Critical Analysis: Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO (MBT) versus Spok (SPOK)

Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO (NYSE: MBT) and Spok (NASDAQ:SPOK) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Spok has a beta of 0.55, suggesting that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.3%. Spok pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO pays out 71.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO and Spok’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 $6.70 billion 1.26 $958.31 million $0.98 8.65
Spok $171.18 million 1.80 -$15.30 million N/A N/A

Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO has higher revenue and earnings than Spok.

Profitability

This table compares Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO and Spok’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO 13.76% 45.69% 9.88%
Spok -9.05% 2.84% 2.37%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO and Spok, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO 0 1 6 0 2.86
Spok 0 0 0 0 N/A

Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO presently has a consensus target price of $10.75, indicating a potential upside of 26.77%. Given Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO is more favorable than Spok.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

32.3% of Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.0% of Spok shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of Spok shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO beats Spok on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO Company Profile

Public Joint-Stock Company Mobile TeleSystems provides telecommunication services in Russia, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, and Armenia. The company operates through three segments: Russia Convergent, Moscow Fixed Line, and Ukraine. It offers voice and data transmission, Internet access, pay TV, and various value added services through wireless and fixed lines, as well as sells equipment, accessories, and handsets. The company also provides system integration services and IT solutions. Public Joint-Stock Company Mobile TeleSystems has a partnership agreement with Nokia for joint development and deployment of Nokia's new technological solutions, as well as to promote new digital products and services of Mobile TeleSystems Group. The company was founded in 1993 and is based in Moscow, Russia. Public Joint-Stock Company Mobile TeleSystems is a subsidiary of Sistema Finance S.A.

Spok Company Profile

Spok Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, Spok, Inc., provides various communications solutions to healthcare, government, and other enterprises in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East. The company provides one-way messaging, including numeric messaging services, which enable subscribers to receive messages comprising numbers, such as phone numbers; and alphanumeric messages, including numbers and letters that enable subscribers to receive text messages. It also offers two-way messaging services that enable subscribers to send and receive messages to and from other wireless messaging devices, such as pagers, personal digital assistants, and personal computers; and voice mail, personalized greeting, message storage and retrieval, and equipment loss and/or maintenance protection to one-way and two-way messaging subscribers. In addition, the company develops, sells, and supports enterprise-wide systems to automate, centralize, and standardize mission critical communications for contact centers, clinical alerting and notification, mobile communications, and messaging, as well as for public safety notifications. Further, it sells devices to resellers who lease or resell them to their subscribers; ancillary services, such as voicemail and equipment loss or maintenance protection, as well as provides a suite of professional services. The company serves businesses, professionals, management personnel, medical personnel, field sales personnel and service forces, members of the construction industry and construction trades, real estate brokers and developers, sales and services organizations, specialty trade organizations, manufacturing organizations, and government agencies. The company was formerly known as USA Mobility, Inc. and changed its name to Spok Holdings, Inc. in July 2014. Spok Holdings, Inc. is headquartered in Springfield, Virginia.

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