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The Bedford Report

August 08, 2011 08:16 ET

Dividends From Frontier Communications and AT&T Remain Safe Havens

The Bedford Report Provides Investment Research on Frontier Communications and AT&T

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 8, 2011) - With the markets in the midst of a correction, investors are looking at high yielding dividend plays as safe havens. One of the more popular dividend plays is via companies in the telecom sector due to the steady revenues most telecoms earn. Even during the recession, while many companies cut their dividend payments, most telecoms did not. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Telecom Sector and provides equity research on Frontier Communications, Inc. (NYSE: FTR) and AT&T, Inc. (NYSE: T). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Companies in the telecom industry are seeing a secular shift away from wire-line communications. While this does not necessarily pertain to internet access, consumers are looking to their mobile phones as their primary connection as opposed to old fashioned "wall connections."

Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman & CEO of Frontier Communications, says that the company's broadband network has now been expanded to 466,000 new homes. Wilderotter calls it "a rich opportunity that (Frontier) is only beginning to penetrate."

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Frontier Communications said last week that second-quarter earnings slipped 8 percent year-on-year despite soaring revenue as the company suffered from a surge in operating expenses. The company paid a total of $186.6 million in dividend in the second quarter, that equates to a dividend payout of 77% of free cash flow. Frontier currently pays an annual dividend of $0.75 a share for a massive yield of 10.4 percent.

AT&T pays an annual dividend of $1.72 a share for a yield of around 5.8 percent. The company earned $31.5 billion in revenue in the most recent quarter, up 2.2 percent from the year ago quarter, and its operating income of $6,165.0 million was up 1.3 percent from the second quarter of 2010.

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