Altice USA (NASDAQ: ATUS) and KT Corporation (NYSE:KT) are both mid-cap telecommunications services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Altice USA and KT Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Altice USA 0 5 7 0 2.58
KT Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00

Altice USA presently has a consensus price target of $36.50, suggesting a potential upside of 20.50%. Given Altice USA’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Altice USA is more favorable than KT Corporation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

24.1% of KT Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of KT Corporation shares are owned 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Altice USA -20.39% -63.90% -5.28%
KT Corporation 3.06% 6.55% 2.76%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Altice USA $9.20 billion 2.43 $3.69 billion N/A N/A
KT Corporation $20.46 billion 0.39 $3.91 billion N/A N/A

KT Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Altice USA.

Summary

KT Corporation beats Altice USA on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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.

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