Comparing Vodafone Group PLC (VOD) and China Mobile (Hong Kong) (CHL)

China Mobile (Hong Kong) (NYSE: CHL) and Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ:VOD) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and risk.

Dividends

China Mobile (Hong Kong) pays an annual dividend of $1.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Vodafone Group PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.7%.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for China Mobile (Hong Kong) and Vodafone Group PLC, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Mobile (Hong Kong) 1 3 1 0 2.00
Vodafone Group PLC 1 4 8 1 2.64

Vodafone Group PLC has a consensus target price of $31.52, suggesting a potential upside of 8.69%. Given Vodafone Group PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Vodafone Group PLC is more favorable than China Mobile (Hong Kong).

Profitability

This table compares China Mobile (Hong Kong) and Vodafone Group PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Mobile (Hong Kong) N/A N/A N/A
Vodafone Group PLC N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares China Mobile (Hong Kong) and Vodafone Group PLC’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Mobile (Hong Kong) $106.47 billion 2.18 $39.49 billion N/A N/A
Vodafone Group PLC $56.26 billion 1.37 $13.59 billion N/A N/A

China Mobile (Hong Kong) has higher revenue and earnings than Vodafone Group PLC.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.0% of China Mobile (Hong Kong) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.9% of Vodafone Group PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Vodafone Group PLC shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

China Mobile (Hong Kong) has a beta of 0.3, indicating that its stock price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vodafone Group PLC has a beta of 0.52, indicating that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Vodafone Group PLC beats China Mobile (Hong Kong) on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

China Mobile (Hong Kong) Company Profile

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.

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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