Alaska Communications Systems Group (NASDAQ:ALSK) and TALKTALK TELECO/ADR (OTCMKTS:TKTCY) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and valuation.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
34.1% of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares are held by institutional investors. 7.2% of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Alaska Communications Systems Group and TALKTALK TELECO/ADR, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Alaska Communications Systems Group||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Risk and Volatility
Alaska Communications Systems Group has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TALKTALK TELECO/ADR has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Alaska Communications Systems Group and TALKTALK TELECO/ADR’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Alaska Communications Systems Group||$232.47 million||0.39||$9.08 million||N/A||N/A|
|TALKTALK TELECO/ADR||$2.14 billion||0.00||$42.01 million||N/A||N/A|
TALKTALK TELECO/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Alaska Communications Systems Group.
This table compares Alaska Communications Systems Group and TALKTALK TELECO/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Alaska Communications Systems Group||1.64%||3.55%||1.21%|
TALKTALK TELECO/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share. Alaska Communications Systems Group does not pay a dividend.
Alaska Communications Systems Group beats TALKTALK TELECO/ADR on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.
Alaska Communications Systems Group Company Profile
Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides broadband telecommunication and managed information technology services to business, wholesale, and consumer customers in the United States. Its services include voice and broadband services; and managed IT services comprising remote network monitoring and support service, managed IT security and IT professional services, and long distance services primarily over its own terrestrial network to business and wholesale customers. The company's business customers comprise enterprises; federal, state, and local governments; and small and medium business. It also provides voice and broadband services to residential customers in residential homes and multi-dwelling units; voice and broadband origination and termination services to inter and intrastate carriers; and access and support services. The company markets and sells its products through direct sales channels. Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. was incorporated in 1998 and is based in Anchorage, Alaska.
TALKTALK TELECO/ADR Company Profile
TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC provides fixed line, TV, and mobile telecommunications services. It offers landline, broadband, fiber, TV, and mobile services, including fixed price plans and unlimited broadband usage, as well as HomeSafe, a network-based security and filtering system. The company also provides various business-grade communications products and services, including Internet access, data, voice, and mobile. TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC was founded in 2002 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.
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