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Vodafone Group Plc LSE:VOD London Ordinary Share GB00BH4HKS39 ORD USD0.20 20/21
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  1.32 1.06% 125.68 125.24 125.32 125.40 123.50 124.42 54,271,762 16:35:04
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Mobile Telecommunications 39,964.5 706.4 -2.8 - 33,723

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23/1/2019
09:36
The joint venture with Telefonica has given the price a small lift this morning. Hopefully positive statement on Friday will move it up further. With a 9% yield at the moment there is scope for the price to rise. If the divi is held, a very good investment yield today for fund managers is around 5-6% so even if the divi is 10p a 5% yield would mean a share price of 200p so 170p in the short term seems realistic. Clearly if the divi is slashed to 7.5p then todays price is about right. As someone else said its important Friday's statement needs to not only hold the divi but perhaps more importantly show there is a credible plan for the business to grow going forward.
car1pet
23/1/2019
09:30
Vodafone and O2 signal potential sale of mast joint venture Nic Fildes in London AN HOUR AGO Print this page0 Vodafone and O2 have signalled that they could sell CTIL, the joint venture company that controls the phone masts owned by the two companies.  The two groups said on Wednesday they had agreed to expand the joint venture, which was originally formed in 2012, to build a 5G network in the UK. As part of the agreement, Vodafone and O2 said they would open up CTIL, which is a 50:50 joint venture, to new tenants for the towers and would open the door to “potential monetisation” of the asset.  A Vodafone spokesman said the company would “consider all options that could create long-term value without compromising out strategic competitiveness̶1;. Nick Read, who took over as Vodafone chief executive last year, has said that the company would consider the sale of its directly owned European masts, valued at €12bn, to reduce debt. CTIL, originally called Cornerstone, was not included in that plan due to its joint ownership with O2. Telefónica, O2’s Spanish owner, has also been cutting costs to reduce its debt burden after a plan to sell its British mobile network to Three was blocked by regulators in 2016. That has included the sale of a stake in its Telxius masts and cables division. It confirmed this week that it is in talks to sell its central American business. CTIL was established to reduce costs for the two companies by network sharing around the UK, but the agreement hit a stumbling block in London due to O2’s pace of build. The two companies split the capital out of CTIL and built their own networks, a move that will be replicated in other big urban centres as part of the new 5G agreement comprising around 2,500 sites, or 15 per cent of the towers outside London. Recommended Lex Vodafone: towers of power Rivals Three and EE formed a separate partnership, MBNL, for the same purpose. The formation of the two joint ventures reduced the imperative for the UK networks to sell their masts, a trend that has taken place in many other markets. The network sharing joint ventures complicated consolidation attempts when Three tried to buy O2. The sale would have meant Three had stakes in both Vodafone and EE’s network.  EE and Three have already unveiled plans to launch 5G networks but the commercial trials have been complicated by the UK government’s audit of the country’s telecoms equipment and the global backlash against Chinese supplier Huawei, which is central to the roll out plans of most British networks.  Mark Evans, head of Telefónica UK, said: “I’m excited by the potential of these plans to meet the future needs of our customers while delivering value for our business.”
orinocor
23/1/2019
08:17
Vodafone Group PLC (VOD.LN) and Telefonica SA (TEF.MC) have agreed to strengthen their existing network-sharing partnership in the U.K. to include 5G, the companies said Wednesday. The telecommunications companies said this will allow them to deploy 5G faster, over a larger geographic area and at a lower cost. Vodafone and Telefonica's O2 U.K. business will seek to deploy their own separate radio equipment on around 2,500 sites in larger cities to achieve greater network flexibility to meet customers' needs, the companies said. Both parties plan to upgrade their networks with higher-capacity optical-fiber cables and are exploring options around their future transmission operating model, the companies said. Vodafone and O2 said they intend to explore a potential monetization of CTIL, the joint venture that owns and manages their passive tower infrastructure, after the new arrangements have been concluded. The companies have signed a non-binding heads of terms, which remains subject to an agreement on the detailed terms and regulatory approvals, which they expect to conclude during 2019. Write to Adria Calatayud at adria.calatayudvaello@dowjones.com (END) Dow Jones Newswires January 23, 2019 02:47 ET (07:47 GMT)
florenceorbis
23/1/2019
08:16
Vodafone Group PLC (VOD.LN) and Telefonica SA (TEF.MC) have agreed to strengthen their existing network-sharing partnership in the U.K. to include 5G, the companies said Wednesday. The telecommunications companies said this will allow them to deploy 5G faster, over a larger geographic area and at a lower cost. Vodafone and Telefonica's O2 U.K. business will seek to deploy their own separate radio equipment on around 2,500 sites in larger cities to achieve greater network flexibility to meet customers' needs, the companies said. Both parties plan to upgrade their networks with higher-capacity optical-fiber cables and are exploring options around their future transmission operating model, the companies said. Vodafone and O2 said they intend to explore a potential monetization of CTIL, the joint venture that owns and manages their passive tower infrastructure, after the new arrangements have been concluded. The companies have signed a non-binding heads of terms, which remains subject to an agreement on the detailed terms and regulatory approvals, which they expect to conclude during 2019. Write to Adria Calatayud at adria.calatayudvaello@dowjones.com (END) Dow Jones Newswires January 23, 2019 02:47 ET (07:47 GMT)
florenceorbis
23/1/2019
07:38
This is coming back into my buying zone after the failure of the inverted H&S at 170p, let’s see may need a re test of the lows, markets mixed but a dec3nt bounce once brexit gets resolved, whenever that is! I am keeping a close watch on these.
