Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB) and Inventergy Global (NASDAQ:INVT) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitabiliy, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and dividends.
This table compares Cincinnati Bell and Inventergy Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a summary of current ratings for Cincinnati Bell and Inventergy Global, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Cincinnati Bell currently has a consensus price target of $21.08, indicating a potential upside of 25.87%. Given Cincinnati Bell’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Cincinnati Bell is more favorable than Inventergy Global.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
81.7% of Cincinnati Bell shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.1% of Inventergy Global shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Cincinnati Bell shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 24.6% of Inventergy Global shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Cincinnati Bell and Inventergy Global’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Cincinnati Bell||$1.18 billion||0.60||$281.90 million||$3.46||4.84|
|Inventergy Global||$1.75 million||0.75||-$4.19 million||N/A||N/A|
Cincinnati Bell has higher revenue and earnings than Inventergy Global.
Risk & Volatility
Cincinnati Bell has a beta of 1.68, suggesting that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Inventergy Global has a beta of -0.44, suggesting that its stock price is 144% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Cincinnati Bell beats Inventergy Global on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati Bell Inc., along with its subsidiaries, provides diversified telecommunications and technology services. The Company operates through two segments: Entertainment and Communications, and IT Services and Hardware. Through its Entertainment and Communications segment, the Company provides high-speed data, video and voice solutions to consumers and businesses over fiber network and a legacy copper network. The IT Services and Hardware segments operates through its subsidiary, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions Inc. (CBTS), which is engaged in the sale and service of end-to-end communications and information technology (IT) systems and solutions for business customers across the United States. The Company has interest in CyrusOne Inc., which operates carrier-neutral data center colocation business.
About Inventergy Global
Inventergy Global, Inc. is an intellectual property (IP) investment and licensing company. The Company offers clients a professional corporate licensing model for IP value creation. The Company’s Technical Lead and associated group works to understand the science and/or technology behind the patents of a particular portfolio, under the review of the Legal Lead and in support of the Business team. This group coordinates the work of third party technology consultants, including technical external resources, such as technical experts, reverse engineering consultancies and other providers, to deliver inputs to the Legal and Business teams. The Legal Lead and Team manage the existing patent asset portfolio from a global perspective and also manage further prosecution of continuing patent cases. The Legal Lead also is responsible for the legal structure and legal documents of any license or negotiated settlement with prospective licensees.
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