Review of Starry Group (NYSE: STRY) and Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL)

Starry Group (NYSE:STRY – Get Rating) and Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ:CNSL – Get Rating) are both small-cap IT and technology companies, but which is the best investment? We’ll compare the two companies based on institutional ownership strength, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Notes

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Starry Group and Consolidated Communications, as provided by

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Star group 0 4 3 0 2.43
Consolidated communications 1 1 0 0 1.50

Starry Group currently has a consensus target price of $9.50, suggesting a potential upside of 180.24%. Consolidated Communications has a consensus target price of $5.50, suggesting a potential downside of 14.20%. Given Starry Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher likely upside, analysts clearly think Starry Group is more favorable than Consolidated Communications.

Volatility and risk

Starry Group has a beta of 1.08, indicating its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, Consolidated Communications has a beta of 0.96, indicating its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.


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

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Star group N / A -143.92% 3.23%
Consolidated communications -12.77% 8.17% 0.92%

Benefits and evaluation

This chart compares revenue, earnings per share, and valuation of Starry Group and Consolidated Communications.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Star group N / A N / A $25.55 million N / A N / A
Consolidated communications $1.28 billion 0.58 -$107.08 million ($1.76) -3.64

Starry Group has higher revenue, but lower revenue than Consolidated Communications.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.9% of Consolidated Communications shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Consolidated Communications shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large fund managers, endowments, and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Starry Group beats Consolidated Communications on 7 out of 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About the Star Group

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Starry Group Holdings, Inc. operates as a next generation fixed wireless technology developer and licensed Internet service provider. The company is rolling out gigabit-enabled broadband in the home using its hybrid fiber fixed wireless technology. It serves approximately 5.3 million homes by deploying its gigabit network in six US cities, including Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York; Los Angeles, California; Washington D.C.; Denver, Colorado; and Columbus, Ohio. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

About Consolidated Communications

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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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