Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS) and ATN International (NASDAQ:ATNI) are both telecommunications services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Altice USA and ATN International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Altice USA N/A N/A N/A ($1.39) -16.64
ATN International $457.00 million 2.12 $12.10 million ($0.63) -95.83

ATN International has higher revenue and earnings than Altice USA. ATN International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Altice USA, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Altice USA N/A N/A N/A
ATN International -1.93% 3.34% 2.26%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Altice USA and ATN International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Altice USA 0 5 10 0 2.67
ATN International 0 1 1 0 2.50

Altice USA currently has a consensus target price of $31.93, indicating a potential upside of 38.04%. ATN International has a consensus target price of $63.50, indicating a potential upside of 5.18%. Given Altice USA’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Altice USA is more favorable than ATN International.

Dividends

ATN International pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Altice USA does not pay a dividend. ATN International pays out -107.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Altice USA has increased its dividend for 16 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

13.2% of Altice USA shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.4% of ATN International shares are held by institutional investors. 32.7% of ATN International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

ATN International beats Altice USA on 8 of the 14 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 ATN International

ATN International, Inc. (ATN), formerly Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc., is a holding company. The Company’s segments include U.S. Telecom, International Telecom and Renewable Energy. In the United States, it provides wholesale wireless voice and data roaming services in rural markets to national, regional, local and selected international wireless carriers. Its wholesale networks are located principally in the western United States. It provides wireless voice and data service to retail and business customers in Bermuda under the One name, in Guyana under the GTT name and in the United States Virgin Islands under the Innovative and Choice brand names. The Company offers voice services that include local exchange, regional and long distance calling and voice messaging services in Bermuda, Guyana, the United States Virgin Islands, and in other smaller markets in the Caribbean and the United States. It offers services, which include Wireless, Wireline and Renewable Energy.

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