IDT (NYSE: IDT) and KT (NYSE:KT) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Dividends

IDT pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.6%. KT does not pay a dividend. IDT pays out -115.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares IDT and KT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IDT -1.03% 7.49% 2.31%
KT N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

52.7% of IDT shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.8% of KT shares are held by institutional investors. 21.8% of IDT shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of KT shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

IDT has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KT has a beta of 0.54, suggesting that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares IDT and KT’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IDT $1.50 billion 0.19 $8.17 million ($0.66) -17.38
KT $19.13 billion 0.39 $637.52 million N/A N/A

KT has higher revenue and earnings than IDT.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for IDT and KT, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IDT 0 0 0 0 N/A
KT 0 0 1 0 3.00

Summary

IDT beats KT on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

IDT Company Profile

IDT Corporation is a holding company with operations primarily in the telecommunications and payment industries. The Company’s segments include Telecom Platform Services, Consumer Phone Services and All Other. The Company’s Telecom Platform Services segment provides retail telecommunications and payment offerings, as well as wholesale international long distance traffic termination. The Telecom Platform Services segment markets and distributes multiple communications and payment services across four businesses: Retail Communications, Wholesale Carrier Services, Payment Services and Hosted Platform Solutions. The Company’s Consumer Phone Services segment provides consumer local and long distance services in certain states of the United States. The Telecom Platform Services and Consumer Phone Services segments comprise the Company’s IDT Telecom division. The All Other segment includes its real estate holdings and other smaller businesses.

KT Company Profile

KT Corporation is a telecommunications service provider. The Company’s segments include the Customer/Marketing Group, the Finance Business Group and the Others Group. The Customer/Marketing Group segment is engaged in providing various telecommunication services to individual/home/corporate customers and the convergence business. The Finance Business Group segment is engaged in providing various financial services, such as credit card. The Others Group segment includes security services, satellite service, information technology and network services, and satellite television services, as well as global business services, which provide global network services to multinational or domestic corporate customers and telecommunications companies. The Company’s principal services include mobile voice and data telecommunications services; fixed-line services; credit card processing and other financial services, and various other services.

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