group’s dividend in the future, which was suspended for the first time in 19 years. What is holding BT back? BT has an enormous operating model – it runs the development of the UK’s internet access, provides retail mobile coverage, runs a sports channel – the list goes on. So what is making the group hesitant to slim down its operations by selling off at least part of Openreach? “It comes down to the pension,” said James Barford, head of telecoms research at Enders Analysis. BT is weighed down by the need to service a hefty pension deficit, which sat at £1bn net of tax at the end of March, down from £6bn a year earlier – but the group noted that interest rates have been volatile, and its deficit will have worsened since then. “If you’re the pension scheme, what you care about is that BT is there in order to plug any pension deficit shortfall. ” At the moment it would be difficult to compensate the pension fund for the loss of Openreach as a cash asset. “The covenant is stronger with BT together.” said Mr Barford.
steved: The share purchases by the BOD and related parties and in such quantities are a positive sign for sure. The CEO seems to be looking at all possibilities to fulfil the 5 year plan. If it comes good it will be hugely rewarding for shareholders. BT are on the face of it dramatically undervalued. All it needs is a bit of confidence they're on the right track and the strategy is working and the share price will take care of itself. After all in many respects BT's markets are exciting and robust even during times of troubles like now. If as the rumours suggest they are looking at all options, no doubt with the recent share purchases, the OpenReach developments are at an early tentative stage for now. However, it could move pretty fast from here if there are investors out there willing to invest at an acceptable price and BT can overcome the hurdles. In todays market the hurdles won't be anything like as high as they were pre-Covid. The pension scheme appears to be in reasonable shape and should become much less of an issue as the years unfold.If OpenReach is partially sold the pension fund will benefit which is helpful to get all sides on board. I feel this is a good risk reward scenario for investors with a long term view and a BOD willing to make the right decisions to get BT motoring again? Finally, if a OpenReach is partially sold it should give the share price a major boost for several reasons.
stujj: @Milliethedog - I agree 100% "Sorry, off topic. But food for thought re the greater economy & customers' ability to pay bills." I think that's 100% on topic and will be reflected in the BT.A share price. My personal view is that the timing isn't right yet for long long-term investing, but there are opportunities for day trading the ups and downs. Let's see when the furlough assistance is removed. If there's a sharp drop, however, then I may add longer term positions. I really don't think we've seen anything yet! EDIT: Just spotted your £1 target. Yes, that's around my entry point too.
diku: But you forgot the Italian fiasco...what it did to the share price...10 years later there will be another super super super fast fibre...same old starts get my drift... careful 7 May '20 - 12:28 - 35390 of 35391 0   0  0 bargainbob We know about the debt level, inevitable when they are investing billions in new fast fibre. target 20m homes. The competition and the debt levels plus other things that need sorting are the reasons why the share price has collapsed from £5 to £2. But collapsing the share price of BT to below £2 is an overreaction. At £1.07, you must be joking. If it fell to 50p you would still be looking for reasons why.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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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