Head-To-Head Comparison: VEON (VEON) and China Unicom (Hong Kong) (CHU)

VEON (NASDAQ: VEON) and China Unicom (Hong Kong) (NYSE:CHU) are both utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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This table compares VEON and China Unicom (Hong Kong)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VEON -5.66% -7.68% -1.79%
China Unicom (Hong Kong) N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares VEON and China Unicom (Hong Kong)’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VEON $9.47 billion 0.50 -$483.00 million $0.06 44.67
China Unicom (Hong Kong) $40.68 billion 0.95 $270.54 million $0.11 115.00

China Unicom (Hong Kong) has higher revenue and earnings than VEON. VEON is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than China Unicom (Hong Kong), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

16.4% of VEON shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.9% of China Unicom (Hong Kong) shares are owned by institutional investors. 77.5% of China Unicom (Hong Kong) shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for VEON and China Unicom (Hong Kong), as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VEON 0 3 2 0 2.40
China Unicom (Hong Kong) 1 2 4 0 2.43

VEON presently has a consensus price target of $5.75, suggesting a potential upside of 114.55%. Given VEON’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe VEON is more favorable than China Unicom (Hong Kong).

Volatility and Risk

VEON has a beta of 2.16, suggesting that its share price is 116% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Unicom (Hong Kong) has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

VEON pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.3%. China Unicom (Hong Kong) does not pay a dividend. VEON pays out 416.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

China Unicom (Hong Kong) beats VEON on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

VEON Company Profile

VEON Ltd., formerly VimpelCom Ltd., is a provider of communications services. The Company operates as personal internet platform. It integrates powerful data analytics and artificial intelligence, with a fresh take on messaging capabilities. It enables its users and communities to connect by voice, text, picture and video through a designed interface.

China Unicom (Hong Kong) Company Profile

China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited is a Hong Kong-based investment holding company principally engaged in the provision of telecommunications services. The Company’s businesses include mobile businesses, fixed-line businesses and others. Its mobile businesses include the provision of call services, roaming services, mobile broadband services, traditional value-added services such as short message services, multimedia message services and wireless Internet access card, as well as new value-added services such as mobile music, mobile television and Wo portal services. Its fixed-line businesses include broadband and Internet networks businesses, among others. The Company’s subsidiaries include CUCL, China Unicom Global Limited and China Unicom (Europe) Operations Limited.

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