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BT Group LSE:BT.A London Ordinary Share GB0030913577 ORD 5P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -1.35p -0.54% 250.20p 2,643,881 11:30:42
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250.10p 250.25p 251.55p 248.80p 250.25p
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Fixed Line Telecommunications 23,723.00 2,616.00 20.50 12.2 24,824.6

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BT Group Daily Update: BT Group is listed in the Fixed Line Telecommunications sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker BT.A. The last closing price for BT Group was 251.55p.
BT Group has a 4 week average price of 244.85p and a 12 week average price of 222.20p.
The 1 year high share price is 278.50p while the 1 year low share price is currently 201.25p.
There are currently 9,921,904,070 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 23,913,576 shares. The market capitalisation of BT Group is £24,869,252,551.46.
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.
pacemaker1000: Here’s the whole article.... BT’s share price spiked and then plummeted after the FT’s Alphaville column reported on rumours that Deutsche Telekom “has recently been working with advisors” on a full takeover of its UK rival. So, should you buy shares now? The short answer is no. Any takeover discussions surrounding beleaguered telecoms group BT (BT.A) are likely to be in the early stages, so even if the company is forced to put out an announcement following media speculation, it’s unlikely to contain any clarity. Then there’s the issue of the pension deficit which, at last count stood at a whopping £7.7bn, or 30 per cent of the current market value. We can’t see any buyer wanting to take that on – in the first half of the group’s 2019 financial year, the pension deficit swallowed £2bn worth of cash. And how about the fact that BT has just appointed a new chief executive? It’s not likely Philip Jansen will have ditched his job at Worldpay (and the £2m worth of share options he owned then) for a company which is in the midst of a takeover offer. We don’t think Mr Jansen would have the stomach for another mega-merger – he’s spent the best part of 2018 negotiating the collaboration between Worldpay and Vantiv and attempting to integrate the two digital payment giants. Then again, Mr Jansen may have been asked to head up the whole company. It’s also worth noting that Deutsche Telekom is facing rising competition in its domestic market from BT’s old British rival Vodafone. The latter bought the German telecoms assets of Liberty Global earlier this year which has hugely elevated its market share in Germany. BT itself is facing enormous competition across Europe and is having to invest heavily in its infrastructure and content to fight off rivals. Collaboration may be key. Broker Numis is continuing to insist that BT’s share price will keep climbing and if the rumours are true and Deutsche Telekom is mulling an offer, investors would do well to buy in now. But we don’t think that looks likely. It turns out the long answer is no too.
nige co: Reason for the share price spike Https:// BT Group Share price likely to keep climbing 11:17 am BE Yep, maybe! 11:17 am BE Or not. We don't know. TO BE CLEAR. 11:17 am BE All we can say currently is this: there's a suggestion being heard from multiple places in the market that Deutsche Telekom has recently been working with advisors on the long-rumoured full takeover of BT. 11:18 am BE It has also been rumoured in multiple places in the market that high-level discussions have happened between the companies very recently. 11:19 am BE Now, clearly, there are a lot of moving parts to this theory. 11:19 am BE Firstly the BT-DT standstill agreement, which doesn't expire until next year. 11:20 am BE Secondly the DT-Sprint regulatory process, which is ongoing. 11:20 am BE Thirdly, it's far from a new idea. Chris Williams at the Telegraph has been writing it every other month for half a decade: hxxps://www.telegr...t-for-Germans.html 11:22 am BE All we can say is that there's definitely a specific rumour in the darker corners of the market right now suggesting things have moved and, by making it public here, we are only seeking to let sunlight be the disinfectant.
