KVH Industries (NYSE: NOK) and Nokia Oyj (NYSE:NOK) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Dividends

Nokia Oyj pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. KVH Industries does not pay a dividend. Nokia Oyj pays out 54.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares KVH Industries and Nokia Oyj’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KVH Industries -5.74% -0.95% -0.49%
Nokia Oyj -4.56% 9.10% 3.64%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

54.6% of KVH Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.8% of Nokia Oyj shares are held by institutional investors. 9.2% of KVH Industries shares are held by 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 recent ratings and target prices for KVH Industries and Nokia Oyj, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KVH Industries 0 0 1 0 3.00
Nokia Oyj 1 8 6 0 2.33

KVH Industries presently has a consensus price target of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 15.23%. Nokia Oyj has a consensus price target of $5.39, suggesting a potential downside of 6.02%. Given KVH Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe KVH Industries is more favorable than Nokia Oyj.

Risk and Volatility

KVH Industries has a beta of 0.73, suggesting that its share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nokia Oyj has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares KVH Industries and Nokia Oyj’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KVH Industries $160.09 million 1.34 -$11.03 million ($0.13) -93.46
Nokia Oyj $26.15 billion 1.23 -$1.69 billion $0.37 15.49

KVH Industries has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Nokia Oyj. KVH Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Nokia Oyj, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Nokia Oyj beats KVH Industries on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

KVH Industries Company Profile

KVH Industries, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets mobile connectivity products and services for the marine and land mobile markets in the United States and internationally. The company offers mobile satellite TV and communications products, including satellite TV antennas; two-way satellite communications systems; onboard V-IP terminals and hub equipment; network management hardware and software products for maritime communications; and Iridium OpenPort hardware products and services. It also offers airtime plans that enable customers to obtain Internet and voice services; and value-added, and news and radio content services. In addition, the company provides navigation, guidance, and stabilization products for the commercial and defense markets comprising precision fiber optic gyro-based systems that enable platform and optical stabilization, navigation, pointing, and guidance; tactical navigation systems for tactical trucks and light armored vehicles; and commercial products, such as navigation and positioning systems for various applications consisting of precision mapping, dynamic surveying, autonomous vehicles, train location control and track geometry measurement systems, industrial robotics, and optical stabilization applications. Further, it offers content, maritime news, sporting content, and television programming delivery services; movie distribution services; maritime e-learning content and related services; and services and support for the mini-VSAT Broadband solution. The company sells its mobile communications products through a network of independent retailers, chain stores, and distributors; and navigation products directly to the United States and foreign governments, and government contractors, as well as through authorized independent sales representatives. The company also sells and leases its products directly to end users. KVH Industries, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Nokia Oyj Company Profile

Nokia Corporation engages in the network and technology businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Ultra Broadband Networks, Global Services, IP Networks and Applications, and Nokia Technologies. It provides mobile networking solutions, including hardware, software, and services for telecommunications operators, enterprises, and related markets/verticals. It also offers fixed networking solutions, such as copper based solutions; fiber-to-the-home solutions, including Ethernet point-to-point, gigabit passive optical networks, EPON, and 10 gigabit next generation fiber technologies; fiber access products, solutions, and services; and public switched telephone network transformation, ultra-broadband network design, deployment and operation, site implementation and outside plant, and multi-vendor maintenance services. In addition, the company provides network implementation, care, and professional services for mobile networks; and managed services, such as network and service management, build-operate-transfer model, hosting, analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, and security operation services for the fixed, mobile, applications, Internet protocol (IP), and optical domains. Further, it offers network planning and optimization services to enhance the network performance and quality, and analytics-based services; and network architecture, integration, customization, and migration services. Additionally, the company provides IP/optical networking solutions, including IP routing and optical transport systems, software, and services; software solutions, such as customer experience management, network operations and management, communications and collaborations, policy and charging, as well as Cloud, IoT, security, and analytics platforms; and submarine networks and radio frequency systems. Nokia Corporation has a collaboration agreement with Filtronic. The company was founded in 1865 and is headquartered in Espoo, Finland.

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