Superconductor Technologies (NASDAQ: SCON) and Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Superconductor Technologies and Mobile TeleSystems OJSC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Superconductor Technologies -26,445.00% -99.84% -90.61%
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC 12.42% 40.25% 10.03%

Dividends

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC pays an annual dividend of $0.71 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. Superconductor Technologies does not pay a dividend. Mobile TeleSystems OJSC pays out 81.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Superconductor Technologies and Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Superconductor Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC 0 2 3 0 2.60

Superconductor Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 147.93%. Mobile TeleSystems OJSC has a consensus price target of $10.97, indicating a potential upside of 4.15%. Given Superconductor Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Superconductor Technologies is more favorable than Mobile TeleSystems OJSC.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

3.0% of Superconductor Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 32.1% of Mobile TeleSystems OJSC shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Superconductor Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Mobile TeleSystems OJSC shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Superconductor Technologies has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mobile TeleSystems OJSC has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Superconductor Technologies and Mobile TeleSystems OJSC’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Superconductor Technologies $39,999.00 324.11 -$8.69 million ($2.04) -0.59
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC $14.03 billion 0.75 $4.86 billion $0.87 12.10

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

Summary

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC beats Superconductor Technologies on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC Company Profile

Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO is a Russia-based provider of telecommunications services. The Company provides mobile and fixed-line voice and data telecommunications services, including data transfer, broadband, pay-television (pay-TV) and various value-added services, as well as selling equipment and accessories. The Company operates through segments, which include Russia convergent, Moscow fixed line and Ukraine. Its Russia Convergent segment includes mobile and fixed-line operations, which encompasses services rendered to customers across regions of Russia, including voice and data services, transmission, broadband, pay-TV and other value-added services. Its Moscow fixed-line segment includes fixed-line operations carried out in Moscow by the Company’s subsidiary MGTS. Its Ukraine segment includes mobile and fixed-line operations carried out across multiple regions of Ukraine. The Company also offers software solutions, such as LiteBox, a cloud-based tool for online cash operations.

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