Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ:CNSL) and CHORUS LTD/S (OTCMKTS:CHRYY) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
71.3% of Consolidated Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of Consolidated Communications shares are owned by company 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.
This table compares Consolidated Communications and CHORUS LTD/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Consolidated Communications pays an annual dividend of $1.55 per share and has a dividend yield of 14.9%. CHORUS LTD/S pays an annual dividend of $0.71 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Consolidated Communications pays out 596.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Consolidated Communications and CHORUS LTD/S’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Consolidated Communications||$1.06 billion||0.70||$64.94 million||$0.26||39.96|
|CHORUS LTD/S||$707.55 million||1.91||$60.74 million||N/A||N/A|
Consolidated Communications has higher revenue and earnings than CHORUS LTD/S.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Consolidated Communications and CHORUS LTD/S, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Consolidated Communications currently has a consensus target price of $12.08, indicating a potential upside of 16.30%. Given Consolidated Communications’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Consolidated Communications is more favorable than CHORUS LTD/S.
Risk & Volatility
Consolidated Communications has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CHORUS LTD/S has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Consolidated Communications beats CHORUS LTD/S on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
Consolidated Communications Company Profile
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various integrated communications services to business and residential customers in the United States. It offers a range of communication services and products that include local and long-distance, high-speed broadband Internet access, video, voice over Internet protocol, private line, custom calling features, security, cloud, data center, managed and IT, and directory publishing services, as well as engages in equipment sales activities. The company also sells and supports telecommunications equipment, such as key, private branch exchange, IP-based telephone systems, and other hardware solutions, as well as offers support services to medium and large business customers. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 972 thousand voice connections, 784 thousand data connections, and 103 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.
CHORUS LTD/S Company Profile
Chorus Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides fixed line communications infrastructure services in New Zealand. It offers phone and broadband services over copper and fiber networks for residential and business customers; and very high speed digital subscriber line broadband services. The company also provides colocation services. Chorus Limited was founded in 2008 and is based in Wellington, New Zealand.
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