Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO (NYSE: MBT) and United States Cellular (NYSE:USM) are both telecommunications services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

31.8% of Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.8% of United States Cellular shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of United States Cellular shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO and United States Cellular’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO 13.61% 43.01% 10.55%
United States Cellular -6.93% 0.94% 0.49%

Dividends

Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.2%. United States Cellular does not pay a dividend. Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO pays out 68.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO and United States Cellular’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO $5.80 billion 1.93 $727.11 million $1.02 11.02
United States Cellular $3.94 billion 0.71 $48.00 million ($3.13) -10.57

Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO has higher revenue and earnings than United States Cellular. United States Cellular is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO and United States Cellular, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO 0 2 3 0 2.60
United States Cellular 1 1 0 0 1.50

Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO presently has a consensus price target of $10.47, indicating a potential downside of 6.88%. United States Cellular has a consensus price target of $30.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.31%. Given Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO is more favorable than United States Cellular.

Volatility and Risk

Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United States Cellular has a beta of 0.59, suggesting that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO beats United States Cellular on 14 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO Company Profile

Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO is a Russia-based provider of telecommunications services. The Company provides mobile and fixed-line voice and data telecommunications services, including data transfer, broadband, pay-television (pay-TV) and various value-added services, as well as selling equipment and accessories. The Company operates through segments, which include Russia convergent, Moscow fixed line and Ukraine. Its Russia Convergent segment includes mobile and fixed-line operations, which encompasses services rendered to customers across regions of Russia, including voice and data services, transmission, broadband, pay-TV and other value-added services. Its Moscow fixed-line segment includes fixed-line operations carried out in Moscow by the Company’s subsidiary MGTS. Its Ukraine segment includes mobile and fixed-line operations carried out across multiple regions of Ukraine. The Company also offers software solutions, such as LiteBox, a cloud-based tool for online cash operations.

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.

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