Loral Space and Communications (NASDAQ: LORL) and Ubiquiti Networks (NASDAQ:UBNT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Loral Space and Communications and Ubiquiti Networks’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Loral Space and Communications N/A N/A -$7.76 million N/A N/A
Ubiquiti Networks $865.27 million 5.37 $297.12 million $3.09 18.72

Ubiquiti Networks has higher revenue and earnings than Loral Space and Communications.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

68.3% of Loral Space and Communications shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.9% of Ubiquiti Networks shares are held by institutional investors. 40.6% of Loral Space and Communications shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 70.3% of Ubiquiti Networks shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Loral Space and Communications and Ubiquiti Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Loral Space and Communications N/A 25.55% 16.33%
Ubiquiti Networks 29.76% 45.87% 28.73%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Loral Space and Communications and Ubiquiti Networks, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Loral Space and Communications 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ubiquiti Networks 1 2 1 0 2.00

Ubiquiti Networks has a consensus target price of $54.67, indicating a potential downside of 5.52%. Given Ubiquiti Networks’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ubiquiti Networks is more favorable than Loral Space and Communications.

Risk and Volatility

Loral Space and Communications has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ubiquiti Networks has a beta of 0.51, suggesting that its stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Ubiquiti Networks beats Loral Space and Communications on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Loral Space and Communications

Loral Space & Communications Inc. is a satellite communications company. The Company, through its ownership interests in affiliates, is engaged in satellite-based communications services. The Company participates in satellite services operations through its interest in Telesat Holdings Inc., which owns Telesat Canada (Telesat), a global fixed satellite services (FSS) operator, with offices and facilities around the world. Telesat’s broadcast services business include direct to home services; video distribution and contribution, and occasional use services. Telesat owns and leases a satellite fleet that operates in geosynchronous earth orbit. Telesat’s enterprise services include telecommunication carrier and integrator services; government services; Consumer broadband services; resource services; maritime and aeronautical services; retail services, and satellite operator services. Telesat is a consultant in establishing, operating and upgrading satellite systems around the world.

About Ubiquiti Networks

Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. develops performance networking technology for service providers and enterprises. The Company offers a portfolio of networking products and solutions. Its service provider product platforms provide carrier-class network infrastructure for fixed wireless broadband, wireless backhaul systems and routing. Its enterprise product platforms provide wireless local area network (WLAN) infrastructure, video surveillance products, switching and routing solutions, and machine-to-machine communication components. Its products and solutions include radios, antennas, software, communications protocols and management tools that are designed to deliver carrier and enterprise class wireless broadband access and other services primarily in the unlicensed radio frequency spectrum. Its service provider and carrier solutions include Base Station/Backhaul/Customer Premise Equipment (CPE)/Bridge-airMAX, Network Routing Platform-EdgeMAX and Point-to-point Wireless Backhaul-airFiber.

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