Intelsat (NYSE: I) is one of 37 public companies in the “Wireless Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Intelsat to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Intelsat and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Intelsat $2.17 billion $1.61 billion 0.95
Intelsat Competitors $28.35 billion $8.31 billion 7.21

Intelsat’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Intelsat. Intelsat is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

38.0% of Intelsat shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.7% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.8% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Intelsat and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intelsat 36.95% -1.90% -0.14%
Intelsat Competitors -970.12% 0.41% -7.51%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Intelsat and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intelsat 0 2 2 0 2.50
Intelsat Competitors 516 1586 1756 57 2.35

Intelsat presently has a consensus price target of $4.38, suggesting a potential downside of 31.64%. As a group, “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 20.55%. Given Intelsat’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Intelsat has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Intelsat has a beta of 2.12, indicating that its share price is 112% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intelsat’s competitors have a beta of 0.77, indicating that their average share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Intelsat competitors beat Intelsat on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Intelsat

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.

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