Ubiquiti Networks (NASDAQ: UBNT) and Loral Space and Communications (NASDAQ:LORL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

Ubiquiti Networks has a beta of 0.51, indicating that its stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Loral Space and Communications has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

30.9% of Ubiquiti Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.3% of Loral Space and Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. 70.3% of Ubiquiti Networks shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 40.6% of Loral Space and Communications shares are owned by 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Ubiquiti Networks and Loral Space and Communications, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ubiquiti Networks 1 2 1 0 2.00
Loral Space and Communications 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ubiquiti Networks presently has a consensus target price of $54.67, indicating a potential downside of 5.52%. Given Ubiquiti Networks’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ubiquiti Networks is more favorable than Loral Space and Communications.

Profitability

This table compares Ubiquiti Networks and Loral Space and Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ubiquiti Networks 29.76% 45.87% 28.73%
Loral Space and Communications N/A 25.55% 16.33%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ubiquiti Networks and Loral Space and Communications’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ubiquiti Networks $865.27 million 5.37 $297.12 million $3.09 18.72
Loral Space and Communications N/A N/A -$7.76 million N/A N/A

Ubiquiti Networks has higher revenue and earnings than Loral Space and Communications.

Summary

Ubiquiti Networks beats Loral Space and Communications on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ubiquiti Networks Company Profile

Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. develops performance networking technology for service providers and enterprises. The Company offers a portfolio of networking products and solutions. Its service provider product platforms provide carrier-class network infrastructure for fixed wireless broadband, wireless backhaul systems and routing. Its enterprise product platforms provide wireless local area network (WLAN) infrastructure, video surveillance products, switching and routing solutions, and machine-to-machine communication components. Its products and solutions include radios, antennas, software, communications protocols and management tools that are designed to deliver carrier and enterprise class wireless broadband access and other services primarily in the unlicensed radio frequency spectrum. Its service provider and carrier solutions include Base Station/Backhaul/Customer Premise Equipment (CPE)/Bridge-airMAX, Network Routing Platform-EdgeMAX and Point-to-point Wireless Backhaul-airFiber.

Loral Space and Communications Company Profile

Loral Space & Communications Inc. is a satellite communications company. The Company, through its ownership interests in affiliates, is engaged in satellite-based communications services. The Company participates in satellite services operations through its interest in Telesat Holdings Inc., which owns Telesat Canada (Telesat), a global fixed satellite services (FSS) operator, with offices and facilities around the world. Telesat’s broadcast services business include direct to home services; video distribution and contribution, and occasional use services. Telesat owns and leases a satellite fleet that operates in geosynchronous earth orbit. Telesat’s enterprise services include telecommunication carrier and integrator services; government services; Consumer broadband services; resource services; maritime and aeronautical services; retail services, and satellite operator services. Telesat is a consultant in establishing, operating and upgrading satellite systems around the world.

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