Lumos Networks Corp. (NASDAQ: LMOS) and Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS (NYSE:TKC) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.6% of Lumos Networks Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.6% of Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS shares are held by institutional investors. 8.7% of Lumos Networks Corp. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Lumos Networks Corp. does not pay a dividend. Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS pays out 52.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Lumos Networks Corp. and Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lumos Networks Corp. -1.39% -2.29% -0.42%
Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS 11.07% 16.09% 8.28%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lumos Networks Corp. and Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lumos Networks Corp. $211.02 million 2.03 $83.68 million N/A N/A
Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS N/A N/A N/A $0.48 17.00

Lumos Networks Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS.

Volatility and Risk

Lumos Networks Corp. has a beta of 0.71, meaning that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Lumos Networks Corp. and Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lumos Networks Corp. 0 3 1 0 2.25
Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS 0 2 3 0 2.60

Lumos Networks Corp. currently has a consensus price target of $19.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.32%. Given Lumos Networks Corp.’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Lumos Networks Corp. is more favorable than Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS.

Summary

Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS beats Lumos Networks Corp. on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lumos Networks Corp. Company Profile

Lumos Networks Corp. is a fiber-based bandwidth infrastructure and service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region with a network of long-haul fiber, metro Ethernet and Ethernet rings located primarily in Virginia and West Virginia, and portions of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. The Company serves carrier, business and residential customers over its fiber network offering data, voice and Internet protocol (IP) services. The Company operates through three segments: Data, Residential and Small Business (R&SB), and RLEC Access. The Data segment includes the Company’s enterprise data, transport and Fiber to the Cell (FTTC) product groups. The R&SB segment includes voice and IP services products targeted to its residential and small business customers. The RLEC Access segment provides other carrier customers access to the Company’s network within the Company’s rural local exchange carrier (RLEC) territories through switched access services.

Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS Company Profile

Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS is engaged in establishing and operating a Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network in Turkey and regional states. The Company’s segments include Turkcell Turkey, which includes the operations of Turkcell Superonline, Turkcell Satis ve Dagitim Hizmetleri A.S., group call center operations of Global Bilgi Pazarlama Danisma ve Cagri Servisi Hizmetleri A.S., Turktell Bilisim Servisleri A.S., Kule Hizmet ve Isletmecilik A.S., Turkcell Odeme Hizmetleri A.S. and Turkcell Gayrimenkul Hizmetleri A.S; Turkcell International, which includes the operations of Kibris Mobile Telekomunikasyon Limited Sirketi, Eastasian Consortium BV, lifecell LLC, UkrTower LLC, LLC Global Bilgi, Turkcell Europe GmbH, Lifetech LLC, Beltower LLC and Fintur Holdings BV, and Other, which comprises the information and entertainment services in Turkey and Azerbaijan, and non-group call center operations of Turkcell Global Bilgi and Turkcell Finansman AS.

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