…and it could easily afford Bell Aliant

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BELL ALIANT REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS INCOME FUND $26 (Toronto symbol BA.UN, Conservative Growth Portfolio, Utilities sector; Units outstanding: 127.4 million; Market cap: $3.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.1; Dividend yield: 11.2%; SI Rating: Above Average) provides telephone services in Atlantic Canada, as well as rural parts of Ontario and Quebec. BCE owns about 45% of Bell Aliant. At current prices, it would cost BCE $1.8 billion to buy the remaining units. In the first half of 2010, BCE’s cash flow was $1.4 billion, or $1.81 a share, so it could easily afford to buy both CTV and Bell Aliant. However, there’s little overlap between BCE and Bell Aliant, so there would be few cost savings from a merger. Still, the possibility of a takeover adds to Bell Aliant’s appeal. Bell Aliant is a buy. buy…

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