Telecom Italia S.P.A. (NYSE: TI) and Cincinnati Bell (NYSE:CBB) are both utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.8% of Telecom Italia S.P.A. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.1% of Cincinnati Bell shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Cincinnati Bell shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Telecom Italia S.P.A. and Cincinnati Bell’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Telecom Italia S.P.A. $21.06 billion 0.84 $2.00 billion N/A N/A
Cincinnati Bell $1.19 billion 0.69 $102.10 million $0.93 20.91

Telecom Italia S.P.A. has higher revenue and earnings than Cincinnati Bell.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Telecom Italia S.P.A. and Cincinnati Bell, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Telecom Italia S.P.A. 0 2 2 0 2.50
Cincinnati Bell 2 2 1 0 1.80

Telecom Italia S.P.A. currently has a consensus target price of $1.80, indicating a potential downside of 78.37%. Cincinnati Bell has a consensus target price of $23.50, indicating a potential upside of 20.82%. Given Cincinnati Bell’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cincinnati Bell is more favorable than Telecom Italia S.P.A..

Risk & Volatility

Telecom Italia S.P.A. has a beta of 0.92, meaning that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cincinnati Bell has a beta of 1.47, meaning that its share price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Telecom Italia S.P.A. and Cincinnati Bell’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Telecom Italia S.P.A. N/A N/A N/A
Cincinnati Bell 4.13% -2.69% 0.46%

Telecom Italia S.P.A. Company Profile

Telecom Italia S.p.A. (Telecom Italia) operates fixed voice and data infrastructure in Italy, and provides mobile network platforms. The Company focuses on various areas of digital services, including Enriched Communication, Trusted Digital Life, Business Life, Indoor Life, Mobile Open Life and Digital Entertainment. Its segments include Consumer, Business, National Wholesale and Other. It is engaged in developing various projects in areas, including Smart Green, Social Reading, Solutions for good schooling, Digital tourism 2.0, Smart Home, FriendTV and Big Data. Smart Green is the assessment of projects connected with the environment and potential partnerships with the local government offices for the monitoring of air in public offices and urban areas, using networks of sensors connected to the Company’s Cloud. The Company is involved, either alone or in partnership with external partners, in devising and developing healthcare services at national, regional and local level.

Cincinnati Bell Company Profile

Cincinnati Bell Inc., along with its subsidiaries, provides diversified telecommunications and technology services. The Company operates through two segments: Entertainment and Communications, and IT Services and Hardware. Through its Entertainment and Communications segment, the Company provides high-speed data, video and voice solutions to consumers and businesses over fiber network and a legacy copper network. The IT Services and Hardware segments operates through its subsidiary, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions Inc. (CBTS), which is engaged in the sale and service of end-to-end communications and information technology (IT) systems and solutions for business customers across the United States. The Company has interest in CyrusOne Inc., which operates carrier-neutral data center colocation business.

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