Sprint-Nextel Winning Over New Wall St. Bulls

Includes: BLS, S, T, VZ
by: Mick Weinstein

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HEARD ON THE STREET: Sprint Nextel Has a Bullish Ring

  • Summary: Sprint Nextel stock has dropped about 19% since April and 8% YTD due to high subscriber turnover and other factors, but is becoming more attractive to many analysts due to fundamentals. The consolidation of the U.S. wireless business into three main companies (Cingular Wireless and Verizon Wireless are the other two) means costs have been falling faster than subscription rates, and since Sprint Nextel is the only 'pure play' wireless provider among them, it can leverage that savings into its bottom line in a more rapid manner. Additional reasons for bullishness on Sprint Nextel: its large holdings of radio spectrum (important for advanced wireless broadband), impressive revenue growth in the high-single to low-double digit area, and large cash position of $6.6 billion, which could be deployed in share buybacks.
  • Comment on related stocks/ETFs: Famed Legg Mason Value Trust Manager Bill Miller is a Sprint Nextel bull -- it's his largest position, and he states that its 'private market value is conservatively 50% above today’s [stock] price'. Dean Bubley comments on how sophisticated feature phones from Nokia and Motorola are challenging wireless providers, but that wifi phones really don't pose such a threat.