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

Volatility & Risk

Alaska Communications Systems Group has a beta of -0.11, meaning that its stock price is 111% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Multiband Corp has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alaska Communications Systems Group -0.66% -0.03% -0.01%
Multiband Corp N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Alaska Communications Systems Group and Multiband Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alaska Communications Systems Group $226.87 million 0.49 $2.38 million ($0.02) -106.50
Multiband Corp N/A N/A N/A $0.20 N/A

Alaska Communications Systems Group has higher revenue and earnings than Multiband Corp. Alaska Communications Systems Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Multiband Corp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Alaska Communications Systems Group and Multiband Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alaska Communications Systems Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Multiband Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

44.5% of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares are held by institutional investors. 6.5% of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Multiband Corp beats Alaska Communications Systems Group on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Alaska Communications Systems Group

Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. is a fiber broadband and managed information technology (IT) services provider. The Company is focused primarily on business and wholesale customers in and out of Alaska. The Company also provides telecommunication services to consumers across Alaska. The Company’s facilities-based communications network extends across Alaska and connects to the contiguous states through its undersea fiber optic cable systems and its usage rights on an undersea system. It serves customers in various areas, such as Business and Wholesale (broadband, voice and managed IT services); Consumer (broadband and voice services), and Other Services (including carrier termination, equipment sales, access services and support services receiving federal support funding). It provides voice and broadband services to residential customers. It provides voice and broadband origination and termination services to inter and intrastate carriers serving its retail customers.

About Multiband Corp

Multiband Corporation provides contract installation services for the pay television industry (including satellite and broadband cable operators), Internet providers and retailers, voice, data and video services to residents of multi-dwelling units. It operates in three segments: Field Services (FS), where the Company provides installation services to pay television (satellite and broadband cable) providers, Internet providers and commercial customers; Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU), where the Company bills voice, Internet and video services to subscribers as owner/operator and also acts as a master service operator for DIRECTV, receiving net cash payments for managing video subscribers through its network of system operators, and Engineering, Energy & Construction (EE&C) where the Company provides engineering and construction services for the wired and wireless telecommunications industry, including public safety networks. In August 2013, Goodman Networks Inc acquired the Company.

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