Cellcom Israel (NYSE: CEL) and Superconductor Technologies (NASDAQ:SCON) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cellcom Israel and Superconductor Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cellcom Israel $1.05 billion 0.95 $39.00 million $0.32 30.94
Superconductor Technologies $130,000.00 87.74 -$11.11 million ($1.34) -0.79

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

Profitability

This table compares Cellcom Israel and Superconductor Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cellcom Israel 3.08% 8.63% 1.90%
Superconductor Technologies -6,897.30% -97.45% -88.94%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

7.0% of Cellcom Israel shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.9% of Superconductor Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Superconductor Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Cellcom Israel and Superconductor Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cellcom Israel 1 1 0 0 1.50
Superconductor Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00

Superconductor Technologies has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 183.02%. Given Superconductor Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Superconductor Technologies is more favorable than Cellcom Israel.

Risk & Volatility

Cellcom Israel has a beta of 2.08, meaning that its stock price is 108% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Superconductor Technologies has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cellcom Israel beats Superconductor Technologies on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cellcom Israel

Cellcom Israel Ltd. is engaged in the provision of cellular telephone services. The Company offers fixed-line services. The Company operates in two segments: Cellular and Fixed-line. The cellular segment includes the cellular communications services, end user cellular equipment and supplemental services. The fixed-line segment includes landline and long distance telephony services, Internet infrastructure and connectivity services, television services, end user fixed-line equipment and supplemental services. The Company provides a range of cellular services through its second generation (2G), third generation (3G) and fourth generation (4G) network. The Company’s services include basic cellular telephony services, text and multimedia messaging, advanced cellular content and data services, and other value-added services. It also offers international roaming services, a range of handsets from various manufacturers, and repair services on most handsets it offers.

About Superconductor Technologies

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.

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