Head to Head Comparison: Inmarsat (IMASY) and Intelsat (I)

Inmarsat (OTCMKTS: IMASY) and Intelsat (NYSE:I) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Dividends

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Inmarsat pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.8%. Intelsat does not pay a dividend. Inmarsat pays out 75.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Risk & Volatility

Inmarsat has a beta of 0.22, meaning that its share price is 78% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intelsat has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Inmarsat and Intelsat’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Inmarsat $1.40 billion 1.60 $242.80 million $0.64 7.66
Intelsat $2.15 billion 0.29 -$178.72 million ($1.70) -3.02

Inmarsat has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Intelsat. Intelsat is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Inmarsat, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Inmarsat and Intelsat’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Inmarsat 15.39% 20.05% 5.04%
Intelsat -8.31% N/A -1.62%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Inmarsat shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.9% of Intelsat shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Inmarsat and Intelsat, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Inmarsat 0 4 0 0 2.00
Intelsat 0 5 0 0 2.00

Intelsat has a consensus price target of $4.88, suggesting a potential downside of 4.97%. Given Intelsat’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Intelsat is more favorable than Inmarsat.

Summary

Inmarsat beats Intelsat on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Inmarsat Company Profile

Inmarsat plc provides mobile satellite communications services on land, at sea, and in the air worldwide. The company operates through five segments: Maritime, US Government, Enterprise, Aviation, and Global Government. It offers voice and data broadband services; global maritime distress and safety system services; mobile and fixed voice services; a portfolio of machine-to-machine services that provide two-way data connectivity for messaging, tracking, and monitoring of fixed or mobile assets; maritime satellite services, including very small aperture terminals and television receive only antenna services; and Global Xpress, a high-speed broadband service that offer seamless connectivity for advanced data services on land, at sea, and in the air. The company also offers in-flight voice, data, safety, and cabin connectivity services for business and commercial air transport. It connects to its fleet of 12 satellites using a range of equipment, including global handheld satellite phones and notebook-size broadband Internet devices, as well as specialist terminals and antennas fitted to ships, aircraft, and road vehicles. It serves governments, airlines, the broadcast media industry, the oil and gas industry, the mining and construction industry, and humanitarian aid agencies. The company has a strategic partnership with Deutsche Telekom AG to develop the European Aviation Network to combine satellite connectivity from Inmarsat?s S-band satellite with an LTE-based ground network. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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, Luxembourg. Intelsat S.A. is a subsidiary of Serafina S.A.

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