Long View Paid Off for Telus

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In 2000, Telus Corp. acquired money-losing wireless provider Clearnet. It looked like a bad move at the time, but it has paid off. In 2005, wireless provided 40% of Telus’s revenue, 44% of its profit and 53% of its cash flow. New services such as video, music and game downloads should continue to spur wireless demand, and Telus’s profits. The stock has risen nine-fold (see box next page) in the past few years, but we foresee further gains. TELUS CORP. (Toronto symbols T $44 and T.NV $44; SI Rating: Above average) is Canada’s second-largest telecommunications provider, after BCE Inc. It provides local and long distance telephone services to roughly 5 million customers, mainly in Alberta, British Columbia and parts of Quebec. It also provides Internet access services to roughly 1 million subscribers. Telus’s revenue slipped from $7.1 billion in 2001 to $7.0 billion in 2002, but rose to $8.1 billion in 2005. It lost $0.51 a share (total $145.8 million) from continuing…

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