KT (NYSE:KT) and GCI Liberty (NASDAQ:GLIBA) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
31.9% of KT shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.9% of GCI Liberty shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of KT shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.0% of GCI Liberty shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for KT and GCI Liberty, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
GCI Liberty has a consensus target price of $61.67, suggesting a potential upside of 17.73%. Given GCI Liberty’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe GCI Liberty is more favorable than KT.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares KT and GCI Liberty’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|KT||$21.05 billion||0.31||$415.40 million||$0.88||15.35|
|GCI Liberty||$919.20 million||6.15||-$24.24 million||N/A||N/A|
KT has higher revenue and earnings than GCI Liberty.
This table compares KT and GCI Liberty’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
KT pays an annual dividend of $0.39 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. GCI Liberty does not pay a dividend. KT pays out 44.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. KT has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.
KT Company Profile
KT Corporation provides telecommunications services in Korea and internationally. The company offers local, domestic long-distance, and international long-distance fixed-line and voice over Internet protocol fixed-line telephone services, as well as interconnection services; broadband Internet access service and other Internet-related services, including IPTV services; and data communication services, such as leased line and broadband Internet connection services to institutional customers. It also provides mobile voice and data telecommunications, credit card processing and other financial, and satellite TV and media content services. In addition, the company offers information technology and network services. Further, it plans and develops commercial and office buildings and condominiums, as well as leases buildings; maintains public telephones; manages sports groups; develops medicine and pharmacy; and sells communication devices. Additionally, the company offers security, B2C and B2B, investment fund, software development and data processing, Internet banking ASP and security, value added network, system integration and maintenance, mobile marketing, and PCS distribution services. It also provides TV content, residential building development and supply, asset management and consulting, cloud system, data center development, satellite communication, music contents investment, technology business finance, advertising agency, network installation and management, system integration and maintenance, foreign investment, electronic communication, and wireless high speed Internet services, as well as call center services for the financial sectors. As of December 31, 2017, the company served approximately 20,015,000 mobile subscribers and 7.5 million IPTV subscribers. The company was formerly known as Korea Telecom Corp. and changed its name to KT Corporation in March 2002. KT Corporation was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Seongnam, South Korea.
GCI Liberty Company Profile
GCI Liberty, Inc. provides various communication services in the United States. The company offers data, wireless, video, voice, and managed services to residential customers, businesses, governmental entities, and educational and medical institutions. It also provides cable services; and online invitation and social event planning services, as well as engages in the online lending and real estate business. The company is based in Englewood, Colorado.
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