TALKTALK TELECO/ADR (OTCMKTS:TKTCY) vs. Otelco (OTCMKTS:OTEL) Head to Head Comparison

TALKTALK TELECO/ADR (OTCMKTS:TKTCY) and Otelco (NASDAQ:OTEL) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for TALKTALK TELECO/ADR and Otelco, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TALKTALK TELECO/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A
Otelco 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

TALKTALK TELECO/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share. Otelco does not pay a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

TALKTALK TELECO/ADR has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Otelco has a beta of 0.81, meaning that its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares TALKTALK TELECO/ADR and Otelco’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TALKTALK TELECO/ADR $2.14 billion 0.00 $42.01 million N/A N/A
Otelco $66.07 million 0.59 $9.47 million N/A N/A

TALKTALK TELECO/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Otelco.

Profitability

This table compares TALKTALK TELECO/ADR and Otelco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TALKTALK TELECO/ADR N/A N/A N/A
Otelco 12.71% 58.03% 6.88%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

11.6% of Otelco shares are held by institutional investors. 4.6% of Otelco shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Otelco beats TALKTALK TELECO/ADR on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Otelco Company Profile

Otelco Inc. provides a range of telecommunications services on a retail and wholesale basis. The company offers local services, including voice lines that provide local dial tone and calling features, such as caller identification, call waiting, call forwarding, and voicemail; long distance services; billing and collection services for other carriers under contract; and directory advertising services. It also provides network access services comprising the origination, transportation, and termination of calls of long distance, wireless, and other interexchange carriers; digital high-speed data lines and ancillary services, such as Web hosting and computer virus protection; and basic, digital, high-definition, digital video recording, video on demand, and pay per view cable television services. In addition, it offers Internet protocol television; wireless security systems and system monitoring services; and private/hybrid cloud hosting services, as well as consulting and professional IT engineering services for mission-critical software applications for small and mid-sized companies. Further, the company rents fiber to transport data and other telecommunications services. It primarily serves business and residential customers residing in and adjacent to the exchanges in Alabama, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Vermont, and West Virginia; and business customers in Maine and New Hampshire. As of March 6, 2019, it operated approximately 99,000 voice and data access lines. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Oneonta, Alabama.

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