IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT) is one of 47 publicly-traded companies in the “Integrated Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare IDT Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares IDT Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IDT Corporation 1.97% 22.31% 6.76%
IDT Corporation Competitors 0.55% -0.34% 1.45%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

52.0% of IDT Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.0% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.8% of IDT Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.4% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for IDT Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IDT Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
IDT Corporation Competitors 611 1682 1938 74 2.34

As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 32.13%. Given IDT Corporation’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe IDT Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

IDT Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. IDT Corporation pays out 59.8% 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. IDT Corporation is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares IDT Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
IDT Corporation $1.47 billion $26.51 million 11.30
IDT Corporation Competitors $12.65 billion $4.22 billion 1.03

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

Risk and Volatility

IDT Corporation has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IDT Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.07, meaning that their average share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

IDT Corporation beats its rivals on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About IDT Corporation

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.

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