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NII (NIHD) & U.S. Cellular (USM) Critical Survey

NII (NASDAQ: NIHD) and U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

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This table compares NII and U.S. Cellular’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NII $869.80 million 0.26 -$301.01 million N/A N/A
U.S. Cellular $3.89 billion 0.80 $12.00 million $0.58 63.21

U.S. Cellular has higher revenue and earnings than NII.

Profitability

This table compares NII and U.S. Cellular’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NII -31.46% -433.00% -17.27%
U.S. Cellular 0.80% 1.82% 0.97%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

61.1% of NII shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.0% of U.S. Cellular shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of NII shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of U.S. Cellular shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for NII and U.S. Cellular, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NII 0 0 0 0 N/A
U.S. Cellular 0 0 1 0 3.00

Risk and Volatility

NII has a beta of -0.53, indicating that its stock price is 153% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, U.S. Cellular has a beta of 0.48, indicating that its stock price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

U.S. Cellular beats NII on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NII

NII Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides wireless communication services to the individual consumers under the Nextel brand in Brazil. The company offers its services through wideband code division multiple access and long-term evolution networks. Its services include mobile telephone voice and wireless data, international voice and data roaming, and application-based radio connection services. The company also provides value-added services, including sports, music, and entertainment streaming capabilities; online education; and access to national and international WiFi hotspot networks. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 3.246 million subscriber units. The company markets its services through direct sales representatives, indirect sales agents, retail stores and kiosks, and other subscriber-convenient sales channels. The company was formerly known as Nextel International, Inc. and changed its name to NII Holdings, Inc. in December 2001. NII Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

About U.S. Cellular

United States Cellular Corporation provides wireless telecommunications services in the United States. The company offers postpaid and prepaid service plans with voice, messaging, and data usage option services; and smartphone messaging, data, and Internet services, which allow the customer to access the Web and social network sites, e-mail, text, picture, and video messaging, as well as to utilize GPS navigation, and browse and download various applications. It also provides roaming services; machine to machine solutions and software applications in the areas of monitor and control, business automation/operations, communication, and asset management; wireless devices, such as handsets, tablets, mobile hotspots, home phones, and routers; and accessories comprising wireless basics, such as cases, screen protectors, chargers, and memory cards. In addition, the company offers assortment of consumer electronics consisting of headphones, speakers, wearables, and home automation products. It serves approximately 5.1 million customers, including retail consumers, governments, and small-to-mid-size business customers in construction, retail, agriculture, professional services, and real estate industries. The company provides its products and services through retail sales, direct sales, third-party national retailers, and independent agents, as well as Website and telesales. As of December 31, 2017, it operated 256 retail stores and kiosks. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. United States Cellular Corporation is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.

NII (NIHD) Stock Rating Lowered by BidaskClub

NII (NASDAQ:NIHD) was downgraded by research analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday.

Separately, ValuEngine raised shares of NII from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, May 4th.

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NII traded down $0.16, hitting $2.80, during midday trading on Monday, according to Marketbeat. 2,365,739 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,784,298. The company has a quick ratio of 1.45, a current ratio of 1.47 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -5.63. NII has a one year low of $2.78 and a one year high of $2.99.

NII (NASDAQ:NIHD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 8th. The Wireless communications provider reported ($0.43) earnings per share for the quarter. The business had revenue of $181.00 million for the quarter. NII had a negative net margin of 31.46% and a negative return on equity of 433.00%.

In other news, major shareholder 683 Capital Management, Llc purchased 500,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 9th. The shares were bought at an average price of $1.40 per share, with a total value of $700,000.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. In the last three months, insiders bought 2,081,437 shares of company stock worth $1,991,380. Insiders own 0.30% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in NIHD. Teton Advisors Inc. raised its position in shares of NII by 300.0% in the fourth quarter. Teton Advisors Inc. now owns 800,000 shares of the Wireless communications provider’s stock valued at $339,000 after purchasing an additional 600,000 shares during the period. Virtu Financial LLC bought a new position in shares of NII in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $139,000. B. Riley Financial Inc. bought a new position in shares of NII in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $127,000. Renaissance Technologies LLC bought a new position in shares of NII in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $183,000. Finally, Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. raised its position in shares of NII by 1,007.8% in the fourth quarter. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 497,046 shares of the Wireless communications provider’s stock valued at $211,000 after purchasing an additional 452,177 shares during the period. 61.09% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

NII Company Profile

NII Holdings, Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides wireless communication services to the individual consumers under the Nextel brand in Brazil. The company offers its services through wideband code division multiple access and long-term evolution networks. Its services include mobile telephone voice and wireless data, international voice and data roaming, and application-based radio connection services.

NII (NIHD) Stock Rating Lowered by BidaskClub

NII (NASDAQ:NIHD) was downgraded by research analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday.

Separately, ValuEngine raised shares of NII from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, May 4th.

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NII traded down $0.16, hitting $2.80, during midday trading on Monday, according to Marketbeat. 2,365,739 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,784,298. The company has a quick ratio of 1.45, a current ratio of 1.47 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -5.63. NII has a one year low of $2.78 and a one year high of $2.99.

NII (NASDAQ:NIHD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 8th. The Wireless communications provider reported ($0.43) earnings per share for the quarter. The business had revenue of $181.00 million for the quarter. NII had a negative net margin of 31.46% and a negative return on equity of 433.00%.

In other news, major shareholder 683 Capital Management, Llc purchased 500,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 9th. The shares were bought at an average price of $1.40 per share, with a total value of $700,000.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. In the last three months, insiders bought 2,081,437 shares of company stock worth $1,991,380. Insiders own 0.30% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in NIHD. Teton Advisors Inc. raised its position in shares of NII by 300.0% in the fourth quarter. Teton Advisors Inc. now owns 800,000 shares of the Wireless communications provider’s stock valued at $339,000 after purchasing an additional 600,000 shares during the period. Virtu Financial LLC bought a new position in shares of NII in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $139,000. B. Riley Financial Inc. bought a new position in shares of NII in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $127,000. Renaissance Technologies LLC bought a new position in shares of NII in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $183,000. Finally, Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. raised its position in shares of NII by 1,007.8% in the fourth quarter. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 497,046 shares of the Wireless communications provider’s stock valued at $211,000 after purchasing an additional 452,177 shares during the period. 61.09% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

NII Company Profile

NII Holdings, Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides wireless communication services to the individual consumers under the Nextel brand in Brazil. The company offers its services through wideband code division multiple access and long-term evolution networks. Its services include mobile telephone voice and wireless data, international voice and data roaming, and application-based radio connection services.