Reviewing Alaska Communications (ALSK) and Its Competitors

Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK) is one of 73 publicly-traded companies in the “Telephone communication, except radio” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Alaska Communications to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

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Alaska Communications has a beta of 0.02, suggesting that its share price is 98% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alaska Communications’ rivals have a beta of 0.59, suggesting that their average share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Alaska Communications and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Alaska Communications $226.90 million -$6.10 million N/A
Alaska Communications Competitors $17.40 billion $2.02 billion 17.66

Alaska Communications’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Alaska Communications.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alaska Communications -2.69% -2.96% -1.00%
Alaska Communications Competitors -12.56% -11.21% -0.99%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Alaska Communications and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alaska Communications 0 0 0 0 N/A
Alaska Communications Competitors 608 1860 1943 98 2.34

As a group, “Telephone communication, except radio” companies have a potential upside of 66.70%. Given Alaska Communications’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Alaska Communications has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

44.3% of Alaska Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.9% of shares of all “Telephone communication, except radio” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.5% of Alaska Communications shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.3% of shares of all “Telephone communication, except radio” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Alaska Communications rivals beat Alaska Communications on 7 of the 9 factors compared.

About Alaska Communications

Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides broadband telecommunication and managed information technology services to business, wholesale, and consumer customers in the state of Alaska. Its services include voice and broadband services; and managed IT services comprising remote network monitoring and support service, managed IT security and IT professional services, and long distance services primarily over its own terrestrial network to business and wholesale customers. The company's business customers comprise large enterprises; federal, state, and local governments; and small and medium business. It also provides voice and broadband services to residential customers; voice and broadband origination and termination services to inter and intrastate carriers; and access and support services. In addition, Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. owns and operates AKORN, an undersea fiber optic cable systems. The company markets and sells its products through direct sales channels. Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Anchorage, Alaska.

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