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Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc is a telecom services business based in the US. Consolidated Communications shares (CNSL) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Consolidated Communications employs 3,400 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.3 billion.

How to buy shares in Consolidated Communications

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Consolidated Communications. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CNSL. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Consolidated Communications reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$4.86, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Consolidated Communications, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Consolidated Communications. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Consolidated Communications share price

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Consolidated Communications shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$4.86
52-week rangeUSD$3.47 - USD$8.81
50-day moving average USD$5.2556
200-day moving average USD$6.1599
Wall St. target priceUSD$6.83
PE ratio 9.5376
Dividend yield USD$1.55 (27.35%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.519

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Is it a good time to buy Consolidated Communications stock?

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Consolidated Communications price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $4.86 from 2020-12-18

1 week (2021-01-07) -8.30%
1 month (2020-12-17) -1.42%
3 months (2020-10-15) -12.90%
6 months (2020-07-15) -26.03%
1 year (2020-01-15) 16.83%
2 years (2019-01-15) -54.71%
3 years (2018-01-13) N/A
5 years (2016-01-15) 19.1

Is Consolidated Communications under- or over-valued?

Valuing Consolidated Communications stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Consolidated Communications's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Consolidated Communications's P/E ratio

Consolidated Communications's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 10x. In other words, Consolidated Communications shares trade at around 10x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Consolidated Communications's PEG ratio

Consolidated Communications's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 18.11. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Consolidated Communications's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Consolidated Communications's EBITDA

Consolidated Communications's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$481.7 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Consolidated Communications's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Consolidated Communications financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.16%
Gross profit TTM USD$761.6 million
Return on assets TTM 2.67%
Return on equity TTM 10.2%
Profit margin 2.9%
Book value $5.269
Market capitalisation USD$393.1 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Consolidated Communications shares

There are currently 4.1 million Consolidated Communications shares held short by investors – that's known as Consolidated Communications's "short interest". This figure is 3.1% down from 4.2 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Consolidated Communications shares can be evaluated.

Consolidated Communications's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Consolidated Communications's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Consolidated Communications shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Consolidated Communications shares traded daily (recently around 384849.48356808). Consolidated Communications's SIR currently stands at 10.65. In other words for every 100,000 Consolidated Communications shares traded daily on the market, roughly 10650 shares are currently held short.

However Consolidated Communications's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Consolidated Communications shares, or, against the total number of tradable Consolidated Communications shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Consolidated Communications's short interest could be expressed as 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Consolidated Communications shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.0616% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Consolidated Communications shares, roughly 62 shares are currently held short).

A SIR above 10% would generally be considered pretty high, pointing to a potentially pessimistic outlook for the share price and a discouraging interest in betting against Consolidated Communications.

Find out more about how you can short Consolidated Communications stock.

Consolidated Communications share dividends

We're not expecting Consolidated Communications to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Consolidated Communications share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Consolidated Communications's shares have ranged in value from as little as $3.47 up to $8.81. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CNSL.US volatility(beta: 1.4)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Consolidated Communications's is 1.401. This would suggest that Consolidated Communications's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Consolidated Communications overview

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services to business and residential customers in the United States. It offers high-speed broadband Internet access and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) phone services; commercial data connectivity services in select markets, including a portfolio of Ethernet services, software defined wide area network, multi-protocol label switching, and private line services; and wholesale services to regional and national interexchange and wireless carriers, including cellular backhaul, dark fiber, and other fiber transport solutions. The company also provides voice services that include local phone and long-distance service packages for business customers; and sells business equipment and provides related hardware and maintenance support, video, and other miscellaneous services. In addition, it offers video services, which consist of high-definition television, digital video recorders (DVR), and/or a whole home DVR; other in-demand streaming content, including DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, Philo, HBO NOW, FlixFling, and VEMOX; and network access services, including interstate and intrastate switched access, network special access, and end user access. Further, the company engages in telephone directory publishing, video advertising, billing and support services, and other miscellaneous activities. As of December 31, 2019, it had approximately 836,000 voice connections, 784,000 data connections, and 84,000 video connections. The company serves customers in consumer, commercial, and carrier channels. Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Mattoon, Illinois.

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