EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR) and ViaSat (NASDAQ:VSAT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares EMCORE Corporation and ViaSat’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EMCORE Corporation 6.73% 9.25% 7.71%
ViaSat 0.82% 1.21% 0.68%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

76.1% of EMCORE Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.4% of ViaSat shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of EMCORE Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.7% of ViaSat shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares EMCORE Corporation and ViaSat’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EMCORE Corporation $119.32 million 1.85 $13.00 million $0.30 27.33
ViaSat $1.58 billion 2.47 $226.09 million $0.25 268.88

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

Risk and Volatility

EMCORE Corporation has a beta of 0.61, indicating that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ViaSat has a beta of 0.71, indicating that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for EMCORE Corporation and ViaSat, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EMCORE Corporation 0 1 3 0 2.75
ViaSat 2 5 6 0 2.31

EMCORE Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $11.88, suggesting a potential upside of 44.82%. ViaSat has a consensus target price of $74.11, suggesting a potential upside of 10.25%. Given EMCORE Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe EMCORE Corporation is more favorable than ViaSat.

Summary

ViaSat beats EMCORE Corporation on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

EMCORE Corporation Company Profile

EMCORE Corporation is engaged in designing and manufacturing indium phosphide (InP) optical chips, components, subsystems and systems for the broadband and specialty fiber optics market. The Company focuses on linear fiber optic transmission technology. The Company operates through Fiber Optics segment. The Company provides optical components, and also end-to-end solutions for high-speed communications network infrastructures. The Company’s optical technologies are designed for cable television (CATV) and fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) networks, telecommunications and data centers, satellite communications, aerospace and defense, wireless networks, and broadcast and professional audio/video systems. The Company’s fiber optics products enable information that is modulated on light signals to be transmitted, routed (switched) and received in communication systems and networks.

ViaSat Company Profile

ViaSat, Inc. is engaged in broadband technologies and services. The Company operates through three segments: satellite services, commercial networks and government systems. The satellite services segment provides satellite-based broadband services to consumers, enterprises, commercial airlines and mobile broadband customers primarily in the United States. The commercial networks segment develops and produces a range of end-to-end satellite and wireless communication systems, ground networking equipment and space-to-earth connectivity systems. The government systems segment develops and produces network-centric Internet Protocol (IP)-based fixed and mobile secure government communications systems, products, services and solutions, which are designed to enable the collection and dissemination of real-time digital information between command centers, communications nodes and air defense systems.

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