What are the Top 7 Performing Telecommunications Stocks to Buy in 2021?
These Top 7 Telecommunication Stocks to Buy in 2021 Promise an Interesting year
Planning to invest in the top telecommunication stocks in 2021? Want to stay ahead of the stock trends? Will 2021 be a good year to invest in the telecom stocks? Are you looking to add telecom stocks to your portfolio? Take a look at 7 of the best telecommunication stocks to invest in and keep hold for the future.
What are the Best Telecom Stocks?
List of the top 7 telecommunication stocks for 2021:
4. AT&T Inc (T)
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Telecom stocks keep us connected in our digital lives as the world evolves more into the online-digital space.
Last year, saw both communication and technology stocks produce significant results over the year, due to individuals having more free time and becoming more active online.
The use of various platforms enabled individuals to be active in order to socially connect with family and friends, both locally and internationally as the Coronavirus Infection spread across the globe.
To give you the brief summary, the telecommunication sector is made up of three sub-sectors within the industry which include telecom equipment, telecom services and wireless communication.
Within the three sub-sectors, the telecommunication industry has a mixture of various companies who connect individuals around the globe with a mixture of various ways to outreach including via phone, internet, airwaves, cables and wireless.
Although, in recent times the telecom industry is becoming more focused on video and audio connections.
Telecommunications stocks are known for drawing in investors for their regular income. As most telecom stocks on the market are good dividend stocks, but they do however still have and offer good capital gains.
If dividend stocks are your go to, here you can read Top 5 dividend stocks for 2021 to find out which companies are set for good growth with good dividend-yields for 2021.
Swiftly moving back to telecommunication stocks, in a statement Phillip Nattermann, senior partner at McKinsey & Company summed up the impact COVID-19 has had on the telecom industry.
In his statement, he also advised that the telecom industry is showing ‘resilience’ amid the crisis, along with the industry expanding its services to become stronger for the years ahead.
“The biggest impact that the COVID-19 crisis has had so far on the telecom industry has been that the industry has become ever more central to how modern society operates.
Think about how many people had the need to work from home and to log into the system-videoconferencing has been booming; file-sharing has been booming.”
As 2021 starts to unfold, the telecommunications sector overall is a stable long-term growth sector, which both analysts and we believe that these telecom stocks are looking set to continue to thrive.
Let's take a look further into each stock's outlooks and statistics to find out what lays ahead for this connecting stocks.
The Top 7 Telecommunication Stocks to Consider in 2021:
1. Verizon Communications Inc (VZ)
Verizon Communications comes first on the list of one of the top telecom stocks to look to buy in 2021.
VZ at present is the USA’s largest wireless carrier on the market.
Founded in 1983 and headquartered in New York City, the multinational telecom company has grown well over the years with offices spread over 148 locations with 135,300 employees as of July 2020.
Although the company is well-known within the industry, Verizon has still yet to climb to the success that it is looking for and quite frankly, it deserves.
To look back on the history of Verizon Communications, in 2015 Verizon acquired AOL and in 2017 added Yahoo! to the mix to form Verizon Media.
Whilst the acquisition was set to make a big impact, it fell short of expectations. However, it has helped the company move forward todate.
Verizon’s share price has underperformed over the years and has increased marginally from the stocks close on 9th January 2019. Verizon's share price stands at $57.80 slightly up from $56.37 in 2019.
The company’s financial figures over 2020 have seen a decline in various avenues, due to the Pandemic which has taken over the world.
Q3 2020 results showed the operating revenue for the company was down by 4.1% from the third quarter in 2019, the company's EPS (earnings per share) at $1.05 in comparison to $1.25 in the third-quarter 2019.
However, on a positive note, the company's year-to-date cash flow operations are up as it stands to $32.5 billion in comparison to $26.8 billion in 2019, along with the company's total wireless revenue which came in at $16.4 billion up 0.3% year-over-year.
Verizon also holds a strong dividend, as its current dividend yield is at 4.27%, which is higher than both the U.S retail industry average and higher than the U.S market average.
Moving into the future, Verizon has its solid focus on the new 5G network which has been unleashed to the world, to which VZ operates the fastest mobile network within the U.S.
In a statement Verizon's chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg stated:
“We continue to demonstrate our strength and resilience by delivering very strong third-quarter financial results. We are energized by the transformational technology that our 5G Ultra Wideband and 5G nationwide bring. Our purpose-driven culture paired with our network leadership will shape the future, for the better."
The forecast predictions set for the future are all looking promising as analysts have predicted a bright and strong future ahead.
