Telecom Argentina (NYSE:TEO) and LICT (OTCMKTS:LICT) are both utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Telecom Argentina and LICT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Telecom Argentina 0.33% 0.33% 0.18%
LICT 21.69% N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

Telecom Argentina has a beta of 0.84, indicating that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LICT has a beta of 0.33, indicating that its stock price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Telecom Argentina and LICT’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Telecom Argentina $4.53 billion 0.57 $187.94 million $0.34 39.41
LICT $115.82 million 2.81 $25.59 million N/A N/A

Telecom Argentina has higher revenue and earnings than LICT.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Telecom Argentina and LICT, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Telecom Argentina 0 3 0 0 2.00
LICT 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

6.7% of Telecom Argentina shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.4% of LICT shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Telecom Argentina shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.1% of LICT shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Telecom Argentina beats LICT on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Telecom Argentina Company Profile

Telecom Argentina S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services in Argentina and internationally. The company offers telephone services, including local, domestic, and international long-distance telephone services, as well as public telephone services; interconnection services, such as access, termination, and long-distance transport of calls; information and communication technology services comprising datacenter services, and telecommunications consulting and value-added solutions; and call waiting, call forwarding, conference calls, caller ID, voice mail, itemized billing, and maintenance services, as well as sells equipment. It also provides mobile telecommunications services that include voice communications, high-speed mobile Internet content and applications download, mobile multimedia, short message, online streaming, corporate email, social network access, and other services; and sells mobile communication devices that include handsets, Modems mifi and wingles, smart watches under the Personal brand. In addition, the company offers data transmission and Internet services comprising broadband, Internet dedicated lines, private networks, national and international video streaming, transportation of radio and TV signals, and video conferencing services; and programming and other cable television services. The company was formerly known as CablevisiĆ³n S.A. and changed its name to Telecom Argentina S.A. in January 2018. Telecom Argentina S.A. was founded in 1979 and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

LICT Company Profile

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.

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