Telstra (TLSYY) vs. Its Peers Critical Survey

Telstra (OTCMKTS: TLSYY) is one of 73 public companies in the “Telephone communication, except radio” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Telstra to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Dividends

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Telstra pays an annual dividend of $0.99 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.4%. Telstra pays out 80.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Telephone communication, except radio” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.0% and pay out 72.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Telstra and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Telstra N/A N/A N/A
Telstra Competitors -12.86% -11.71% -1.52%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of Telstra shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.1% of shares of all “Telephone communication, except radio” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.3% of shares of all “Telephone communication, except radio” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Telstra has a beta of 0.73, suggesting that its share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Telstra’s peers have a beta of 0.59, suggesting that their average share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Telstra and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Telstra $19.61 billion $2.93 billion 9.59
Telstra Competitors $17.39 billion $2.01 billion 17.98

Telstra has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Telstra is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Telstra and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Telstra 0 1 0 0 2.00
Telstra Competitors 603 1852 1935 97 2.34

As a group, “Telephone communication, except radio” companies have a potential upside of 68.38%. Given Telstra’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Telstra has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

About Telstra

Telstra Corporation Limited (Telstra) is a telecommunications and technology company. Its principal activity is to provide telecommunications and information services for domestic and international customers. The Company operates through four segments. The Telstra Retail segment provides telecommunication products, services and solutions across mobiles, fixed and mobile broadband, telephony and Pay television/Internet Protocol television and digital content. The Global Enterprise and Services segment provides sales and contract management for business and government customers. The Telstra Operations segment offers overall planning, design, engineering and architecture and construction of Telstra networks, technology and information technology solution. The Telstra Wholesale segment provides a range of telecommunication products and services delivered over Telstra networks and associated support systems to other carriers, carriage service providers and Internet service providers.

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