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Here's How Windstream Holdings, Inc. Stock Jumped 34% Higher Today

By Anders Bylund - Updated Aug 9, 2018 at 1:25PM

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The regional, asset-less telecom delivered a smaller second-quarter loss than expected. Don't expect this surge to last for long.

What happened

Shares of Windstream Holdings (WINMQ) soared as much as 33.9% higher on Thursday, following a relatively strong second-quarter earnings report. Aas of 1:40 p.m. EDT, the skyrocketing surge had cooled down to a still-impressive 27.5% gain.

So what

The regional telecom's adjusted revenues fell 3% year over year to land at $1,44 billion. Windstream's GAAP net losses expanded from $1.83 to $2.30 per share. If that sounds grim, the Wall Street consensus estimate had called for an even deeper net loss of $2.66 per share, and the top-line result was right in line with the general analyst view.

Windstream's corporate logo, featuring the company name in black and a stylized, green W wave.

Image source: Windstream Holdings.

Now what

Windstream's enterprise service sales rose 1% year over year to $730 million, representing 50.5% of the company's total revenues. Wholesale product sales increased from zero to $0.1 million. The remaining six reportable sub-divisions in Windstream's portfolio all reported declining sales. The company should probably spin off and/or shut down most of its operations to refocus exclusively on that healthy enterprise opportunity. Until that happens, Windstream will remain a terrible investment.

The stock deserves a slow clap for today's sudden bounce, but the long-term story remains the same -- and very negative. Even after today's sharp price increase, Windstream's share prices have fallen 58% lower in 2018. I expect these gains to be short-lived and quickly forgotten.

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