ORBCOMM (NASDAQ: ORBC) and Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC pays an annual dividend of $0.71 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. ORBCOMM 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

77.5% of ORBCOMM shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 32.3% of Mobile TeleSystems OJSC shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.5% of ORBCOMM shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Mobile TeleSystems OJSC shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for ORBCOMM and Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ORBCOMM 0 0 5 0 3.00
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC 0 2 3 0 2.60

ORBCOMM currently has a consensus target price of $13.30, suggesting a potential upside of 17.60%. Mobile TeleSystems OJSC has a consensus target price of $10.97, suggesting a potential upside of 3.36%. Given ORBCOMM’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe ORBCOMM is more favorable than Mobile TeleSystems OJSC.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ORBCOMM -15.52% -6.16% -3.25%
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC 12.42% 40.25% 10.03%

Volatility & Risk

ORBCOMM has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mobile TeleSystems OJSC has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ORBCOMM and Mobile TeleSystems OJSC’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ORBCOMM $202.00 million 4.12 $36.94 million ($0.45) -25.13
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC $14.03 billion 0.76 $4.86 billion $0.87 12.20

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC has higher revenue and earnings than ORBCOMM. ORBCOMM 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.

Summary

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC beats ORBCOMM on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ORBCOMM

ORBCOMM Inc. is a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, including network connectivity, devices, device management and Web reporting applications. The Company’s IoT products and services are designed to track, monitor and manage security for a range of assets, such as trailers, trucks, rail cars, sea containers, generators, fluid tanks, marine vessels, diesel or electric powered generators (gensets), oil and gas wells, pipeline monitoring equipment, irrigation control systems, and utility meters, in industries for transportation and supply chain, heavy equipment, fixed asset monitoring, maritime and government. It also provides Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services to assist in vessel navigation and to manage maritime safety for government and commercial customers across the world. It provides its services using various network platforms, including its own constellation of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.

About Mobile TeleSystems OJSC

Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO is a Russia-based 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. The Company also offers software solutions, such as LiteBox, a cloud-based tool for online cash operations.

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