Reviewing Telephone and Data Systems (TDS) and NTT DOCOMO (DCM)

NTT DOCOMO (NYSE: DCM) and Telephone and Data Systems (NYSE:TDS) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Dividends

NTT DOCOMO pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Telephone and Data Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.62 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. NTT DOCOMO pays out 22.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Telephone and Data Systems pays out 129.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. NTT DOCOMO has raised its dividend for 42 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares NTT DOCOMO and Telephone and Data Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NTT DOCOMO 13.90% 11.44% 8.65%
Telephone and Data Systems 1.09% 1.15% 0.58%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for NTT DOCOMO and Telephone and Data Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NTT DOCOMO 0 3 1 0 2.25
Telephone and Data Systems 0 2 0 0 2.00

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.5% of NTT DOCOMO shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.5% of Telephone and Data Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 17.3% of Telephone and Data Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

NTT DOCOMO has a beta of 0.13, suggesting that its stock price is 87% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Telephone and Data Systems has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares NTT DOCOMO and Telephone and Data Systems’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NTT DOCOMO $42.61 billion 2.13 $12.91 billion $1.58 15.52
Telephone and Data Systems $5.04 billion 0.62 $934.00 million $0.48 58.98

NTT DOCOMO has higher revenue and earnings than Telephone and Data Systems. NTT DOCOMO is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Telephone and Data Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

NTT DOCOMO beats Telephone and Data Systems on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

NTT DOCOMO Company Profile

NTT DOCOMO, INC. (DOCOMO) is a mobile telecommunications carrier. The Company operates through three segments: telecommunications business, smart life business and other businesses. The telecommunications business segment includes mobile phone services (long-term evolution (LTE) (Xi) services and freedom of mobile multimedia access (FOMA) services), optical-fiber broadband service, satellite mobile communications services, international services and equipment sales related to these services. The smart life business segment includes video and music distribution, electronic books and other services offered through its dmarket portal, as well as finance/payment services, shopping services and various other services to support the Company’s customers’ daily lives. Its other businesses segment primarily includes Mobile Device Protection Service, as well as the development, sale and maintenance of information technology (IT) systems.

Telephone and Data Systems Company Profile

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. is a diversified telecommunications company. The Company is engaged in conducting its Wireless operations through its subsidiary, United States Cellular Corporation (U.S. Cellular), as well as providing its wireline services, cable services, and hosted and managed services (HMS), through its subsidiary, TDS Telecommunications Corporation (TDS Telecom). It operates through four business segments: U.S. Cellular, Wireline, Cable, and Hosted and Managed Services. U.S. Cellular provides service to postpaid and prepaid customers. Wireline operations provide retail telecommunications services to both residential and commercial customers. Wireline offers services, including broadband, video, voice and network access services. Cable offers broadband, video and voice services under TDS and BendBroadband brand names. It provides a range of information technology (IT) services, including colocation, and cloud and hosting solutions through its HMS business.

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