Comparing LICT (LICT) and Telstra (TLSYY)

LICT (OTCMKTS:LICT) and Telstra (OTCMKTS:TLSYY) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares LICT and Telstra’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LICT $106.53 million 2.78 $20.63 million N/A N/A
Telstra $20.17 billion 1.30 $2.76 billion $1.16 9.48

Telstra has higher revenue and earnings than LICT.

Dividends

Telstra pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.9%. LICT does not pay a dividend. Telstra pays out 65.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares LICT and Telstra’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LICT 24.02% N/A N/A
Telstra N/A N/A N/A

Risk & Volatility

LICT has a beta of 0.65, suggesting that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Telstra has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for LICT and Telstra, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LICT 0 0 0 0 N/A
Telstra 0 0 1 0 3.00

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.4% of LICT shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Telstra shares are held by institutional investors. 26.1% of LICT shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

LICT beats Telstra on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About LICT

LICT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides broadband and voice services to residential, commercial, and governmental customers. It offers high speed broadband services, including Internet access through copper-based digital subscriber lines (DSL), fiber optic facilities, fixed wireless, and cable modems; video services through traditional cable television services and Internet protocol television services; voice over Internet protocol; wireless communications; and other related services. The company operates in California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin. As of December 31, 2016, it had a total of 33,029 voice lines, including access and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC); and 4,206 miles of fiber optic cable, 11,430 miles of copper cable, and 513 miles of coaxial cable. The company was formerly known as Lynch Interactive Corporation and changed its name to LICT Corporation in March 2007. LICT Corporation was incorporated in 1996 and is based in Rye, New York.

About Telstra

Telstra Corporation Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications and information services to businesses, governments, communities, and individuals in Australia and internationally. It operates in four segments: Telstra Consumer and Small Business, Telstra Enterprise, Telstra Operations, and Telstra Wholesale. The company offers telecommunication products, services, and solutions across mobiles, fixed and mobile broadband, telephony and pay television/Internet protocol, and digital content; and online self-service capabilities, including buying, billing, and servicing requests, as well as operates inbound and outbound call centers, owned and licensed Telstra shops, and the Telstra dealership network. It also provides sales and contract management services for medium to large business and government customers; and product management services for advanced technology solutions and services, such as data and Internet protocol networks, and mobility applications and services, as well as network applications and services products comprising managed network, unified communications, cloud, industry solutions, and integrated services and monitoring. In addition, the company engages in the development of industry vertical solutions; planning, design, engineering architecture, and construction of Telstra networks, technology, and information technology solutions; and provision of a range of telecommunication products and services to other carriers, carriage service providers, and Internet service providers through its networks and related support systems. Further, it provides disconnection, media and marketing, and other services. The company was formerly known as Australian and Overseas Telecommunications Corporation Limited and changed its name to Telstra Corporation Limited in April 1993. Telstra Corporation Limited was founded in 1901 and is based in Melbourne, Australia.

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