Head to Head Review: KT (KT) and Its Rivals

KT (NYSE: KT) is one of 48 publicly-traded companies in the “Integrated Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare KT to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

KT has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KT’s rivals have a beta of 0.98, meaning that their average stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares KT and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KT N/A N/A N/A
KT Competitors 2.33% -1.16% 1.94%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares KT and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
KT $19.13 billion $637.52 million N/A
KT Competitors $15.94 billion $1.27 billion 3.46

KT has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for KT and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KT 0 0 1 0 3.00
KT Competitors 601 1707 2037 66 2.36

As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 53.60%. Given KT’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe KT has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

23.7% of KT shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.8% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of KT shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

KT rivals beat KT on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About KT

KT Corporation is a telecommunications service provider. The Company’s segments include the Customer/Marketing Group, the Finance Business Group and the Others Group. The Customer/Marketing Group segment is engaged in providing various telecommunication services to individual/home/corporate customers and the convergence business. The Finance Business Group segment is engaged in providing various financial services, such as credit card. The Others Group segment includes security services, satellite service, information technology and network services, and satellite television services, as well as global business services, which provide global network services to multinational or domestic corporate customers and telecommunications companies. The Company’s principal services include mobile voice and data telecommunications services; fixed-line services; credit card processing and other financial services, and various other services.

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