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Bt Group Plc LSE:BT.A London Ordinary Share GB0030913577 ORD 5P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -3.65 -1.81% 197.70 4,200,757 09:37:55
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197.62 197.66 200.05 197.54 199.90
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Fixed Line Telecommunications 23,428.00 2,666.00 21.80 9.1 -
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
09:37:48 AT 766 197.70 GBX

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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 201.35p.
Bt Group Plc has a 4 week average price of 190.68p and a 12 week average price of 190.68p.
The 1 year high share price is 268.60p while the 1 year low share price is currently 190.68p.
There are currently 9,922,862,901 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 29,263,802 shares. The market capitalisation of Bt Group Plc is £19,722,682,302.03.
nige co: Time to buy BT?? I have noticed that the BT share price has dropped for the 5th week consecutively, with this week being the smallest of drops compared to the other weeks. I also think that this maybe an indication of the selling being exhausted, and also think that next weeks share price movement will result in an up week for BT. JMO.
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.
sarkasm: Tuesday 28 May 2019 11:08am Interactive Investor Talk What is City Talk? Latest Vodafone dividend cut: which UK shares might be next? Share Interactive Investor Talk Contributor Vodafone dividend cut: which UK shares might be next? (Source: iStock) By Tom Bailey from interactive investor. Vodafone's cut might be a canary in the coalmine for FTSE 100 shares. Over the past year the market has increasingly cooled on Vodafone (LSE:VOD). The company has a long list of problems, including the high cost of 5G investment, being squeezed by competition on the continent and high levels of debt. The company's share price fell by roughly 30% between April 2018 and April 2019. As a result, the company's dividend yield shot up to a seemingly generous 9%. Now, however, reality has caught up with the company's payout level. On Wednesday 15 May, Vodafone announce its dividend would be cut by 40%, giving it a new yield of around 6%. According to Simon McGarry, senior equity research analyst, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management: "The red flags have been there for all to see - the dividend yield was dangerously high, low dividend coverage (ratio of earnings to dividends) and dividend growth had slowed - last year growth was only 2% and in its recent statement, there was no growth at all." The share has consistently featured on our Dividend Danger Zone screen since its creation in 2016. A number of high-profile investors had previously grown concerned about Vodafone's position. Mike Fox, manager of Royal London Sustainable Leaders fund recently told Money Observer that he had sold his stake in the company. Similarly, Robin Geffen, chief executive of Neptune Investment Management, sold out of Vodafone last year. Vodafone, however, isn't likely to be the only major UK company seeing a dividend cut in the coming months. The dividend payouts for a number of FTSE companies currently look perilous. According to Geffen: "Vodafone's announcement should be viewed as a canary in the coalmine moment for UK equity income investors" Geffen fears that many other supposedly "safe" dividend-paying companies are also likely to face a cut, citing falling levels of dividend cover as his key concern. He adds: "We would put the tobacco majors Imperial Brands (LSE:IMB) and British American Tobacco (LSE:BATS), BT Group (LSE:BT.A) and the major utilities stocks in that category." British American Tobacco currently has a dividend cover of 1.35 times, Imperial Brands 0.87 times and BT 1.47 times. As a rule of thumb, shares with a dividend cover score of above 2 are considered reliable dividend payers. Meanwhile, a number of companies on our Dividend Danger Zone screen all have dangerously low dividend covers. The worst offender is Stobart Group (LSE:STOB), with a dividend cover of 0.5 times. That means that half of its dividend is being paid for with borrowing. The infrastructure and support services company already cut its dividend last December, citing a lack of cash. Further cuts, it seems, may still be ahead. Hammerson (LSE:HMSO), the property group, is also on the screen, with a particularly high net debt to EBITDA ratio of 10.9 times. This was one of the reasons it entered our screen in March. At the time, McGarry noted that the company was attempting to sell off assets to cut its debt burden. But, he warned: "Hammerson might struggle to deliver its strategy to dispose of retail parks in a bid to reduce leverage, which is too high at 40%+ loan-to-value." The company's dividend cover is currently 1.1 times. Also on the screen is SSE (LSE:SSE), with a dividend cover of 1.2 times. Similarly, Geffen is bearish on the dividend prospect of the utility sector as a whole, noting his is the only IA UK Equity Income Fund to have 0% exposure to utilities. The sector has an average cover of 1.29 times. This article was originally published in our sister magazine Money Observer.
