Alaska Communications Systems Group (NASDAQ: ALSK) and NTELOS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:NTLS) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Alaska Communications Systems Group and NTELOS Holdings Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alaska Communications Systems Group -0.65% -0.01% N/A
NTELOS Holdings Corp -26.19% N/A -5.86%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Alaska Communications Systems Group and NTELOS Holdings Corp’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alaska Communications Systems Group $229.54 million 0.50 $56.67 million ($0.02) -109.95
NTELOS Holdings Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Alaska Communications Systems Group has higher revenue and earnings than NTELOS Holdings Corp.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Alaska Communications Systems Group and NTELOS Holdings Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alaska Communications Systems Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
NTELOS Holdings Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Alaska Communications Systems Group presently has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 36.36%. Given Alaska Communications Systems Group’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Alaska Communications Systems Group is more favorable than NTELOS Holdings Corp.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

41.5% of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares are held by institutional investors. 6.5% of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Alaska Communications Systems Group beats NTELOS Holdings Corp on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Alaska Communications Systems Group

Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. is a fiber broadband and managed information technology (IT) services provider. The Company is focused primarily on business and wholesale customers in and out of Alaska. The Company also provides telecommunication services to consumers across Alaska. The Company’s facilities-based communications network extends across Alaska and connects to the contiguous states through its undersea fiber optic cable systems and its usage rights on an undersea system. It serves customers in various areas, such as Business and Wholesale (broadband, voice and managed IT services); Consumer (broadband and voice services), and Other Services (including carrier termination, equipment sales, access services and support services receiving federal support funding). It provides voice and broadband services to residential customers. It provides voice and broadband origination and termination services to inter and intrastate carriers serving its retail customers.

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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