Head to Head Analysis: Cellcom Israel (CEL) & Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong (HTHKY)

Cellcom Israel (NYSE: CEL) and Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong (OTCMKTS:HTHKY) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.


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Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Cellcom Israel does not pay a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cellcom Israel and Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cellcom Israel $1.12 billion 0.61 $33.00 million N/A N/A
Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong $866.28 million 2.02 $90.28 million N/A N/A

Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Cellcom Israel.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

10.4% of Cellcom Israel shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Cellcom Israel and Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cellcom Israel 1 0 0 0 1.00
Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk and Volatility

Cellcom Israel has a beta of 2.05, suggesting that its share price is 105% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Cellcom Israel and Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cellcom Israel 2.92% 8.02% 1.84%
Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong N/A N/A N/A


Cellcom Israel beats Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cellcom Israel Company Profile

Cellcom Israel Ltd. provides cellular and landline telecommunications services in Israel. It operates through two segments, Cellular and Fixed-line. The company offers basic cellular telephony services, such as voice mail, cellular fax, call waiting, call forwarding, caller identification, conference calling, and inbound and outbound roaming services; and data transfer, and upload and download services. It also provides value-added services comprising SMS and MMS services; cloud backup content services, including Cellcom Volume music application and Cellcom TV application; text and multimedia messaging services; and advanced cellular content services. In addition, the company sells handsets, modems, tablets, and laptops, as well as offers repair services. Further, it provides transmission and data services through approximately 1,800 kilometers of inland fiber-optic infrastructure and complementary microwave links to selected business customers. Additionally, the company offers Internet connectivity and related services; international calling services, operator services, teleconferencing services, international long distance services, and landline telephony services; and cloud services and data security products. As of December 31, 2016, it had approximately 10.2 million cellular subscribers. Cellcom Israel Ltd. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Netanya, Israel.

Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Company Profile

Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited, an investment holding company, provides integrated telecommunication services primarily in Hong Kong and Macau. The company operates through two segments, Mobile and Fixed-Line. It offers 4G long term evolution, 3G, and GSM dual-band mobile telecommunications services under the 3 brand. The company's mobile telecommunications services and products include local voice, SMS, MMS, international direct dialing, and international roaming; and broadband-based data services and applications, such as direct carrier billing offerings, mobile device security management, cloud storage, eBooks, music downloads, movies-on-demand, mobile social networking applications, and stock trading, as well as Wi-Fi services. It also provides fixed-line telecommunications services to corporate customers, multinationals, and local and international carriers comprising fixed-line, data center, cloud computing, and Wi-Fi services, as well as corporate solutions; voice, data, and IP network services; and residential broadband services under the HGC brand. In addition, the company is involved in equipment trading; the provision of management and treasury, support, and information technology services; and telecommunications retail operations. As of December 31, 2016, it served approximately 3.2 million customers in Hong Kong and Macau. The company was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Central, Hong Kong. Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited is a subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited.

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