Head-to-head comparison: PCCW (OTCMKTS: PCWLF) and Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL)

PCCW (OTCMKTS:PCWLF – Get Rating) and Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ:CNSL – Get Rating) are both IT and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of the current ratings and recommendations for PCCW and Consolidated Communications, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
PCCW 0 0 0 0 N / A
Consolidated Communications 0 2 0 0 2.00

Consolidated Communications has a consensus target price of $5.50, which suggests a potential downside of 13.66%. Given Consolidated Communications’ possible higher upside, analysts clearly believe that Consolidated Communications is more favorable than PCCW.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of PCCW and Consolidated Communications.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
PCCW N / A N / A N / A
Consolidated Communications -8.35% 12.47% 1.32%

Volatility and risk

PCCW has a beta of 0.4, suggesting its stock price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, Consolidated Communications has a beta of 1.16, suggesting its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Benefits and evaluation

This table compares revenue, earnings per share and valuation of PCCW and Consolidated Communications.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
PCCW N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A
Consolidated Communications $1.28 billion 0.56 -$107.08 million ($1.44) -4.42

PCCW has higher revenue, but lower revenue than Consolidated Communications.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.9% of Consolidated Communications shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of PCCW shares are held by insiders. By comparison, 1.5% of Consolidated Communications’ shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large money managers, endowments, and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Consolidated Communications beats PCCW on 7 out of 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About PCCW (Get a rating)

PCCW Limited provides telecommunications and related services in Hong Kong, Mainland China and other parts of China, Japan and internationally. The Company’s services include local telephony, local data and broadband, mobile and international telecommunications, and satellite and network telecommunications services; and outsourcing, consulting and contact center services. It also provides technical support, electronics engineering and communications, products and solutions, as well as free-to-air television, pay-TV program and interactive multimedia services; sells advertising in various telephone directories and on the Internet; publishes directories; and sells mobile handsets and accessories. In addition, the Company offers broadcast and related services, management and technical support services, customer relationship management and customer contact management solutions, content for various media, outsourced and data center calls; and over-the-top video services under the Viu brand, as well as sells customer premises equipment and related solutions. In addition, it is engaged in the sale, distribution and marketing of telecommunication products; provision of high-speed Internet access solutions and web services; provision of data services; and software development, systems integration, consulting and computerization activities; the provision of value-added IT and IP/IT-related services to business customers; real estate investment, development, management and leasing, as well as hotel management activities; and ski operations. In addition, the company offers digital, IT and business process outsourcing, cloud computing, hosting, management, e-commerce and IoT solutions. PCCW Limited was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.

About Consolidated Communications (Get a rating)

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides broadband and enterprise communications solutions for consumer, commercial and carrier channels in the United States. It offers high-speed broadband Internet access and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone services; commercial data connectivity services in various markets, including Ethernet services, private line data services, software-defined wide area network and multi-protocol label switching services; networking services; cloud-based services; data centers and disaster recovery solutions; and wholesale services to regional and national interconnects, and wireless carriers including cellular backhaul and other fiber transport solutions. The company also provides voice services, such as local and long distance telephone services; and sells professional equipment, as well as offers related hardware and maintenance, video and other miscellaneous services. Additionally, it offers video services, which consist of high-definition television, digital video recorders (DVRs), and/or a whole-home DVR; and on-demand TV streaming services that offer endless entertainment options. In addition, the Company provides network access services which include interstate and intrastate dial-up access, special network access and end-user access; and telephone directory publishing, video advertising, billing and support, and other miscellaneous services. Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Mattoon, Illinois.

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