Reviewing Pharol SGPS (PTGCY) and VEON (VEON)

Pharol SGPS (OTCMKTS:PTGCY) and VEON (NASDAQ:VEON) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Pharol SGPS and VEON, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pharol SGPS 0 0 0 0 N/A
VEON 0 3 2 0 2.40

VEON has a consensus price target of $3.40, indicating a potential upside of 44.07%. Given VEON’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe VEON is more favorable than Pharol SGPS.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pharol SGPS and VEON’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pharol SGPS N/A N/A -$911.58 million N/A N/A
VEON $9.09 billion 0.46 $582.00 million ($0.23) -10.26

VEON has higher revenue and earnings than Pharol SGPS.

Volatility & Risk

Pharol SGPS has a beta of 3.25, suggesting that its stock price is 225% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VEON has a beta of 1.79, suggesting that its stock price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

15.3% of VEON shares are held by institutional investors. 4.1% of Pharol SGPS shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Pharol SGPS and VEON’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pharol SGPS N/A N/A N/A
VEON 3.18% -20.73% -3.86%


VEON pays an annual dividend of $0.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.4%. Pharol SGPS does not pay a dividend. VEON pays out -117.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


VEON beats Pharol SGPS on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pharol SGPS Company Profile

Pharol, SGPS S.A. through its investment and partnership with Oi, S.A., provides fixed-mobile convergent, mobile broadband, pay-TV, and triple play services to corporate customers in Brazil. The company was formerly known as Portugal Telecom, SGPS, SA and changed its name to Pharol, SGPS S.A. in May 2015. Pharol, SGPS S.A. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal.

VEON Company Profile

VEON Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides mobile and fixed-line telecommunications services. It offers voice and data telecommunication services through a range of traditional and broadband mobile and fixed line technologies. The company provides mobile telecommunications services under contract and prepaid plans for corporate and consumer segments; value added services, including short messages, multimedia messages, caller number identification, call waiting, data transmission, mobile Internet, downloadable content, mobile finance, machine-to-machine, and other services; national and international roaming services; and mobile bundles. It also offers fixed-line telecommunication services, such as voice, data, and Internet services; and PSTN-fixed and IP telephony, data transmission and network access, domestic and international voice termination, IPLC, and TCP/IP international transit services for corporations, operators, and consumers, as well as sells equipment and accessories. The company provides its services under the Beeline, Kyivstar, banglalink, Jazz, and Djezzy brands in Russia, Pakistan, Algeria, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, and Georgia. As of March 15, 2018, it served approximately 240 million customers. The company was formerly known as VimpelCom Ltd. and changed its name to VEON Ltd. in March 2017. VEON Ltd. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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