Head to Head Comparison: Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO (MBT) & China Mobile (CHL)

Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO (NYSE: MBT) and China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) are both large-cap telecommunications services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Mobile has a beta of 0.52, meaning that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO and China Mobile’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO $5.80 billion 2.05 $727.11 million $1.05 11.38
China Mobile $106.68 billion 1.77 $16.37 billion $4.28 10.77

China Mobile has higher revenue and earnings than Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO. China Mobile is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. China Mobile pays an annual dividend of $1.65 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO pays out 66.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. China Mobile pays out 38.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO and China Mobile, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO 0 2 4 0 2.67
China Mobile 1 1 2 0 2.25

Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO currently has a consensus price target of $10.47, suggesting a potential downside of 12.41%. Given Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO is more favorable than China Mobile.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

31.4% of Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.9% of China Mobile shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO 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.


This table compares Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO and China Mobile’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO 13.61% 43.01% 10.55%
China Mobile N/A N/A N/A


Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO beats China Mobile on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO

Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO is a Russia-based provider of telecommunications services. The Company provides mobile and fixed-line voice and data telecommunications services, including data transfer, broadband, pay-television (pay-TV) and various value-added services, as well as selling equipment and accessories. The Company operates through segments, which include Russia convergent, Moscow fixed line and Ukraine. Its Russia Convergent segment includes mobile and fixed-line operations, which encompasses services rendered to customers across regions of Russia, including voice and data services, transmission, broadband, pay-TV and other value-added services. Its Moscow fixed-line segment includes fixed-line operations carried out in Moscow by the Company’s subsidiary MGTS. Its Ukraine segment includes mobile and fixed-line operations carried out across multiple regions of Ukraine. The Company also offers software solutions, such as LiteBox, a cloud-based tool for online cash operations.

About China Mobile

China Mobile Limited is an investment holding company principally engaged in telecommunication and related businesses. Its main businesses include Mobile businesses, Wireline Broadband businesses and Internet of Things (IoT) businesses. Mobile businesses include two categories of services. Voice services include local calls, domestic and international long distance calls, roaming services and voice value-added services. Data services include short message services and multimedia message services, wireless data traffic services and application and information services, such as Mobile Music, Mobile Reading and Mobile Video, among others. Wireline Broadband businesses include the provision of wireline broadband and related services. The Company also provides customer services, including phone bill enquiry, among others. The Company mainly operates businesses in Mainland China.

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