2 FTSE 100 Telecom Stocks to Focus After KPN Shares Fall

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  • Dutch telecom company KPN NV’s shares dropped sharply on Tuesday after it announced a joint venture deal with pension fund ABP.
  • KPN had earlier negated news about a takeover from Sweden-based private equity firm EQT.

Dutch telecommunications company KPN NV (AMS: KPN) announced a joint venture with Dutch pension fund ABP to help accelerate its fibre optic roll out project on Tuesday 23 March, leading KPN’s shares to fall sharply during trading hours as the deal reduced KPN’s takeover possibility. 

KPN’s shares closed at EUR 2.84, down by 1.70 per cent on 23 March following the news. KPN had earlier negated rumours of a takeover from Sweden-based private equity firm EQT in October and later in November 2020.

ABP will finance the project with EUR 440 million and will have a 50 per cent ownership of the JV entity.  The JV plans to add up to 910,000 fibre optic connections in homes and businesses by 2026, targeted primarily in underserved locations.

In this article, we take a look at 2 FTSE 100 listed telecom stocks with a five-year average dividend yield of over 5 per cent:

  1. Vodafone Group PLC (LON: VOD) 

FTSE 100 listed and UK-based telecom giant Vodafone Group PLC announced the launch of 10 separate but simultaneous cash tend offers on 19 March.  The offer period started on 19 March and will end on 26 March.

The move comes days after the company floated its tower infrastructure arm on the Frankfurt stock exchange.

(Source: Refinitiv, Thomson Reuters)

Vodafone’s shares closed at GBX 134.10, up by 1.09 per cent as of 23 March, while the FTSE 100 index, which it is a part of, closed at 6,699.19, down by 0.40 per cent.

The company’s market cap stood at £37.494 billion, while its 1-year return stood at 21.69 per cent. Its five-year average dividend yield was at 6.4 per cent.


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  1. BT Group PLC (LON: BT.A)

Another FTSE 100 listed telecom company BT Group PLC joined several major firms from diverse sectors such as HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), Lazada Group, SGInnovate, and others to call on further action towards gender equality in the workforce on 22 March.

A week earlier, BT Group was potentially facing a national strike due to job cuts and site closures.

(Source: Refinitiv, Thomson Reuters)

BT Group’s shares closed at GBX 148.95, up by 2.23 per cent as of 23 March. The company’s market cap stood at £14.449 billion, while its annual return was at 26.46 per cent. Its five-year average dividend yield was at 7.4 per cent.