Contrasting United States Cellular (USM) and Ruckus Wireless (RKUS)
United States Cellular (NYSE: USM) and Ruckus Wireless (NYSE:RKUS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.
This table compares United States Cellular and Ruckus Wireless’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|United States Cellular||-6.93%||0.94%||0.49%|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for United States Cellular and Ruckus Wireless, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|United States Cellular||1||1||0||0||1.50|
United States Cellular currently has a consensus price target of $30.00, indicating a potential downside of 12.26%. Given United States Cellular’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe United States Cellular is more favorable than Ruckus Wireless.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
14.8% of United States Cellular shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of United States Cellular shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares United States Cellular and Ruckus Wireless’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|United States Cellular||$3.94 billion||0.74||$48.00 million||($3.13)||-10.92|
United States Cellular has higher revenue and earnings than Ruckus Wireless. United States Cellular is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ruckus Wireless, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
United States Cellular beats Ruckus Wireless on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
United States Cellular Company Profile
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.
Ruckus Wireless Company Profile
Ruckus Wireless, Inc. is a supplier of advanced (Wi-Fi) solutions. The Company’s solutions, which it call Smart Wi-Fi, are used by service providers and enterprises to solve a range of network capacity, coverage and reliability challenges associated with wireless traffic demands. It operates through selling controllers and access points along with related software and services segment. The Company markets and sells its products and technology through a network of channel partners to a variety of service providers and enterprises around the world. Its Smart Wi-Fi solutions offer features and functionality, such as enhanced reliability, extended range and scalability. Its products include controllers, indoor and outdoor access points, wireless bridges, controller software platforms, software management solutions, including reporting and analytics, and Wi-Fi-related cloud services, such as location-based positioning, and certificate-based security and on-boarding of Wi-Fi devices.
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