KT Corporation (KT) versus Cincinnati Bell (CBB) Financial Review

KT Corporation (NYSE: KT) and Cincinnati Bell (NYSE:CBB) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.1% of KT Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.3% of Cincinnati Bell shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of KT Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Cincinnati Bell shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for KT Corporation and Cincinnati Bell, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KT Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00
Cincinnati Bell 2 2 1 0 1.80

Cincinnati Bell has a consensus target price of $23.50, indicating a potential upside of 20.82%. Given Cincinnati Bell’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cincinnati Bell is more favorable than KT Corporation.

Volatility & Risk

KT Corporation has a beta of 0.43, indicating that its stock price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cincinnati Bell has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares KT Corporation and Cincinnati Bell’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KT Corporation $20.60 billion 0.36 $4.05 billion N/A N/A
Cincinnati Bell $1.17 billion 0.70 $282.90 million $1.65 11.79

KT Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Cincinnati Bell.

Profitability

This table compares KT Corporation and Cincinnati Bell’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KT Corporation N/A N/A N/A
Cincinnati Bell 6.84% -3.87% 0.70%

Summary

Cincinnati Bell beats KT Corporation on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

KT Corporation Company Profile

KT Corporation is a telecommunications service provider. The Company’s segments include the Customer/Marketing Group, the Finance Business Group and the Others Group. The Customer/Marketing Group segment is engaged in providing various telecommunication services to individual/home/corporate customers and the convergence business. The Finance Business Group segment is engaged in providing various financial services, such as credit card. The Others Group segment includes security services, satellite service, information technology and network services, and satellite television services, as well as global business services, which provide global network services to multinational or domestic corporate customers and telecommunications companies. The Company’s principal services include mobile voice and data telecommunications services; fixed-line services; credit card processing and other financial services, and various other services.

Cincinnati Bell Company Profile

Cincinnati Bell Inc., along with its subsidiaries, provides diversified telecommunications and technology services. The Company operates through two segments: Entertainment and Communications, and IT Services and Hardware. Through its Entertainment and Communications segment, the Company provides high-speed data, video and voice solutions to consumers and businesses over fiber network and a legacy copper network. The IT Services and Hardware segments operates through its subsidiary, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions Inc. (CBTS), which is engaged in the sale and service of end-to-end communications and information technology (IT) systems and solutions for business customers across the United States. The Company has interest in CyrusOne Inc., which operates carrier-neutral data center colocation business.

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