Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ: GILT) is one of 67 public companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Gilat Satellite Networks to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Gilat Satellite Networks has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gilat Satellite Networks’ rivals have a beta of 1.17, suggesting that their average stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

8.0% of Gilat Satellite Networks shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Gilat Satellite Networks shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.5% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Gilat Satellite Networks and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gilat Satellite Networks 0 0 0 0 N/A
Gilat Satellite Networks Competitors 473 2692 4052 194 2.54

As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 26.63%. Given Gilat Satellite Networks’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Gilat Satellite Networks has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Gilat Satellite Networks and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Gilat Satellite Networks $289.16 million $25.44 million 85.29
Gilat Satellite Networks Competitors $2.87 billion $625.82 million 26.43

Gilat Satellite Networks’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Gilat Satellite Networks. Gilat Satellite Networks is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Gilat Satellite Networks and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gilat Satellite Networks 1.27% 6.59% 3.70%
Gilat Satellite Networks Competitors -1.42% -6.28% 0.71%

Summary

Gilat Satellite Networks rivals beat Gilat Satellite Networks on 6 of the 10 factors compared.

About Gilat Satellite Networks

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. is a provider of satellite-based broadband communications. The Company operates through three segments: Commercial, Mobility and Services divisions. The Company designs and manufactures satellite ground segment and networking communications equipment, which it sells to its customers either as network components (modems, Block Up converters (BUCs), antennas) or as complete network solutions (which include hubs and related terminals and services) or turnkey projects. The equipment that the Company develops includes commercial Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) systems, defense and homeland security satellite communications systems, solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs), BUCs, low-profile antennas, on-the-Move/on-the-Pause terminals and modems. The Company’s equipment is used by satellite operators, service providers, telecommunications operators, system integrators, government and defense organizations, large corporations and enterprises.

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