Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Portugal Telecom
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Portugal Telecom's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Portugal Telecom facts
|Headquarters (Founded)||Lisbon, Portugal (1994)|
|Market Cap||$6.2 billion|
|Industry||Integrated telecom services|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$6.24 billion|
CEO Zeinal Bava (since 2008)
CFO Luis de Melo (since 2006)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||29.2%|
|Cash/Debt||$4.8 billion / $16.9 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 95% of the 202 members who have rated Portugal Telecom believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include troikopasso and All-Star TSIF, who is ranked in the top 0.1% of our community.
Just last month, troikopasso tapped Portugal Telecom as an international income opportunity: "The company has a great dividend yield and the management is doing efforts to maintain the dividend. Although PT is a Portuguese company they have exposure to Africa and Brazil."
In fact, Portugal Telecom sports a whopping dividend yield of 12.9%. That's much higher than that of other foreign telecom plays like America Movil (1.3%), Vodafone (5.1%), and Telefonica
CAPS All-Star TSIF expands on the outperform argument:
Portugal Telecom despite being in the dreaded Eurozone area of Portugal also operates in Brazil. Margins are decent for a telecom and the sell-off has them at 1.4 Book. $17 Billion in debt is typical of a telecom, but Portugal Telecom has managed to hold $4 Billion in cash as a serious cushion after selling off one division a year or so ago. ...
Overall a tricky one to value in a tricky economy in a tricky spot in the distressed Euro area. I like their growth potentials, especially in Brazil and at $7 they appear to be priced with a decent enough margin to warrant the risk/reward.
While they have had an erratic share price for years, I'd be looking to try to hold this one, especially if they stabilize before dividend time in May.
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