Critical Comparison: Alaska Communications Systems Group (ALSK) vs. SOFTBANK Corp/ADR (SFTBY)

Alaska Communications Systems Group (NASDAQ: ALSK) and SOFTBANK Corp/ADR (OTCMKTS:SFTBY) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Alaska Communications Systems Group and SOFTBANK Corp/ADR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alaska Communications Systems Group $226.90 million 0.39 -$6.10 million N/A N/A
SOFTBANK Corp/ADR $82.70 billion 1.00 $9.38 billion N/A N/A

SOFTBANK Corp/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Alaska Communications Systems Group.

Profitability

This table compares Alaska Communications Systems Group and SOFTBANK Corp/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alaska Communications Systems Group -1.47% -2.12% -0.75%
SOFTBANK Corp/ADR 11.12% 18.44% 3.74%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Alaska Communications Systems Group and SOFTBANK Corp/ADR, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alaska Communications Systems Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
SOFTBANK Corp/ADR 0 0 2 0 3.00

SOFTBANK Corp/ADR has a consensus price target of $53.00, suggesting a potential upside of 39.38%. Given SOFTBANK Corp/ADR’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe SOFTBANK Corp/ADR is more favorable than Alaska Communications Systems Group.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

44.0% of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.1% of SOFTBANK Corp/ADR shares are held by institutional investors. 6.9% of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

SOFTBANK Corp/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Alaska Communications Systems Group does not pay a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Alaska Communications Systems Group has a beta of 0.08, meaning that its share price is 92% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SOFTBANK Corp/ADR has a beta of 1.15, meaning that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

SOFTBANK Corp/ADR beats Alaska Communications Systems Group on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alaska Communications Systems Group Company Profile

Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides broadband telecommunication and managed information technology services to business, wholesale, and consumer customers in the state of Alaska. Its services include voice and broadband services; and managed IT services comprising remote network monitoring and support service, managed IT security and IT professional services, and long distance services primarily over its own terrestrial network to business and wholesale customers. The company's business customers comprise large enterprises; federal, state, and local governments; and small and medium business. It also provides voice and broadband services to residential customers; voice and broadband origination and termination services to inter and intrastate carriers; and access and support services. In addition, Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. owns and operates AKORN, an undersea fiber optic cable systems. The company markets and sells its products through direct sales channels. Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Anchorage, Alaska.

SOFTBANK Corp/ADR Company Profile

SoftBank Group Corp., together with its subsidiaries, operates in the information industry in Japan and internationally. The company operates through five segments: Domestic Telecommunications, Sprint, Yahoo Japan, Distribution, and ARM. The Domestic Telecommunications segment provides mobile communications and broadband services; sells mobile devices; and provision of fixed-line telecommunications services to corporate customers, such as data communications and fixed-line telephone services. The Sprint segment engages in the provision of mobile communications services; selling and leasing mobile devices and accessories; and provision of fixed-line telecommunications services. The Yahoo Japan segment is involved in Internet advertising, e-commerce, and membership service businesses. The Distribution segment distributes mobile devices; and sells PC software, peripherals, and mobile device accessories. The ARM segment designs microprocessor intellectual property and related technology; and sells software tools. Further, the company operates professional baseball team, as well as manages and maintains baseball stadium and other sports facilities; provides visual, audio, and data content distribution services; generates, supplies, and sells electricity from renewable energy sources; operates IT information site; offers solutions and services for online businesses; and operates software site, through which it conducts an online game business for mobile phones and PCs, as well as engages in robotics planning, development, and marketing activities. SoftBank Group Corp. was formerly known as SoftBank Corp. and changed its name to SoftBank Group Corp. in July 2015. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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