Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB) is one of 45 public companies in the “Integrated Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Cincinnati Bell to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Cincinnati Bell and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cincinnati Bell 2 2 1 0 1.80
Cincinnati Bell Competitors 531 1525 1824 65 2.36

Cincinnati Bell currently has a consensus target price of $23.50, suggesting a potential upside of 13.80%. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 44.55%. Given Cincinnati Bell’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cincinnati Bell has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cincinnati Bell and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Cincinnati Bell $1.17 billion $282.90 million 12.52
Cincinnati Bell Competitors $13.52 billion $4.52 billion 5.22

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

Risk and Volatility

Cincinnati Bell has a beta of 1.51, meaning that its share price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cincinnati Bell’s rivals have a beta of 0.95, meaning that their average share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.2% of Cincinnati Bell shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.3% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Cincinnati Bell shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Cincinnati Bell and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cincinnati Bell 6.84% -3.87% 0.70%
Cincinnati Bell Competitors 0.59% -0.73% 1.36%


Cincinnati Bell rivals beat Cincinnati Bell on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Cincinnati Bell

Cincinnati Bell Inc., along with its subsidiaries, provides diversified telecommunications and technology services. The Company operates through two segments: Entertainment and Communications, and IT Services and Hardware. Through its Entertainment and Communications segment, the Company provides high-speed data, video and voice solutions to consumers and businesses over fiber network and a legacy copper network. The IT Services and Hardware segments operates through its subsidiary, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions Inc. (CBTS), which is engaged in the sale and service of end-to-end communications and information technology (IT) systems and solutions for business customers across the United States. The Company has interest in CyrusOne Inc., which operates carrier-neutral data center colocation business.

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