Cogent Communications (NASDAQ: CCOI) is one of 46 public companies in the “Integrated Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Cogent Communications to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.
Cogent Communications pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Cogent Communications pays out 533.3% 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 4.3% and pay out 892.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
Cogent Communications has a beta of 0.58, suggesting that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cogent Communications’ rivals have a beta of 0.95, suggesting that their average stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
95.6% of Cogent Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.1% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.5% of Cogent Communications shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned 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.
This table compares Cogent Communications and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Cogent Communications Competitors||3.15%||0.49%||2.24%|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Cogent Communications and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Cogent Communications||$446.90 million||$14.92 million||128.47|
|Cogent Communications Competitors||$15.94 billion||$1.27 billion||-33.75|
Cogent Communications’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Cogent Communications. Cogent Communications is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Cogent Communications and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Cogent Communications Competitors||492||1510||1666||57||2.35|
Cogent Communications currently has a consensus target price of $42.67, suggesting a potential downside of 7.75%. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 62.77%. Given Cogent Communications’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cogent Communications has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.
Cogent Communications rivals beat Cogent Communications on 10 of the 15 factors compared.
About Cogent Communications
Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc. is a facilities-based provider of Internet access and Internet Protocol (IP), communications services. The Company’s network is specifically designed and optimized to transmit data using IP. The Company delivers its services primarily to small and medium-sized businesses, communications service providers and other bandwidth-intensive organizations in North America, Europe and in Japan. The Company offers on-net services in over 175 metropolitan markets. The Company serves 1,990 on-net buildings. The Company’s on-net service in North America is its Fast Ethernet service, which provides Internet access at 100 megabits per second. It also offers Internet access services at higher speeds of up to ten Gigabits per second. These services are generally used by customers that have businesses, such as Web hosting, that are Internet-based.
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