LICT (OTCMKTS:LICT) and Digerati Technologies (OTCMKTS:DTGI) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for LICT and Digerati Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LICT 0 0 0 0 N/A
Digerati Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.4% of LICT shares are held by institutional investors. 26.1% of LICT shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.0% of Digerati Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares LICT and Digerati Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LICT 19.98% N/A N/A
Digerati Technologies -106.89% N/A -118.03%

Volatility and Risk

LICT has a beta of 0.34, meaning that its share price is 66% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Digerati Technologies has a beta of 2.95, meaning that its share price is 195% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares LICT and Digerati Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LICT $115.82 million 2.72 $25.59 million N/A N/A
Digerati Technologies $2.00 million 2.03 -$3.16 million N/A N/A

LICT has higher revenue and earnings than Digerati Technologies.

Summary

LICT beats Digerati Technologies on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About LICT

LICT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides broadband and voice services to residential, commercial, and governmental customers. The company offers high speed broadband services, including Internet access through copper-based digital subscriber lines (DSL), fiber optic facilities, fixed wireless, and cable modems; video services through traditional cable television services and Internet protocol television services; voice over Internet protocol; wireless communications; and other related telecommunications services. It operates in California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin. As of December 31, 2017, it had a total of 33,661 voice lines, including access and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC); 4,358 miles of fiber optic cable; 11,702 miles of copper cable; and 605 miles of coaxial cable. The company was formerly known as Lynch Interactive Corporation and changed its name to LICT Corporation in March 2007. LICT Corporation was incorporated in 1996 and is based in Rye, New York.

About Digerati Technologies

Digerati Technologies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides Internet-based telephony products and services through its cloud telephony application platform and session-based communication network. The company provides Internet-based services, including voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) transport, customized VoIP, fully hosted IP/PBX services, SIP trunking, call center applications, interactive voice response auto attendant, voice and web conferencing, call recording, simultaneous calling, voicemail to email conversion, integrated mobility applications, and various customized IP/PBX features in a hosted or cloud environment. It serves small to medium-sized businesses, enterprise customers, call centers, and telephony service providers. The company was formerly known as ATSI Communications Inc. and changed its name to Digerati Technologies, Inc. in March 2011. Digerati Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

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