9 Wall Street analysts out of 16 have given the company a ‘Strong Buy’ rating with 1 ‘Buy’ and 6 ‘Hold’ ratings.
Alongside the Wall Street predictions, the company also has a Zacks Rank rating of #3 (Hold) with VGM scores being A for Value, B for Growth, C for Momentum.
VZ’s forecast revenue is also set to increase nicely over the year and coming years with average forecast revenue for year 1 at $138.2 billion and an average forecast revenue over 3 years, set at $136.0 billion up by +5.94%.
Verizon's EPS forecast is also set for growth with a 1 year average of $5.02 and up to $5.34 + 20.52% in the average 3-year forecast.
Looking into 2021 the company’s 5G network is set to be the successful driving force for the company in achieving success this coming year and for more years to come, which makes Verizon a stock to buy into.
Verizon is set to release its first-quarter results on April 21st 2021.
2. Comcast Corporation (CMCSA)
If you are new to investing, you may have thought that Comcast Corporation was solely a media stock.
However, you would be very much wrong as the company is equally a telecommunication stock as well as the company sitting in the global media and technology sector.
CMCSA is the second-largest broadcasting and cable television company in the world, based on its revenue.
The company has also been ranked the largest cable TV and home Internet service and being the third-largest telephone service provider within the U.S.
What many may not also know is Comcast also owns SKY Group, the British media and telecommunications company which is a force in itself.
Along with owning some of the world's most notorious cable channels including NBC, CNBC and Bravo to name just three.
Comcast is a strong contender in the U.S for its broadband services and has seen an increase over the past year and set to still rise as the year and coming years move forward.
In the company's third-quarter report, Comcast reported two big positive results.
It was confirmed that the Total High-Speed Internet Customer Net Additions hit the highest number ever to be archived in a quarterly result report at 633,000.
Also included was Cable Communications Total Customer Relationship Net Additions which were also the best quarterly results on record at 556,000.
And lastly, Cable Communications Adjusted EBITDA increased by 10.5% which was driven by the strength in High-Speed Internet. In light of these results, it has investors looking at the company for the future.
Granted, the outlook of the bigger picture shows that the company still needs more improvement.
Comcast Corporation confirmed that the company's revenue in the third quarter decreased to $25.5 billion down 4.8%, its Net Income decreased to $3.0 billion down by -18.2%, Adjusted EBITDA decreasing by 11.3% and its Adjusted Net Income Attribute decreased to $2.0 billion, -37.2%.
The company's Earnings per Share (EPS) for the third quarter were also down by 37.1% to $0.44 in comparison to 2019.
But the company stands stable and strong when it comes to its dividend.
In the third quarter the company paid a total of $1.1 billion and for the year up to September 2020, has paid a total of $3.1 billion in dividend payouts.
So what is coming for the company moving forward?
60% of Wall Street analysts have rated the stock a ‘Strong Buy’, 35% giving the stock ‘Hold’ and 5% a ‘Buy’ rating.
A 1-year price target has also been set for Comcast with the average price target set at $54.37 with a forecast for the company's stock price ranging from $65.00 at its highest and its lowest stock price being set at $45.00.
As the current share price for the company sits at $51.54 this poses an increase of 5.49% if the predicted forecast is reached in the coming year.
Alongside its telecommunication side of the business, the company holds a very strong media side which has also performed well in 2020.
Sky customer trends improved and Premier League Viewership reached record highs as the nation abides with the stay-home safety measures.
This is just two elements within the company's media presence.
With Comcast being a big force in the Telecommunications and Media market today, we can’t see this stock not thriving as it continues to gain momentum going into the years ahead.
3. Alphabet Inc (GOOGL)
Alphabet Inc the parent to Google is a large-cap stock that continues to surpass many analyst predictions and continued within 2020 and is set to do so in 2021 and beyond.
Alphabet who also owns other well-known companies such as YouTube, Wave and Nest is getting investing attention from all angles.
As of today, the company's share price has gained the company to receive a consensus ‘Buy’ rating by thirty research firms over the past week. Along with a Zacks Rank rating of #2 (Buy) with a ‘B’ score for Growth as the company moves forward.
The share price for Alphabet stock today is $1,797,83 as analysts have predicted a forecast share price increase of 3.4% to $1,859,00 by January 2022.
GOOGL has beaten all revenue expectations that was and has been predicted for the company in 2020.
Alphabet still continues to hold strong growth despite all the challenges 2020 brought and as it continues to do so with the COVID-19 pandemic.
