Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ: GILT) and UTStarcom (NASDAQ:UTSI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.
This table compares Gilat Satellite Networks and UTStarcom’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Gilat Satellite Networks||2.41%||6.47%||3.62%|
9.5% of Gilat Satellite Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.3% of UTStarcom shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Gilat Satellite Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of UTStarcom shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Gilat Satellite Networks and UTStarcom’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Gilat Satellite Networks||$282.76 million||1.66||$6.80 million||$0.13||65.77|
Gilat Satellite Networks has higher revenue and earnings than UTStarcom.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Gilat Satellite Networks and UTStarcom, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Gilat Satellite Networks||0||0||0||0||N/A|
UTStarcom has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.75%. Given UTStarcom’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe UTStarcom is more favorable than Gilat Satellite Networks.
Risk and Volatility
Gilat Satellite Networks has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, UTStarcom has a beta of 0.09, suggesting that its stock price is 91% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Gilat Satellite Networks beats UTStarcom on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
Gilat Satellite Networks Company Profile
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. is a provider of satellite-based broadband communications. The Company operates through three segments: Commercial, Mobility and Services divisions. The Company designs and manufactures satellite ground segment and networking communications equipment, which it sells to its customers either as network components (modems, Block Up converters (BUCs), antennas) or as complete network solutions (which include hubs and related terminals and services) or turnkey projects. The equipment that the Company develops includes commercial Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) systems, defense and homeland security satellite communications systems, solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs), BUCs, low-profile antennas, on-the-Move/on-the-Pause terminals and modems. The Company’s equipment is used by satellite operators, service providers, telecommunications operators, system integrators, government and defense organizations, large corporations and enterprises.
UTStarcom Company Profile
UTStarcom Holdings Corp. provides broadband products, solution and services. The Company delivers broadband transport and access (both wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) and fixed line) products and solutions, optimized for mobile backhaul, metro aggregation, broadband access and Wi-Fi data offloading. Its segments include Equipment, which is focused on its equipment sales, including network infrastructure and application products, and Services, which is engaged in providing services and support of its equipment products and also the new operational support segment. The broadband product lines include family of packet transport network (PTN) products based on multi-protocol label switch transport profile (MPLS-TP) and carrier Ethernet (CE) technologies enhanced through in-house software-defined networking (SDN) platform to support the network evolution, and multi services access network (MSAN) platform. Wireless broadband access is represented by end-to-end Carrier Wi-Fi solution.
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