Rogers Communications Inc. 2019 Earnings & Price Target Update
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Rogers Communications (RCI.B) is one of Canada's main providers of High-Speed Internet, Cable Television, and Phone Services with assets of $37B as of Dec-30-2019, compared to $30.1B as Dec-31-2018. The increase was from acquisition of 5G spectrum licenses for $1.8B, capital expenditures to finance growth of $2.8B, $0.5B for interest rate derivatives and $1.4B in public company investments including Cogeco(CGO-TSX). Operations are in three segments; Wireless, Cable, and Media contributing 68%, 30% and 2% of earnings respectively.
All three segments operate substantially in Canada. Wireless telecommunications operations for Canadian consumers and businesses; Cable telecommunications operations, including Internet, television, and telephone services for Canadian consumers and businesses; Business solutions offers Network connectivity through their fibre network and data centre assets to support a range of voice, data, networking, hosting, and cloud-based services for the enterprise, public sector, and carrier wholesale markets; and Media Properties, including sports media and entertainment, television and radio broadcasting, specialty channels, multi-platform shopping, digital media, and publishing. Management estimates they have a 34% subscriber share and 33% revenue share of the Canadian wireless market. Each Class A Voting share of RCI carries the right to fifty votes and are held 90% held in a family trust. The Class B shares (RCI.B) are listed on the TSX are non-voting. The Class A and B shares each receive the same dividend and have the same rights to assets, the difference in voting rights results in control by the family trust.
The wireless network is capable of supporting wireless services on smartphones, tablets, computers, and a broad variety of machine-to-machine and specialized devices. Deployment of their LTE network has reached 95% of Canada's population.
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