Critical Review: PCCW (PCCWY) & LICT (LICT)

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PCCW (OTCMKTS:PCCWY) and LICT (OTCMKTS:LICT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

PCCW has a beta of 0.51, meaning that its share price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LICT has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares PCCW and LICT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PCCW N/A N/A N/A
LICT 24.02% N/A N/A

Dividends

PCCW pays an annual dividend of $0.19 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. LICT does not pay a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of PCCW shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.4% of LICT shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.1% of LICT shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares PCCW and LICT’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PCCW $4.75 billion 0.98 $288.16 million N/A N/A
LICT $106.53 million 2.82 $20.63 million N/A N/A

PCCW has higher revenue and earnings than LICT.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for PCCW and LICT, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PCCW 0 0 1 0 3.00
LICT 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

LICT beats PCCW on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About PCCW

PCCW Limited provides telecommunications and related services in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, and internationally. The company's services include local telephony, local data and broadband, mobile and international telecommunications, and satellite-based and network-based telecommunications services; and outsourcing, consulting, and contact center services. It also provides technical support, electronics communications engineering, and products and solutions, as well as free television, pay television program, and interactive multimedia services; sells advertising in various telephone directories and on the Internet; publishes directories; and sells mobile handsets and accessories. In addition, the company offers broadcasting and related services, management and engineering support services, customer relationship management and customer contact management solutions, content for various media, and outsourced call center and data center services; and over-the-top video services under the Viu brand, as well as sells customer premises equipment and related solutions. Further, it engages in the sale, distribution, and marketing of telecommunication products; supply of broadband Internet access solutions and Web services; provision of data services, and; software development, systems integration, consulting, and informatization activities; the provision of computer and IP/IT related value-added services to business customers; logistics, printing, business process, and ICT solutions; property investment, development, management, and leasing activities; and ski operations. Additionally, the company offers Internet portal digital media entertainment platform; technical consultancy services; multi-platform digital music services; and infrastructure construction, application, and specific business process outsourcing services, as well as cloud computing solutions. PCCW Limited was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.

About LICT

LICT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides broadband and voice services to residential, commercial, and governmental customers. It offers high speed broadband services, including Internet access through copper-based digital subscriber lines (DSL), fiber optic facilities, fixed wireless, and cable modems; video services through traditional cable television services and Internet protocol television services; voice over Internet protocol; wireless communications; and other related services. The company operates in California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin. As of December 31, 2016, it had a total of 33,029 voice lines, including access and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC); and 4,206 miles of fiber optic cable, 11,430 miles of copper cable, and 513 miles of coaxial cable. The company was formerly known as Lynch Interactive Corporation and changed its name to LICT Corporation in March 2007. LICT Corporation was incorporated in 1996 and is based in Rye, New York.

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