Reviewing TIM Participacoes (TSU) and CalAmp (CAMP)

TIM Participacoes (NYSE: TSU) and CalAmp (NASDAQ:CAMP) are both telecommunications services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for TIM Participacoes and CalAmp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TIM Participacoes 0 3 4 0 2.57
CalAmp 0 3 6 0 2.67

TIM Participacoes currently has a consensus price target of $21.20, suggesting a potential downside of 5.53%. CalAmp has a consensus price target of $26.38, suggesting a potential upside of 10.91%. Given CalAmp’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CalAmp is more favorable than TIM Participacoes.


This table compares TIM Participacoes and CalAmp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TIM Participacoes 7.56% 6.90% 3.76%
CalAmp 5.00% 19.20% 7.92%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares TIM Participacoes and CalAmp’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TIM Participacoes $3.21 billion 3.39 $386.64 million $0.78 28.77
CalAmp $351.10 million 2.41 -$7.90 million $0.49 48.53

TIM Participacoes has higher revenue and earnings than CalAmp. TIM Participacoes is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CalAmp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


TIM Participacoes pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. CalAmp does not pay a dividend. TIM Participacoes pays out 20.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

TIM Participacoes has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CalAmp has a beta of 1.7, suggesting that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

15.0% of TIM Participacoes shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.7% of CalAmp shares are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of CalAmp shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


CalAmp beats TIM Participacoes on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TIM Participacoes

TIM Participacoes S.A. (TIM) is a provider of mobile telecommunication services in Brazil. The Company, through its subsidiaries in various telecommunications markets, operates mobile, fixed and long distance telephony, data transmission and ultra-broadband services. Its direct subsidiaries include TIM Celular S.A., which provides landline telephone services (commuted fixed telephonic service (STFC))-domestic long distance and international long distance voice services, personal mobile service (SMP) and multimedia communication service (multimedia service of communication (SCM)) in all Brazilian states and in the Federal District, and Intelig Telecomunicacoes Ltda., which provides STFC-local voices services and SCM services in all Brazilian states and in the Federal District. Its consumer plans include prepaid plans, post-paid plans and controle plans. It offers value-added services, including short message services or text messaging, multimedia messaging services and push-mail.

About CalAmp

CalAmp Corp. (CalAmp) is a provider of wireless communications solutions for a range of applications to customers globally. The Company operates through two business segments: Wireless DataCom and Satellite. The Company’s Wireless DataCom segment offers solutions for mobile resource management (MRM) applications, the machine-to-machine (M2M) communications space and other markets that require connectivity anytime and anywhere. The Company’s MRM and M2M solutions collect, monitor and report data and intelligence from remote and mobile assets. The Company delivers products, software services and solutions for energy, government, transportation and automotive vertical markets. The Company’s Satellite segment develops, manufactures and sells direct-broadcast satellite (DBS) outdoor customer premise equipment and whole home video networking devices enabling the delivery of digital and high definition satellite television services. Its satellite products are sold primarily to EchoStar.

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