Comparing PLDT (PHI) & Altice USA (ATUS)

PLDT (NYSE: PHI) and Altice USA (NASDAQ:ATUS) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares PLDT and Altice USA’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PLDT $3.12 billion 2.32 $1.26 billion $2.27 14.76
Altice USA $9.20 billion 2.04 $3.69 billion N/A N/A

Altice USA has higher revenue and earnings than PLDT.

Profitability

This table compares PLDT and Altice USA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PLDT 14.98% 24.71% 5.90%
Altice USA -20.39% -63.90% -5.28%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

9.5% of PLDT shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for PLDT and Altice USA, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PLDT 1 1 2 0 2.25
Altice USA 0 7 6 0 2.46

Altice USA has a consensus target price of $35.31, indicating a potential upside of 38.35%. Given Altice USA’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Altice USA is more favorable than PLDT.

Dividends

PLDT pays an annual dividend of $1.23 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Altice USA does not pay a dividend. PLDT pays out 54.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

About PLDT

PLDT, Inc., formerly Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), is a telecommunications service provider in the Philippines. The Company operates through three business segments: Wireless, Fixed Line and Others. The Company, through its business segments, offers a range of telecommunications services across the Philippines’ fiber optic backbone and wireless and fixed line networks. The Company’s wireless segment provides cellular, wireless broadband and other services, and digital platforms and mobile financial services. Its Fixed Line segment provides local exchange, international long distance, national long distance, data and other network and miscellaneous services under its fixed line business. It offers postpaid and prepaid fixed line services. Its Other business consists of PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures, Inc. (PCEV), an investment holding company. It also focuses on providing wireless voice communications and wireless data communications.

About Altice USA

Altice USA, Inc. is engaged in providing broadband communications and video services in the United States. The Company’s segments include Cablevision and Cequel. Cablevision provides broadband, pay television and telephony services to residential and business customers in and around the New York metropolitan area. Cequel provides broadband, pay television and telephony services to residential and business customers in the south-central United States. It also provides services through ten states of Texas, West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arizona, California, Missouri and Ohio. The Company also provides Wi-Fi hotspot access content and advertising services. Broadband provides services, such as video streaming, content downloading for time-shifted video consumption and other applications delivered over OTT platforms. Pay Television provides services through cable network. Video services delivered over DSL networks.

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