Intelsat (NYSE: I) and Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Intelsat and Vodafone Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intelsat 0 3 1 0 2.25
Vodafone Group 1 1 6 0 2.63

Intelsat currently has a consensus target price of $4.38, suggesting a potential upside of 26.08%. Vodafone Group has a consensus target price of $31.52, suggesting a potential upside of 1.45%. Given Intelsat’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Intelsat is more favorable than Vodafone Group.


This table compares Intelsat and Vodafone Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intelsat 26.57% -1.90% -0.78%
Vodafone Group N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

36.5% of Intelsat shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.2% of Vodafone Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Vodafone Group shares are held by company insiders. 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.


Vodafone Group pays an annual dividend of $1.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Intelsat does not pay a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Intelsat has a beta of 1.99, meaning that its stock price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vodafone Group has a beta of 0.52, meaning that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Intelsat and Vodafone Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intelsat $2.19 billion 0.19 $990.19 million $4.81 0.72
Vodafone Group $52.29 billion 1.58 -$6.91 billion N/A N/A

Intelsat has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Vodafone Group.


Vodafone Group beats Intelsat on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Vodafone Group

Vodafone Group Plc (Vodafone) is a telecommunications company. The Company’s business is organized into two geographic regions: Europe, and Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific (AMAP). Its segments include Europe and AMAP. Its Europe segment includes geographic regions, such as Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Other Europe. The Other Europe includes the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Hungary and Romania, among others. Its AMAP segment includes India, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Africa, Turkey, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, New Zealand and Qatar, among others. The Company provides a range of services, including voice, messaging and data across mobile and fixed networks. The Company acquires spectrum and licenses to use radio frequencies that deliver mobile services. Its fixed capabilities include cable, fiber and copper networks to enable television, broadband and voice services.

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