ORBCOMM (NASDAQ: ORBC) and Intelsat (NYSE:I) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

Volatility & Risk

ORBCOMM has a beta of 0.84, indicating that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intelsat has a beta of 1.99, indicating that its share price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ORBCOMM $186.74 million 4.58 -$23.51 million ($0.79) -14.58
Intelsat $2.19 billion 0.16 $990.19 million $5.18 0.58

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for ORBCOMM and Intelsat, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ORBCOMM 0 0 5 0 3.00
Intelsat 0 2 1 0 2.33

ORBCOMM presently has a consensus price target of $13.70, indicating a potential upside of 18.92%. Intelsat has a consensus price target of $4.83, indicating a potential upside of 61.11%. Given Intelsat’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Intelsat is more favorable than ORBCOMM.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ORBCOMM -25.32% -8.01% -3.94%
Intelsat 26.57% N/A -0.78%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

78.1% of ORBCOMM shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.4% of Intelsat shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.5% of ORBCOMM shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Intelsat beats ORBCOMM on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

ORBCOMM Company Profile

ORBCOMM Inc. is a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, including network connectivity, devices, device management and Web reporting applications. The Company’s IoT products and services are designed to track, monitor and manage security for a range of assets, such as trailers, trucks, rail cars, sea containers, generators, fluid tanks, marine vessels, diesel or electric powered generators (gensets), oil and gas wells, pipeline monitoring equipment, irrigation control systems, and utility meters, in industries for transportation and supply chain, heavy equipment, fixed asset monitoring, maritime and government. It also provides Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services to assist in vessel navigation and to manage maritime safety for government and commercial customers across the world. It provides its services using various network platforms, including its own constellation of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.

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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