Centurylink (NYSE:CTL) and GCI Liberty Inc Class A (NASDAQ:GLIBA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Centurylink and GCI Liberty Inc Class A’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Centurylink||$17.66 billion||1.26||$1.39 billion||$1.47||14.05|
|GCI Liberty Inc Class A||$919.20 million||5.59||-$24.24 million||N/A||N/A|
Centurylink has higher revenue and earnings than GCI Liberty Inc Class A.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Centurylink and GCI Liberty Inc Class A, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|GCI Liberty Inc Class A||0||1||2||0||2.67|
Centurylink presently has a consensus target price of $21.24, indicating a potential upside of 2.78%. GCI Liberty Inc Class A has a consensus target price of $60.33, indicating a potential upside of 27.99%. Given GCI Liberty Inc Class A’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe GCI Liberty Inc Class A is more favorable than Centurylink.
This table compares Centurylink and GCI Liberty Inc Class A’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|GCI Liberty Inc Class A||-81.45%||-25.80%||-11.13%|
Centurylink pays an annual dividend of $2.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.5%. GCI Liberty Inc Class A does not pay a dividend. Centurylink pays out 146.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
77.0% of Centurylink shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.9% of GCI Liberty Inc Class A shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Centurylink shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.0% of GCI Liberty Inc Class A shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Centurylink beats GCI Liberty Inc Class A on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
CenturyLink, Inc. provides various communications services to residential, business, wholesale, and governmental customers primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, Business and Consumer. The company offers virtual private network data network services; Ethernet services; Internet protocol services; CenturyLink Prism TV that allows customers to watch television or cable channels and record up to four shows on one home digital video recorder; and Vyvx, which provides audio and video feeds over fiber or satellite for broadcast and production customers, as well as satellite digital television services. It also provides broadband services, which allow customers to connect to the Internet through their existing telephone lines or fiber-optic cables; private line solution for transmission of data between sites; colocation and data center services comprising cloud, hosting, and application management solutions; wavelength services that provide customers required bandwidth with an end-to-end transport solution of a bandwidth; and network security solutions, as well as sells telecommunications equipment and resells software, and provides network management, installation and maintenance of data equipment, and building of fiber-optic broadband networks. In addition, the company offers local calling services; long-distance and toll-free services; information technology (IT) services, such as transporting and delivering enterprise data and applications; and managed services consisting of network, hosting, cloud, and IT services. Further, it leases and subleases space in its office buildings, warehouses, and other properties. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated approximately 10.3 million total access lines; and served approximately 5.7 million broadband subscribers. CenturyLink, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Monroe, Louisiana.
About GCI Liberty Inc Class A
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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