Comparing Vodafone Group PLC (VOD) and The Competition

Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ: VOD) is one of 34 publicly-traded companies in the “Wireless Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Vodafone Group PLC to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Vodafone Group PLC and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vodafone Group PLC 1 3 4 1 2.56
Vodafone Group PLC Competitors 530 1698 1858 60 2.35

Vodafone Group PLC currently has a consensus price target of $31.52, suggesting a potential upside of 1.91%. As a group, “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 49.94%. Given Vodafone Group PLC’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Vodafone Group PLC has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vodafone Group PLC N/A N/A N/A
Vodafone Group PLC Competitors -313.15% -2.66% -9.11%

Risk & Volatility

Vodafone Group PLC has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vodafone Group PLC’s peers have a beta of 0.85, indicating that their average share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

10.0% of Vodafone Group PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.8% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Vodafone Group PLC shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.5% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Vodafone Group PLC $52.29 billion -$6.91 billion -83.59
Vodafone Group PLC Competitors $27.09 billion $1.51 billion -188.74

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

Dividends

Vodafone Group PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. Vodafone Group PLC pays out -443.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.2% and pay out 69.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Vodafone Group PLC is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Vodafone Group PLC beats its peers on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

Vodafone Group PLC Company Profile

Vodafone Group Plc (Vodafone) is a telecommunications company. The Company’s business is organized into two geographic regions: Europe, and Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific (AMAP). Its segments include Europe and AMAP. Its Europe segment includes geographic regions, such as Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Other Europe. The Other Europe includes the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Hungary and Romania, among others. Its AMAP segment includes India, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Africa, Turkey, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, New Zealand and Qatar, among others. The Company provides a range of services, including voice, messaging and data across mobile and fixed networks. The Company acquires spectrum and licenses to use radio frequencies that deliver mobile services. Its fixed capabilities include cable, fiber and copper networks to enable television, broadband and voice services.

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