Analyzing Altice USA (ATUS) and Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom (TEO)

Altice USA (NASDAQ: ATUS) and Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom (NYSE:TEO) are both telecommunications services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

5.4% of Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Altice USA and Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Altice USA -20.39% -63.90% -5.28%
Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom 9.99% 27.60% 12.02%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Altice USA and Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Altice USA N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom $3.62 billion 1.80 $269.10 million $1.93 17.36

Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom has higher revenue and earnings than Altice USA.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Altice USA and Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Altice USA 0 7 7 0 2.50
Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom 0 2 1 0 2.33

Altice USA presently has a consensus target price of $35.07, indicating a potential upside of 55.25%. Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom has a consensus target price of $29.00, indicating a potential downside of 13.43%. Given Altice USA’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Altice USA is more favorable than Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom.

Summary

Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom beats Altice USA on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Altice USA

Altice USA, Inc. is engaged in providing broadband communications and video services in the United States. The Company’s segments include Cablevision and Cequel. Cablevision provides broadband, pay television and telephony services to residential and business customers in and around the New York metropolitan area. Cequel provides broadband, pay television and telephony services to residential and business customers in the south-central United States. It also provides services through ten states of Texas, West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arizona, California, Missouri and Ohio. The Company also provides Wi-Fi hotspot access content and advertising services. Broadband provides services, such as video streaming, content downloading for time-shifted video consumption and other applications delivered over OTT platforms. Pay Television provides services through cable network. Video services delivered over DSL networks.

About Telecom Argentina Stet – France Telecom

Telecom Argentina S.A. provides fixed-line telecommunications services in Argentina, and also provides other telephone-related services, such as international long-distance service, data transmission, information technology solutions outsourcing and Internet services. The Company’s segments include Fixed Telecommunications Services (Fixed Services), Personal Mobile Telecommunications Services (Personal Mobile Services) and Nucleo Mobile Telecommunications Services (Nucleo Mobile Services). The Company, through its subsidiaries, also provides mobile telecommunications services and international wholesale services. The Fixed services segment consists of basic telephone services, interconnection services, data transmission and Internet services, information and communication technology services, and other telephone services. The Company, through its subsidiaries, such as Telecom Personal S.A. and Nucleo S.A., provides mobile services in Argentina and Paraguay, respectively.

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