Head to Head Analysis: Loral Space & Communications (LORL) & Nokia (NOK)

Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ: LORL) and Nokia (NYSE:NOK) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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68.0% of Loral Space & Communications shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.7% of Nokia shares are held by institutional investors. 40.6% of Loral Space & Communications shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Loral Space & Communications and Nokia, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Loral Space & Communications 0 0 0 0 N/A
Nokia 1 9 6 0 2.31

Nokia has a consensus price target of $5.54, suggesting a potential downside of 1.09%. Given Nokia’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Nokia is more favorable than Loral Space & Communications.

Dividends

Nokia pays an annual dividend of $0.13 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Loral Space & Communications does not pay a dividend. Nokia pays out 35.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Loral Space & Communications has a beta of 1.21, indicating that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nokia has a beta of 1.15, indicating that its stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Loral Space & Communications and Nokia’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Loral Space & Communications N/A N/A $134.46 million N/A N/A
Nokia $26.15 billion 1.20 -$1.69 billion $0.37 15.11

Loral Space & Communications has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Nokia.

Profitability

This table compares Loral Space & Communications and Nokia’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Loral Space & Communications N/A 52.26% 35.22%
Nokia -6.37% 10.80% 4.54%

Summary

Loral Space & Communications beats Nokia on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Loral Space & Communications

Loral Space & Communications Inc., a satellite communications company, provides satellite-based communications services to broadcast, telecom, corporate, and government customers worldwide. As of December 31, 2017, the company provided satellite services to its customers through a fleet of 15 in-orbit satellites; and owns the Canadian Ka-band payload on the ViaSat-1 satellite. It also offers video distribution and direct-to-home (DTH) video, as well as end-to-end communications services using satellite and hybrid satellite-ground networks; and broadcast services, including DTH, video distribution and contribution, and satellite transmission services for the broadcast of video news, sports, and live event coverage. In addition, the company provides telecommunication carrier and integrator services; satellite services to the Canadian Government; two-way broadband Internet services; communications services to the on and off shore oil and gas, and mining industries; maritime and aeronautical services; and satellite operator services. Further, it is involved in the installation and maintenance of the end user terminal; maintenance of the VSAT hub; and provision of satellite capacity. Additionally, the company offers consulting services related to space and earth, government studies, satellite control services, and research and development; and X-band communications services to the United States, Spanish, and allied government users. Loral Space & Communications Inc. was founded in 1996 and is based in New York, New York.

About Nokia

Nokia Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides network infrastructure and related services worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Ultra Broadband Networks, IP Networks and Applications, and Nokia Technologies. It offers mobile networking solutions, such as hardware, software, and services for telecommunications operators, enterprises, and related markets/verticals; radio access network solutions; Internet protocol multimedia subsystem/voice over LTE, subscriber data management and other virtualized software infrastructure solutions; backhaul solutions; and network planning, implementation, operations, and maintenance solutions. The company also provides fixed networking solutions, including copper based solutions, such as VDSL2 Vectoring, Vplus, and G.fast; fiber-to-the-home solutions, such as Ethernet point-to-point, gigabit passive optical networks (GPON), EPON, and 10 gigabit next generation fiber technologies, as well as fiber access technologies; digital home devices; and copper and fiber broadband evolution, public switched telephone network transformation, ultra-broadband network design, deployment and operation, site implementation and outside plant, and multi-vendor maintenance services. In addition, it offers IP/optical networking solutions, such as IP routing and optical transport systems, software, and services; and packet-optimized and optical transport solutions. Further, the company provides software solutions, including customer experience management, network operations and management, communications and collaborations, policy and charging, as well as Cloud, Internet of Things, security, and analytics platforms; and submarine networks and radio frequency systems. Nokia Corporation was founded in 1865 and is headquartered in Espoo, Finland.

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