SBA Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: SBAC) and Inseego Corp. (NASDAQ:INSG) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.2% of SBA Communications Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.2% of Inseego Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of SBA Communications Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.1% of Inseego Corp. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SBA Communications Corporation and Inseego Corp.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SBA Communications Corporation $1.68 billion 10.12 $1.10 billion $0.31 455.82
Inseego Corp. $232.00 million 0.27 -$8.41 million ($1.33) -0.84

SBA Communications Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Inseego Corp.. Inseego Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SBA Communications Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for SBA Communications Corporation and Inseego Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SBA Communications Corporation 0 3 12 0 2.80
Inseego Corp. 0 1 1 0 2.50

SBA Communications Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $140.31, suggesting a potential downside of 0.70%. Inseego Corp. has a consensus target price of $1.75, suggesting a potential upside of 56.25%. Given Inseego Corp.’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Inseego Corp. is more favorable than SBA Communications Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares SBA Communications Corporation and Inseego Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SBA Communications Corporation 2.19% -2.64% 0.67%
Inseego Corp. -32.34% -204.22% -16.74%

Volatility & Risk

SBA Communications Corporation has a beta of 0.73, meaning that its share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Inseego Corp. has a beta of 0.33, meaning that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

SBA Communications Corporation beats Inseego Corp. on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

SBA Communications Corporation Company Profile

SBA Communications Corporation is an independent owner and operator of wireless communications tower structures, rooftops and other structures that support antennas used for wireless communications. The Company’s operating segments include site leasing and site development. The site leasing business includes segments, domestic site leasing and international site leasing. The Company’s primary business line is its site leasing business. In its site leasing business, the Company leases antenna space to wireless service providers on towers that it owns or operates, and manages rooftop and tower sites for property owners under various contractual arrangements. The Company owns approximately 25,460 towers. It also manages or leases approximately 5,500 actual or potential towers. The Company’s other business line is its site development business, through which it assists wireless service providers in developing and maintaining their own wireless service networks.

Inseego Corp. Company Profile

Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a provider of intelligent wireless solutions for the mobile communications market. The Company’s range of products includes intelligent mobile hotspots, universal serial bus (USB) modems, embedded modules, integrated asset-management and mobile tracking machine-to-machine (M2M) devices, communications and applications software and cloud services. It operates in the wireless communications industry in two product categories: M2M Products and Solutions, and Mobile Computing Solutions. M2M Products and Solutions includes its M2M embedded modules, integrated M2M communications devices, Ctrack fleet management platform and its service delivery platforms, Crossroads, DMS, the N4A DM and N4A CMS that provide device management and service enablement. Mobile Computing Solutions includes its MiFi brand of intelligent mobile hotspot devices, USB modems and embedded modules that enable Internet access and data transmission and services via cellular wireless networks.

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