SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

August 08, 2011 08:16 ET

Windstream and Vodafone Maximize Shareholder Return

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Windstream and Vodafone

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 Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ: WIN) and Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ: VOD) (LSE: VOD). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/WIN

www.bedfordreport.com/VOD

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." Meanwhile, privacy, infrastructure and new payment methods are a few of the latest issues companies are contending with.

Some wireless communication providers are seeking to raise the privacy standards of internet companies to those that telecom companies operate under. Additionally, telecom providers like Vodafone Group plc are pushing for internet companies to contribute more to infrastructure costs resulting from increased bandwidth demands.

The Bedford Report releases stock research on the Telecom Sector so investors can stay ahead of the crowd and make the best investment decisions to maximize their returns. Take a few minutes to register with us free at www.bedfordreport.com and get exclusive access to our numerous analyst reports and industry newsletters.

Vodafone presently pays an annual dividend of $1.92 a share for a hefty yield of around 6.8 percent. Very recently the company made public that it will pay out dividends worth a total of 2 billion pounds (US$3.3 billion) to all of its stockholders in January 2012. Vodafone's dividend comes after Verizon Wireless announced that it would pay a 2.8 billion pound (US$4.6 billion) dividend to Vodafone, its joint venture parent. Of that amount, 2 billion would be paid to Vodafone shareholders, while 800 million pounds will go toward paying off Vodafone's existing debt.

Windstream Corporation currently pays an annual dividend of one dollar per share for a yield of around 8.4 percent. Windstream's posted a second-quarter profit of $93.2 million, or 18 cents per share, compared with $79 million, or 17 cents per share, a year earlier.

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