Head-To-Head Contrast: Centurylink (CTL) vs. Koninklijke KPN (KKPNF)

Centurylink (NYSE:CTL) and Koninklijke KPN (OTCMKTS:KKPNF) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.0% of Centurylink shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Centurylink shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Centurylink and Koninklijke KPN’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Centurylink 7.62% 4.50% 1.36%
Koninklijke KPN N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Centurylink pays an annual dividend of $2.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.3%. Koninklijke KPN does not pay a dividend. Centurylink pays out 146.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Risk and Volatility

Centurylink has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Koninklijke KPN has a beta of 0.78, suggesting that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Centurylink and Koninklijke KPN’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Centurylink $17.66 billion 1.29 $1.39 billion $1.47 14.31
Koninklijke KPN $7.34 billion 1.52 $545.93 million $0.12 22.08

Centurylink has higher revenue and earnings than Koninklijke KPN. Centurylink is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Koninklijke KPN, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Centurylink and Koninklijke KPN, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Centurylink 3 7 7 0 2.24
Koninklijke KPN 0 0 0 0 N/A

Centurylink currently has a consensus price target of $21.24, suggesting a potential upside of 0.93%. Given Centurylink’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Centurylink is more favorable than Koninklijke KPN.

Summary

Centurylink beats Koninklijke KPN on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Centurylink

CenturyLink, Inc. provides various communications services to residential, business, wholesale, and governmental customers primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, Business and Consumer. The company offers virtual private network data network services; Ethernet services; Internet protocol services; CenturyLink Prism TV that allows customers to watch television or cable channels and record up to four shows on one home digital video recorder; and Vyvx, which provides audio and video feeds over fiber or satellite for broadcast and production customers, as well as satellite digital television services. It also provides broadband services, which allow customers to connect to the Internet through their existing telephone lines or fiber-optic cables; private line solution for transmission of data between sites; colocation and data center services comprising cloud, hosting, and application management solutions; wavelength services that provide customers required bandwidth with an end-to-end transport solution of a bandwidth; and network security solutions, as well as sells telecommunications equipment and resells software, and provides network management, installation and maintenance of data equipment, and building of fiber-optic broadband networks. In addition, the company offers local calling services; long-distance and toll-free services; information technology (IT) services, such as transporting and delivering enterprise data and applications; and managed services consisting of network, hosting, cloud, and IT services. Further, it leases and subleases space in its office buildings, warehouses, and other properties. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated approximately 10.3 million total access lines; and served approximately 5.7 million broadband subscribers. CenturyLink, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Monroe, Louisiana.

About Koninklijke KPN

Koninklijke KPN N.V. provides telecommunications, and information and communication technology (ICT) services in the Netherlands, the Americas, and internationally. It offers fixed and mobile telephony, broadband Internet, and television services to retail consumers; and network related ICT solutions to business customers, as well as operates an IP-based infrastructure for international wholesale customers. The company also provides services in the areas of communication, information, entertainment, and commercial sectors; and a range of end-to-end solutions in infrastructure, workspace management, cloud, security, data network, and data center services for small, medium-sized, and large enterprises. In addition, it offers connectivity solutions to fixed and mobile wholesale partners; and voice termination and data services for fixed and mobile operators, as well as voice-over-broadband. Koninklijke KPN N.V. was founded in 1852 and is based in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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