Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ: VOD) and China Unicom (Hong Kong) (NYSE:CHU) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Dividends

Vodafone Group PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.7%. China Unicom (Hong Kong) does not pay a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

10.0% of Vodafone Group PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.2% of China Unicom (Hong Kong) shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Vodafone Group PLC shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 77.5% of China Unicom (Hong Kong) shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Vodafone Group PLC and China Unicom (Hong Kong)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vodafone Group PLC N/A N/A N/A
China Unicom (Hong Kong) N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Vodafone Group PLC and China Unicom (Hong Kong), as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vodafone Group PLC 1 4 4 1 2.50
China Unicom (Hong Kong) 3 2 4 0 2.11

Vodafone Group PLC currently has a consensus price target of $31.52, suggesting a potential upside of 8.76%. Given Vodafone Group PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Vodafone Group PLC is more favorable than China Unicom (Hong Kong).

Volatility & Risk

Vodafone Group PLC has a beta of 0.52, indicating that its share price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Unicom (Hong Kong) has a beta of 0.71, indicating that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vodafone Group PLC and China Unicom (Hong Kong)’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vodafone Group PLC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
China Unicom (Hong Kong) $41.66 billion 0.81 $12.06 billion N/A N/A

China Unicom (Hong Kong) has higher revenue and earnings than Vodafone Group PLC.

Summary

Vodafone Group PLC beats China Unicom (Hong Kong) on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Vodafone Group PLC

Vodafone Group Plc (Vodafone) is a telecommunications company. The Company’s business is organized into two geographic regions: Europe, and Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific (AMAP). Its segments include Europe and AMAP. Its Europe segment includes geographic regions, such as Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Other Europe. The Other Europe includes the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Hungary and Romania, among others. Its AMAP segment includes India, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Africa, Turkey, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, New Zealand and Qatar, among others. The Company provides a range of services, including voice, messaging and data across mobile and fixed networks. The Company acquires spectrum and licenses to use radio frequencies that deliver mobile services. Its fixed capabilities include cable, fiber and copper networks to enable television, broadband and voice services.

About China Unicom (Hong Kong)

China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited is a Hong Kong-based investment holding company principally engaged in the provision of telecommunications services. The Company’s businesses include mobile businesses, fixed-line businesses and others. Its mobile businesses include the provision of call services, roaming services, mobile broadband services, traditional value-added services such as short message services, multimedia message services and wireless Internet access card, as well as new value-added services such as mobile music, mobile television and Wo portal services. Its fixed-line businesses include broadband and Internet networks businesses, among others. The Company’s subsidiaries include CUCL, China Unicom Global Limited and China Unicom (Europe) Operations Limited.

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