The Vodafone share price: why I’d hold the stock for 10 years

first_imgThe Vodafone share price: why I’d hold the stock for 10 years Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 22nd November, 2020 | More on: VOD Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. There are only a handful of companies on the market that I’d consider owning for a decade or more. The Vodafone (LSE: VOD) share price falls into this basket. The business has most of the characteristics I look for when considering a buy-and-forget investment. The qualities are relatively straightforward. I want to own companies with a powerful brand, robust cash flows and an international presence. I also like to hold corporations with strong balance sheets. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Vodafone ticks all of these boxes, apart from the last one. The company’s balance sheet is loaded with debt. However, after the planned spin-off of its European tower business (Vantage Towers), debt should fall dramatically. And when that happens, the firm should meet all of the criteria I look for in a buy-and-forget investment. Attractive qualities of the Vodafone share priceVodafone has come into its own this year. The telecommunications giant has provided a vital service for millions of people across Europe throughout the pandemic. Over the past decade, the company has spent tens of billions of euros upgrading its network across the continent. This investment has paid off. Vodafone has been able to offer its customers an uninterrupted high-speed service in 2020. New customers have flocked to the business as a result. Vodafone reported 65m European mobile contract customers at the end of the first half of its 2021 financial year. That was up from 63.8m in the prior period. The number of customers using the company’s African networks hit 84.5m up from 81.2m. Moreover, mobile contract customer loyalty improved year-on-year for the eighth successive quarter. These numbers suggest to me the business has built a strong customer base, which should help it drive growth in the years ahead. That’s good news for investors. The more customers Vodafone has using its networks, the higher the company’s return on invested capital. Growth potentialBased on the above, I’m optimistic about the outlook for the Vodafone share price. With customer numbers expanding, the group’s profits should grow in the years ahead. That should help support the dividend payout. The stock already supports a market-leading dividend yield of around 7%. Payout cover has increased to 1.5 times. This suggests to me the distribution is well-covered and is unlikely to be reduced by management. As such, I’m considering adding this income stock to my portfolio today. After several years of standing still, the company finally looks as if it’s returned to growth. This could lead to large total returns for investors in the years ahead.And even if the Vodafone share price goes nowhere for the next 10 years, investors will be paid to wait. The dividend should provide a 7% annual return for the foreseeable future, even if earnings stagnate. All in all, I think I should be able to achieve large profits over the next decade by owning this stock.  See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more