Analyzing Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NASDAQ:NTTYY) - Tech Know Bits

Analyzing Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NASDAQ:NTTYY) - Tech Know Bits

Analyzing Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NASDAQ:NTTYY) - Tech Know Bits

Posted: 04 Aug 2019 04:59 AM PDT

Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (OTCMKTS:NTTYY) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.0% of Frontier Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Frontier Communications shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Frontier Communications and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Frontier Communications -8.81% -2.14% -0.17%
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone 7.20% 7.29% 3.91%

Volatility and Risk

Frontier Communications has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone has a beta of 0.13, indicating that its share price is 87% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Frontier Communications and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Frontier Communications 2 4 1 0 1.86
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone 0 1 0 0 2.00

Frontier Communications presently has a consensus price target of $2.82, indicating a potential upside of 133.29%. Given Frontier Communications' higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Frontier Communications is more favorable than Nippon Telegraph & Telephone.


Nippon Telegraph & Telephone pays an annual dividend of $1.67 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Frontier Communications does not pay a dividend. Frontier Communications has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Frontier Communications and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone's top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Frontier Communications $8.61 billion 0.01 -$643.00 million ($1.34) -0.90
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone $107.88 billion 0.84 $7.69 billion N/A N/A

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone has higher revenue and earnings than Frontier Communications.


Nippon Telegraph & Telephone beats Frontier Communications on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Frontier Communications Company Profile

Frontier Communications Corporation provides communications services to consumer, commercial, and wholesale customers in the United States. It offers broadband, video, voice, and other services and products through a combination of fiber and copper-based networks to consumer customers. The company also provides Ethernet and traditional circuit-based services; software defined wide area network, managed Wi-Fi and cloud IT solutions, voice and Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, as well as hardware and network solutions and services to small and medium business, and large enterprises. In addition, it offers data and Internet services; wireless broadband services; satellite TV video services; voice services, including data-based VoIP, UCaaS, and long distance and voice messaging services; and a package of communications services. Further, the company provides a range of access services that allow other carriers to use facilities to originate and terminate their local and long-distance voice traffic. It serves approximately 4.5 million customers and 3.7 million broadband subscribers in 29 states. The company was formerly known as Citizens Communications Company and changed its name to Frontier Communications Corporation in July 2008. Frontier Communications Corporation was founded in 1927 and is based in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Company Profile

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides fixed and mobile voice related services, IP/packet communications services, telecommunications equipment, system integration, and other services in Japan and internationally. It operates through five segments: Regional Communications Business, Long Distance and International Communications Business, Mobile Communications Business, Data Communications Business, and Other Business. The company offers inter-prefectural communications services, services related to the international communications and solutions business, and related services; mobile phone and related services; and network system and system integration services. It also provides IT system building and maintenance support for corporations; professional security, ICT, data center-related, teleconference, Web conference, video conference, Internet connection, video distribution, and smart life area services; and consulting, and system design and development services. In addition, the company engages in the acquisition, development, leasing, and management of real estate properties; lease and installment sales of telecommunications-related devices; billing and collection of charges for communications and other services; and design, management, and maintenance of buildings, equipment, and electric power facilities. Further, it is involved in the development, production, operation, and maintenance of information communications systems and software; and technology transfer and consulting activities, as well as provision of credit card transaction settlement services. Additionally, the company operates office, retail, and residential properties under the Wellith brand; hotels and resorts; and shared-office properties that include daycare facilities and office spaces. As of March 31, 2018, it had 19,869 thousand fixed line subscriptions. The company was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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