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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Altice USA and Telecom Italia S.P.A.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Altice USA $9.20 billion 2.19 $3.69 billion N/A N/A
Telecom Italia S.P.A. $23.67 billion 0.84 $10.20 billion N/A N/A

Telecom Italia S.P.A. has higher revenue and earnings than Altice USA.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.8% of Telecom Italia S.P.A. shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Altice USA and Telecom Italia S.P.A.’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%
Telecom Italia S.P.A. N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Altice USA and Telecom Italia S.P.A., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Altice USA 0 6 6 0 2.50
Telecom Italia S.P.A. 0 4 1 0 2.20

Altice USA currently has a consensus target price of $35.92, indicating a potential upside of 31.51%. Given Altice USA’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Altice USA is more favorable than Telecom Italia S.P.A..

Summary

Telecom Italia S.P.A. beats Altice USA on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Altice USA Company Profile

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.

Telecom Italia S.P.A. Company Profile

Telecom Italia S.p.A. (Telecom Italia) operates fixed voice and data infrastructure in Italy, and provides mobile network platforms. The Company focuses on various areas of digital services, including Enriched Communication, Trusted Digital Life, Business Life, Indoor Life, Mobile Open Life and Digital Entertainment. Its segments include Consumer, Business, National Wholesale and Other. It is engaged in developing various projects in areas, including Smart Green, Social Reading, Solutions for good schooling, Digital tourism 2.0, Smart Home, FriendTV and Big Data. Smart Green is the assessment of projects connected with the environment and potential partnerships with the local government offices for the monitoring of air in public offices and urban areas, using networks of sensors connected to the Company’s Cloud. The Company is involved, either alone or in partnership with external partners, in devising and developing healthcare services at national, regional and local level.

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