Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS
), the largest wireless communications service provider of
Turkey, is facing the brunt of the recent socio-political turmoil
in the country. The stock price of this Turkish GSM network
operator, which offers mobile voice, broadband and other added
services dropped nearly 13% in the last week. Notably, this sharp
decrease in stock price is not due to financial or operational
reasons but is solely related to the political turbulence in
Recently, a large and diverse section of the Turkish population
was perturbed by certain decisions taken by the ruling Justice
and Development Party, headed by the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip
Erdogan. The protesters claimed that Erdogan has become more
authoritative, aggressively following capitalism to favor its
closest allies and trying to increase Islamist influence on the
predominantly secular culture of Turkey.
On the other hand, Erdogan's government has taken several steps,
which has helped Turkey to improve several economic fundamentals.
These include soaring gross domestic product, huge influx of
foreign direct investments and reasonable control of inflation
and unemployment. However, the ongoing socio-cultural conflict
may more than offset positive economic developments.
Turkcell is a major business organization in Turkey. As of Mar
31, 2013, the company had 34.9 million subscribers in Turkey. The
company offers both post-paid and prepaid wireless services and
became one of the first among the global operators to implement
2.5 G HSPA+ network. Turkcell also operates in nine countries in
Asia and Europe through various wholly owned or partially owned
In Apr 2013, Turkcell collaborated with the Turkish Athletics and
Swimming Federation to strengthen Government of Turkey's bid for
2020 Olympics Game. We remain concerned that if the present
scenario of political unrest becomes more intense and volatile,
then Turkey may miss the 2020 Olympics bid, which otherwise could
act as a near-term growth catalyst for Turkcell.
Other Stocks to Consider
Turkcell currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). However, some
other stocks in the non-U.S. wireless communications segment,
which are worth a look include
Cellcom Israel Ltd.
China Mobile Ltd.
Millicom International Cellular SA
). All three stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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