Contrasting VIVENDI SA/ADR (OTCMKTS:VIVHY) & Consolidated Communications (OTCMKTS:CNSL)

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VIVENDI SA/ADR (OTCMKTS:VIVHY) and Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ:CNSL) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for VIVENDI SA/ADR and Consolidated Communications, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VIVENDI SA/ADR 0 0 1 0 3.00
Consolidated Communications 1 1 1 0 2.00

Consolidated Communications has a consensus price target of $5.75, suggesting a potential upside of 53.33%. Given Consolidated Communications’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Consolidated Communications is more favorable than VIVENDI SA/ADR.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of VIVENDI SA/ADR shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.3% of Consolidated Communications shares are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Consolidated Communications shares are held 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares VIVENDI SA/ADR and Consolidated Communications’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VIVENDI SA/ADR $16.45 billion 2.09 $149.99 million $1.08 25.09
Consolidated Communications $1.40 billion 0.19 -$50.83 million ($0.42) -8.93

VIVENDI SA/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Consolidated Communications. Consolidated Communications is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than VIVENDI SA/ADR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

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

Profitability

This table compares VIVENDI SA/ADR and Consolidated Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

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

Summary

VIVENDI SA/ADR beats Consolidated Communications on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About VIVENDI SA/ADR

Vivendi SA operates as a content media and communication company in France, rest of Europe, the Americas, Asia/Oceania, and Africa. It operates through Universal Music Group, Canal+ Group, Havas, Gameloft, Vivendi Village, and New Initiatives segments. The Universal Music Group segment engages in the sale of digital and physical recorded music; and exploitation of music publishing rights, as well as provision of artist and merchandising services. The Canal+ Group segment publishes and distributes premium and thematic pay-TV and free-to-air channels; and produces, sells, and distributes movies and TV series. The Havas segment includes communications disciplines, such as creativity, media expertise, and healthcare/wellness. The Gameloft segment engages in the creation and publishing of downloadable video games for mobile phones, tablets, triple-play boxes, and smart TVs. The Vivendi Village segment provides ticketing services; and owns and manages intellectual property rights, live performances, festival productions, and venues. The New Initiatives segment operates Dailymotion, a video content aggregation and distribution platform; and Vivendi Content, a content creation unit, as well as develops ultra-high-speed Internet service. The company was formerly known as Vivendi Universal S.A. and changed its name to Vivendi SA in April 2006. Vivendi SA was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

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.

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