October 29th 2020 was the release date for the company's third-quarter results and Alphabet did not disappoint as all areas lit up in green.
As of September 30th 2020, the company's revenue shown $46,173 up by 14% year-over-year above analyst predictions of $42.90 Billion, earnings per share at $16.40 above $11.29 expected, the company's operating income increasing to $11,213 showing an operating margin of 24%, with Google Cloud, YouTube ads and Traffic acquisition costs all above expectations.
In the company's report, Chief Executive Officer of Alphabet and Google shared his thoughts on GOOGL’s third-quarter performance.
“We had a strong quarter, consistent with the broader online environment, It’s also a testament to the deep investments we’ve made in AI and other technologies, to deliver services that people turn to for help, in moments big and small.”
Moving into the company's Q4, it was confirmed that the telecom stock will receive income from its Google cloud business.
To dive further into the company's future predictions set by analysts, all areas are lit up in one colour and all heading in one direction, up.
Set with a firm ‘Strong Buy’ by a further 80% of Wall Street analysts, the large-stock’s forecast average 1-year revenue growth is set at $179.7 Billion with a 3-year average revenue forecast set at $240.7 Billion a +40.17% from year 1.
GOOGL’s earning per share is also set to increase by 20.62% per year.
It does not get any bigger and better than Alphabet Inc. As this stock continues to grow it is also a fantastic stock to be a part as a long-term investment.
4. AT&T Inc (T)
Okay, although AT&T Inc may not be the first stock that may come to mind above others to buy right away, due to its recent figures. However, this stock is actually a good buy looking at the stocks potential bright and strong future.
As the company is set to evolve further into its communications and connectivity with its 5G network, the company's past performances are also something to consider when looking at this stock.
AT&T is the world’s largest telecommunications company who is also the largest provider of mobile telephone services and the largest fixed telephone services in the USA.
Along with being a firm player within the telecommunications industry, T is also a participant in the Technology, Mass Media and Entertainment Industry too and is the parent company to WarnerMedia.
Going on the company past, the company has a solid record.
Over the past year, however, AT&T has had an up and down year in terms of its share price which started at the beginning of 2020 reasonably positioned at around $40. Although the company’s share price dipped and bounced back throughout the year until coming to December 29th with a price of $28.54.
As of today, AT&T stock’s share price is $29.02.
In the company's third-quarter report, T stock confirmed solid subscriber gains on its wireless and fibre broadband services. Along with the company confirming that its debt decrease was also a key factor within the stocks performing third-quarter.
The company also confirmed its Adjusted EPS of $0.76 compared to $0.94 YoY and its Diluted EPS of $0.39 compared to $0.50 YoY.
Along with having free cash flow of $8.3 billion and a strong dividend payout ratio of 45%.
As of today, AT&T has a dividend yield of 7.23%, which is one of the highest dividend-yields within the industry and as it was confirmed within the third-quarter report, T stock is now looking at a dividend payout ratio of the high 50’s%.
Looking at the various other financial results, AT&T confirmed the company's revenue decreased by 5.1% year over year to $42.3 billion along with other sectors showing a decline.
- Entertainment Group - decreased by 10/2% YoY
- WarnerMedia - decreased by -10% YoY
- Business Wireline - decreased by 2.5% YoY
- Latin America - decreased by 19.3% YoY
As the eagerly 5G network comes available to us all, AT&T is standing firm with their fast, reliable and secure 5G network which they are anticipating to soar in 2021.
Jeff McElfresh, AT&T’s CEO of AT&T’s Communications shared his outlook on the new 5G network in July 2020.
“Just as our lives have shifted in the past few months, so has our expectation of wireless technology. With AT&T 5G reaching nationwide, our network is beginning the journey to transform connectivity as we know it by setting a new bar of breathtaking experiences and improved efficiency.”
Following McElfresh's outlook, Chris Sambar, EVP of Technology Operations shared his views on where AT&T sits amongst its competitors with the futuristic network.
“Our competitors are still working to provide that same mix, which for them could take months or even years. What we offer is available to consumers and businesses today, and we’re not slowing down. As we have throughout our 144-year history, we’ll continue to innovate and invest in our network to expand our 5G coverage to more consumers and businesses across the country.”
In light of the company's 5G network expenditure, what does the financial future hold for T stock?
Looking into the future, AT&T has been given a firm consensus ‘Hold’ rating rated by 40% of 15 Wall Street investors, with 33.33% rating the stock a ‘Strong Buy’, 6.67% a ‘Buy’ and 20% a ‘Strong Sell’.
