Cellcom Israel (CEL) & ORBCOMM (ORBC) Head to Head Review

Cellcom Israel (NYSE: CEL) and ORBCOMM (NASDAQ:ORBC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Cellcom Israel has a beta of 2.09, indicating that its share price is 109% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ORBCOMM has a beta of 0.83, indicating that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Cellcom Israel and ORBCOMM, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cellcom Israel 1 1 0 0 1.50
ORBCOMM 0 0 5 0 3.00

ORBCOMM has a consensus target price of $13.30, suggesting a potential upside of 23.84%. Given ORBCOMM’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ORBCOMM is more favorable than Cellcom Israel.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

7.0% of Cellcom Israel shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.7% of ORBCOMM shares are held by institutional investors. 9.5% of ORBCOMM shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Cellcom Israel and ORBCOMM’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cellcom Israel 3.08% 8.63% 1.90%
ORBCOMM -25.32% -8.01% -3.94%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cellcom Israel and ORBCOMM’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cellcom Israel $1.05 billion 0.95 $39.00 million $0.32 30.88
ORBCOMM $186.74 million 4.27 -$23.51 million ($0.79) -13.59

Cellcom Israel has higher revenue and earnings than ORBCOMM. ORBCOMM is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cellcom Israel, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Cellcom Israel beats ORBCOMM on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cellcom Israel

Cellcom Israel Ltd. is engaged in the provision of cellular telephone services. The Company offers fixed-line services. The Company operates in two segments: Cellular and Fixed-line. The cellular segment includes the cellular communications services, end user cellular equipment and supplemental services. The fixed-line segment includes landline and long distance telephony services, Internet infrastructure and connectivity services, television services, end user fixed-line equipment and supplemental services. The Company provides a range of cellular services through its second generation (2G), third generation (3G) and fourth generation (4G) network. The Company’s services include basic cellular telephony services, text and multimedia messaging, advanced cellular content and data services, and other value-added services. It also offers international roaming services, a range of handsets from various manufacturers, and repair services on most handsets it offers.

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.

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