Frontier Communications (FTR) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after getting cut to Neutral from Buy at BofA Merrill Lynch.
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Frontier Communicationsdropped 5.1% to $2.62, while the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,368.38.
24/7 Wall St.’sJon C. Ogg excerpts from Merrill Lynch’s note:
In our view, the challenge for the stock is that as the top line has compressed at a surprising rate, the payout ratio and therefore risk to the dividend, is rising. With a 15% yield already, we see the stock as caught in a negative feedback loop. The market is pricing in a dividend cut that neednt happen now or even in the next several years, but the mere fact the yield is that high carries the risk that the Board and management could simply respond to the market by trimming the dividend proactively. Even if the dividend were cut 50%, we dont believe there would be substantial downside for the stock as the yield would emerge at a relatively more normal 7.5%. Until FTR can show business stability, however, which we had expected in 4Q but now do not expect until 2H at the earliest, irrespective of the attractive yield, we dont believe the stock will be able to outperform.
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