SK Telecom Co. (NYSE: SKM) is one of 36 public companies in the “Wireless Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare SK Telecom Co. to related companies based off the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for SK Telecom Co. and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SK Telecom Co. 0 3 1 0 2.25
SK Telecom Co. Competitors 571 1701 1783 69 2.33

All “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 21.23%. Given SK Telecom Co.’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe SK Telecom Co. has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SK Telecom Co. and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SK Telecom Co. $15.06 billion $4.00 billion 8.66
SK Telecom Co. Competitors $27.98 billion $8.18 billion -5.52

SK Telecom Co.’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than SK Telecom Co.. SK Telecom Co. is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently the more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

SK Telecom Co. pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. SK Telecom Co. pays out 25.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.1% and pay out 61.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

11.9% of SK Telecom Co. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.4% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of SK Telecom Co. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.5% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

SK Telecom Co. has a beta of 0.36, suggesting that its share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SK Telecom Co.’s rivals have a beta of 0.78, suggesting that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares SK Telecom Co. and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SK Telecom Co. 11.62% 12.85% 6.86%
SK Telecom Co. Competitors -999.64% 3.16% -6.42%

Summary

SK Telecom Co. rivals beat SK Telecom Co. on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

SK Telecom Co. Company Profile

SK Telecom Co., Ltd. provides wireless telecommunications in Korea. The Company is engaged in the commercial development and implementation of wireless and fixed-line technologies and services, as well as develop its platforms, including Internet of things (IoT) solutions, lifestyle enhancement and advanced media. It operates through three segments: cellular services, which include wireless voice and data transmission services, sales of wireless devices, IoT solutions platform services and lifestyle enhancement platform services; fixed-line telecommunication services, which include fixed-line telephone services, broadband Internet services, advanced media platform services (including Internet Protocol television (IPTV)) and business communications services, and other businesses, which include its commerce business, its hardware business and other operations. Its brands include SK Telecom, T-Roaming, 7Mobile, B phone, 00700, B tv, Syrup, UO Smart Beam Laser, Astell&Kern and Nate.

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