ViaSat (NASDAQ: VSAT) and EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ:EMKR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ViaSat and EMCORE Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ViaSat $1.58 billion 2.39 $226.09 million $0.25 260.04
EMCORE Corporation $119.32 million 1.94 $13.00 million $0.30 28.75

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

Risk and Volatility

ViaSat has a beta of 0.71, indicating that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EMCORE Corporation has a beta of 0.61, indicating that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for ViaSat and EMCORE Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ViaSat 2 5 6 0 2.31
EMCORE Corporation 0 1 3 0 2.75

ViaSat currently has a consensus price target of $73.89, indicating a potential upside of 13.66%. EMCORE Corporation has a consensus price target of $11.88, indicating a potential upside of 37.68%. Given EMCORE Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe EMCORE Corporation is more favorable than ViaSat.

Profitability

This table compares ViaSat and EMCORE Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ViaSat 0.82% 1.21% 0.68%
EMCORE Corporation 6.73% 9.25% 7.71%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.4% of ViaSat shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.1% of EMCORE Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 7.7% of ViaSat shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of EMCORE Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

ViaSat beats EMCORE Corporation on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

ViaSat Company Profile

ViaSat, Inc. is engaged in broadband technologies and services. The Company operates through three segments: satellite services, commercial networks and government systems. The satellite services segment provides satellite-based broadband services to consumers, enterprises, commercial airlines and mobile broadband customers primarily in the United States. The commercial networks segment develops and produces a range of end-to-end satellite and wireless communication systems, ground networking equipment and space-to-earth connectivity systems. The government systems segment develops and produces network-centric Internet Protocol (IP)-based fixed and mobile secure government communications systems, products, services and solutions, which are designed to enable the collection and dissemination of real-time digital information between command centers, communications nodes and air defense systems.

EMCORE Corporation Company Profile

EMCORE Corporation is engaged in designing and manufacturing indium phosphide (InP) optical chips, components, subsystems and systems for the broadband and specialty fiber optics market. The Company focuses on linear fiber optic transmission technology. The Company operates through Fiber Optics segment. The Company provides optical components, and also end-to-end solutions for high-speed communications network infrastructures. The Company’s optical technologies are designed for cable television (CATV) and fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) networks, telecommunications and data centers, satellite communications, aerospace and defense, wireless networks, and broadcast and professional audio/video systems. The Company’s fiber optics products enable information that is modulated on light signals to be transmitted, routed (switched) and received in communication systems and networks.

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