ORBCOMM (NASDAQ: ORBC) and Meru Networks (NASDAQ:MERU) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ORBCOMM and Meru Networks’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ORBCOMM $202.00 million 3.75 $36.94 million ($0.45) -22.89
Meru Networks N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

ORBCOMM has higher revenue and earnings than Meru Networks.

Profitability

This table compares ORBCOMM and Meru Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ORBCOMM -15.52% -6.16% -3.25%
Meru Networks -46.15% N/A -86.56%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for ORBCOMM and Meru Networks, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ORBCOMM 0 0 6 0 3.00
Meru Networks 0 0 0 0 N/A

ORBCOMM currently has a consensus target price of $13.30, indicating a potential upside of 29.13%. Given ORBCOMM’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe ORBCOMM is more favorable than Meru Networks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.5% of ORBCOMM shares are held by institutional investors. 9.5% of ORBCOMM shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

ORBCOMM beats Meru Networks on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ORBCOMM

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.

About Meru Networks

Meru Networks, Inc. (Meru) develops and markets a virtualized Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) solution. The Company’s solution is built around its System Director Operating System, which runs on its controllers and access points. The Company offers additional products designed to deliver network management, diagnostics and security. The Company also offers support services related to its products, professional services, and training. Its products and services are sold through value added resellers, and distributors, as well as its sales force. Its System Director Operating System forms the core of its virtualized WLAN solution. It provides a family of controllers that run its System Director Operating System and work in conjunction with its access points. Its Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) certified access points provide network connectivity for wireless devices. Its bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and policy management solutions are designed to automate secure guest access.

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