KT (NYSE: KT) and J2 Global (NASDAQ:JCOM) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares KT and J2 Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KT N/A N/A N/A
J2 Global 12.47% 26.82% 11.10%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares KT and J2 Global’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KT $19.13 billion 0.33 $637.52 million N/A N/A
J2 Global $1.12 billion 3.13 $139.42 million $2.83 25.50

KT has higher revenue and earnings than J2 Global.

Dividends

J2 Global pays an annual dividend of $1.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. KT does not pay a dividend. J2 Global pays out 55.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

24.3% of KT shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of KT shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of J2 Global shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for KT and J2 Global, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KT 2 2 0 0 1.50
J2 Global 0 1 4 0 2.80

J2 Global has a consensus target price of $99.50, indicating a potential upside of 37.87%. Given J2 Global’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe J2 Global is more favorable than KT.

Risk and Volatility

KT has a beta of 0.48, indicating that its share price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, J2 Global has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

J2 Global beats KT on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About KT

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.

About J2 Global

j2 Global, Inc. is a provider of services delivered through the Internet. The Company provides cloud services to businesses of all sizes, from individuals to enterprises. The Company operates in two segments: Business Cloud Services and Digital Media. The Company’s Digital Media business segment consists of the Web properties and business operations of Ziff Davis, Inc. (Ziff Davis). The Company‚Äôs cloud services and solutions include fax, voice and unified communications, email and customer relationship management, online backup, global network and operations, and customer support services. In February 2013, it acquired IGN Entertainment, Inc. On November 9, 2012, the Company acquired Ziff Davis. Effective March 18, 2013, it acquired MetroFax Inc. In April 2013, the Company acquired Backup Connect BV.

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