SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

May 19, 2011 08:16 ET

Windstream and Vodafone Maintain Strong Dividends

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Windstream & Vodafone

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 19, 2011) - With the markets showing volatility this month, investors are looking for safe havens. High yielding dividends plays traditionally get attention during hectic times in the market as investors are more likely to believe in the company's security and real earnings power. One of the more popular dividend plays is via companies in the telecom sector. During the recession, while many companies cut their dividend payments, most telecoms did not. Several telecom companies offer dividend yields exceeding six percent, and most can maintain these dividends due to their stable revenues. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Telecom sector and provides research reports on Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ: WIN) and Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ: VOD). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-05-WIN

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-05-VOD

Presently Vodafone pays an annual dividend of 91 cents for a yield of around 3.3 percent. In May last year, Vodafone declared a dividend policy that would see shareholder payouts grow "at least 7 percent per annum" for each of the financial years in the period ending March 2013.

Earlier this week, Vodafone reported impressive fiscal 2011 results. Revenue increased 3.2% from the previous year due in part to acquisitions and currency movements. African, Middle Eastern, and Asia Pacific regions provided the majority of the firm's growth, with sales improving roughly 12 percent.

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Presently, Windstream pays an annual dividend of $1.00 for a yield of around 7.5 percent. Earlier this month, Windstream said that its first-quarter earnings fell 68 percent mainly because of a charge to pay off debt. The voice and data service provider earned $23.5 million, or 5 cents per share, in the quarter that ended March 31. This compares with $74.1 million, or 17 cents per share, in the first quarter of 2010.

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