Platinum Communications (NYSE: PCS) and Intelsat (NYSE:I) are both wireless telecommunications services – nec companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Platinum Communications and Intelsat’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Platinum Communications N/A N/A N/A
Intelsat 26.57% -1.90% -0.78%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Platinum Communications and Intelsat, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Platinum Communications 0 2 5 0 2.71
Intelsat 0 3 1 0 2.25

Platinum Communications currently has a consensus price target of C$70.86, indicating a potential upside of 498.46%. Intelsat has a consensus price target of $4.38, indicating a potential upside of 10.48%. Given Platinum Communications’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Platinum Communications is more favorable than Intelsat.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Platinum Communications and Intelsat’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Platinum Communications N/A N/A N/A C$0.24 49.33
Intelsat $2.19 billion 0.22 $990.19 million $4.81 0.82

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

37.9% of Intelsat shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Platinum Communications beats Intelsat on 5 of the 9 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.

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