Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. (NASDAQ: UNIT) is one of 16 publicly-traded companies in the “Specialized REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. -5.41% N/A -1.29%
Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. Competitors 34.60% 8.74% 3.15%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. 0 1 8 1 3.00
Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. Competitors 85 317 590 24 2.54

Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. presently has a consensus price target of $30.25, suggesting a potential upside of 60.48%. As a group, “Specialized REITs” companies have a potential upside of 13.78%. Given Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. $831.65 million $681.10 million -58.91
Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. Competitors $1.00 billion $531.02 million 26.72

Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc.’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc.. Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.7%. Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. pays out -750.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Specialized REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.2% and pay out 169.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk & Volatility

Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc.’s competitors have a beta of 0.85, meaning that their average stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

68.2% of Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.9% of shares of all “Specialized REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of shares of all “Specialized REITs” companies are held by 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.

Summary

Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc. beats its competitors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Communications Sales & Leasing,Inc.

Uniti Group Inc., formerly Communications Sales & Leasing, Inc., is an internally managed real estate investment trust engaged in the acquisition and construction of infrastructure in the communications industry. The Company focuses on acquiring and constructing fiber optic broadband networks, wireless communications towers, copper and coaxial broadband networks and data centers. It operates in four segments: Leasing, Fiber Infrastructure, Towers and Consumer Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (Consumer CLEC). The Leasing segment includes Uniti Leasing. The Fiber Infrastructure segment includes Uniti Fiber business. The Towers segment includes Uniti Towers and its ground lease investments. The Consumer CLEC segment includes Talk America. As of July 3, 2017, the Company and its subsidiaries owned approximately 88,100 fiber network route miles, representing approximately 4.8 million fiber strand miles and approximately 231,900 route miles of copper cable lines across 32 states.

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