Critical Contrast: Intelsat (I) vs. B Communications (BCOM)

Intelsat (NYSE:I) and B Communications (NASDAQ:BCOM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

48.7% of Intelsat shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.5% of B Communications shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Intelsat has a beta of 1.39, meaning that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, B Communications has a beta of 1.84, meaning that its share price is 84% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Intelsat and B Communications’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intelsat $2.15 billion 1.52 -$178.72 million ($1.70) -13.88
B Communications $2.82 billion 0.06 $22.00 million N/A N/A

B Communications has higher revenue and earnings than Intelsat.

Profitability

This table compares Intelsat and B Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intelsat -26.81% N/A -2.35%
B Communications -2.94% -0.84% -0.12%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Intelsat and B Communications, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intelsat 0 4 2 0 2.33
B Communications 0 0 0 0 N/A

Intelsat presently has a consensus price target of $24.00, indicating a potential upside of 1.69%. Given Intelsat’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Intelsat is more favorable than B Communications.

Intelsat Company Profile

Intelsat S.A., through its subsidiaries, provides satellite communications services worldwide. The company offers a range of communications services to media companies, fixed and wireless telecommunications operators, data networking service providers for enterprise and mobile applications in the air and on the seas, multinational corporations, and Internet service providers; and commercial satellite communication services to the U.S. government and other military organizations and their contractors. It provides various on-network services, including transponder services; managed services that combine satellite capacity, teleport facilities, satellite communications hardware, and other ground facilities to provide managed and monitored broadband, trunking, video, and private network services to customers; and channel services primarily used for point-to-point bilateral services to telecommunications providers. The company also offers off-network and other services comprising transponder, mobile satellite, and other services. In addition, it offers satellite-related consulting and technical services that include the lifecycle of satellite operations and related infrastructure, from satellite and launch vehicle procurement through telemetry and commanding services, and related equipment sale services to other satellite operators. The company was founded in 1964 and is headquartered in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Intelsat S.A. is a subsidiary of Serafina S.A.

B Communications Company Profile

B Communications Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of telecommunications services for business and private customers in Israel. The company offers fixed-line telephony, fixed-line broadband Internet infrastructure access, Internet service provider, cellular telephony, international telephony, international and domestic data transfer and network, information and communication technology, pay television, multi-channel television, television and radio broadcasts, satellite broadcasts, and customer call center services, as well as other communications infrastructures and services. It is also involved in the maintenance and development of communications infrastructures; provision of communications services to other communications providers; and supply and maintenance of equipment on customer premises, such as network end point services. The company was formerly known as 012 Smile. Communications Ltd. and changed its name to B Communications Ltd. in March 2010. B Communications Ltd. was founded in 1999 and is based in Ramat Gan, Israel. B Communications Ltd. is a subsidiary of Internet Gold – Golden Lines Ltd.

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