Rogers Communication (NYSE: RCI) and Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ:VOD) are both large-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Rogers Communication and Vodafone Group PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rogers Communication 7.42% 28.90% 5.64%
Vodafone Group PLC N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Rogers Communication and Vodafone Group PLC’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rogers Communication $10.97 billion 2.40 $4.05 billion $1.48 34.50
Vodafone Group PLC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Rogers Communication has higher revenue and earnings than Vodafone Group PLC.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Rogers Communication and Vodafone Group PLC, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rogers Communication 0 4 3 0 2.43
Vodafone Group PLC 1 4 7 1 2.62

Rogers Communication presently has a consensus target price of $55.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.72%. Vodafone Group PLC has a consensus target price of $31.52, suggesting a potential upside of 10.40%. Given Vodafone Group PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vodafone Group PLC is more favorable than Rogers Communication.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

47.8% of Rogers Communication shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.8% of Vodafone Group PLC shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Vodafone Group PLC shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Rogers Communication has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vodafone Group PLC has a beta of 0.52, suggesting that its share price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Rogers Communication pays an annual dividend of $1.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Vodafone Group PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.7%. Rogers Communication pays out 95.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Vodafone Group PLC beats Rogers Communication on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Rogers Communication Company Profile

Rogers Communications Inc. is a communications and media company. The Company provides wireless communications services, and cable television, Internet, information technology (IT) and telephony services to consumers and businesses. Its segments include Wireless, Cable, Business Solutions and Media. The Wireless segment is engaged in wireless telecommunications operations for Canadian consumers and businesses. The Cable segment include cable telecommunications operations, including Internet, television and telephony (phone) services for Canadian consumers and businesses. The Business Solutions segment is engaged in network connectivity through its fiber network and data center assets to support a range of voice, data, networking, hosting, and cloud-based services for the enterprise, public sector and carrier wholesale markets. The Media segment has a portfolio of media properties, including sports media and entertainment, multi-platform shopping, digital media and publishing.

Vodafone Group PLC Company Profile

Vodafone Group Plc (Vodafone) is a telecommunications company. The Company’s business is organized into two geographic regions: Europe, and Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific (AMAP). Its segments include Europe and AMAP. Its Europe segment includes geographic regions, such as Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Other Europe. The Other Europe includes the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Hungary and Romania, among others. Its AMAP segment includes India, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Africa, Turkey, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, New Zealand and Qatar, among others. The Company provides a range of services, including voice, messaging and data across mobile and fixed networks. The Company acquires spectrum and licenses to use radio frequencies that deliver mobile services. Its fixed capabilities include cable, fiber and copper networks to enable television, broadband and voice services.

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