3 Telecommunication Stocks for the Income Investor

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As checking, savings, CDs, and bonds continue to yield paltry amounts, savers are stuck with very few options in order to get any decent income. However, I believe these three telecommunication stocks offer not only great income through dividends, but capital appreciation over the long term.

Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is simply a telecommunications behemoth. With approximately $110 billion in revenue and $7 billion in net income, VZ is among the largest firms in the world. Moreover, its wireless unit, which is 45% owned by British giant Vodafone Group (NASDAQ: VOD), is the #1 phone operator in the United States and immensely profitable. VZ trades at a reasonable 15x trailing and forward P/E, 1x P/S, paltry 3.8x EV/EBITDA, and consistently growing 5.2% dividend yield. VZ is a nice buy.

AT&T (NYSE: T) is a telecommunications giant as well with an even greater $125 billion in revenue and almost $12 billion in net income this past year. The company is the second largest wireless operator in the United States, well ahead of third place Sprint (NYSE: S), and is trading at favorable valuations. At a 15x trailing and 12x forward P/E, 1.4x P/S, 6x EV/EBITDA, and consistently growing 5.9% dividend yield, AT&T is a nice buy. Moreover, with the uncertainty regarding the T-Mobile purchase out of the way, AT&T looks even more attractive.

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is much less well-known than the previously two names, but is no slouch itself with more than $12 billion in revenue and almost $700 million in net income this past year. CTL is a little pricier at a 24x trailing P/E and 1.8x P/S, but also looks very nice at a 14x forward P/E, 1x P/B, and very nice 7.9% consistent dividend yield.

Also, Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) is another high-yielding telecommunications stock trading at just 1x P/S and P/B, just over 5x EV/EBITDA, and a consistent dividend right near 15%. But it's more for the aggressive investor because its revenue base is not as stable as the others.

I believe splitting a position between the Verizon, AT&T, and CenturyLink will generate a very nice average 6.3% dividend yield and pleasant capital appreciation over the long-term.


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