In terms of the stocks forecast revenue, T stock is forecasted 1-year average revenue growth of $172.9 billion +0.0.2% along with the companies earnings per share (EPS) price forecasted to increase with an average 3-year forecast of $3.50 +129.97%.
As we go into 2021, AT&T has promised both businesses and consumers “a whole new kind of network” with its 5G network.
Looking into the company's impressive strength over the years along with its strong financial health, we believe it makes T stock a stock to watch out for and at its share price, to add to the portfolio in 2021.
5. Facebook Inc (FB)
Facebook, a stock in which needs no or little introduction comes in on the list of being one of the top communication stocks to buy in 2021.
Firstly, if you are new to investing you may not have known that Facebook does fall under this sector along with the Technology sector, but FB is heavy in both.
With its collections of social media platforms including Instagram and Facebook and Whatsapp, the company has had and still has room for ongoing growth.
Despite bumps in the road that the tycoon company is and will more than likely keep facing years down the line.
Like it or not, the company generates impressive revenue including from its digital advertising services on both Instagram and Facebook.
Looking at the company's performance over 2020, FB’s revenue which is vastly made up from ad sales, increased to $21.47 billion in Q3 which beat analyst predictions.
Facebook’s Net Income was also up to $7.85 billion in comparison to $6.09 billion in 2019.
The company's monthly activity also surpassed expectations as individuals across the world had to be placed under stay at home measurements, leading to its active users increasing to 2.74 billion in comparison to 2.70 billion which was predicted.
Moving firmly into 2021, Facebook is causing concerns as to the potential the brand can make this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Ads on social platforms are one of the main focuses for 2021 as it has been confirmed by several analysts, which will show how resilient the brand is.
Looking at FB in terms of figures, the mega-brand has been given a strong consensus ‘Strong Buy’ rating by 28 out of 32 Wall Street analysts with 2 ‘Buy’ and 2 ‘Hold’ ratings.
Zacks Rank rating is also set #2 (Buy) for the stock with a B for Growth moving forward.
In terms of facebook’s revenue, as you may have guessed, it has been forecast to grow in the coming years.
Facebook has a growth rate of 22.87% per year with a 1-year average rating of $104.9 billion looking to an average 3-year revenue forecast of $146.7 billion +85.7%.
As it stands Facebook's current Earnings Per Share (EPS) is $8.87 which has been predicted to move forward this year to $10.51 with a low EPS at $8.83 and the highest EPS forecast at $12.94.
Looking into 2022 analysts have predicted that FB’s average EPS will be $12.86. With its lowest EPS being $10.67 and the highest forecast being at $14.11.
Today Facebook holds a share price of $267.57 which has been predicted by Wall Street analysts to increase to $308.44 by January 2022, up by 15.27% from 2021.
So as you can see, Facebook is still in contention set to do well in 2021, despite the challenges the company is and may face down the line.
Facebook stock is a stock that will give you the growth as it continues to evolve into various avenues and its strong balance sheet.
These are just two key big factors to add to the reasoning as to why you should look to buy into this stock for the next decade.
6. Zoom Video Communications Inc (ZM)
The Californian-headquartered, Zoom Video Communication Inc has been a big deal in 2020 as the world adapted quickly to the stay at home restrictions that were forced among us all.
Although the communications-technology company was already popular before the pandemic, ZM stock went to a new high in 2020 with its stellar performances which is continuing leading into 2021 and potentially further into the future.
The communication company offers modern video communications with an easy and reliable cloud platform for video and audio communication across various systems.
From one-on-one conversations to ZoomRooms for conferences, training rooms, classrooms and social gatherings, it is setting its mark firmly worldwide.
Looking at ZM’s performance in the company's latest third-quarter report issued on 30th November 2020, there is no doubt that this stock is going to continue making waves and leading investors to buy into its stock.
The company reported a total revenue of $777.2 million up by 367% year-over-year, a fantastic result for the company.
Along with customers contributing to TTM revenue over $100,000 up by 136% year over year along with 433,700 customers with 10+ employees who joined in on the action and was up by an impressive 485% year-over-year.
There is no question, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of negatives to us all but to Zoom stock, it has brought nothing but positivity.
Looking into the company's forecast for the future it is set strongly too. 7 Wall Street analysts have rated the stock a ‘Strong Buy’ however majority have given a consensus ‘Hold’ rating for the stock.
Zacks Rank has also given a #3 (Hold) rating but with an A score for Growth.
