Critical Contrast: INMARSAT PLC/ADR (IMASY) and B Communications (BCOM)

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INMARSAT PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:IMASY) and B Communications (NASDAQ:BCOM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares INMARSAT PLC/ADR and B Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
INMARSAT PLC/ADR 8.76% 8.88% 2.16%
B Communications -2.94% -0.84% -0.12%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.0% of INMARSAT PLC/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.5% of B Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

INMARSAT PLC/ADR has a beta of 0.34, suggesting that its share price is 66% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, B Communications has a beta of 1.84, suggesting that its share price is 84% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for INMARSAT PLC/ADR and B Communications, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
INMARSAT PLC/ADR 0 2 0 0 2.00
B Communications 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

INMARSAT PLC/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. B Communications does not pay a dividend. B Communications has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares INMARSAT PLC/ADR and B Communications’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
INMARSAT PLC/ADR $1.40 billion 1.68 $181.70 million N/A N/A
B Communications $2.82 billion 0.06 $22.00 million N/A N/A

INMARSAT PLC/ADR has higher earnings, but lower revenue than B Communications.

Summary

INMARSAT PLC/ADR beats B Communications on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

INMARSAT PLC/ADR 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 13 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 was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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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