Partner Communications (NASDAQ: PTNR) and Lumos Networks Corp. (NASDAQ:LMOS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Partner Communications and Lumos Networks Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Partner Communications 0 0 1 0 3.00
Lumos Networks Corp. 0 3 1 0 2.25

Partner Communications presently has a consensus price target of $16.00, suggesting a potential upside of 239.70%. Lumos Networks Corp. has a consensus price target of $19.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.26%. Given Partner Communications’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Partner Communications is more favorable than Lumos Networks Corp..

Risk and Volatility

Partner Communications has a beta of 1.8, indicating that its stock price is 80% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lumos Networks Corp. has a beta of 0.7, indicating that its stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Partner Communications and Lumos Networks Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Partner Communications 2.70% 8.13% 1.75%
Lumos Networks Corp. -1.70% -2.79% -0.51%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

2.0% of Partner Communications shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.0% of Lumos Networks Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Partner Communications shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.7% of Lumos Networks Corp. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Partner Communications and Lumos Networks Corp.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Partner Communications N/A N/A N/A $0.15 31.40
Lumos Networks Corp. $214.94 million 1.99 $85.48 million N/A N/A

Lumos Networks Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than Partner Communications.

Summary

Partner Communications beats Lumos Networks Corp. on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Partner Communications

Partner Communications Company Ltd. is a telecommunications company. The Company is engaged in the business of cellular telephony, provided on its second generation (2G), third generation (3G) and fourth generation (4G) networks. It operates through two segments: cellular segment and fixed-line segment. Its products and services are marketed under the Partner brand. The Company’s cellular business segment includes basic cellular telephony services, text messaging, data, airtime, interconnect, roaming, content services and other value added services. The fixed-line segment includes a range of services provided over fixed-line networks, including Internet service provider (ISP) services, business information storage in a data center and cloud services. The Company also provides wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) networks and fixed-line voice communication services. In addition, the fixed-line segment includes sales of related equipment. It also offers anti-virus and anti-spam filtering.

About Lumos Networks Corp.

Lumos Networks Corp. is a fiber-based bandwidth infrastructure and service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region with a network of long-haul fiber, metro Ethernet and Ethernet rings located primarily in Virginia and West Virginia, and portions of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. The Company serves carrier, business and residential customers over its fiber network offering data, voice and Internet protocol (IP) services. The Company operates through three segments: Data, Residential and Small Business (R&SB), and RLEC Access. The Data segment includes the Company’s enterprise data, transport and Fiber to the Cell (FTTC) product groups. The R&SB segment includes voice and IP services products targeted to its residential and small business customers. The RLEC Access segment provides other carrier customers access to the Company’s network within the Company’s rural local exchange carrier (RLEC) territories through switched access services.

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