Avaya (NYSE:AVYA) and Telkom SA Ltd ADS (OTCMKTS:TLKGY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.7% of Avaya shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Avaya and Telkom SA Ltd ADS, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Avaya 0 3 2 0 2.40
Telkom SA Ltd ADS 0 0 0 0 N/A

Avaya currently has a consensus target price of $23.30, suggesting a potential upside of 44.00%. Given Avaya’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Avaya is more favorable than Telkom SA Ltd ADS.

Dividends

Telkom SA Ltd ADS pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Avaya does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Avaya and Telkom SA Ltd ADS’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Avaya 114.49% 185.96% 44.72%
Telkom SA Ltd ADS N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Avaya and Telkom SA Ltd ADS’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Avaya $2.85 billion 0.63 $3.26 billion N/A N/A
Telkom SA Ltd ADS $3.17 billion 0.80 $235.61 million N/A N/A

Avaya has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Telkom SA Ltd ADS.

Summary

Avaya beats Telkom SA Ltd ADS on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Avaya Company Profile

Avaya Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides digital communications products, solutions, and services for businesses worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Products & Solutions, and Services. The Products & Solutions segment offers unified communications and contact center platforms, applications, and devices. It also provides an open development platform for customers and third parties to create custom applications and automated workflows for their needs; and contact center solutions that enable customers to build a customized portfolio of applications driving customer engagement and customer value. This segments communications solutions include voice, email, chat, social media, video, and performance management. The Services segment provides global support services, enterprise cloud and managed services, and professional services. The company also delivers cloud business communications services and solutions to connect with customers. Avaya Holdings Corp. sells directly through its sales force, as well as indirectly through its network of channel partners, including distributors, service providers, dealers, value-added resellers, system integrators, and business partners. The company is based in Santa Clara, California.

Telkom SA Ltd ADS Company Profile

Telkom SA SOC Limited provides information and communications technology services to residential, business, government, wholesale, corporate, and mobile customers in South Africa and internationally. The company offers fixed-line retail voice services using public switched telephone network lines, which include integrated services digital network lines, value-added voice services, and calling plans; and interconnection services, such as terminating and transiting traffic from South African and international operators, as well as transiting traffic from mobile to international destinations. It also provides fixed-line data services comprising data transmission services, such as point-to-point leased lines, asymmetrical digital subscriber line services, packet-based services, managed data networking services, and Internet access and related information technology services. In addition, the company offers wideband code division multiple access services, including fixed voice, data, and nomadic voice services; mobile communication services consisting of voice and data services, and handset sales under the Telkom Mobile brand name; and turnkey property and tower management solutions. Further, it is involved in the rental, sale, and service of fixed-line customer premises equipment for voice and data needs that consists of PABX, computers, routers, modems, telephone handsets, and other ancillary equipment; and provision of directory and wireless data services. The company was formerly known as Telkom SA Limited and changed its name to Telkom SA SOC Limited in October 2012. Telkom SA SOC Limited was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Centurion, South Africa.

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