Spok (NASDAQ: SPOK) and VEON (NASDAQ:VEON) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Spok and VEON’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Spok -9.05% 2.84% 2.37%
VEON -6.78% -10.95% -2.35%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.6% of Spok shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.4% of VEON shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Spok shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Spok pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. VEON pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.8%. VEON pays out 416.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Spok and VEON’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Spok $171.18 million 1.79 -$15.30 million N/A N/A
VEON $9.47 billion 0.47 -$483.00 million $0.06 42.33

Spok has higher earnings, but lower revenue than VEON.

Risk & Volatility

Spok has a beta of 0.54, suggesting that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VEON has a beta of 2.15, suggesting that its stock price is 115% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Spok and VEON, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Spok 0 0 0 0 N/A
VEON 0 4 2 0 2.33

VEON has a consensus price target of $5.75, suggesting a potential upside of 126.38%. Given VEON’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe VEON is more favorable than Spok.

About Spok

Spok Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, Spok, Inc., provides various communications solutions to healthcare, government, and other enterprises in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East. The company provides one-way messaging, including numeric messaging services, which enable subscribers to receive messages comprising numbers, such as phone numbers; and alphanumeric messages, including numbers and letters that enable subscribers to receive text messages. It also offers two-way messaging services that enable subscribers to send and receive messages to and from other wireless messaging devices, such as pagers, personal digital assistants, and personal computers; and voice mail, personalized greeting, message storage and retrieval, and equipment loss and/or maintenance protection to one-way and two-way messaging subscribers. In addition, the company develops, sells, and supports enterprise-wide systems to automate, centralize, and standardize mission critical communications for contact centers, clinical alerting and notification, mobile communications, and messaging, as well as for public safety notifications. Further, it sells devices to resellers who lease or resell them to their subscribers; ancillary services, such as voicemail and equipment loss or maintenance protection, as well as provides a suite of professional services. The company serves businesses, professionals, management personnel, medical personnel, field sales personnel and service forces, members of the construction industry and construction trades, real estate brokers and developers, sales and services organizations, specialty trade organizations, manufacturing organizations, and government agencies. The company was formerly known as USA Mobility, Inc. and changed its name to Spok Holdings, Inc. in July 2014. Spok Holdings, Inc. is headquartered in Springfield, Virginia.

About VEON

VEON Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides mobile and fixed-line telecommunications services. It offers voice and data telecommunication services through a range of traditional and broadband mobile and fixed line technologies. The company provides mobile telecommunications services under contract and prepaid plans for corporate and consumer segments; value added services, including short messages, multimedia messages, caller number identification, call waiting, data transmission, mobile Internet, downloadable content, mobile finance, machine-to-machine, and other services; national and international roaming services; and mobile bundles. It also offers fixed-line telecommunication services, such as voice, data, and Internet services; and PSTN-fixed and IP telephony, data transmission and network access, domestic and international voice termination, IPLC, and TCP/IP international transit services for corporations, operators, and consumers, as well as sells equipment and accessories. The company provides its services under the Beeline, Kyivstar, banglalink, Jazz, and Djezzy brands in Russia, Pakistan, Algeria, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, and Georgia. As of March 15, 2018, it served approximately 240 million customers. The company was formerly known as VimpelCom Ltd. and changed its name to VEON Ltd. in March 2017. VEON Ltd. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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