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Last week, tiny Windstream Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: WIN) unveiled a "game-changing" strategy that turned the entire telecom sector upside down.
The rural telephone company announced a breakup plan that will transform the company from a sleepy dividend payer into a deal-making broadband firm.
WIN shares jumped a stunning 12.4% in a single session. And telecom stocks soared across the board as folks grasped the sector-wide windfall opportunity this makeover strategy has created.
We recommended Windstream in Strategic Tech Investor back on May 2. And folks who followed our lead are now sitting on a 29% gain.
But this is just the start. With this single move, the Little Rock, Ark.-based Windstream has rewritten the rules on telecom competition. Rivals will have to react or fall behind.
Now it's time to look at where Windstream will take the sector next: The money that's been made to date will be dwarfed by what's to come.
You just have to understand how to play this…
WIN Just Gave Investors a Telecom "Twofer"
It plans to spin off its network assets, including fiber-optic and copper lines, into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT).
Windstream operates in 48 states and 86 metropolitan markets. It has 115,000 miles of high-speed fiber-optic cable for web and voice service, with broadband accounts accounting for nearly three-fourths of sales. It runs 26 data centers throughout the United States and counts more than 600,000 business clients and 3.3 million residential consumers.
Most REITs, securities that sell like a stock on the major exchanges, focus on commercial real estate such as office buildings, apartments, warehouses, hotels, and shopping centers. And they make their money through rent.
This, however, is a highly unique and unusual deal. Here's why…
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