Head-To-Head Review: Telefonica Brasil (NYSE:VIV) vs. AXTEL/BRSH MXN (NYSE:AXTLF)

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Telefonica Brasil (NYSE:VIV) and AXTEL/BRSH MXN (OTCMKTS:AXTLF) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.2% of Telefonica Brasil shares are owned by institutional investors. 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Telefonica Brasil and AXTEL/BRSH MXN’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Telefonica Brasil $10.98 billion 1.55 $1.27 billion $0.69 14.62
AXTEL/BRSH MXN N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Telefonica Brasil has higher revenue and earnings than AXTEL/BRSH MXN.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Telefonica Brasil and AXTEL/BRSH MXN, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Telefonica Brasil 0 1 5 0 2.83
AXTEL/BRSH MXN 0 0 0 0 N/A

Telefonica Brasil currently has a consensus price target of $11.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.02%. Given Telefonica Brasil’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Telefonica Brasil is more favorable than AXTEL/BRSH MXN.

Profitability

This table compares Telefonica Brasil and AXTEL/BRSH MXN’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Telefonica Brasil 10.92% 6.76% 4.31%
AXTEL/BRSH MXN N/A N/A N/A

Volatility and Risk

Telefonica Brasil has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AXTEL/BRSH MXN has a beta of -0.92, suggesting that its share price is 192% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Telefonica Brasil beats AXTEL/BRSH MXN on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Telefonica Brasil

Telefônica Brasil S.A. provides mobile and fixed telecommunications services to residential and corporate customers in Brazil. Its fixed line services portfolio includes local, domestic long-distance, and international long-distance calls; and mobile portfolio comprises voice and broadband Internet access through 3G, 4G, and 4.5G, as well as mobile value-added services and wireless roaming services. The company also offers data services, including broadband and mobile data services. In addition, it provides pay TV services through direct to home satellite technology, IPTV, and cable, as well as pay-per-view and video on demand services; network services, such as rental of facilities; other services comprising Internet access, private network connectivity, computer equipment leasing, extended, caller identification, voice mail, cellular blocker, and others; wholesale services, including interconnection services to users of other network providers; and digital services, such as entertainment, cloud, and financial services. Further, the company offers multimedia communication services, which include audio, data, voice and other sounds, images, texts, and other information, as well as sells devices, such as smartphones, broadband USB modems, and other devices. Additionally, it provides telecommunications solutions and IT support to various industries, such as retail, manufacturing, services, financial institutions, government, etc. Telefônica Brasil S.A. markets and sells its solutions through own stores, dealers, retail and distribution channels, door-to-door sales, and telesales. The company was formerly known as Telecomunicações de São Paulo S.A. – TELESP and changed its name to Telefônica Brasil S.A. in October 2011. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil. Telefônica Brasil S.A. is a subsidiary of SP Telecomunicações Participações Ltda.

About AXTEL/BRSH MXN

Axtel, S.A.B. de C.V., an information and communications technology (ICT) company, offers ICT solutions for corporate, government, small businesses, and residential customers in Mexico. It engages in installing, operating and/or exploiting a public telecommunications network for the provision of services, such as conducting voice signals, sounds, data, Internet, texts and images, IT, and local, as well as domestic and international long-distance telephone and restricted television services. The company also offers data transmission services, Internet, virtual private networks, private lines, dedicated Internet, and Ethernet services; and information technology services, such as system integration, data centers, security and cloud, and other services. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico. Axtel, S.A.B. de C.V. operates as a subsidiary of Alfa, S. A. B. de C. V.

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