Analyzing LICT (OTCMKTS:LICT) and Alaska Communications Systems Group (OTCMKTS:ALSK)

LICT (OTCMKTS:LICT) and Alaska Communications Systems Group (NASDAQ:ALSK) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares LICT and Alaska Communications Systems Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LICT $115.82 million 3.14 $25.59 million N/A N/A
Alaska Communications Systems Group $232.47 million 0.43 $9.08 million N/A N/A

LICT has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Alaska Communications Systems Group.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for LICT and Alaska Communications Systems Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LICT 0 0 0 0 N/A
Alaska Communications Systems Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

Profitability

This table compares LICT and Alaska Communications Systems Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LICT 23.20% N/A N/A
Alaska Communications Systems Group 3.09% 5.59% 1.98%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.4% of LICT shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.5% of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares are held by institutional investors. 26.1% of LICT shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.9% of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

LICT has a beta of 0.32, meaning that its share price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alaska Communications Systems Group has a beta of 0.7, meaning that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Alaska Communications Systems Group beats LICT 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. The company 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 telecommunications services. It operates in California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin. As of December 31, 2017, it had a total of 33,661 voice lines, including access and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC); 4,358 miles of fiber optic cable; 11,702 miles of copper cable; and 605 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 Alaska Communications Systems Group

Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides broadband telecommunication and managed information technology services to business, wholesale, and consumer customers in the United States. Its services include voice and broadband services; and managed IT services comprising remote network monitoring and support service, managed IT security and IT professional services, and long distance services primarily over its own terrestrial network to business and wholesale customers. The company's business customers comprise enterprises; federal, state, and local governments; and small and medium business. It also provides voice and broadband services to residential customers in residential homes and multi-dwelling units; voice and broadband origination and termination services to inter and intrastate carriers; and access and support services. The company markets and sells its products through direct sales channels. Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. was incorporated in 1998 and is based in Anchorage, Alaska.

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