Contrasting Superconductor Technologies (SCON) & T-Mobile Us (PCS)

Superconductor Technologies (NASDAQ: SCON) and T-Mobile Us (NYSE:PCS) are both telecommunications services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Superconductor Technologies and T-Mobile Us’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Superconductor Technologies -6,897.30% -97.45% -88.94%
T-Mobile Us N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Superconductor Technologies and T-Mobile Us, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Superconductor Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00
T-Mobile Us 0 1 6 0 2.86

Superconductor Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 160.87%. T-Mobile Us has a consensus target price of $71.29, indicating a potential upside of 502.08%. Given T-Mobile Us’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe T-Mobile Us is more favorable than Superconductor Technologies.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Superconductor Technologies and T-Mobile Us’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Superconductor Technologies $130,000.00 95.18 -$11.11 million ($1.34) -0.86
T-Mobile Us N/A N/A N/A $0.24 49.33

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

Summary

T-Mobile Us beats Superconductor Technologies on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About T-Mobile Us

MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (MetroPCS Communications) is a facilities-based wireless broadband mobile communications provider in the United States, including the Atlanta, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando/Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Tampa/Sarasota metropolitan areas. It offers wireless broadband mobile services under the MetroPCS brand in selected metropolitan areas in the United States. It provides a variety of wireless broadband mobile communications services to its customers on a no long-term contract, paid-in-advance basis. As of December 31, 2011, it had over 9.3 million customers. All of its services are provided through wholly owned subsidiaries of MetroPCS Wireless, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of MetroPCS Communications. In January 2011, it introduced long term evolution (4G LTE) service plans.

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