Comparing Level 3 Communications (LVLT) & Its Competitors
Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) is one of 45 public companies in the “Integrated Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Level 3 Communications to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Level 3 Communications and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Level 3 Communications||$8.17 billion||$2.66 billion||30.22|
|Level 3 Communications Competitors||$13.52 billion||$4.52 billion||5.81|
Level 3 Communications’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Level 3 Communications. Level 3 Communications 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.
This table compares Level 3 Communications and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Level 3 Communications||7.85%||5.80%||2.55%|
|Level 3 Communications Competitors||0.72%||-0.82%||1.41%|
Risk & Volatility
Level 3 Communications has a beta of 1.21, indicating that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Level 3 Communications’ rivals have a beta of 0.95, indicating that their average stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Level 3 Communications and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Level 3 Communications||1||11||1||0||2.00|
|Level 3 Communications Competitors||534||1541||1831||65||2.36|
Level 3 Communications currently has a consensus price target of $61.04, suggesting a potential upside of 14.75%. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 48.52%. Given Level 3 Communications’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Level 3 Communications has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
99.0% of Level 3 Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.3% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Level 3 Communications 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 endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Level 3 Communications rivals beat Level 3 Communications on 7 of the 13 factors compared.
About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. is a provider of a range of integrated communications services. The Company’s operating segments include North America, EMEA and Latin America. The North America includes operations in Atlanta, Georgia; Littleton, Colorado; Miami, Florida; Montreal, Canada; New York, New York; Phoenix, Arizona; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Southfield, Michigan, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Europe segment includes operations in Basingstoke, England; Crewe, England; Dublin, Ireland; London, England; Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Paris, France. The Latin America includes operations in Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Caracas, Venezuela; Lima, Peru; Quito, Ecuador; Santiago, Chile, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. It offers optical, Internet Protocol, computing and storage technologies. It offers a range of communications services, including Internet Protocol (IP) and data services, transport and fiber services, colocation and data center services, security services and voice services.
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