grupo guitarlumber: Relief for BT investors as telecoms giant retains dividend payout but cautious outlook puts small dent in share price A 'very challenging and competitive' market was behind a 2% earnings fall However chief executive Philip Jansen said dividends won't be cut for 2 years That still didn't stop its shares falling by 1% By Adrian Lowery for and Holly Williams, Press Association Published: 10:40 BST, 9 May 2019 | Updated: 10:40 BST, 9 May 2019 Investors in BT received mixed signals today as the telecoms giant revealed it would retain its dividend payout but warned that revenues and profits are set to fall over the year ahead. BT blamed a 'very challenging and competitive UK market' as it revealed a 2 per cent fall in underlying earnings to £7.4billion over the full year to the end of March. BT's underlying earnings in the full year to March fell by 2%, but shareholders won't face a dividend axe despite the downbeat figures +1 BT's underlying earnings in the full year to March fell by 2%, but shareholders won't face a dividend axe despite the downbeat figures But the downbeat figures were leavened by the news that they would not lead to a reduction in the dividend paid on the company's shares. Recently appointed chief executive Philip Jansen said the shareholder payout would remain unchanged for 2018/19 and also for 2019/20 'given our outlook for earnings and cash flow'. This came as a relief to investors after speculation that the group was considering cutting dividends, but even that couldn't stop traders staging a minor sell-off: the stock was last trading 2.25p or 1.03 per cent down at 217.00p. The pessimism in the City was sparked by BT's cautious note that underlying earnings are expected to fall to between £7.2billion and £7.3billion over 2019/20, with a drop of around 2 per cent in adjusted revenues. On a statutory basis, pre-tax profits lifted 2 per cent to £2.7billion in the year to March 31 on revenues 1 per cent lower at £23.4billion. Mr Jansen, who took on the top job in February, said: 'While we are really well positioned in a very challenging and competitive UK market, we have a lot of work to do to ensure we remain successful and deliver long-term, sustainable value to our shareholders. 'We need to invest to improve our customer propositions and competitiveness. 'We need to invest to stay ahead in our fixed, mobile and core networks, and we need to invest to overhaul our business to ensure that we are using the latest systems and technology to improve our efficiency and become more agile.' On announcing full-year figures, BT also increased its target for deploying ultrafast fibre connectivity to fourmillion premises by 2020/21 from its previous goal of threemillion premises. By the mid-2020s, BT said it aims to pass 15million premises, up from its previous target of 10million. It added that restructuring efforts were on track, having achieved annual cost savings of £875million. BT swung the axe on 13,000 jobs last year under its revamp plans.
la forge: Iain Gilbert Sharecast News 01 May, 2019 16:42 Broker tips: BT, Burford Capital, BP, Ferrexpo, Just Eat bt, openreach, cable, broadband, internet Morgan Stanley has highlighted a range of strategies BT’s newly installed chief executive could unveil next week, including spinning out Openreach, but has warned there is a real chance that there will be no significant changes to the strategy announced at the full-year results. Morgan Stanley said there was a 15% chance that Jansen could adopt a bullish stance at the results and announce a range of wide-reaching measures aimed at shaking up BT's long-term strategy. Possibilities include significantly reducing headcount, selling non-core, lower-margin assets, or separating out the fixed line network business Openreach. “We think network separation would be most well received,” the analysts noted. “New opex targets and/or disposal of non-core assets could also be met favourably, albeit to a smaller degree.” They argued BT's shares could improve by as much as 12% in this situation, noting: “BT's shares have been among the worst performers in telecoms, with the total return down 3% in the year-to-date and 39% in three years, suggesting that a different strategy from here could be preferable.” Morgan Stanley said a more bullish approach could include announcing plans to cut the dividend or increase capex from £3.7bn currently to around £4.5bn, to funder higher fibre investments, which would weigh on the shares. “We would expect to see selling pressure from dividend investors, but do not anticipate the shares to fall by as much as the near-term free cash flow downgrade,” the bank said. “Higher near-term capex could drive longer-term profitability and, ultimately, a more favourable relationship with the regulator Ofcom.” However, Morgan Stanley, which has an 'equal-weight' rating on BT and a price target of 250p, said the most likely outcome was that there would be “no major deviations in strategy” at the results, which would be met with "modest disappointment". The focus instead would be on free cash flow and dividend; it is forecasting FCF for the 2020 of £2.1bn, down from £2.4bn in 2019, “reflecting headwinds in Consumer and Openreach”. It sees the dividend held flat year-on-year at 15.4p. Analysts at Canaccord Genuity slashed their target price on shares of stockmarket darling Burford Capital, flagging 20 areas of risk/concern to clients which they believed might be going unappreciated. The target price was cut from 1,543p to 1,196p and the recommendation was kept at 'sell'. Among other things, the Canadian broker saw a risk that the provider of arbitration and litigation finance might be forced to either pursue a new fundraising or cut back on lending should realisations fail to materialise at the level it was forecasting. They also challenged the company's claim to an 85% return on invested capital on concluded & partially realised investments, saying that their own analysis revealed a ROIC of 51% on those that had been concluded and of 36% for those that were partially realised. Hence, they cut their earnings per share estimates for the firm's financial years 2019 and 2020 by approximately 18% each one but for 2019 they were still anticipating adjusted profits before tax would more than double, excluding fair-value movements. They were also careful to explain that "For the avoidance of doubt, we see real opportunity for investors in the growth of the litigation funding market." "Equally, we also believe BUR has built an impressive, market-leading position and is generating attractive returns." Analysts at Jefferies reiterated their 'buy' recommendation and 600p target price for oil giant BP's shares on Wednesday, pointing to the potential for the company to lower its gearing and highlighting the success of its downstream activities. The company's balance sheet was still "stretched and under pressure", with gearing above 30%, but as divestiture proceeds came in that could be reduced to the mid-20% level, Jefferies said. The analysts also called attention to BP's big beat in Downstream, thanks to a "strong contribution" from trading, which drove results that came in 14% ahead of consensus and 21% above their own estimates. Among the potential catalysts for share price gains, Jefferies cited share buybacks to fully offset the dilution from its script dividends in the third quarter of 2017, which management had pencilled-in for completion by year end 2019. Also cited as potential drivers of the share price were asset divestitures to fund its liabilities from the Macondo oil spill and the acquisition of BHP's acreage in the Permian.
nige co: While a BT share price of £4.55 maybe a bit punchy, BT current share price of £2.29 looks under-valued to me. I'm happy to hold for now, collect my 7% dividends currently on offer, and wait on the market to re-rate BT. I intend holding for a share price of at least £3.00. JMO.
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.
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.
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: 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://
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