Last week in telecoms: sector underperforms the market, TDC shines on Macquarie offer, TalkTalk extends downtrend

Monday 12 February 2018 | 08:53 CET | News
Last week's telecoms stock performance was almost completely overshadowed by the general market correction. Our European Telecoms Stock Index was down 5.8 percent, against -5.6 percent for the Eurostoxx 50 Index. Year to date our basket is down 7.2 percent, underperforming the Eurostoxx 50's -5.1 percent.

Very few stock managed to close the week up. TDC (+17.0%) was a shining outperformer on news of a buy-out offer from Macquarie et al. Other stocks in positive territory were Finnish DNA (+1.1%), extending its big gain from the previous week, and satellite group SES +1.8%, having agreed to vacate spectrum for 5G in the US.

We recorded double digit losses for Orange Belgium (-11.6%) and British TalkTalk (-14.5%). Orange BE wasn't able to convince investors of the underlying strength of its results. TalkTalk suffered from a dividend cut, plans for a large-scale fiber-to-the-home roll-out and an equity placement.

Telenor (-5.0%) wasn't able to benefit from rumours of interest from Czech's PPF group for its CEE assets, which it had put up for sale two weeks earlier. Our index's heavyweights, Deutsche Telekom (-7.1%) and Vodafone (-8.1%), underperformed both the sector and the market, without significant news.

In the year-to-date view TDC is an outperformer with +14.4 percent, followed by DNA (+10.7%) and MTS/Mobile TeleSystems (+10.3%). The double digit underperformers are led by TalkTalk (-30.9%) and Intelsat (-23.9%). The others include CityFibre (-17.5%), BT (-15.0%), Orange BE (-14.4%), Vodafone (-14.1%), KPN (-13.0%), Deutsche Telekom (-13.0%), VEON (formerly VimpelCom, -12.2%), Eutelsat (-11.4%), Tele2 (-10.5%) and Altice (-10.4%).

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