ATN International (NASDAQ: ATNI) and Telefonica Brasil (NYSE:VIV) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

ATN International has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Telefonica Brasil has a beta of 1.36, suggesting that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

59.2% of ATN International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.0% of Telefonica Brasil shares are held by institutional investors. 32.7% of ATN International 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.

Dividends

ATN International pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Telefonica Brasil pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. ATN International pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Telefonica Brasil pays out 81.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. ATN International has raised its dividend for 15 consecutive years and Telefonica Brasil has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for ATN International and Telefonica Brasil, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ATN International 0 2 0 0 2.00
Telefonica Brasil 0 2 1 0 2.33

ATN International presently has a consensus target price of $57.00, indicating a potential upside of 5.99%. Telefonica Brasil has a consensus target price of $15.00, indicating a potential downside of 7.46%. Given ATN International’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ATN International is more favorable than Telefonica Brasil.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ATN International and Telefonica Brasil’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ATN International $518.69 million 1.68 $159.87 million $1.36 39.54
Telefonica Brasil $13.46 billion 2.03 $4.42 billion $0.74 21.91

Telefonica Brasil has higher revenue and earnings than ATN International. Telefonica Brasil is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ATN International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares ATN International and Telefonica Brasil’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ATN International 4.29% 2.74% 1.87%
Telefonica Brasil 9.41% 5.91% 3.97%

Summary

Telefonica Brasil beats ATN International on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ATN International

ATN International, Inc. (ATN), formerly Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc., is a holding company. The Company’s segments include U.S. Telecom, International Telecom and Renewable Energy. In the United States, it provides wholesale wireless voice and data roaming services in rural markets to national, regional, local and selected international wireless carriers. Its wholesale networks are located principally in the western United States. It provides wireless voice and data service to retail and business customers in Bermuda under the One name, in Guyana under the GTT name and in the United States Virgin Islands under the Innovative and Choice brand names. The Company offers voice services that include local exchange, regional and long distance calling and voice messaging services in Bermuda, Guyana, the United States Virgin Islands, and in other smaller markets in the Caribbean and the United States. It offers services, which include Wireless, Wireline and Renewable Energy.

About Telefonica Brasil

Telefonica Brasil S.A. is a mobile telecommunications company in Brazil offering postpaid mobile services. The Company also operates as a fixed telecommunications company in the state of Sao Paulo. The Company markets its mobile services under its Vivo brand. It offers its clients a portfolio of products, including mobile and fixed voice, mobile data, fixed broadband, ultra-fast broadband, Pay television, information technology and digital services. Its operations consist of local and long distance fixed telephone services; mobile services, including value-added services; data services, including broadband services and mobile data services; Pay television services through direct to home (DTH), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cable; network services, such as rental of facilities, as well as other services; wholesale services, including interconnection; digital services; services designed specifically for corporate customers, and the sale of wireless devices and accessories.

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