Comparing Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ:CNSL) and SurgePays (NASDAQ:SURG)

Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ:CNSLGet Free Report) and SurgePays (NASDAQ:SURGGet Free Report) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Consolidated Communications has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SurgePays has a beta of 1.11, indicating that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.0% of Consolidated Communications shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.9% of SurgePays shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Consolidated Communications shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 29.4% of SurgePays shares are held by 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Consolidated Communications and SurgePays’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Consolidated Communications $1.11 billion 0.46 -$250.51 million ($2.59) -1.67
SurgePays $137.14 million 0.55 $20.62 million $1.15 3.37

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


This table compares Consolidated Communications and SurgePays’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Consolidated Communications -22.42% -19.47% -2.39%
SurgePays 12.93% 55.35% 35.53%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Consolidated Communications and SurgePays, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Consolidated Communications 0 0 0 0 N/A
SurgePays 0 1 1 0 2.50

SurgePays has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 157.73%. Given SurgePays’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SurgePays is more favorable than Consolidated Communications.


SurgePays beats Consolidated Communications on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Consolidated Communications

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Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides broadband and business communication solutions for consumer, commercial, and carrier channels in the United States. It offers high-speed broadband Internet access, SIP trunking, and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) phone services; commercial data connectivity services in various markets, including Ethernet services, private line data services, software defined wide area network, and multi-protocol label switching services; networking services; cloud-based services; and data center and disaster recovery solutions. The company also provides voice services, such as local phone and long-distance services; and high-speed fiber data transmission services to regional and national interexchange; and wireless carriers, including Ethernet, cellular backhaul, dark fiber, and colocation services. In addition, it sells business equipment, as well as offers related hardware and maintenance support, video, and other miscellaneous services. Further, the company offers video services comprising high-definition television, digital video recorders (DVR), and/or a whole home DVR; and in-demand streaming TV services that provide endless entertainment options. Additionally, it provides network access services that include interstate and intrastate switched access, network special access, and end user access; and telephone directory publishing, video advertising, billing and support, and other miscellaneous services. The company was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Mattoon, Illinois.

About SurgePays

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SurgePays, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial technology and telecom company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Mobile Virtual Network Operators, Comprehensive Platform Services, and Lead Generation. The company offers subsidized and non-subsidized mobile virtual network operators for internet connectivity through mobile broadband services to consumers; ACH banking relationships and fintech transactions platform to convenience stores; wireless top-up transactions and wireless product aggregation; and lead generation and case management solutions primarily to law firms in the mass tort industry, as well as call center activities. SurgePays, Inc. is headquartered in Bartlett, Tennessee.

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