Contrasting Centurylink (NYSE:CTL) and SMARTONE TELECO/S (NYSE:STTFY)

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Centurylink (NYSE:CTL) and SMARTONE TELECO/S (OTCMKTS:STTFY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

73.3% of Centurylink shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Centurylink 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Centurylink and SMARTONE TELECO/S’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Centurylink $23.44 billion 0.60 -$1.73 billion $1.19 10.76
SMARTONE TELECO/S $1.28 billion 0.00 $78.62 million N/A N/A

SMARTONE TELECO/S has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Centurylink.

Profitability

This table compares Centurylink and SMARTONE TELECO/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Centurylink -34.77% 8.30% 2.13%
SMARTONE TELECO/S N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Centurylink and SMARTONE TELECO/S, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Centurylink 1 8 3 0 2.17
SMARTONE TELECO/S 0 0 0 0 N/A

Centurylink currently has a consensus price target of $14.65, indicating a potential upside of 14.44%.

Volatility and Risk

Centurylink has a beta of 0.83, indicating that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SMARTONE TELECO/S has a beta of -0.04, indicating that its stock price is 104% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Centurylink pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.8%. SMARTONE TELECO/S pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share. Centurylink pays out 84.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Centurylink beats SMARTONE TELECO/S on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Centurylink

CenturyLink, Inc. provides various communications services to residential, business, wholesale, and governmental customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Business and Consumer. It offers VPN data network services; Ethernet services; Internet protocol (IP) services; facilities-based Prism TV service, as well as satellite digital television services; CDN services; and Vyvx broadcast services. The company also provides broadband services, which allow customers to connect to the Internet through their existing telephone lines or fiber-optic cables; private line services for transmission of data between sites; wavelength services; and colocation and data center services, such as hosting, cloud, and managed solutions. In addition, it offers network management, installation and maintenance of data equipment, and building of fiber-optic broadband networks; professional services; and network security services, as well as sells equipment. Further, the company offers voice services; voice over IP services; and managed services comprising network, hosting, cloud, and information technology services, as well as leases and subleases space in its office buildings, warehouses, and other properties. As of December 31, 2018, it served approximately 4.8 million broadband subscribers. CenturyLink, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Monroe, Louisiana.

About SMARTONE TELECO/S

SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Limited, an investment holding company, provides mobile telecommunication services in Hong Kong and Macau. The company offers voice, multimedia, and mobile and fixed fiber broadband services for the consumer and corporate markets. It is also involved in the sale of handsets and accessories; issuance of guaranteed notes; and provision of customer support and telemarketing services. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Limited is a subsidiary of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited.

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