ATN International (ATNI) vs. Cogent Communications (CCOI) Head-To-Head Review

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for ATN International and Cogent Communications, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ATN International 0 1 1 0 2.50
Cogent Communications 5 6 2 0 1.77

ATN International currently has a consensus price target of $63.50, indicating a potential upside of 7.50%. Cogent Communications has a consensus price target of $41.40, indicating a potential downside of 6.97%. Given ATN International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ATN International is more favorable than Cogent Communications.

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, Cogent Communications has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

ATN International pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Cogent Communications pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. ATN International pays out -111.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cogent Communications pays out 533.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares ATN International and Cogent Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ATN International -1.93% 3.34% 2.26%
Cogent Communications 3.37% -23.86% 2.18%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.3% of ATN International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.2% of Cogent Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. 32.7% of ATN International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.5% of Cogent Communications shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ATN International and Cogent Communications’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ATN International $457.00 million 2.07 $12.10 million ($0.61) -96.83
Cogent Communications $446.90 million 4.58 $14.92 million $0.36 123.61

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

ATN International Company Profile

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.

Cogent Communications Company Profile

Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc. is a facilities-based provider of Internet access and Internet Protocol (IP), communications services. The Company’s network is specifically designed and optimized to transmit data using IP. The Company delivers its services primarily to small and medium-sized businesses, communications service providers and other bandwidth-intensive organizations in North America, Europe and in Japan. The Company offers on-net services in over 175 metropolitan markets. The Company serves 1,990 on-net buildings. The Company’s on-net service in North America is its Fast Ethernet service, which provides Internet access at 100 megabits per second. It also offers Internet access services at higher speeds of up to ten Gigabits per second. These services are generally used by customers that have businesses, such as Web hosting, that are Internet-based.

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