Contrasting Hellenic Telecom Organization (HLTOY) and Cellcom Israel (CEL)

Hellenic Telecom Organization (NYSE: CEL) and Cellcom Israel (NYSE:CEL) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hellenic Telecom Organization and Cellcom Israel’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hellenic Telecom Organization $4.36 billion 1.41 $75.95 million N/A N/A
Cellcom Israel $1.12 billion 0.53 $33.00 million N/A N/A

Hellenic Telecom Organization has higher revenue and earnings than Cellcom Israel.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.0% of Hellenic Telecom Organization shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.9% of Cellcom Israel shares are owned by institutional investors. 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.


Hellenic Telecom Organization pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Cellcom Israel does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Hellenic Telecom Organization and Cellcom Israel, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hellenic Telecom Organization 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cellcom Israel 0 0 0 0 N/A


This table compares Hellenic Telecom Organization and Cellcom Israel’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hellenic Telecom Organization 2.37% 8.20% 3.02%
Cellcom Israel 0.37% 0.96% 0.23%

Risk and Volatility

Hellenic Telecom Organization has a beta of 1.43, suggesting that its stock price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cellcom Israel has a beta of 2.02, suggesting that its stock price is 102% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Hellenic Telecom Organization beats Cellcom Israel on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hellenic Telecom Organization

Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications and related services to businesses and individuals in Greece, Romania, and Albania. It operates through OTE, COSMOTE Group, and TELEKOM ROMANIA segments. The company offers fixed-line services; Internet access and ICT services; and TV services. It also provides mobile and satellite telecommunication, e-commerce, financing, consultancy and security, real estate, wholesale telephony, insurance brokerage, training, fixed line telephony, retail, marketing, overdue accounts management, wholesale broadband, and infrastructure services. The company was founded in 1949 and is based in Athens, Greece.

About Cellcom Israel

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 and 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 fiber-optic infrastructure and complementary microwave links to selected business customers and telecommunications operators. Additionally, the company offers Internet infrastructure and connectivity, international calling, landline telephony, operator, teleconferencing, and international long distance services. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 10.6 million cellular subscribers. Cellcom Israel Ltd. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Netanya, Israel.

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