3 Reasons to Buy Telus Corporation Right Now

Telus Corporation (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU), one of the three largest telecommunications companies in Canada, has watched its stock post a disappointing performance so far in 2015, but it has the potential to head significantly higher in both the short and long term. Let’s take a look at three of the primary reasons why I think the stock will head higher and why you should be a buyer today.

1. Its strong financial performance could support a rally

On November 5, Telus announced very strong earnings results for its three- and nine-month periods ending on September 30, 2015, but its stock has responded by falling over 4% in the weeks since. Here’s a summary of 10 of the most notable statistics from the first nine months of fiscal 2015 compared with the same period in fiscal 2014:

  1. Adjusted net income increased 6.3% to $1.23 billion
  2. Adjusted earnings per share increased 8% to $2.03
  3. Operating revenues increased 4.6% to $9.29 billion
  4. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization increased 4.5% to $3.41 billion
  5. Operating income increased 2.4% to $1.89 billion
  6. Cash provided by operating activities increased 7.6% to $2.68 billion
  7. Free cash flow increased 22.4% to $881 million
  8. Total customer connections increased 2.2% to 14.03 million
  9. Total wireless subscribers increased 2.8% to 8.42 million
  10. Total wireline subscribers increased 1.3% to 5.61 million

2. Its stock trades at very attractive forward valuations

At today’s levels, Telus’s stock trades at 17.3 times fiscal 2015’s estimated earnings per share of $2.42 and 15.2 times fiscal 2016’s estimated earnings per share of $2.74, both of which are inexpensive compared with its trailing 12-month price-to-earnings multiple of 17.7 and the industry average multiple of 19.6, and the latter of which is inexpensive compared with its five-year average multiple of 17.2.

With its average multiples above in mind, I think Telus’s stock could consistently trade at a fair multiple of at least 18, which would place its shares upwards of $49 by the conclusion of fiscal 2016, representing upside of more than 17% from current levels.

3. It has a high dividend and is a dividend-growth play

Telus pays a quarterly dividend of $0.44 per share, or $1.76 per share annually, giving its stock a 4.2% yield. It is also very important to note that the company has raised its dividend for 11 consecutive years, and it has a program in place to grow the dividend by another 10% annually through 2016, and I think it will announce a new dividend-growth program as soon as this one expires. 

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