ATN International (NASDAQ:ATNI) & TELUS Corporation (TU) Critical Survey

ATN International (NASDAQ: ATNI) and TELUS Corporation (NYSE:TU) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for ATN International and TELUS Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ATN International 0 1 1 0 2.50
TELUS Corporation 0 1 4 0 2.80

ATN International currently has a consensus price target of $57.00, indicating a potential downside of 4.19%. TELUS Corporation has a consensus price target of $42.50, indicating a potential upside of 20.12%. Given TELUS Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe TELUS Corporation is more favorable than ATN International.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.8% of ATN International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.5% of TELUS Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 32.7% of ATN International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

ATN International has a beta of 0.7, suggesting that its stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TELUS Corporation has a beta of 0.89, suggesting that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ATN International and TELUS Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ATN International $518.69 million 1.86 $159.87 million $1.36 43.74
TELUS Corporation $10.21 billion 2.05 $3.33 billion $1.64 21.57

TELUS Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than ATN International. TELUS Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ATN International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

ATN International pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. TELUS Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.46 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. ATN International pays out 100.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. TELUS Corporation pays out 89.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. ATN International has raised its dividend for 15 consecutive years. TELUS Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares ATN International and TELUS Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ATN International 4.29% 2.74% 1.87%
TELUS Corporation 9.96% 19.11% 5.58%

Summary

TELUS Corporation beats ATN International on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ATN International

ATN International, Inc. (ATN), formerly Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc., is a holding company. The Company’s segments include U.S. Telecom, International Telecom and Renewable Energy. In the United States, it provides wholesale wireless voice and data roaming services in rural markets to national, regional, local and selected international wireless carriers. Its wholesale networks are located principally in the western United States. It provides wireless voice and data service to retail and business customers in Bermuda under the One name, in Guyana under the GTT name and in the United States Virgin Islands under the Innovative and Choice brand names. The Company offers voice services that include local exchange, regional and long distance calling and voice messaging services in Bermuda, Guyana, the United States Virgin Islands, and in other smaller markets in the Caribbean and the United States. It offers services, which include Wireless, Wireline and Renewable Energy.

About TELUS Corporation

TELUS Corporation (TELUS) is a telecommunications company. The Company provides a range of telecommunications services and products, including wireless and wireline voice and data. Its data services include Internet protocol (IP), television (TV), hosting, managed information technology and cloud-based services, and certain healthcare solutions. The Company operates through two business segments: Wireless segment and Wireline segment. Its wireless and wireline businesses are primarily operated through TELUS Communications Company (TCC). The Company offers business services, including healthcare, across wireless and wireline are supported through TELUS sales representatives, product specialists, independent dealers and online self-serve applications for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Its business process outsourcing services are supported through sales representatives and client relationship management teams.

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