EarthLink Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: ELNK) and Windstream Holdings (NYSE:WIN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and profitability.


This table compares EarthLink Holdings Corp. and Windstream Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EarthLink Holdings Corp. -0.01% -14.46% -0.55%
Windstream Holdings N/A N/A N/A


EarthLink Holdings Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Windstream Holdings does not pay a dividend. EarthLink Holdings Corp. pays out -2,000.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares EarthLink Holdings Corp. and Windstream Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EarthLink Holdings Corp. N/A N/A N/A ($0.01) -563.00
Windstream Holdings $5.51 billion 0.07 $1.80 billion N/A N/A

Windstream Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than EarthLink Holdings Corp..

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.4% of EarthLink Holdings Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of EarthLink Holdings Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for EarthLink Holdings Corp. and Windstream Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EarthLink Holdings Corp. 0 3 2 0 2.40
Windstream Holdings 2 6 2 0 2.00

EarthLink Holdings Corp. presently has a consensus price target of $10.23, suggesting a potential upside of 81.62%. Windstream Holdings has a consensus price target of $4.81, suggesting a potential upside of 152.92%. Given Windstream Holdings’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Windstream Holdings is more favorable than EarthLink Holdings Corp..

EarthLink Holdings Corp. Company Profile

EarthLink, Inc. (EarthLink), is a network, communications and information technology (IT) services provider to business and residential customers in the United States. The Company operates in two segments: Business Services and Consumer Services. EarthLink’s Business Services segment provides a range of data, voice, managed IT and equipment services to business customers. Its Consumer Services segment provides nationwide Internet access and related value-added services to residential customers. EarthLink operates a network, including approximately 28,800 route miles of fiber, 90 metro fiber rings and four enterprise-class data centers and provides Internet protocol (IP) access services to customers across more than 90% of the United States. In April 2011, EarthLink acquired One Communications Corp. (One Communications). In July 2013, Earthlink Inc completed the acquisition CenterBeam Inc.

Windstream Holdings Company Profile

Windstream Holdings, Inc. provides network communications and technology solutions in the United States. Its ILEC Consumer and Small Business segment offers consumer services, including high-speed Internet access; Internet security services; online backup services; basic local telephone services and long-distance services, as well as call waiting, caller identification, call forwarding, and other services; and video services, as well as owns and operates cable television franchises, and sells and leases equipment to support its consumer high-speed Internet and voice services. It also provides services for small business comprising high-speed Internet access, online backup solution, remote tech help services, Web and audio conferencing services, managed Web design services, Web and e-mail hosting services, and fax-to-e-mail services, as well as voice services. This segment serves approximately 1.5 million residential and small business customers. The company’s Wholesale segment provides products and services to other communications services providers, such as special access services, which provide network access and transport services to end users; and fiber-to-tower connections to support backhaul services to wireless carriers. It also offers voice and data carrier services to other communications providers, as well as to larger-scale purchasers of network capacity. Its Enterprise segment provides integrated voice and data services, which deliver voice and broadband services over a single Internet connection; multi-site networking services; and other data services, including cloud computing and collocation, and managed services. The company’s CLEC Consumer and Small Business segment offers integrated voice and data services, advanced data, and traditional voice and long-distance services, as well as online backup, remote IT, managed Web design, Web hosting, and e-mail services. Windstream Holdings, Inc. was incorporated in 2013 and is based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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