Rogers Comm. (RCI) Beats on Earnings and Revenues in Q4

Rogers Communications Inc.RCI is the largest integrated telecom operator in Canada.

We are impressed with Rogers Communications' efforts to reward its shareholders with quarterly cash dividends. The board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.48 per share on each of its outstanding Class B non-Voting shares and Class A Voting shares. The dividend was paid on Jan 3, 2017 to shareholders of record on Dec 12, 2016.

However, intense wireless and cable TV industry competition, continuous softness in the advertising market and loss of viewers to video streaming service providers act as potent headwinds for the company. The accumulating debt and decreasing cash flow may also dent the company's credit ratings going forward. Discontinuation of Shomi video streaming services and dumping of IPTV act against the company's growth prospects.

Inspite of such troubles, the company continues to be the first wireless operator in Canada to offer Internet of Things services like End-to-End Incident Management, Farm & Food Monitoring, Level Monitoring, to business enterprises. Meanwhile, its decision to purchase broadcasting company, Tillsonburg Broadcasting Company Limited and offering of Rogers Unison (a new mobile solution) to small businesses also bodes well. We believe these strategic moves are likely to have helped the company in adding high-speed Internet customers.

Zacks Rank: RogersCommunications currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .

We have highlighted some of the key stats from this just-revealed announcement below:

Earnings: The Company lags fourth quarter earnings. Our consensus called for an adjusted EPS (earnings per share) of 52 cents while the company reported adjusted EPS of 55 cents.

Revenue: RogersCommunications reported total revenue of $2,629 million surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,619 million.

Key States to Note: In the fourth quarter, Rogers Communications added 93,000 wireless postpaid connections,with steady churn of 1.35% year over year. Wireless service revenue went up 6% and adjusted operating profit rose by 5%.

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