IDT (NYSE: IDT) and 8X8 (NASDAQ:EGHT) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.


This table compares IDT and 8X8’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IDT -1.03% 7.53% 2.31%
8X8 -2.56% 0.03% 0.03%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares IDT and 8X8’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IDT $1.50 billion 0.17 $8.17 million ($0.66) -15.50
8X8 $253.39 million 6.71 -$4.75 million ($0.78) -23.65

IDT has higher revenue and earnings than 8X8. 8X8 is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IDT, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

49.6% of IDT shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.6% of 8X8 shares are owned by institutional investors. 21.8% of IDT shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.4% of 8X8 shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


IDT pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.4%. 8X8 does not pay a dividend. IDT pays out -115.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for IDT and 8X8, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IDT 0 0 0 0 N/A
8X8 0 4 7 0 2.64

8X8 has a consensus price target of $18.89, suggesting a potential upside of 2.38%. Given 8X8’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe 8X8 is more favorable than IDT.

Volatility & Risk

IDT has a beta of 1, suggesting that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, 8X8 has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.


IDT beats 8X8 on 11 of the 15 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.

8X8 Company Profile

8×8, Inc. provides cloud-based, enterprise-class software solutions. The Company’s solutions are delivered through Software as a Service (SaaS) business model. Its segments include Americas and Europe. Its software platform brings together cloud, mobile, collaboration, video and data science technologies. Through a combination of open application program interface (API) and pre-built integrations, its solutions leverage critical customer context from internal data systems and customer relationship management (CRM) systems. Its software product, branded as 8×8 Virtual Office, delivers voice as a service across the world. 8×8 Virtual Office enables a customer to use a single business phone number to place and receive calls from any supported device. It provides software to enable a multi-channel contact center under the 8×8 Virtual Contact Center brand. Its Virtual Office Meetings software solution is a tool for teams within the enterprise to meet and collaborate on a shared project.

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