Telkom was originally a state-owned enterprise similar to SAA or Eskom. The company went through some difficult times, retrenching 4500 employees in an effort to right-size and remain profitable. Today Telkom is owned about 40% by the government and 12,5% by the Public Investment Corporation – which means that it is still government controlled – but it has a very substantial private sector ownership and is essentially independent.
The company consists of five operating divisions –
- Openserve, which is an internet connectivity provider with the largest open access network in South Africa,
- Telkom Consumer is a fixed broadband and internet service provider,
- BCX is a technology company,
- Gyro looks after masts, towers and property development and
- Yellowpages, which is a marketing and advertising company.
In its results for the six months to 30th September 2018, the group reported adjusted headline earnings per share (HEPS) up 10,3% to 328,6c. The CEPO, Sipho Maseko described the results as “satisfactory” in a difficult economy.
The company has been through a torrid period from the second half of 2017 and until about October 2018. This was due to its downsizing and retrenchment of staff as Maseko restructured the business for sustainability. The share price fell to as little as R45, but has since climbed to around R64. At this price we believe it offers private investors a unique opportunity to make a significant capital gain. Consider the chart:
Telkom (TKG) May 2017 to January 2019 – Chart by ShareFriend Pro
But what really makes it a good buy is its property portfolio which is not recognised or valued at all in the current share price. Telkom owns a property portfolio which is conservatively worth around R24bn, managed by its subsidiary, Gyro. The portfolio consists of 1330 properties including office buildings, residential and undeveloped land. Telkom has the intention of spinning Gyro off into a separately listed company sometime over the next year.
This would probably be worth about R45 per Telkom share according to some analysts – so we are suggesting that Telkom offers an almost risk-free way to make a substantial 70% capital gain over the next year.
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