Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) and Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ:GILT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Motorola Solutions and Gilat Satellite Networks’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Motorola Solutions $6.19 billion 2.36 $1.60 billion $3.79 23.75
Gilat Satellite Networks $289.16 million 1.32 $25.44 million $0.07 99.74

Motorola Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than Gilat Satellite Networks. Motorola Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Gilat Satellite Networks, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Motorola Solutions has a beta of 0.31, meaning that its share price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gilat Satellite Networks has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Motorola Solutions and Gilat Satellite Networks, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Motorola Solutions 0 3 9 0 2.75
Gilat Satellite Networks 0 0 0 0 N/A

Motorola Solutions presently has a consensus price target of $93.91, indicating a potential upside of 4.34%. Given Motorola Solutions’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Motorola Solutions is more favorable than Gilat Satellite Networks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.4% of Motorola Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.9% of Gilat Satellite Networks shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Motorola Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Gilat Satellite Networks shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Motorola Solutions and Gilat Satellite Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Motorola Solutions 10.38% -93.44% 10.07%
Gilat Satellite Networks 1.27% 6.59% 3.70%

Dividends

Motorola Solutions pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Gilat Satellite Networks does not pay a dividend. Motorola Solutions pays out 49.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Gilat Satellite Networks has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Motorola Solutions beats Gilat Satellite Networks on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Motorola Solutions Company Profile

Motorola Solutions, Inc. is a provider of communication infrastructure, devices, accessories, software and services. The Company operates through two segments: Products and Services. The Company’s Products segment offers a portfolio of infrastructure, devices, accessories and software. The Products segment has two product lines: Devices and Systems. The primary customers of the Products segment are government, public safety and first-responder agencies, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers operating private communications networks and manage a mobile workforce. The Company’s Services segment provides a range of service offerings for government, public safety and commercial communication networks. The Services segment product lines include Integration services, Managed & Support services, and Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) services.

Gilat Satellite Networks Company Profile

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. is a provider of satellite-based broadband communications. The Company operates through three segments: Commercial, Mobility and Services divisions. The Company designs and manufactures satellite ground segment and networking communications equipment, which it sells to its customers either as network components (modems, Block Up converters (BUCs), antennas) or as complete network solutions (which include hubs and related terminals and services) or turnkey projects. The equipment that the Company develops includes commercial Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) systems, defense and homeland security satellite communications systems, solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs), BUCs, low-profile antennas, on-the-Move/on-the-Pause terminals and modems. The Company’s equipment is used by satellite operators, service providers, telecommunications operators, system integrators, government and defense organizations, large corporations and enterprises.

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