Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ: VOD) and ORBCOMM (NASDAQ:ORBC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitabiliy.

Profitability

This table compares Vodafone Group PLC and ORBCOMM’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vodafone Group PLC N/A N/A N/A
ORBCOMM -12.69% -4.69% -2.62%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Vodafone Group PLC and ORBCOMM, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vodafone Group PLC 1 5 7 1 2.57
ORBCOMM 0 0 5 0 3.00

Vodafone Group PLC currently has a consensus price target of $31.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.53%. ORBCOMM has a consensus price target of $12.88, indicating a potential upside of 10.23%. Given ORBCOMM’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ORBCOMM is more favorable than Vodafone Group PLC.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vodafone Group PLC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
ORBCOMM $195.11 million 4.29 $37.30 million ($0.36) -32.44

ORBCOMM has higher revenue and earnings than Vodafone Group PLC.

Dividends

Vodafone Group PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.59 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. ORBCOMM does not pay a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

10.9% of Vodafone Group PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.8% of ORBCOMM shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Vodafone Group PLC shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.5% of ORBCOMM shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Vodafone Group PLC has a beta of 0.51, suggesting that its share price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ORBCOMM has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Vodafone Group PLC Company Profile

Vodafone Group Plc (Vodafone) is a telecommunications company. The Company’s business is organized into two geographic regions: Europe, and Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific (AMAP). Its segments include Europe and AMAP. Its Europe segment includes geographic regions, such as Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Other Europe. The Other Europe includes the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Hungary and Romania, among others. Its AMAP segment includes India, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Africa, Turkey, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, New Zealand and Qatar, among others. The Company provides a range of services, including voice, messaging and data across mobile and fixed networks. The Company acquires spectrum and licenses to use radio frequencies that deliver mobile services. Its fixed capabilities include cable, fiber and copper networks to enable television, broadband and voice services.

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.

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