ny boy
23/1/2019
07:25
this mornings news is significant
orinocor
22/1/2019
16:55
Hi car1pet, Yes, I can see your point. Reading between the lines I would guess that the $550m over eight years will be for supporting Vodafone's existing clients - until their contracts end. The joint IT Team and Sales support appears to be aimed at developing, running and taking-on customers onto new services that combine artificial intelligence, 5G and Internet of Things technologies. Looks to be much more depth that just sale and cross-sell opportunity. Good spot Ariane. Regards Maddox
maddox
22/1/2019
11:55
Yes your right never met or heard of a rich chartist, lolThese do look good for a punt on figures, remember last set of figures 144p to 160p virtually in two days.Same again will do.
montyhedge
22/1/2019
10:07
monty...the chart is your friend...I know what you going to say...never met a rich chartist....
diku
22/1/2019
09:56
Yes one bit of positive news and confirmation dividend paid in full I see 185p, no problem my opinion.
montyhedge
22/1/2019
09:43
Just starting to turn, have £1.70 as the next level to reach and break.
blueteam
22/1/2019
09:43
It would be interesting to understand the return VOD will get from the IBM deal.If this report is accurate then VOD pays IBM $70m per year doesn't reduce its IT team costs and has to part fund a sales and technology team in London.
car1pet
22/1/2019
09:06
This article is being republished as part of our daily reproduction of WSJ.com articles that also appeared in the U.S. print edition of The Wall Street Journal (January 22, 2019). Vodafone Group PLC's business services division will offer clients access to more cloud services this year, through a deal with International Business Machines Corp. The goal is to enable clients to get faster speeds when they deploy technologies that combine artificial intelligence, 5G and the Internet of Things. "Businesses are finding there's quite a bit of complexity in knitting (technologies) all together," said Greg Hyttenrauch, security and cloud-services director of Vodafone Business and co-leader of the venture. "This is an opportunity to combine what we're both good at, in cloud and connectivity." Vodafone Business, the services unit of the telecom company, expects that its deal with IBM will benefit its existing enterprise customers in industries such as agriculture and energy. Some farms already are using the telecom company's cloud services and connected sensors to aggregate and analyze data, Mr. Hyttenrauch said. The deal shows how telecommunications companies with existing cloud-service units are taking advantage of companies with greater resources to benefit their existing customers. "For a while, the telecom carriers were looking at diversifying into the cloud business...but when you start to compete against the Amazons, Microsofts and Googles of the world, the amount of financial resources required is just enormous," said Mark Hung, research vice president at Gartner Inc., who focuses on AI and IOT. As companies struggled to keep up with multiple technologies, such as 5G, cloud and AI, many of them opted to seek out partnerships. "There's a lot of crossbreeding that's going to happen between different technologies," Mr. Hung said. "No one company can do it all." Under the new venture, Vodafone Business customers will have access to IBM's cloud offerings, including automation, optimization and artificial intelligence. Farmers are expected to gain access to IBM Watson's AI services, which will allow them to get insights on when to harvest crops, apply pesticides and reduce waste, Mr. Hyttenrauch said. When fifth-generation wireless technology, known as 5G rolls out, Vodafone Business's customers will be able to transmit data faster with lower latency connection speeds. The Wall Street Journal has previously reported on one aspect of 5G's impact on agriculture: The increased use of sensors on livestock to gauge their health. Energy companies also stand to benefit from IBM's various cloud services, along with 5G connectivity, said Michael Valocchi, general manager for IBM Services and co-leader of the venture. New insights could help those in the energy industry better predict power outages, he said. The U.K. telecommunications business, which has enterprise clients in areas across the U.K., Germany and Ireland, has said it aims to make the 5G experience seamless for customers by 2020. But the transformation that will come from widespread commercial 5G deployments in areas ranging from manufacturing to energy is still a decade away, the WSJ has previously reported. As part of the new venture, Vodafone Business will pay IBM $550 million over eight years to manage IT services related to its cloud and hosting unit. Vodafone's existing IT team won't shrink, Mr. Hyttenrauch said. The two companies also will open a London-based facility this year that will employ sales and technology staff from both. Vodafone's clients aren't limited to IBM's cloud services. They also will gain access to IBM's cloud-service partners -- Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google. Write to Sara Castellanos at sara.castellanos@wsj.com (END) Dow Jones Newswires January 22, 2019 02:47 ET (07:47 GMT)
