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


Vodafone Group pays an annual dividend of $1.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Intelsat does not pay a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

10.2% of Vodafone Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.5% of Intelsat shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Vodafone Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Vodafone Group has a beta of 0.52, meaning that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intelsat has a beta of 1.99, meaning that its stock price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vodafone Group N/A N/A N/A
Intelsat 26.57% -1.90% -0.78%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vodafone Group and Intelsat’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vodafone Group $52.29 billion 1.60 -$6.91 billion N/A N/A
Intelsat $2.19 billion 0.18 $990.19 million $4.81 0.70

Intelsat has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Vodafone Group.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Vodafone Group and Intelsat, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vodafone Group 1 1 6 0 2.63
Intelsat 0 3 1 0 2.25

Vodafone Group presently has a consensus price target of $31.52, suggesting a potential upside of 0.61%. Intelsat has a consensus price target of $4.38, suggesting a potential upside of 29.82%. Given Intelsat’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Intelsat is more favorable than Vodafone Group.


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

About Vodafone Group

Vodafone Group Plc (Vodafone) is a telecommunications company. The Company’s business is organized into two geographic regions: Europe, and Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific (AMAP). Its segments include Europe and AMAP. Its Europe segment includes geographic regions, such as Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Other Europe. The Other Europe includes the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Hungary and Romania, among others. Its AMAP segment includes India, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Africa, Turkey, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, New Zealand and Qatar, among others. The Company provides a range of services, including voice, messaging and data across mobile and fixed networks. The Company acquires spectrum and licenses to use radio frequencies that deliver mobile services. Its fixed capabilities include cable, fiber and copper networks to enable television, broadband and voice services.

About Intelsat

Intelsat S.A. operates in satellite services business. The Company provides satellite services to its communications customers around the world. It provides 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 (ISPs). The Company is also a provider of commercial satellite communication services to the United States Government and other select military organizations and their contractors. The Company focuses on business-to-business services, indirectly enable enterprise, government and consumer applications through its customers. The Company has operations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa and Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

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