Why Windstream Will Underperform in 2013

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, rural telecommunications company Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN  ) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Windstream and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Windstream facts


Little Rock, Ark.

Market Cap

$5.1 billion


Integrated telecommunication services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$5.9 billion


CEO Jeffery Gardner (since 2006)

CFO Anthony Thomas (since 2009)

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)



$114.8 million / $9.2 billion

Dividend Yield



AT&T (NYSE: T  )

Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S  )

Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ  )

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 10% of the 3,846 members who have rated Windstream believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, NHWeston, succinctly summed up the Windstream bear case for our community:

I don't see happy things for this company. Their technology is behind the times, they don't do anything others don't do better, their dividend is probably unsustainable, and I can't see them being bought out until they ratched down to yard sale level. Worrisome.

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  • Report this Comment On December 27, 2012, at 6:52 PM, sosowong wrote:

    If Noah would have been selling stock in the "Ark" the only investors would have been meteorologist......until it started to rain. It does pay to understand the business where you put your investment. .

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2012, at 4:16 PM, Len811 wrote:

    Some insider buys as these lower prices.

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