Sprint (NYSE: S) and Superconductor Technologies (NASDAQ:SCON) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

13.7% of Sprint shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.9% of Superconductor Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Sprint shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Superconductor Technologies 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.

Profitability

This table compares Sprint and Superconductor Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sprint -1.82% -3.19% -0.73%
Superconductor Technologies -6,897.30% -97.45% -88.94%

Volatility and Risk

Sprint has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Superconductor Technologies has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sprint and Superconductor Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sprint $33.35 billion 0.66 -$1.21 billion ($0.15) -36.46
Superconductor Technologies $130,000.00 104.99 -$11.11 million ($1.34) -0.95

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Sprint and Superconductor Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sprint 4 11 1 0 1.81
Superconductor Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00

Sprint currently has a consensus price target of $6.27, suggesting a potential upside of 14.68%. Superconductor Technologies has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 136.50%. Given Superconductor Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Superconductor Technologies is more favorable than Sprint.

Summary

Superconductor Technologies beats Sprint on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sprint Company Profile

Sprint Corporation (Sprint) is a holding company. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, is a communications company offering a range of wireless and wireline communications products and services that are designed to meet the needs of consumers, businesses, government subscribers and resellers. It operates through two segments: Wireless and Wireline. The Company offers wireless services on a postpaid and prepaid payment basis to retail subscribers and also on a wholesale basis. The Wireline segment provides voice, data and Internet Protocol (IP) communication services to its Wireless segment. The Company offers wireless and wireline services to subscribers in approximately 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands under the Sprint corporate brand, which includes its retail brands of Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Assurance Wireless on its wireless networks utilizing various technologies.

Superconductor Technologies Company Profile

Superconductor Technologies Inc. is engaged in developing and commercializing high temperature superconductor (HTS) materials and related technologies. The Company operates through the research, development, manufacture and marketing of high performance products used in cellular base stations segment. The Company develops products for the utility and telecommunications industries. The Company offers family of products, including SuperLink, which combines a specialized filter using HTS technology with a cryogenic cooler and a low-noise amplifier; AmpLink, which provides duplexing and uplink enhancement for personal communications service (PCS) and advanced wireless services (AWS) base stations, and SuperPlex, which provides a line of multiplexing solutions to reduce the need for additional antennas and coaxial cable feed lines, while providing functionality in both the 850 megahertz (MHz) cellular band and the 1,900 MHz PCS band.

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