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Can Windstream Maintain Its Ample Dividend Yield?

Published Mon, 20 May 2013 15:48:29 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

Although CenturyLink (CTL) is still the primus inter pares of the rural telecom sector even after its recent dividend reduction we have also been covering its two largest competitors Frontier Communications Corporation (FTR) and Windstream Corporation (WIN). Windstream's shares generated a negative 22% total return in 2012 but bounced back by 7.55% because investors are relieved that Windstream hasn't cut its dividend, or at least not yet. We began warming up to Windstream's 11.5% yield because Windstream's shares have been beaten so badly throughout 2012 and because we were expecting it to ease back on its capital investment program in 2013. We were pleased to see that Windstream's management confirmed our expectations on its CapEx and that it would reduce its capital expenses to $800M-$850M versus the $1.1B spent in 2012. However, we're keeping our eyes on it because WIN's Q1 2013 CapEx was slightly higher than its Q1... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS 1.15   0.0 -58.14 2.40 201.68
CENTURYLINK 13.53   0.0 -7.43 1.00 7.94
AT&T 38.38   16.1 2.38 2.04 5.43
DISH NETWORK 35.89   13.2 2.71 0.00 0.00
SPRINT NEXTEL 6.91   0.0 -0.54 0.00 0.00
WINDSTREAM 0.33   0.0 -55.88 0.00 0.00


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