Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) and Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ:VOD) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Dividends

Vodafone Group PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.8%. Sprint Corporation does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Sprint Corporation and Vodafone Group PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sprint Corporation -2.08% -3.66% -0.84%
Vodafone Group PLC N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Sprint Corporation and Vodafone Group PLC, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sprint Corporation 5 10 3 0 1.89
Vodafone Group PLC 1 4 6 1 2.58

Sprint Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $10.41, suggesting a potential upside of 35.41%. Vodafone Group PLC has a consensus target price of $31.52, suggesting a potential upside of 10.60%. Given Sprint Corporation’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Sprint Corporation is more favorable than Vodafone Group PLC.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

14.0% of Sprint Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.2% of Vodafone Group PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Sprint Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Vodafone Group PLC shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sprint Corporation and Vodafone Group PLC’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sprint Corporation $33.49 billion 0.92 $10.80 billion ($0.18) -42.72
Vodafone Group PLC $56.98 billion 1.33 $13.77 billion N/A N/A

Vodafone Group PLC has higher revenue and earnings than Sprint Corporation.

Volatility and Risk

Sprint Corporation has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vodafone Group PLC has a beta of 0.52, indicating that its share price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Vodafone Group PLC beats Sprint Corporation on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sprint Corporation

Sprint Corporation (Sprint) is a holding company. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, is a communications company offering a range of wireless and wireline communications products and services that are designed to meet the needs of consumers, businesses, government subscribers and resellers. It operates through two segments: Wireless and Wireline. The Company offers wireless services on a postpaid and prepaid payment basis to retail subscribers and also on a wholesale basis. The Wireline segment provides voice, data and Internet Protocol (IP) communication services to its Wireless segment. The Company offers wireless and wireline services to subscribers in approximately 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands under the Sprint corporate brand, which includes its retail brands of Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Assurance Wireless on its wireless networks utilizing various technologies.

About Vodafone Group PLC

Vodafone Group Plc (Vodafone) is a telecommunications company. The Company’s business is organized into two geographic regions: Europe, and Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific (AMAP). Its segments include Europe and AMAP. Its Europe segment includes geographic regions, such as Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Other Europe. The Other Europe includes the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Hungary and Romania, among others. Its AMAP segment includes India, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Africa, Turkey, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, New Zealand and Qatar, among others. The Company provides a range of services, including voice, messaging and data across mobile and fixed networks. The Company acquires spectrum and licenses to use radio frequencies that deliver mobile services. Its fixed capabilities include cable, fiber and copper networks to enable television, broadband and voice services.

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