Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (NYSE: MBT) and Superconductor Technologies (NASDAQ:SCON) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Dividends

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC pays an annual dividend of $0.71 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. Superconductor Technologies does not pay a dividend. Mobile TeleSystems OJSC pays out 81.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

32.1% of Mobile TeleSystems OJSC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.0% of Superconductor Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Mobile TeleSystems OJSC shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Superconductor Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Mobile TeleSystems OJSC and Superconductor Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC $14.03 billion 0.74 $4.86 billion $0.87 12.18
Superconductor Technologies $39,999.00 323.54 -$8.69 million ($2.04) -0.59

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC has higher revenue and earnings than Superconductor Technologies. Superconductor Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Mobile TeleSystems OJSC and Superconductor Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC 0 2 3 0 2.60
Superconductor Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC presently has a consensus target price of $10.97, indicating a potential upside of 3.46%. Superconductor Technologies has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 148.36%. Given Superconductor Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Superconductor Technologies is more favorable than Mobile TeleSystems OJSC.

Profitability

This table compares Mobile TeleSystems OJSC and Superconductor Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC 12.42% 40.25% 10.03%
Superconductor Technologies -26,445.00% -99.84% -90.61%

Risk and Volatility

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Superconductor Technologies has a beta of 1.06, indicating that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC beats Superconductor Technologies on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC Company Profile

Mobile TeleSystems Public Joint Stock Company, formerly Mobile TeleSystems Open Joint Stock Company, is a provider of telecommunications services. The Company provides mobile and fixed line voice and data telecommunications services, including data transfer, broadband, pay-television (pay-TV) and various value-added services, as well as selling equipment and accessories. The Company operates through segments, which include Russia convergent, Moscow fixed line and Ukraine. Its Russia Convergent segment includes mobile and fixed line operations, which encompasses services rendered to customers across regions of Russia, including voice and data services, transmission, broadband, pay-TV and other value-added services. Its Moscow fixed line segment includes fixed line operations carried out in Moscow by the Company’s subsidiary MGTS. Its Ukraine segment includes mobile and fixed line operations carried out across multiple regions of Ukraine.

Superconductor Technologies Company Profile

Superconductor Technologies Inc. is engaged in developing and commercializing high temperature superconductor (HTS) materials and related technologies. The Company operates through the research, development, manufacture and marketing of high performance products used in cellular base stations segment. The Company develops products for the utility and telecommunications industries. The Company offers family of products, including SuperLink, which combines a specialized filter using HTS technology with a cryogenic cooler and a low-noise amplifier; AmpLink, which provides duplexing and uplink enhancement for personal communications service (PCS) and advanced wireless services (AWS) base stations, and SuperPlex, which provides a line of multiplexing solutions to reduce the need for additional antennas and coaxial cable feed lines, while providing functionality in both the 850 megahertz (MHz) cellular band and the 1,900 MHz PCS band.

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