Intelsat (NYSE: I) and Superconductor Technologies (NASDAQ:SCON) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Intelsat and Superconductor Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intelsat 36.95% -1.90% -0.14%
Superconductor Technologies -26,445.00% -99.84% -90.61%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Intelsat and Superconductor Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intelsat $2.17 billion 0.29 $1.61 billion $6.72 0.80
Superconductor Technologies $39,999.00 273.21 -$8.69 million ($2.04) -0.50

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

38.0% of Intelsat shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.0% of Superconductor Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Superconductor Technologies shares are held by company 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.

Risk and Volatility

Intelsat has a beta of 2.11, meaning that its stock price is 111% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Superconductor Technologies has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Intelsat and Superconductor Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intelsat 0 2 2 0 2.50
Superconductor Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00

Intelsat presently has a consensus price target of $4.44, suggesting a potential downside of 17.36%. Superconductor Technologies has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 194.12%. Given Superconductor Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Superconductor Technologies is more favorable than Intelsat.

Summary

Intelsat beats Superconductor Technologies on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Intelsat Company Profile

Intelsat S.A. operates in satellite services business. The Company provides satellite services to its communications customers around the world. It provides communications services to media companies, fixed and wireless telecommunications operators, data networking service providers for enterprise and mobile applications in the air and on the seas, multinational corporations and Internet service providers (ISPs). The Company is also a provider of commercial satellite communication services to the United States Government and other select military organizations and their contractors. The Company focuses on business-to-business services, indirectly enable enterprise, government and consumer applications through its customers. The Company has operations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa and Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

Superconductor Technologies Company Profile

Superconductor Technologies Inc. is engaged in developing and commercializing high temperature superconductor (HTS) materials and related technologies. The Company operates through the research, development, manufacture and marketing of high performance products used in cellular base stations segment. The Company develops products for the utility and telecommunications industries. The Company offers family of products, including SuperLink, which combines a specialized filter using HTS technology with a cryogenic cooler and a low-noise amplifier; AmpLink, which provides duplexing and uplink enhancement for personal communications service (PCS) and advanced wireless services (AWS) base stations, and SuperPlex, which provides a line of multiplexing solutions to reduce the need for additional antennas and coaxial cable feed lines, while providing functionality in both the 850 megahertz (MHz) cellular band and the 1,900 MHz PCS band.

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