As for the company's financial health predictions, the company has an average 1-year revenue forecast of $2.6 billion +31.72% with an average 3-year revenue forecast set at $4.3 billion +120.95%.
As for the company's share price today at $349.61, it has been forecast by Wall Street analysts that ZM’s share price could reach $468.00 by January 2022.
Zoom also has a strong return on equity ROE forecast set at 41.97%.
With the world moving forward into digital space, Zoom is one telecommunication company that is going to be there to connect us all no matter where we are in the world.
Making ZM a good stock to buy in 2021 and a bright investment for the long-term.
7. Yandex N.V (YNDX)
Yandex N.V, the Russian multinational company that is headquartered in Moscow, Russia. Yandex provides internet products and services and has over 70 more services under the brand.
Although, in comparison to some of the names on this list, Yandex is a fairly new arrival to the industry having been founded in 1997, if you are in the U.S you may not be as familiar with the brand.
The company now has offices in 17 locations across Europe and is also the largest technology company in Russia, along with having the largest market share of any search engine in Europe and the Commonwealth.
The company has now officially been confirmed as being the 5th largest search engine in the world behind other leading search engine powerhouses.
Yandex also goes above some of its competitors as the company is a big performer within social media and e-Commerce sectors.
But how has the stock performed over the year?
YNDX revenue is up 30% from last year's 2019 Q3 results to $732.1 million and the company's Net Income also made a big statement up 356% from Q3 2019 to $275.0 million.
At present, the company's share price is at $70.90 with a 52-week high of $72.95 and a 52-week low of $27.93.
The company also has a Forward P/E ratio of 51.01.
So what do analysts predict for the future?
According to 5 Wall Street analysts they have split but 60% giving the Yandex stock a Consensus ‘Hold’ rating and remaining 40% giving the stock a ‘Buy’.
Zack Rank rating has also been fair and has given the stock a #3 (Hold) with a B for Growth.
So moving into the new year, as the company seeks for further growth is likely to continue shareholder value.
Now is a good time to look to add the ‘Google of Russia’ to your stock collection.
Other Telecom Stock on our Radar for 2021
T-Mobile US Inc Stock (TMUS)
T-Mobile stock is blooming right now and it's proving that if you weren't a part of this stock, then you need to or look to be as the stock rose 67% last year.
Going into the 5G network, T-Mobile is looking strong on this front as its revenue is set to grow further as the expansion of the 5G network looks to run through the coming years.
Along with the company's positive financial reports in the fourth quarter, T-Mobile saw an increase of 5.5 million postpaid customers added in 2020, the most the company has ever added in a single year.
Along with an added 1.6 million postpaid customers in Q4 alone. T-Mobile's customer base now stands above its competitors at 102.1 million.
Moving into the new year, the company is carrying its strong and aggressive approach with expanding its 5G network, looking to enable over 280 million customers to be connected and allowing over 100 million customers to be connected to 5G’s super-fast broadband.
As it stands T-Mobile is the leader with the 5G network ahead of Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) offering more coverage to be reached.
The CEO of T-Mobile Mike Sievert, shared his thoughts on the telecom company within its Q4 report.
"Our focus on bringing unmatched value and experience to customers while building and delivering the nation's best 5G network paid off with record-breaking results in 2020 – and we continue to be the growth leader in wireless.”
"Our 5G leadership position is getting stronger every day. We continue to demonstrate that we are way ahead of the competition on 5G and poised to become the country's overall network leader. The network performance we're delivering right here, right now, is setting the stage for what's next."
Where do T-Mobile figures stand today and what is forecast for the future?
T-Mobile's share price is $135.06 today with a forecast predicted by analysts of $145.25 in January 2022 a 7.54% rise.
14 Wall Street analysts have also given the stock a consensus rating of ‘Strong Buy’ moving forward with a Zacks Rank rating a #3 (Hold) for the stock.
The company's EPS forecast is set positively with an average 1-year forecast set at $3.10 +$0.32 with a 3-year average at $6.96 +125.35%.
The company's earnings are anticipated to grow 28.83% per year.
Today the company EPS is a positive 31.66% and in the company's fourth-quarter report it was reported that T-Mobile came out with $1.17 per share, which was also above market predictions.
Including most of the financial avenues, T-Mobile stock is set to go strong in the coming years, based on activities within the brand, including its expanding evolution of the 5G network which in turn will boost a more positive financial health for the telecom stock.
In summary, these top 8 telecom stocks have been good performers in 2020 and look set to become further established with their growth and financial gains this year, along with moving forward for years to come as the world continues to connect.
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