ariane
22/1/2019
09:04
This article is being republished as part of our daily reproduction of WSJ.com articles that also appeared in the U.S. print edition of The Wall Street Journal (January 22, 2019). Vodafone Group PLC's business services division will offer clients access to more cloud services this year, through a deal with International Business Machines Corp. The goal is to enable clients to get faster speeds when they deploy technologies that combine artificial intelligence, 5G and the Internet of Things. "Businesses are finding there's quite a bit of complexity in knitting (technologies) all together," said Greg Hyttenrauch, security and cloud-services director of Vodafone Business and co-leader of the venture. "This is an opportunity to combine what we're both good at, in cloud and connectivity." Vodafone Business, the services unit of the telecom company, expects that its deal with IBM will benefit its existing enterprise customers in industries such as agriculture and energy. Some farms already are using the telecom company's cloud services and connected sensors to aggregate and analyze data, Mr. Hyttenrauch said. The deal shows how telecommunications companies with existing cloud-service units are taking advantage of companies with greater resources to benefit their existing customers. "For a while, the telecom carriers were looking at diversifying into the cloud business...but when you start to compete against the Amazons, Microsofts and Googles of the world, the amount of financial resources required is just enormous," said Mark Hung, research vice president at Gartner Inc., who focuses on AI and IOT. As companies struggled to keep up with multiple technologies, such as 5G, cloud and AI, many of them opted to seek out partnerships. "There's a lot of crossbreeding that's going to happen between different technologies," Mr. Hung said. "No one company can do it all." Under the new venture, Vodafone Business customers will have access to IBM's cloud offerings, including automation, optimization and artificial intelligence. Farmers are expected to gain access to IBM Watson's AI services, which will allow them to get insights on when to harvest crops, apply pesticides and reduce waste, Mr. Hyttenrauch said. When fifth-generation wireless technology, known as 5G rolls out, Vodafone Business's customers will be able to transmit data faster with lower latency connection speeds. The Wall Street Journal has previously reported on one aspect of 5G's impact on agriculture: The increased use of sensors on livestock to gauge their health. Energy companies also stand to benefit from IBM's various cloud services, along with 5G connectivity, said Michael Valocchi, general manager for IBM Services and co-leader of the venture. New insights could help those in the energy industry better predict power outages, he said. The U.K. telecommunications business, which has enterprise clients in areas across the U.K., Germany and Ireland, has said it aims to make the 5G experience seamless for customers by 2020. But the transformation that will come from widespread commercial 5G deployments in areas ranging from manufacturing to energy is still a decade away, the WSJ has previously reported. As part of the new venture, Vodafone Business will pay IBM $550 million over eight years to manage IT services related to its cloud and hosting unit. Vodafone's existing IT team won't shrink, Mr. Hyttenrauch said. The two companies also will open a London-based facility this year that will employ sales and technology staff from both. Vodafone's clients aren't limited to IBM's cloud services. They also will gain access to IBM's cloud-service partners -- Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google. Write to Sara Castellanos at sara.castellanos@wsj.com (END) Dow Jones Newswires January 22, 2019 02:47 ET (07:47 GMT)
ariane
22/1/2019
08:43
Surely the big funds, have already factored in a dividend cut, shares fallen 26%, ok cut in half, still 4.5%. But they won't in my opinion. Won't increase, but I don't think any cut.
montyhedge
22/1/2019
08:33
Free cash flow is the answer, they have enough easily in my opinion for the dividend, prudent not to increase it though.
