Lumos Networks Corp. (NASDAQ: LMOS) and VimpelCom (NASDAQ:VEON) are both utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Lumos Networks Corp. has a beta of 0.7, suggesting that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VimpelCom has a beta of 2.31, suggesting that its share price is 131% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

VimpelCom pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Lumos Networks Corp. does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Lumos Networks Corp. and VimpelCom’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%
VimpelCom 18.26% -8.29% -1.80%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.0% of Lumos Networks Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.0% of VimpelCom shares are held by institutional investors. 8.7% of Lumos Networks Corp. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Lumos Networks Corp. and VimpelCom, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lumos Networks Corp. 0 3 1 0 2.25
VimpelCom 0 2 8 0 2.80

Lumos Networks Corp. currently has a consensus price target of $19.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.15%. VimpelCom has a consensus price target of $5.44, indicating a potential upside of 30.71%. Given VimpelCom’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe VimpelCom is more favorable than Lumos Networks Corp..

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Lumos Networks Corp. and VimpelCom’s revenue, earnings per share 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
VimpelCom $9.15 billion 0.80 $3.12 billion N/A N/A

VimpelCom has higher revenue and earnings than Lumos Networks Corp..

Summary

VimpelCom beats Lumos Networks Corp. on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lumos Networks Corp.

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.

About VimpelCom

VEON Ltd., formerly VimpelCom Ltd., is a provider of communications services. The Company operates as personal internet platform. It integrates powerful data analytics and artificial intelligence, with a fresh take on messaging capabilities. It enables its users and communities to connect by voice, text, picture and video through a designed interface.

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