ATN International (NASDAQ: ATNI) and IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares ATN International and IDT Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ATN International 4.29% 2.74% 1.87%
IDT Corporation 0.55% 14.44% 4.56%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ATN International and IDT Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ATN International $518.69 million 1.71 $159.87 million $1.36 40.18
IDT Corporation $1.50 billion 0.22 $27.32 million $0.38 34.66

ATN International has higher revenue, but lower earnings than IDT Corporation. IDT Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ATN International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

ATN International pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. IDT Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.8%. ATN International pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. IDT Corporation pays out 200.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. ATN International has raised its dividend for 15 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

59.2% of ATN International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.0% of IDT Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 32.7% of ATN International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.8% of IDT Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for ATN International and IDT Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ATN International 0 2 0 0 2.00
IDT Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A

ATN International currently has a consensus target price of $57.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.30%. Given ATN International’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe ATN International is more favorable than IDT Corporation.

Risk and Volatility

ATN International has a beta of 0.61, indicating that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IDT Corporation has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

ATN International beats IDT Corporation on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ATN International

ATN International, Inc. (ATN), formerly Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc., is a holding company. The Company’s segments include U.S. Telecom, International Telecom and Renewable Energy. In the United States, it provides wholesale wireless voice and data roaming services in rural markets to national, regional, local and selected international wireless carriers. Its wholesale networks are located principally in the western United States. It provides wireless voice and data service to retail and business customers in Bermuda under the One name, in Guyana under the GTT name and in the United States Virgin Islands under the Innovative and Choice brand names. The Company offers voice services that include local exchange, regional and long distance calling and voice messaging services in Bermuda, Guyana, the United States Virgin Islands, and in other smaller markets in the Caribbean and the United States. It offers services, which include Wireless, Wireline and Renewable Energy.

About IDT Corporation

IDT Corporation is a holding company with operations primarily in the telecommunications and payment industries. The Company’s segments include Telecom Platform Services, Consumer Phone Services and All Other. The Company’s Telecom Platform Services segment provides retail telecommunications and payment offerings, as well as wholesale international long distance traffic termination. The Telecom Platform Services segment markets and distributes multiple communications and payment services across four businesses: Retail Communications, Wholesale Carrier Services, Payment Services and Hosted Platform Solutions. The Company’s Consumer Phone Services segment provides consumer local and long distance services in certain states of the United States. The Telecom Platform Services and Consumer Phone Services segments comprise the Company’s IDT Telecom division. The All Other segment includes its real estate holdings and other smaller businesses.

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