poikka: Here's HL's take on it. "Outgoing CEO Gavin Patterson describes the group as 'too complex and overweight'. This explains why cost-cutting is a major theme. The group's targeting £1.5bn of annual cost savings. BT will hopefully emerge as a leaner, more joined up business. Its focus will be twofold. Running the consumer-facing operation we all recognise as BT, and operating the infrastructure behind the increasingly digital and communication-led economy. BT is starting to bundle TV, internet and mobile contracts together successfully, so the first part of the plan is coming together nicely. It's the second part where we've seen a few false starts. There's constant pressure to roll out more high speed internet connections and drive prices down. That's great for the consumer, but regulatory moves to reduce prices mean potentially lower returns for investors. The business-to-business divisions are also struggling, with public sector revenues falling away. All the while the group's pension scheme remains a major drag on cash flows. Revenues and profits are both likely to trend down in the short-term, while capital spending will remain stubbornly high - around £3.7bn a year for the foreseeable future. BT can legitimately point to external factors for much of the above. However, other problems are clearly of its own making. Misdemeanours at Openreach (essentially BT unfairly delaying Ethernet installations) have led to fines and compensation payments, while improper accounting in Italy made a few dents too. This all means hopes for 10%+ annual dividend growth have been reined in. Investors probably won't get any increases for at least two more years. But seeing as the recent share price weakness has pushed the prospective yield over 6%, BT doesn't need to offer much dividend growth. The weaker share price also means BT trades on 9.4 times expected earnings, well below its recent average. That opens the door to recovery potential. Recent updates have been more encouraging, and that cost-cutting plan is significant. There's a couple of reasons for longer-term optimism too. Openreach should remain profitable despite government meddling and the consumer business is an attractive, cash generative asset. Still, it remains early days in the BT turnaround and there are of course no guarantees. We'll be interested to see what Philip Jansen's plans are when he takes over in the new year."
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
hamhamham1: I think the share price will creep back up to 240p+ area over the next week or two. The trajectory angle of the share price since 7th June looks nice. Before, any attempted recoveries were a lot steeper and rolled over quickly (on each previous attempt, the shooting up quickly was a good sign, showing that investors were prepared to pile in). If you look at the 1 year chart for example you can see this recovery line is nice and straight (even allowing for divi). I am no chartist but I like the look of the share price path. Hopefully the new CEO will bump up nicely as well. And if it takes a year or two or even three to get back up towards previous levels, I can happily wait.
hamhamham1: BT Group plc: does a 7% share price rise suggest further gains are ahead? The last month has seen the BT Group plc (LON:BT.A) (BT.A.L) share price rise by around 7%. That’s a strong performance in my view. I had anticipated that investor sentiment could remain weak until the appointment of a new CEO, but the stock market seems to have warmed slightly to the long-term prospects for the business. Of course, there could be significant change ahead for the FTSE 100 company. A new CEO may look to overhaul the strategy which is currently in place – even though it has been live for a relatively short space of time. This could create instability, with the prospect of changes to dividend policy, investment in sports rights and the breadth of the company’s operations having the potential to cause a period of uncertainty. In my view, the current strategy adopted by BT could have a positive impact on its share price. It appears to be focusing on the right areas, with cost reductions and investment in its pay-tv offering having the potential to boost its financial performance in the long run. Sure, those changes come at a cost. Investment in sports rights has been a drain on cash at a time when pension liabilities and dividends have become more costly. But with interest rates set to rise as soon as later today, the affordability of major pension schemes could improve for companies such as BT. Looking ahead, I expect increasing volatility to occur. Major changes could be ahead, and this could lead to investors pricing-in a larger discount in the form of a lower valuation. Already, the stock has a PE ratio of around 9, which is one of the lowest ratings in the FTSE 100 at the moment. Therefore, while I’m bullish about the long-term turnaround prospects for the stock, I think that in the short run there could be increasing volatility ahead. hTtps://
hamhamham1: Bad news for any prospective new investors in BT, due to the share price recently rising to 223p the dividend is now returning less than 7% (it's only 6.9% at yesterday's close). Moreover when the share price reaches 261p then the divi return will be just 5.9%. But worse is to come because when the share price hits 314p then the divi return drops to a mere 4.9%. I for one, intend to keep strong throughout these testing times ;)
