Bandwidth (NASDAQ: BAND) and PLDT (NYSE:PHI) are both telecommunications services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Bandwidth and PLDT, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bandwidth 0 0 5 0 3.00
PLDT 1 3 2 0 2.17

Bandwidth presently has a consensus price target of $29.80, suggesting a potential upside of 29.73%. Given Bandwidth’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Bandwidth is more favorable than PLDT.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

9.0% of PLDT shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Bandwidth and PLDT’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bandwidth $152.13 million 2.66 $22.35 million $1.12 20.51
PLDT $3.49 billion 1.81 $422.12 million $2.43 12.02

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

Profitability

This table compares Bandwidth and PLDT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bandwidth N/A N/A N/A
PLDT 16.32% 25.56% 6.29%

Dividends

PLDT pays an annual dividend of $1.23 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Bandwidth does not pay a dividend. PLDT pays out 50.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

PLDT beats Bandwidth on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bandwidth

Bandwidth Inc., formerly Bandwidth.com, Inc., is a cloud-based communications platform-as-a-service provider (CPaaS) that enables enterprises to create, scale and operate voice or text communications services across any mobile application or connected device or enterprises. The Company has two operating and reportable segments, CPaaS and Other. The Company’s solutions include a broad range of software APIs for voice and text functionality and IP voice network. The Company’s sophisticated and easy-to-use software APIs allow enterprises to enhance their products and services by incorporating advanced voice and text capabilities. The Company offers advanced monitoring, reporting and analytics, superior customer service, dedicated operating teams, and personalized support.

About PLDT

PLDT, Inc., formerly Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), is a telecommunications service provider in the Philippines. The Company operates through three business segments: Wireless, Fixed Line and Others. The Company, through its business segments, offers a range of telecommunications services across the Philippines’ fiber optic backbone and wireless and fixed line networks. The Company’s wireless segment provides cellular, wireless broadband and other services, and digital platforms and mobile financial services. Its Fixed Line segment provides local exchange, international long distance, national long distance, data and other network and miscellaneous services under its fixed line business. It offers postpaid and prepaid fixed line services. Its Other business consists of PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures, Inc. (PCEV), an investment holding company. It also focuses on providing wireless voice communications and wireless data communications.

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