Sprint Nextel Corporation (S) is the third largest wireless carrier in the United States, competing with much larger carriers Verizon Communications (VZ) and AT&T Inc. (T). Sprint has seen strong subscriber growth over the past few years, growing from 36.5 million to 52 million in just two years.
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Sprint stock doesn't pay a dividend, unlike Verizon and AT&T, which both pay a dividend currently topping 4.5%. The stock price never truly recovered after the financial crisis of 2008, currently trading at $4.82 per share.
At this point the stock remains fairly speculative, as Sprint executes a turnaround strategy. And with no dividend, the stock is a tough sell. But one place an investor can find solid yields from Sprint is in its bonds.
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The highest yield is offered by the longest term bond, maturing in just under 20 years. A yield of 8.689% is nearly twice the dividend yield of the larger telecoms and three-and-a-half times the 20-year treasury yield.
03/15/2032 Sprint Bond Price
The 2032 bond was trading below $80 at the beginning of the year, but even trading near par offers a high yield.
Sprint is in the middle of a turnaround, and buying the bonds offers a good way to bet on its success. The bonds offer yields over 8%, while the stock offers no dividend and has been trading between $2.50 and $5 since the financial crisis. In a world of low yields, Sprint bonds offer an exceptional fixed-income investment.