TNS (NYSE: TNS) and EchoStar (NASDAQ:SATS) are both technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

44.5% of EchoStar shares are owned by institutional investors. 73.5% of EchoStar shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares TNS and EchoStar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TNS N/A N/A N/A
EchoStar 5.55% 2.85% 1.26%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares TNS and EchoStar’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TNS N/A N/A N/A $0.59 N/A
EchoStar $3.06 billion 1.89 $179.93 million $1.24 48.67

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for TNS and EchoStar, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TNS 0 0 0 0 N/A
EchoStar 0 1 1 0 2.50

EchoStar has a consensus price target of $70.00, indicating a potential upside of 15.99%.

Summary

EchoStar beats TNS on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

TNS Company Profile

TNS, Inc., (TNS) is an international data communications company, which provides networking, managed connectivity, data communications and value added services to telecommunication companies, retailers, banks, payment processors and financial institutions. The Company operates in three divisions: Telecommunication Services Division (TSD), Payment Services Division (PSD), and Financial Services Division (FSD). The TSD principally serves telecommunication customers in North America, but has started generating revenue outside of North America from certain products. The PSD is focused on the payments industry in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The FSD serves customers in the financial services industry in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. In February 2013, the Company was acquired by investor group led by Siris Capital Group, LLC (Siris).

EchoStar Company Profile

EchoStar Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a provider of satellite operations, video delivery solutions, digital set-top boxes, and broadband satellite technologies and services for home and office, delivering network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments. The Company operates through three segments: Hughes, EchoStar Technologies (ETC) and EchoStar Satellite Services (ESS). The Company’s Hughes segment provides broadband satellite technologies and broadband services for the home and office, delivering network technologies, managed services and communication solutions to domestic and international consumers and enterprise and government customers. The ETC segment provides end-to-end video and broadcast technology products and services to businesses and directly to consumers. The ESS segment operates its business using its owned and leased in-orbit satellites. Its operations also include real estate and other activities.

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