Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:LORL) and Pointer Telocation (NASDAQ:PNTR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.
This table compares Loral Space & Communications Ltd. and Pointer Telocation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Loral Space & Communications Ltd.||N/A||25.36%||18.80%|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Loral Space & Communications Ltd. and Pointer Telocation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Loral Space & Communications Ltd.||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Pointer Telocation has a consensus price target of $20.67, indicating a potential upside of 63.50%. Given Pointer Telocation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Pointer Telocation is more favorable than Loral Space & Communications Ltd..
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Loral Space & Communications Ltd. and Pointer Telocation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Loral Space & Communications Ltd.||N/A||N/A||$134.46 million||N/A||N/A|
|Pointer Telocation||$78.15 million||1.31||$16.51 million||$1.12||11.29|
Loral Space & Communications Ltd. has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Pointer Telocation.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
66.7% of Loral Space & Communications Ltd. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.9% of Pointer Telocation shares are owned by institutional investors. 40.6% of Loral Space & Communications Ltd. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Pointer Telocation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Volatility and Risk
Loral Space & Communications Ltd. has a beta of 1.39, indicating that its stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pointer Telocation has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Loral Space & Communications Ltd. beats Pointer Telocation on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
Loral Space & Communications Ltd. Company Profile
Loral Space & Communications Inc., a satellite communications company, provides satellite-based communications services to broadcast, telecom, corporate, and government customers worldwide. As of December 31, 2017, the company provided satellite services to its customers through a fleet of 15 in-orbit satellites; and owns the Canadian Ka-band payload on the ViaSat-1 satellite. It also offers video distribution and direct-to-home (DTH) video, as well as end-to-end communications services using satellite and hybrid satellite-ground networks; and broadcast services, including DTH, video distribution and contribution, and satellite transmission services for the broadcast of video news, sports, and live event coverage. In addition, the company provides telecommunication carrier and integrator services; satellite services to the Canadian Government; two-way broadband Internet services; communications services to the on and off shore oil and gas, and mining industries; maritime and aeronautical services; and satellite operator services. Further, it is involved in the installation and maintenance of the end user terminal; maintenance of the VSAT hub; and provision of satellite capacity. Additionally, the company offers consulting services related to space and earth, government studies, satellite control services, and research and development; and X-band communications services to the United States, Spanish, and allied government users. Loral Space & Communications Inc. was founded in 1996 and is based in New York, New York.
Pointer Telocation Company Profile
Pointer Telocation Ltd. provides mobile resource management (MRM) products and services for the automotive and insurance industries, and mobile assets management markets worldwide. It operates through MRM and Cellocator sgments. The MRM segment offers asset management, fleet management, stolen vehicle retrieval (SVR), and connected car services. The Cellocator segment designs, develops, and manufactures MRM products, such as fleet management products, including remote monitoring and control solutions comprising command and control center, and communications infrastructure; asset management products; and SVR products. The company was formerly known as Nexus Telocation Systems Ltd. and changed its name to Pointer Telocation Ltd. in January 2006. Pointer Telocation Ltd. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Rosh Haayin, Israel.
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