Intelsat (NYSE: I) is one of 36 public companies in the “Wireless Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Intelsat to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Intelsat and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intelsat 36.95% -1.90% -0.14%
Intelsat Competitors -994.58% 4.47% -5.15%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Intelsat and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Intelsat $2.17 billion $1.61 billion 1.09
Intelsat Competitors $28.35 billion $8.31 billion 7.72

Intelsat’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Intelsat. Intelsat is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

38.0% of Intelsat shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.3% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.5% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Intelsat has a beta of 2.12, suggesting that its stock price is 112% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intelsat’s peers have a beta of 0.78, suggesting that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Intelsat and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intelsat 0 2 2 0 2.50
Intelsat Competitors 512 1574 1750 56 2.35

Intelsat currently has a consensus price target of $4.38, indicating a potential downside of 40.48%. As a group, “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 18.29%. Given Intelsat’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Intelsat has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Intelsat peers beat Intelsat on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Intelsat

Intelsat S.A. operates in satellite services business. The Company provides satellite services to its communications customers around the world. It provides communications services to media companies, fixed and wireless telecommunications operators, data networking service providers for enterprise and mobile applications in the air and on the seas, multinational corporations and Internet service providers (ISPs). The Company is also a provider of commercial satellite communication services to the United States Government and other select military organizations and their contractors. The Company focuses on business-to-business services, indirectly enable enterprise, government and consumer applications through its customers. The Company has operations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa and Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

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