Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ:CNSL) and TALKTALK TELECO/ADR (NASDAQ:TKTCY) Head-To-Head Analysis

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Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ:CNSL) and TALKTALK TELECO/ADR (OTCMKTS:TKTCY) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

Consolidated Communications has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TALKTALK TELECO/ADR has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Consolidated Communications and TALKTALK TELECO/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Consolidated Communications -2.10% -2.94% -0.32%
TALKTALK TELECO/ADR N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Consolidated Communications and TALKTALK TELECO/ADR’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Consolidated Communications $1.40 billion 0.19 -$50.83 million ($0.42) -8.69
TALKTALK TELECO/ADR $2.14 billion 0.73 $42.01 million N/A N/A

TALKTALK TELECO/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Consolidated Communications.

Dividends

TALKTALK TELECO/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Consolidated Communications does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Consolidated Communications and TALKTALK TELECO/ADR, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Consolidated Communications 1 1 1 0 2.00
TALKTALK TELECO/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A

Consolidated Communications presently has a consensus price target of $5.75, indicating a potential upside of 57.53%. Given Consolidated Communications’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Consolidated Communications is more favorable than TALKTALK TELECO/ADR.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

76.3% of Consolidated Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of Consolidated Communications shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

TALKTALK TELECO/ADR beats Consolidated Communications on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Consolidated Communications

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services to business and residential customers in the United States. It offers high-speed broadband Internet access and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) phone services to small, medium, and large business customers; commercial data connectivity services in select markets, including a portfolio of Ethernet services, software defined wide area network, multi-protocol label switching, and private line services; and wholesale services to regional and national interexchange and wireless carriers, including cellular backhaul, dark fiber, and other fiber transport solutions. The company also provides voice services that include local phone and long-distance service packages for business customers; and sells business equipment and provides related hardware and maintenance support, video, and other miscellaneous services, as well as rents customer premises equipment. In addition, it offers video services, which consist of high-definition television, digital video recorders (DVR), and/or a whole home DVR; other in-demand streaming content; and network access services, including interstate and intrastate switched access, network special access, and end user access. Further, the company engages in telephone directory publishing, video advertising, billing and support services, and other miscellaneous activities. As of December 31, 2018, it had approximately 902 thousand voice connections, 779 thousand data connections, and 93 thousand video connections. The company serves customers in consumer, commercial, and carrier channels. Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Mattoon, Illinois.

About TALKTALK TELECO/ADR

TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC provides fixed line, TV, and mobile telecommunications services. It offers landline, broadband, fiber, TV, and mobile services, including fixed price plans and unlimited broadband usage, as well as HomeSafe, a network-based security and filtering system. The company also provides various business-grade communications products and services, including Internet access, data, voice, and mobile. TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC was founded in 2002 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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