KT Corporation (KT) and Telefonica Brasil (VIV) Head-To-Head Survey

KT Corporation (NYSE: KT) and Telefonica Brasil (NYSE:VIV) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

KT Corporation has a beta of 0.47, meaning that its share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Telefonica Brasil has a beta of 1.35, meaning that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares KT Corporation and Telefonica Brasil’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KT Corporation 3.06% 6.55% 2.76%
Telefonica Brasil 9.41% 5.91% 3.97%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares KT Corporation and Telefonica Brasil’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KT Corporation $20.60 billion 0.35 $4.05 billion N/A N/A
Telefonica Brasil $13.46 billion 1.99 $4.42 billion $0.74 21.41

Telefonica Brasil has higher revenue, but lower earnings than KT Corporation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for KT Corporation and Telefonica Brasil, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KT Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00
Telefonica Brasil 0 2 1 0 2.33

Telefonica Brasil has a consensus target price of $15.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.30%. Given Telefonica Brasil’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Telefonica Brasil is more favorable than KT Corporation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

24.1% of KT Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.0% of Telefonica Brasil shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of KT Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Telefonica Brasil pays an annual dividend of $0.55 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. KT Corporation does not pay a dividend. Telefonica Brasil pays out 74.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Telefonica Brasil has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

Telefonica Brasil beats KT Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About KT Corporation

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.

About Telefonica Brasil

Telefonica Brasil S.A. is a mobile telecommunications company in Brazil offering postpaid mobile services. The Company also operates as a fixed telecommunications company in the state of Sao Paulo. The Company markets its mobile services under its Vivo brand. It offers its clients a portfolio of products, including mobile and fixed voice, mobile data, fixed broadband, ultra-fast broadband, Pay television, information technology and digital services. Its operations consist of local and long distance fixed telephone services; mobile services, including value-added services; data services, including broadband services and mobile data services; Pay television services through direct to home (DTH), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cable; network services, such as rental of facilities, as well as other services; wholesale services, including interconnection; digital services; services designed specifically for corporate customers, and the sale of wireless devices and accessories.

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