Head-To-Head Contrast: Hong Kong Television Network (OTCMKTS:HKTVY) & Cincinnati Bell (OTCMKTS:CBB)

Cincinnati Bell (NYSE:CBB) and Hong Kong Television Network (OTCMKTS:HKTVY) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Cincinnati Bell and Hong Kong Television Network, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cincinnati Bell 1 3 0 0 1.75
Hong Kong Television Network 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cincinnati Bell currently has a consensus target price of $14.67, suggesting a potential downside of 1.37%. Given Cincinnati Bell’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cincinnati Bell is more favorable than Hong Kong Television Network.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cincinnati Bell and Hong Kong Television Network’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cincinnati Bell $1.54 billion 0.49 -$66.60 million ($1.13) -13.16
Hong Kong Television Network $180.47 million 3.78 -$36.99 million N/A N/A

Hong Kong Television Network has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Cincinnati Bell.

Profitability

This table compares Cincinnati Bell and Hong Kong Television Network’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cincinnati Bell -4.79% N/A -0.57%
Hong Kong Television Network N/A N/A N/A

Volatility and Risk

Cincinnati Bell has a beta of 0.78, indicating that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hong Kong Television Network has a beta of 0.67, indicating that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.4% of Cincinnati Bell shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Cincinnati Bell shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Cincinnati Bell beats Hong Kong Television Network on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cincinnati Bell

Cincinnati Bell Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides diversified telecommunications and technology services to residential and business customers in the United States. It operates in two segments, Entertainment and Communications, and IT Services and Hardware. The Entertainment and Communications segment offers data services, including high-speed Internet access, data transport, and interconnection services, as well as metro-Ethernet products; and voice local services, as well as long distance, digital trunking, switched access, and other value-added services, such as caller identification, voicemail, call waiting, and call return. This segment also provides video services comprising entertainment channels, including digital music, local, movie, and sports programming with high-definition (HD) channels, parental controls, HD DVR, and video on-demand. In addition, this segment undertakes wiring projects for business customers; and offers advertising, directory assistance, maintenance, and information services. The IT Services and Hardware segment provides consulting services consisting of IT staffing and project-based engagements, including engineering and installation of voice, connectivity and IT technologies, development of digital application solutions, and staff augmentation; and hosted solutions comprising converged IP communications platforms of data, voice, video, and mobility applications. This segment also offers cloud services, such as virtual data center, storage, and backup services; and monitoring and managing technology environments and applications, as well as sells, architects, and installs telecommunications and IT infrastructure equipment. The company was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

About Hong Kong Television Network

Hong Kong Television Network Limited engages in multimedia business in Hong Kong. The company is involved in multimedia production, contents distribution, and other multimedia related activities; and operation of e-shopping mall, providing a ‘one-stop shop' platform, including entertainment, online shopping, and delivery services. It also engages in property investment, trading, and TV programming activities; and provision of mobile television, as well as management and agency services to artistes. The company was formerly known as City Telecom (H.K.) Limited and changed its name to Hong Kong Television Network Limited in January 2013. Hong Kong Television Network Limited was founded in 1992 and is based in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong.

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