BT Group PLC (NYSE: BT) is one of 46 publicly-traded companies in the “Integrated Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare BT Group PLC to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.0% of BT Group PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.0% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.4% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

BT Group PLC pays an annual dividend of $0.95 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. BT Group PLC pays out 91.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.8% and pay out 796.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. BT Group PLC has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years. BT Group PLC is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk & Volatility

BT Group PLC has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BT Group PLC’s competitors have a beta of 1.05, meaning that their average stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for BT Group PLC and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BT Group PLC 3 7 8 0 2.28
BT Group PLC Competitors 615 1684 1912 74 2.34

BT Group PLC currently has a consensus price target of $358.82, indicating a potential upside of 1,802.56%. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 25.84%. Given BT Group PLC’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe BT Group PLC is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares BT Group PLC and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BT Group PLC 7.14% 39.24% 6.77%
BT Group PLC Competitors 0.37% -0.70% 1.32%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares BT Group PLC and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
BT Group PLC $31.83 billion $9.05 billion 18.13
BT Group PLC Competitors $13.12 billion $4.38 billion 3.56

BT Group PLC has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. BT Group PLC is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

BT Group PLC beats its competitors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

BT Group PLC Company Profile

BT Group plc is a communications services company. The Company is engaged in selling fixed-voice services, broadband, mobile and television products and services, as well as managed networked information technology (IT) solutions and cyber security protection. Its segments include Consumer, which provides fixed-voice, broadband, TV and mobile services; EE, which is a mobile network operator in the United Kingdom and provides mobile and fixed communications services to consumers; Business and Public Sector, which provides communications and IT services to businesses and the public sector in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (RoI) ;Global Services, which provides managed networked IT services to corporate customers; Wholesale and Ventures, which provides fixed and mobile services to communications providers (CPs); and Openreach, which provides copper and fiber connections between its exchanges and homes and businesses.

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