Shenandoah Telecommunications (NASDAQ: SHEN) and NTELOS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:NTLS) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitabiliy, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Shenandoah Telecommunications and NTELOS Holdings Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Shenandoah Telecommunications 0 0 2 0 3.00
NTELOS Holdings Corp 0 0 1 0 3.00

Shenandoah Telecommunications currently has a consensus price target of $34.00, indicating a potential upside of 15.84%. Given Shenandoah Telecommunications’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Shenandoah Telecommunications is more favorable than NTELOS Holdings Corp.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Shenandoah Telecommunications and NTELOS Holdings Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Shenandoah Telecommunications $596.60 million 2.42 $264.02 million ($0.25) -117.40
NTELOS Holdings Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Shenandoah Telecommunications has higher revenue and earnings than NTELOS Holdings Corp.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

49.1% of Shenandoah Telecommunications shares are held by institutional investors. 7.2% of Shenandoah Telecommunications shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Shenandoah Telecommunications pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. NTELOS Holdings Corp does not pay a dividend. Shenandoah Telecommunications pays out -100.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Shenandoah Telecommunications and NTELOS Holdings Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Shenandoah Telecommunications -2.08% 9.79% 2.01%
NTELOS Holdings Corp -26.19% N/A -5.86%

Summary

Shenandoah Telecommunications beats NTELOS Holdings Corp on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Shenandoah Telecommunications

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company is a telecommunications holding company. The Company’s segments are Wireless, Cable, Wireline and Other. The Company, through its operating subsidiaries, provides both regulated and unregulated telecommunications services to end user customers and other telecommunications providers in Virginia, West Virginia, central Pennsylvania, western Maryland, and portions of Kentucky and Ohio. The business of the Wireless segment is conducted principally by the Company’s subsidiary, Shenandoah Personal Communications, LLC (PCS). The business of the Company’s Cable segment is conducted through Shenandoah Cable Television, LLC (Shenandoah Cable). The Wireline segment provides regulated and unregulated voice services, digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet access, cable modem and long distance access services throughout Shenandoah County and portions of Rockingham, Frederick, Warren and Augusta counties, Virginia.

About NTELOS Holdings Corp

NTELOS Holdings Corp. is a regional provider of digital wireless communications services to consumers and businesses primarily in Virginia and West Virginia. The Company offers wireless voice and digital data personal communications services (PCS) products and services to retail and business customers under the NTELOS Wireless and FRAWG Wireless brand names. The Company conducts its business through NTELOS-branded retail operations, which sells its products and services via direct and indirect distribution channels, and provide network access to other telecommunications carriers. The Company conducts all of its business through its subsidiary NTELOS Inc. and its subsidiaries. The Company operates a code-division multiple access (CDMA) digital PCS network. The Company utilizes radio spectrum licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide wireless broadband mobile services to its customers. The Company has approximately 1,008 cell sites in operation.

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