3 Blue-Chip and Mid-Cap Stocks on the Rise – TLS, BLD, NXT

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TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED (ASX: TLS) – The results are in line with guidance and the company shows strong subscriber growth in both fixed and mobile, despite the challenges in the market in FY18. A fully franked final dividend of 11 cents per share was announced by the company bringing the total dividend for the financial year to 22 cents per share. Total Income grew by 3.0 per cent for the period ending June 30, 2018. On a reported basis, total income increased by three per cent to $29 billion given the 5G strategy being implemented. However, Net Profit after Tax reduced by 8.9 per cent and Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization went down by 5.2 percent. Upside on the stock now leads on cost reductions and benefits from Telstra2022 strategy while FY19 will be another year of competition. With a daily price change of $0.090 and a percentage change of 2.866% as at August 30, 2018, the stock was trading at a market price of $3.230.

BORAL LIMITED (ASX: BLD) – The company reported a 41% increase on FY2017 in terms of net profit after tax of $441 million. It has also announced that the company expects to increase US division EBITDA by more than 20% in FY 2019. The company’s revenue was up by 40% to $2,937 million for the half year ended 31 December 2017 i.e. H1 FY18. Based on solid performance, the board of directors declared a final dividend of 14 cents per share which is 50% franked. This represents 66% of dividend payout ratio which is in-line with the group’s dividend policy of between 50% to 70% of earnings before significant items, subject to the company’s financial position. With a daily price change of $0.280 and a percentage change of 3.96% as at August 30, 2018, the stock was trading at a market price of $7.350. [optin-monster-shortcode id=”wxhmli4jjedneglg1trq”]

NEXTDC LIMITED (ASX: NXT) – As at 31 May 2018 the unaudited net cash position is of A$123.8 million. Its fully year revenue guidance increased from $146 million – A$154 million to A$152 million – A$158 million for FY18. Lately, the group completed an upsized debt issuance of Notes IV of about $300 Mn in both fixed and floating rate tranche repayable in June 2022 which matches the existing $300 Mn Notes III series due one year earlier. This exhibits the company’s growth strategy and provides NEXTDC with further flexibility in funding growth opportunity. On the financial front, net margin increased by 520 bps to 10.9% in 1HFY18 compared to the previous six months. Due to which return on equity grew by 90 bps to 1.6% in 1HFY18, against the value of 0.7% in 2HFY17. The stock was trading at a market price of $7.360. In the last 12 months, the stock has undergone a performance change of a 19.57%. It is a mid-cap company with the market capitalization of circa $2.41 Bn as of August 30, 2018.

Table: Market Capitalization

Serial Number Company Name  ASX Code Market Capitalization
2. BORAL LIMITED BLD $ 8.29 bn

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