hamhamham1: I think 220p will be hit today, let's see. - it's 50/50 - and pointless me saying it really :) Did this article get posted here? hTtps:// Personally, I’ve always avoided BT (LSE: BT.A) as an investment because, while the company does have some desirable traits, it also has plenty of other negative qualities. The most significant sticking point for me has always been its debt. I try to avoid companies with high levels of debt because they lack financial flexibility. At the last count, the group reported a net debt figure of £9.6bn, and that’s excluding the pension deficit of £11.3bn. Taking action The good news is, the company is taking action to reduce it’s retirement obligations. Last month BT agreed to a 13-year recovery plan with the trustees of the pension scheme. Under the terms of the deal, the group will make payments of £2.1bn by March 2020 with a further £900m a year due after this initial balloon payment for 10 years. Management has also offered to raise an additional £2bn for the fund by issuing more bonds. This is a bitter pill to swallow for investors as it will reduce the amount of cash available for distribution. But by cleaning up part of its balance sheet, the company is heading in the right direction. At the same time, over the next few years, BT is planning to undertake a massive restructuring of its business. As part of this, the firm is planning to move from its London headquarters site and cut 13,000 back office and middle management jobs. Unfortunately for staff who will lose their jobs, this appears to be the right course of action. Compared to international peers, BT looks like a bloated corporate beast. The company’s operating margin has steadily declined over the past five years from 15.5% to 13.3%. For comparison, US peer Verizon Communications reported an operating margin of 21% for its last financial year. Telecom Italia margin is 16%, and Swisscom AG sits in the middle with 18%. The root of the problems I believe the bulk of BT’s issues can be traced to the decisions of its former CEO Gavin Patterson. Since he took charge in 2013, the group’s revenue has increased from £18.3bn to £23.7bn, but higher operational spending has kept net profit flat. Mr Patterson’s empire building has done the company no favours. His decision to spend more than £5bn on sports rights and then £12.5bn buying mobile provider EE starved the group of cash, leading to higher debt and underinvestment in its core telecoms business. And as I noted above, there’s little to show for this spending. Revenue is higher but so are costs. Meanwhile, net debt has jumped by more than £2bn, or 24%, and the number of shares in issue has risen by a fifth, diluting existing holders. Return on capital employed, a measure of how much profit a company is generating for every £1 invested in the business, has declined from 16.9% in 2014 to 9.7% for 2018. All of the above leads me to conclude that Mr Patterson has done nothing but destroy shareholder value over the past five years. In my opinion, BT would be in a much better position today if the company had stuck to its core focus, and rather than investing billions in trying to break into new markets, reinvested the cash into its existing network. When Mr Patterson took over, BT was the UK’s largest telecommunications provider by far with a dominant and unrivalled position in the market. Competitive advantages only last if a company invests in keeping competitors at bay, which it has failed to do. Not only is the company now facing attacks on all fronts from multiple competitors, it has also attracted the ire of regulators who believe the business has let down customers by chasing after new markets. Sharon White, head of Ofcom, recently speculated that BT was in danger of going the same way as Kodak and Polaroid unless it stepped up investment in fibre. Changing of the guard It finally looks as if the company has got the message. BT is now planning to devote £3.7bn a year to upgrading its mobile and fibre networks. Part of the funding for this will come from cost savings of £1.5bn projected to be achieved from job losses. What’s more, it’s beginning to look as if it is contemplating winding down its pay-TV operation now Mr Patterson is no longer in charge. It is believed that the former CEO was forced to step down due to a loss of investor confidence. The Financial Times reported the same set of investors think the firm’s foray into pay-TV, notably the high-priced sports rights binge was a mistake the company should seek to reverse. All in all, it looks to me as if BT is going to reverse course over the next few years and double down on what it knows best, telecommunications. By investing in its core network and slowing spending on other expensive ventures, the business should also be able to start substantially reducing its tremendous debt pile — even after taking into account the excess pension payments. Time to buy? With this being the case, it looks to me as if the BT share price could be an attractive buy at current levels. As the group’s problems have built up, its share price has plunged to a low not seen since 2011, dragging the valuation down with it. At the time of writing, the stock trades at a forward P/E of just 7.8, supports a dividend yield of 7.4% and trades at an enterprise value to earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation ratio (EV/EBITDA) of 4.7, around half of the telecommunications industry median. There’s plenty of bad news already baked into this stock price, and in reality, I don’t see much further downside if BT continues to struggle. However, if the group’s turnaround plan starts to yield results, the stock could more than double (based on the EV/EBITDA ratio) as investors return.
careful: On the topic of Deutsche talking up BT and saying positive things about them. As Mandy Rice Davies once said, 'they would say that wouldn't they?' They are stuck with this 12% holding which has lost them millions. They look very stupid and are desperate for the BT share price to recover. If they hint at a deal the BT share price will rise increasing the value of their holding. On the other hand the low BT share price must tempt them and they are unlikely to sell. That is if they are not put off by the debt and pension deficit. Who would wish to take that on?
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