United States Cellular Corporation (NYSE: USM) is one of 36 publicly-traded companies in the “Wireless Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare United States Cellular Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.

Volatility and Risk

United States Cellular Corporation has a beta of 0.83, suggesting that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United States Cellular Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 0.78, suggesting that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

14.8% of United States Cellular Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.3% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of United States Cellular Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.5% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares United States Cellular Corporation and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
United States Cellular Corporation $3.88 billion $625.00 million 61.48
United States Cellular Corporation Competitors $27.09 billion $8.05 billion -5.88

United States Cellular Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than United States Cellular Corporation. United States Cellular Corporation 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for United States Cellular Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
United States Cellular Corporation 1 2 0 0 1.67
United States Cellular Corporation Competitors 575 1709 1796 70 2.33

United States Cellular Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $35.50, suggesting a potential downside of 0.45%. As a group, “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 23.44%. Given United States Cellular Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe United States Cellular Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares United States Cellular Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United States Cellular Corporation 1.26% 1.12% 0.58%
United States Cellular Corporation Competitors -999.64% 3.14% -6.43%

Summary

United States Cellular Corporation competitors beat United States Cellular Corporation on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About United States Cellular Corporation

United States Cellular Corporation (U.S. Cellular) is a provider of wireless telecommunication services. The Company’s wireless operating markets are in the United States. U.S. Cellular provides service to postpaid and prepaid customers from a range of demographic segments. The Company focuses on retail consumers, government and small-to-mid-size business customers in industries, such as construction, retail, professional services and real estate. The Company offers a range of wireless devices, such as handsets, modems, mobile hotspots, home phones and tablets for use by its customers. U.S. Cellular offers wireless devices that are compatible with fourth generation long term evolution (4G LTE) and third generation (3G) networks. U.S. Cellular offers a range of accessories, such as carrying cases, hands-free devices, batteries, battery chargers, and memory cards to related consumer electronics, such as headphones, speakers and Bluetooth keyboards.

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