Bandwidth (NASDAQ: BAND) and Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) are both small-cap telecommunications services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.9% of Frontier Communications shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Frontier Communications shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Frontier Communications pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 32.3%. Bandwidth does not pay a dividend. Frontier Communications pays out -17.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Bandwidth and Frontier Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bandwidth N/A N/A N/A
Frontier Communications -9.17% -1.97% -0.28%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bandwidth and Frontier Communications’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bandwidth $152.13 million 2.67 $22.35 million $0.82 28.11
Frontier Communications $8.90 billion 0.07 -$373.00 million ($13.75) -0.54

Bandwidth has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Frontier Communications. Frontier Communications is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Bandwidth, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Bandwidth and Frontier Communications, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bandwidth 0 0 5 0 3.00
Frontier Communications 5 8 1 0 1.71

Bandwidth currently has a consensus price target of $29.80, suggesting a potential upside of 29.28%. Frontier Communications has a consensus price target of $9.33, suggesting a potential upside of 25.67%. Given Bandwidth’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Bandwidth is more favorable than Frontier Communications.


Bandwidth beats Frontier Communications on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bandwidth Company Profile

Bandwidth Inc., formerly, Inc., is a cloud-based communications platform-as-a-service provider (CPaaS) that enables enterprises to create, scale and operate voice or text communications services across any mobile application or connected device or enterprises. The Company has two operating and reportable segments, CPaaS and Other. The Company’s solutions include a broad range of software APIs for voice and text functionality and IP voice network. The Company’s sophisticated and easy-to-use software APIs allow enterprises to enhance their products and services by incorporating advanced voice and text capabilities. The Company offers advanced monitoring, reporting and analytics, superior customer service, dedicated operating teams, and personalized support.

Frontier Communications Company Profile

Frontier Communications Corporation (Frontier) is a provider of communications services in the United States. The Company offers a portfolio of communications services for residential and business customers. Its products and services include data and Internet services, video services, voice services, access services and customer premise equipment (CPE). The Company offers a range of broadband services. The principal residential service it provides is broadband Internet service. Its commercial services include Ethernet, Dedicated Internet, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) data transport services and optical transport services. It also offers wireless broadband services (using unlicensed spectrum) in various markets utilizing networks that it owns or operates. In addition, the Company offers its Frontier Secure suite of products, including computer security, cloud backup and sharing, identity protection and equipment insurance.

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