Analyzing Telecom Italia (TI) & Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo (HCOM)

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Telecom Italia (NASDAQ: HCOM) and Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo (NASDAQ:HCOM) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Telecom Italia and Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Telecom Italia N/A N/A N/A
Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo -30.57% -8.86% -2.87%

Risk and Volatility

Telecom Italia has a beta of 0.73, meaning that its share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo has a beta of 0.92, meaning that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Telecom Italia and Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Telecom Italia $23.00 billion 0.63 $1.27 billion $0.68 10.10
Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo $368.42 million 0.92 -$107.24 million N/A N/A

Telecom Italia has higher revenue and earnings than Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.8% of Telecom Italia shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.5% of Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo shares are held by institutional investors. 26.0% of Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Telecom Italia and Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Telecom Italia 4 0 3 0 1.86
Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo 0 0 0 0 N/A

Telecom Italia presently has a consensus target price of $6.17, indicating a potential downside of 10.26%. Given Telecom Italia’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Telecom Italia is more favorable than Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo.

Summary

Telecom Italia beats Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Telecom Italia

Telecom Italia S.p.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides fixed and mobile telecommunications services in Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, and South America. It offers landline and mobile telecommunications, voice, messaging, data, Internet, and broadband services for consumers, as well as for small and medium-size enterprises, small offices/home offices, public sector clients, large accounts, and enterprises in the fixed and mobile telecommunications markets. The company also provides regulated and unregulated wholesale services for fixed and mobile telecommunications operators; infrastructure for housing radio transmission equipment of mobile telephone networks; and office products and services for information technology (IT), as well as develops, engineers, builds, and operates network infrastructures, IT, real estate properties, and plant engineering. In addition, it offers Ethernet, optical connectivity, and Internet protocol solutions; dedicated transport services; platform services to distribute multimedia content; wireless and satellite services through a radio channel; and IT products and solutions for business customers. Telecom Italia S.p.A. was founded in 1908 and is based in Milan, Italy.

About Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo

Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, Inc. provides communications services and products to residential and business customers in the islands of Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, Kauai, Molokai, and Lanai. The company offers local telephone services, including voice and data transport, custom calling features, network access, directory assistance, and private lines. It also provides high-speed Internet, long distance, television, Internet protocol based network, managed, billing and collection, and wireless services; data center services, including colocation and virtual private cloud; customer premises equipment; and data solutions. As of December 31, 2017, the company served approximately 271,000 voice access lines; 22,000 business voice over Internet protocol lines; 110,000 high-speed Internet lines; and 45,000 video subscribers. Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, Inc. was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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