Orange SA (NASDAQ: ORAN) and Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX) are both telecommunications services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Orange SA and Black Box Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Orange SA 4.09% 4.47% 1.76%
Black Box Corporation -1.97% 3.05% 1.00%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Orange SA and Black Box Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Orange SA $49.41 billion 0.86 $14.60 billion N/A N/A
Black Box Corporation $828.90 million 0.06 $20.29 million ($1.08) -2.99

Orange SA has higher revenue and earnings than Black Box Corporation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.8% of Black Box Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Black Box Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Black Box Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 14.9%. Orange SA does not pay a dividend. Black Box Corporation pays out -44.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Orange SA and Black Box Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Orange SA 2 1 2 0 2.00
Black Box Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00

Black Box Corporation has a consensus target price of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 210.08%. Given Black Box Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Black Box Corporation is more favorable than Orange SA.

Summary

Orange SA beats Black Box Corporation on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Orange SA

Orange SA is a telecommunications operator. The Company also provides telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. The Company’s segments include France, Spain, Poland, Belgium and Luxembourg, Central European countries, Africa and Middle East, Enterprise, and International Carriers & Shared Services. The Company provides consumers, businesses and other telecommunications operators with a range of services, including fixed telephony and mobile telecommunications, data transmission and other value-added services, mainly in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The Company offers fixed-line telephony, mobile telephony and Internet services in France. The Company offers fixed-line telephony, mobile telephony and Internet services in Spain. The Company offers fixed-line and mobile telephony, and Internet services in Poland. The Company operates through Mobistar and Groupama Banque SA.

About Black Box Corporation

Black Box Corporation is a technology solutions provider. The Company is engaged in designing, building, managing and securing the information technology (IT) infrastructure. Offerings under the Company’s Products platform include IT infrastructure, specialty networking, multimedia and keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) switching. Offerings under its Services platform include unified communications, data infrastructure and managed services. It conducts business globally and manages its business on a geographic-service type basis consisting of four segments: North America Products, North America Services, International Products and International Services. The offerings of its Products platform are distributed through value-added resellers, direct marketing manufacturers, mass merchandisers, Web retailers and others. The offerings of its Services platform are distributed through value-added resellers, manufacturers and large system integrators, among others.

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