Contrasting IDT (IDT) and TalkTalk Telecom Group (TKTCY)

IDT (OTCMKTS: TKTCY) and TalkTalk Telecom Group (OTCMKTS:TKTCY) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for IDT and TalkTalk Telecom Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IDT 0 1 0 0 2.00
TalkTalk Telecom Group 1 1 1 0 2.00

Volatility and Risk

IDT has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TalkTalk Telecom Group has a beta of 0.52, indicating that its share price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares IDT and TalkTalk Telecom Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IDT -0.89% 0.06% 0.01%
TalkTalk Telecom Group N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares IDT and TalkTalk Telecom Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IDT $1.50 billion 0.09 $8.17 million N/A N/A
TalkTalk Telecom Group $2.33 billion 1.02 $75.82 million N/A N/A

TalkTalk Telecom Group has higher revenue and earnings than IDT.

Dividends

IDT pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.9%. TalkTalk Telecom Group pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

46.0% of IDT shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.5% of IDT shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

IDT beats TalkTalk Telecom Group on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

IDT Company Profile

IDT Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates primarily in the telecommunications and payment industries in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: Telecom Platform Services, Unified Communications as a Service, and Consumer Phone Services. The Telecom Platform Services segment offers retail telecommunication products, including international long-distance calling products primarily to foreign-born communities; payment offerings, such as international and domestic airtime top-up, and international money transfer services; and wholesale international long distance traffic termination services for tier 1 fixed line and mobile network operators, as well as for other service providers. The Unified Communications as a Service segment provides voice over Internet protocol products and services under the net2phone brand name, including cable telephony services; cloud-based private branch exchange (PBX) services to enterprise customers primarily through value-added resellers, service providers, telecom agents, and managed service providers; session initiation protocol trunking services that support inbound and outbound domestic and international calling from an IP PBX; and PicuP, an automated business phone service that answers, routes, and manages voice calls. This segment also offers its services through distributors, system integrators, and master agents. The Consumer Phone Services segment provides bundled local/long distance phone services, including unlimited local, regional toll and domestic long distance calling, and calling features under the IDT America brand name to residential customers. As of July 31, 2017, this segment had approximately 3,500 active customers for its bundled local/long distance plans and approximately 14,500 customers for its long distance-only plans. The company is also involved in real estate holdings and other businesses. IDT Corporation was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.

TalkTalk Telecom Group Company Profile

TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC provides fixed line, TV, and mobile telecommunications services. It offers landline, broadband, fiber, TV, and mobile services, including fixed price plans and unlimited broadband usage, as well as HomeSafe, a network-based security and filtering system. The company also provides various business-grade communications products and services, including Internet access, data, voice, and mobile. TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC was founded in 2002 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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