Multiband (NASDAQ: MBND) and Alaska Communications Systems Group (NASDAQ:ALSK) are both small-cap telecommunications services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Multiband and Alaska Communications Systems Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Multiband N/A N/A N/A $0.20 N/A
Alaska Communications Systems Group $226.87 million 0.48 $2.38 million ($0.02) -104.00

Alaska Communications Systems Group has higher revenue and earnings than Multiband. Alaska Communications Systems Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Multiband, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

44.6% of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.5% of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Multiband has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alaska Communications Systems Group has a beta of -0.17, suggesting that its stock price is 117% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Multiband and Alaska Communications Systems Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Multiband N/A N/A N/A
Alaska Communications Systems Group -0.66% -0.03% -0.01%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Multiband and Alaska Communications Systems Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Multiband 0 0 0 0 N/A
Alaska Communications Systems Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Multiband beats Alaska Communications Systems Group on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Multiband

Multiband Corporation provides contract installation services for the pay television industry (including satellite and broadband cable operators), Internet providers and retailers, voice, data and video services to residents of multi-dwelling units. It operates in three segments: Field Services (FS), where the Company provides installation services to pay television (satellite and broadband cable) providers, Internet providers and commercial customers; Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU), where the Company bills voice, Internet and video services to subscribers as owner/operator and also acts as a master service operator for DIRECTV, receiving net cash payments for managing video subscribers through its network of system operators, and Engineering, Energy & Construction (EE&C) where the Company provides engineering and construction services for the wired and wireless telecommunications industry, including public safety networks. In August 2013, Goodman Networks Inc acquired the Company.

About Alaska Communications Systems Group

Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. is a fiber broadband and managed information technology (IT) services provider. The Company is focused primarily on business and wholesale customers in and out of Alaska. The Company also provides telecommunication services to consumers across Alaska. The Company’s facilities-based communications network extends across Alaska and connects to the contiguous states through its undersea fiber optic cable systems and its usage rights on an undersea system. It serves customers in various areas, such as Business and Wholesale (broadband, voice and managed IT services); Consumer (broadband and voice services), and Other Services (including carrier termination, equipment sales, access services and support services receiving federal support funding). It provides voice and broadband services to residential customers. It provides voice and broadband origination and termination services to inter and intrastate carriers serving its retail customers.

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