Critical Contrast: SoOum (SOUM) & Altice USA (ATUS)

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SoOum (OTCMKTS:SOUM) and Altice USA (NYSE:ATUS) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

41.8% of Altice USA shares are held by institutional investors. 71.4% of SoOum shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 42.9% of Altice USA shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for SoOum and Altice USA, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SoOum 0 0 0 0 N/A
Altice USA 0 2 15 1 2.94

Altice USA has a consensus target price of $24.92, suggesting a potential upside of 41.02%. Given Altice USA’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Altice USA is more favorable than SoOum.

Volatility & Risk

SoOum has a beta of 1.58, indicating that its share price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Altice USA has a beta of 0.67, indicating that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares SoOum and Altice USA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SoOum N/A N/A N/A
Altice USA 21.73% -3.36% -0.45%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SoOum and Altice USA’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SoOum $630,000.00 0.01 -$340,000.00 N/A N/A
Altice USA $9.33 billion 1.35 $1.52 billion $0.02 883.50

Altice USA has higher revenue and earnings than SoOum.

Summary

Altice USA beats SoOum on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

SoOum Company Profile

SoOum, Corp. operates as a commodity trading arbitrage firm in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Arbitrage and Construction Services. It performs arbitrage on a defined supply and demand conditions creating price discrepancies of physical commodities in opposing markets. The company trades in soft commodities, such as rice, wheat, sugar, soybeans, meats, live cattle, seafood, live seafood, and other soft commodities; and hard commodities, including iron ore, crude oil, coal, salt, aluminum, copper, gold, silver, palladium and platinum, cement, fly ash, precious metals, and other such hard commodities. It also develops applications for mobile and TV smart devices. The company was formerly known as Swordfish Financial, Inc. and changed its name to SoOum, Corp. in October 2015. SoOum, Corp.is based in New York, New York.

Altice USA Company Profile

Altice USA, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides broadband communications and video services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Cablevision and Cequel. It delivers broadband, pay television, telephony services, Wi-Fi hotspot access, proprietary content, and advertising services to approximately 4.9 million residential and business customers. The company also offers wireless routers and Internet security software; and pay television services, which include delivery of broadcast stations and cable networks, and advanced digital pay television services, such as video-on-demand, high-definition channels, digital video recorder, and pay-per-view. In addition, it provides Ethernet, data transport, IP-based virtual private networks, Internet access, and telephony services; hosted telephony, managed Wi-Fi, managed desktop and server backup services; managed collaboration services, including audio and Web conferencing; managed services, including business e-mail, hosted private branch exchange, Web space storage, and network security monitoring; data-driven television, digital, and other multi-platform advertising services; and data-driven and audience-based advertising solutions. Further, the company operates local news channels, as well as traffic and weather channels; News12.com, a destination for local news on the Web; and News 12 To Go, a mobile app for phones and tablets. Altice USA, Inc. is headquartered in Long Island City, New York. Altice USA, Inc. operates independently of Altice N.V. as of June 8, 2018.

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