Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) is one of 67 publicly-traded companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Comtech Telecommunications Corp. to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Comtech Telecommunications Corp. and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. 2.02% 0.81% 0.42%
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Competitors -1.68% -6.44% 0.51%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Comtech Telecommunications Corp. and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. $554.98 million $56.17 million 40.90
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Competitors $2.87 billion $625.82 million 26.45

Comtech Telecommunications Corp.’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Comtech Telecommunications Corp.. Comtech Telecommunications Corp. is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.8% of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.4% of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.5% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies 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.

Dividends

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Comtech Telecommunications Corp. pays out 80.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 40.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Comtech Telecommunications Corp. lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Comtech Telecommunications Corp. and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. 0 2 3 0 2.60
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Competitors 472 2690 4048 194 2.54

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. currently has a consensus target price of $17.90, indicating a potential downside of 12.47%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 26.41%. Given Comtech Telecommunications Corp.’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Comtech Telecommunications Corp. has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. has a beta of 1.91, indicating that its stock price is 91% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comtech Telecommunications Corp.’s competitors have a beta of 1.17, indicating that their average stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. competitors beat Comtech Telecommunications Corp. on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Comtech Telecommunications Corp.

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces and markets products, systems and services for communications solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Commercial Solutions and Government Solutions. It offers communications solutions, including command and control technologies, safety and security technologies and enterprise technologies. Its Commercial Solutions segment provides satellite communications (such as satellite earth station modems and traveling wave tube amplifiers), public safety systems (such as next generation 911 technologies) and enterprise application technologies (such as messaging and trusted location-based technologies). The Government Solutions segment includes command and control technologies, troposcatter technologies, and radio frequency power and switching technologies. It serves system and network suppliers in the global satellite, defense, broadcast and aerospace industries, and the United States federal government, among others.

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