IDT (NYSE: IDT) and PLDT (NYSE:PHI) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares IDT and PLDT’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||0.18||$8.17 million||($0.66)||-16.39|
|PLDT||$3.49 billion||1.76||$422.12 million||$2.43||11.72|
IDT pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.0%. PLDT pays an annual dividend of $1.23 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. IDT pays out -115.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. PLDT pays out 50.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. IDT is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
This table compares IDT and PLDT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Risk & Volatility
IDT has a beta of 1.17, indicating that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PLDT has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for IDT and PLDT, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
52.8% of IDT shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.0% of PLDT shares are held by institutional investors. 21.8% of IDT shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
PLDT beats IDT on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
IDT Company Profile
IDT Corporation is a holding company with operations primarily in the telecommunications and payment industries. The Company’s segments include Telecom Platform Services, Consumer Phone Services and All Other. The Company’s Telecom Platform Services segment provides retail telecommunications and payment offerings, as well as wholesale international long distance traffic termination. The Telecom Platform Services segment markets and distributes multiple communications and payment services across four businesses: Retail Communications, Wholesale Carrier Services, Payment Services and Hosted Platform Solutions. The Company’s Consumer Phone Services segment provides consumer local and long distance services in certain states of the United States. The Telecom Platform Services and Consumer Phone Services segments comprise the Company’s IDT Telecom division. The All Other segment includes its real estate holdings and other smaller businesses.
PLDT Company Profile
PLDT, Inc., formerly Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), is a telecommunications service provider in the Philippines. The Company operates through three business segments: Wireless, Fixed Line and Others. The Company, through its business segments, offers a range of telecommunications services across the Philippines’ fiber optic backbone and wireless and fixed line networks. The Company’s wireless segment provides cellular, wireless broadband and other services, and digital platforms and mobile financial services. Its Fixed Line segment provides local exchange, international long distance, national long distance, data and other network and miscellaneous services under its fixed line business. It offers postpaid and prepaid fixed line services. Its Other business consists of PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures, Inc. (PCEV), an investment holding company. It also focuses on providing wireless voice communications and wireless data communications.
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