Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS) and BT Group (NYSE:BT) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Altice USA and BT Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Altice USA N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
BT Group $31.47 billion 1.15 $2.49 billion $1.04 17.52

BT Group has higher revenue and earnings than Altice USA.

Profitability

This table compares Altice USA and BT Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Altice USA N/A N/A N/A
BT Group 6.52% 33.11% 6.00%

Dividends

BT Group pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. Altice USA does not pay a dividend. BT Group pays out 92.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. BT Group has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

13.2% of Altice USA shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.0% of BT Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 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 recommendations for Altice USA and BT Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Altice USA 0 5 10 0 2.67
BT Group 3 9 5 0 2.12

Altice USA presently has a consensus price target of $31.71, suggesting a potential upside of 49.38%. BT Group has a consensus price target of $333.33, suggesting a potential upside of 1,729.49%. Given BT Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe BT Group is more favorable than Altice USA.

Summary

BT Group beats Altice USA on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Altice USA

Altice USA, Inc. is engaged in providing broadband communications and video services in the United States. The Company’s segments include Cablevision and Cequel. Cablevision provides broadband, pay television and telephony services to residential and business customers in and around the New York metropolitan area. Cequel provides broadband, pay television and telephony services to residential and business customers in the south-central United States. It also provides services through ten states of Texas, West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arizona, California, Missouri and Ohio. The Company also provides Wi-Fi hotspot access content and advertising services. Broadband provides services, such as video streaming, content downloading for time-shifted video consumption and other applications delivered over OTT platforms. Pay Television provides services through cable network. Video services delivered over DSL networks.

About BT Group

BT Group plc is a communications services company. The Company is engaged in selling fixed-voice services, broadband, mobile and television products and services, as well as managed networked information technology (IT) solutions and cyber security protection. Its segments include Consumer, which provides fixed-voice, broadband, TV and mobile services; EE, which is a mobile network operator in the United Kingdom and provides mobile and fixed communications services to consumers; Business and Public Sector, which provides communications and IT services to businesses and the public sector in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (RoI) ;Global Services, which provides managed networked IT services to corporate customers; Wholesale and Ventures, which provides fixed and mobile services to communications providers (CPs); and Openreach, which provides copper and fiber connections between its exchanges and homes and businesses.

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