PLDT (PHI) versus The Competition Head to Head Comparison

PLDT (NYSE: PHI) is one of 45 public companies in the “Integrated Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare PLDT to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PLDT and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
PLDT $3.12 billion $1.26 billion 14.09
PLDT Competitors $13.52 billion $4.52 billion 5.26

PLDT’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than PLDT. PLDT is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares PLDT and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PLDT 14.98% 24.71% 5.90%
PLDT Competitors 0.72% -0.71% 1.42%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

9.5% of PLDT shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.3% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

PLDT pays an annual dividend of $1.23 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. PLDT pays out 54.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.9% and pay out 1,357.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for PLDT and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PLDT 1 1 3 0 2.40
PLDT Competitors 531 1528 1824 65 2.36

As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 44.74%. Given PLDT’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe PLDT has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

PLDT has a beta of 0.99, indicating that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PLDT’s competitors have a beta of 0.95, indicating that their average share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

PLDT beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About PLDT

PLDT, Inc., formerly Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), is a telecommunications service provider in the Philippines. The Company operates through three business segments: Wireless, Fixed Line and Others. The Company, through its business segments, offers a range of telecommunications services across the Philippines’ fiber optic backbone and wireless and fixed line networks. The Company’s wireless segment provides cellular, wireless broadband and other services, and digital platforms and mobile financial services. Its Fixed Line segment provides local exchange, international long distance, national long distance, data and other network and miscellaneous services under its fixed line business. It offers postpaid and prepaid fixed line services. Its Other business consists of PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures, Inc. (PCEV), an investment holding company. It also focuses on providing wireless voice communications and wireless data communications.

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