KT (KT) & Its Rivals Critical Review

KT (NYSE: KT) is one of 48 public companies in the “Integrated Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare KT to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares KT and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
KT $19.13 billion $637.52 million N/A
KT Competitors $15.94 billion $1.27 billion 17.47

KT has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals.


This table compares KT and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KT Competitors 2.34% -1.10% 1.96%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

23.7% of KT shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.8% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of KT shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

KT has a beta of 0.54, suggesting that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KT’s rivals have a beta of 0.99, suggesting that their average stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for KT and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KT 1 0 1 0 2.00
KT Competitors 619 1717 2053 66 2.35

As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 56.53%. Given KT’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe KT has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


KT rivals beat KT on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

KT Company Profile

KT Corporation is a telecommunications service provider. The Company’s segments include the Customer/Marketing Group, the Finance Business Group and the Others Group. The Customer/Marketing Group segment is engaged in providing various telecommunication services to individual/home/corporate customers and the convergence business. The Finance Business Group segment is engaged in providing various financial services, such as credit card. The Others Group segment includes security services, satellite service, information technology and network services, and satellite television services, as well as global business services, which provide global network services to multinational or domestic corporate customers and telecommunications companies. The Company’s principal services include mobile voice and data telecommunications services; fixed-line services; credit card processing and other financial services, and various other services.

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