Telus poised for wireless gains

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In the past few years, Telus has invested heavily in its wireless networks. These upgrades have been costly, but they are paying off, particularly as more people use mobile devices to access the Internet. The shift to wireless has forced Telus to restructure its traditional phone business. One-time costs, including severance payments, have held back its earnings in the past two years. The company has completed most of these changes, so its earnings should start rising again. As well, its improving outlook is freeing up more cash for dividends. TELUS CORP. (Toronto symbols T $45 and T.A $43; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 320.7 million; Market cap: $14.4 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.5; Dividend yield: 4.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.telus.com) is Canada’s second-largest telephone company after BCE Inc. (Toronto symbol BCE, see Updating BCE Inc., Royal Bank of Canada and Pengrowth Energy Trust). Telus continues to expand its wireless operations. The company now gets 51% of its earnings from its 6.9…

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