montyhedge
22/1/2019
06:55
Questor 22.1.19 Telecommunications giant Vodafone is due to publish a trading statement on Friday. Its shares have been weak in the weeks preceding the statement, so they could always bounce after it, but fundamentally the company continues to give out the wrong signals. The new boss, Nick Read, has already indicated that Vodafone’s two-decade-long streak of increases in its annual dividend will end in 2018 with an unchanged distribution of €0.1507. That is enough for a 9pc yield, but investors must be careful. Granted, operating free cash flow (operating profit adjusted for depreciation and amortisation, tax, net working capital and capital investment) came to €4.8bn (£4.2bn) in 2017, enough to cover the €3.9bn cost of the dividend – but only by 1.2 times, which offers little margin of safety if anything goes wrong. And Vodafone faces challenges on many fronts. Auctions to buy spectrum for fifth-generation (5G) mobile services are draining its coffers and spending on network equipment will start to rise. In addition, the core mobile telecoms operations face fierce competition in Britain, Spain and Italy, three of Vodafone’s four biggest markets. The other one is Germany, and trading could be about to get tougher there too. The 5G spectrum auction begins there this month and the rules appear to favour the prospect of a new entrant to the market, which could raise the prices paid for spectrum and then put pressure on the tariffs that operators can charge their customers. Read has already complained about European governments using the 5G auctions as a source of cash, surely an acknowledgement of the squeeze that Vodafone faces – pressure on profits and cash on one side, and rising outlays on the other. It seems unlikely that the firm will cave in now and cut its dividend for 2019 but the pressure could only build from here – especially as 2018’s €18bn acquisition of the bulk of Liberty Global’s European cable TV operations has yet to prove itself. This may yet be one meaty-looking FTSE 100 dividend yield that proves to be too good to be true over time. The shares have fallen by 26.7pc since this column first cautioned on them in February last year and investors should continue to steer clear. Avoid.
unastubbs
22/1/2019
06:43
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/shares/questor-vodafones-9pc-yield-looks-good-true-give-shares-wide/ Questor says avoid. They haven’t had a great year with their tips, but I’d rather they were more positive.
dr biotech
21/1/2019
20:25
They have said that they intend freezing the dividend until financial leverage improves. Yield will remain attractive
encarter
21/1/2019
16:50
Yes we know the next one is, barring something left field. It's the dividend outlook/guidance that is more relevant. Remember the market is questioning the dividend because of ultra competitive markets in multiple countries. It's up to VOD is underscore actions to mitigate this. Would expect to hear more on cost saving initiatives.
essentialinvestor
21/1/2019
16:46
The divi is safe. They have already said that they will propose a divi of 15.07 eurocents for full year. Anything below 200p is a bargain imho.
encarter
21/1/2019
15:13
Maddox, appreciate your view, many thanks.
essentialinvestor
21/1/2019
15:10
Hi markth, Yes precisely - building specialist IOT verticals, such as for vehicle/transport telematics, together with partners, is far more value-adding differentiator in the market than offering vanilla cloud hosting. Regards, Maddox
maddox
21/1/2019
15:02
Hi EssentialInvestor, Basically, Vodafone is a binary bet atm on whether they cut the dividend of not. The downside risk is a 19% fall to 125p as per Mcquarie/RBC's view. Or when Mr Market starts to realise that in fact the dividend is safe - he'll find that 8.9% yield too attractive to resist. The share price will rise. If it equilibrates on the same yield as say BT 6.26% that suggests a rise to 212p a potential gain of 42% and opportunity to lock-in that 8.9% yield on the purchase price. On Macquarie's projected yield it would rise to 235p (up 57%). Many other analysts suggest higher price targets so I'm being somewhat conservative. So that's how I see the current risk/reward. I've thus taken a long position and can be patient and wait for Mr Market to come around. We have Q3 trading update on Friday - when in view of the dividend speculation I hope Nick Read and Margherita Della Valle, Group CFO go out of their way to emphasize that they have no intention of cutting the dividend. Regards Maddox
maddox
21/1/2019
12:18
Happy to see the hook up with IBM. I made the point a few posts back that partnership within the 5G space was going to be an important differentiator and revenue driver for Vodafone. The example I gave was connected cars, here's an interesting article with some insight into what it's about. You can see quite readily that there's a huge demand for mobile comms and cloud based big data involved. https://5g.co.uk/guides/5g-and-the-connected-car/
markth
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