Frontier Communications (FTR) Stock Gains After Pricing Offerings

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Frontier Communications (FTR) were gaining 2% to $5.10 on heavy trading volume Friday after the telecommunications company priced two public offerings which will help pay for wireline acquisitions from Verizon (VZ).

Frontier Communications priced that public offering of $750 million of common stock at $5 a share. The company also priced the $1.750 billion of 11.125% Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock, Series A at a public offering price of $100 a share.

The underwriters of the offerings have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15 million shares of common stock and an addition 1.75 million shares of Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock.

The offerings are expected to close on June 10.

Frontier Communications plans to use the proceeds from the offerings to finance part of its acquisitions of Verizon wireline properties in California, Florida, and Texas.

About 119 million shares of Frontier Communications were traded by 11:20 a.m., well above the company's average trading volume of about 13.8 million shares a day.

TheStreet Ratings team rates FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS CORP (FTR) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • 40.92% is the gross profit margin for FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of FTR's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FTR's net profit margin of -3.71% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past two years indicate the company has managed its earnings and share float. We anticipate this stability to falter in the coming year and, in turn, the company to deliver lower earnings per share than the prior full year. During the past fiscal year, FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS CORP increased its bottom line by earning $0.13 versus $0.12 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 7.7% in earnings ($0.12 versus $0.13).
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $249.00 million or 20.41% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • The share price of FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS CORP has not done very well: it is down 13.11% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: FTR Ratings Report

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