Telephone & Data Systems (NYSE:TDS) and Pervasip (OTCMKTS:PVSP) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Telephone & Data Systems has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pervasip has a beta of -2.32, suggesting that its share price is 332% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Telephone & Data Systems and Pervasip’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Telephone & Data Systems $5.11 billion 0.61 $135.00 million $1.17 23.41
Pervasip N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Telephone & Data Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Pervasip.


This table compares Telephone & Data Systems and Pervasip’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Telephone & Data Systems 2.99% 2.89% 1.50%
Pervasip N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Telephone & Data Systems and Pervasip, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Telephone & Data Systems 0 1 3 0 2.75
Pervasip 0 0 0 0 N/A

Telephone & Data Systems presently has a consensus target price of $39.13, suggesting a potential upside of 42.84%. Given Telephone & Data Systems’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Telephone & Data Systems is more favorable than Pervasip.


Telephone & Data Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Pervasip does not pay a dividend. Telephone & Data Systems pays out 56.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Telephone & Data Systems has raised its dividend for 44 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.0% of Telephone & Data Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 14.3% of Telephone & Data Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.2% of Pervasip shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Telephone & Data Systems beats Pervasip on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Telephone & Data Systems

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., a telecommunications company, provides wireless, cable and wireline broadband, TV, voice, and hosted and managed services in the United States. It operates through three segments: U.S. Cellular, Wireline, and Cable. The company offers cellular services to postpaid and prepaid customers, including retail consumers, government entities, and small-to-mid-size business customers in industries, such as the construction, retail, agriculture, professional services, and real estate; and national plans with voice, messaging, and data usage options. It also provides wireless devices comprising handsets, tablets, mobile hotspots, home phones, and routers; accessories that include wireless essentials, which comprise cases, screen protectors, chargers, and memory cards, as well as various consumer electronics, such as headphones, smart speakers, wearables, and home automation products. In addition, the company offers telecommunications services to residential and commercial customers, as well as wholesale customers and wireless carriers; broadband and digital television (TV) video services; voice services comprising local and long-distance telephone, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), find me follow me, collaboration, instant messaging, and other services; and network access services. Further, it provides business services, including data networking, Ethernet, broadband access, and VoIP services to small- and medium-sized businesses, as well as operates retail stores and kiosks. The company offers its services to approximately 6 million connections. It sells its products through retail sales, direct sales, third-party retailers, and independent agents, as well as through Website and telesales. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

About Pervasip

Pervasip Corporation focuses on developing cloud-based applications to monitor and control greenhouse facilities. It intends to develop and deliver products and technologies to agricultural markets; develop scientific methods for the analysis of cannabinoids in flowers, concentrates, and edibles; and assist medical marijuana specialty production facilities to regulate, calculate proper dosage, and understand the importance of consistency in product. The company was formerly known as eLEC Communications Corp. and changed its name to Pervasip Corp. in December 2007. Pervasip Corp. was founded in 1964 and is based in White Plains, New York.

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