PLDT (NYSE: PHI) is one of 47 public companies in the “Integrated Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare PLDT to related companies based on the strength of its risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares PLDT and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
PLDT $3.09 billion $1.25 billion 14.55
PLDT Competitors $12.65 billion $4.22 billion 1.08

PLDT’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than PLDT. PLDT is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares PLDT and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PLDT 14.98% 24.71% 5.90%
PLDT Competitors 0.56% -0.28% 1.48%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

9.5% of PLDT shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.0% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.4% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

PLDT pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. PLDT pays out 66.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.1% and pay out 841.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

PLDT has a beta of 1, meaning that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, PLDT’s competitors have a beta of 1.07, meaning that their average stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for PLDT and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PLDT 2 1 3 0 2.17
PLDT Competitors 611 1674 1935 74 2.34

As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 31.56%. Given PLDT’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe PLDT has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

PLDT competitors beat PLDT on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About PLDT

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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