Nokia Oyj (NASDAQ: SATS) and Echostar (NASDAQ:SATS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Nokia Oyj and Echostar’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nokia Oyj $26.15 billion 1.14 -$1.69 billion $0.37 14.35
Echostar $1.89 billion 2.43 $392.56 million $0.84 56.83

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

Profitability

This table compares Nokia Oyj and Echostar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nokia Oyj -4.56% 9.10% 3.64%
Echostar 20.03% 1.71% 0.80%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

6.8% of Nokia Oyj shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.7% of Echostar shares are owned by institutional investors. 46.7% of Echostar shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Nokia Oyj pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Echostar does not pay a dividend. Nokia Oyj pays out 54.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Nokia Oyj and Echostar, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nokia Oyj 1 8 6 0 2.33
Echostar 0 1 1 0 2.50

Nokia Oyj currently has a consensus price target of $5.39, suggesting a potential upside of 1.41%. Echostar has a consensus price target of $73.00, suggesting a potential upside of 52.91%. Given Echostar’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Echostar is more favorable than Nokia Oyj.

Volatility & Risk

Nokia Oyj has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Echostar has a beta of 0.85, suggesting that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Echostar beats Nokia Oyj on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nokia Oyj

Nokia Corporation engages in the network and technology businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Ultra Broadband Networks, Global Services, IP Networks and Applications, and Nokia Technologies. It provides mobile networking solutions, including hardware, software, and services for telecommunications operators, enterprises, and related markets/verticals. It also offers fixed networking solutions, such as copper based solutions; fiber-to-the-home solutions, including Ethernet point-to-point, gigabit passive optical networks, EPON, and 10 gigabit next generation fiber technologies; fiber access products, solutions, and services; and public switched telephone network transformation, ultra-broadband network design, deployment and operation, site implementation and outside plant, and multi-vendor maintenance services. In addition, the company provides network implementation, care, and professional services for mobile networks; and managed services, such as network and service management, build-operate-transfer model, hosting, analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, and security operation services for the fixed, mobile, applications, Internet protocol (IP), and optical domains. Further, it offers network planning and optimization services to enhance the network performance and quality, and analytics-based services; and network architecture, integration, customization, and migration services. Additionally, the company provides IP/optical networking solutions, including IP routing and optical transport systems, software, and services; software solutions, such as customer experience management, network operations and management, communications and collaborations, policy and charging, as well as Cloud, IoT, security, and analytics platforms; and submarine networks and radio frequency systems. Nokia Corporation has a collaboration agreement with Filtronic. The company was founded in 1865 and is headquartered in Espoo, Finland.

About Echostar

EchoStar Corporation provides satellite service operations and video delivery solutions worldwide. It operates in two segments, Hughes and EchoStar Satellite Services. The Hughes segments offers broadband satellite technologies and Internet services for home and small office customers; and broadband network technologies, managed services, equipment, hardware, satellite services, and communication solutions for aeronautical, enterprise, and government customers, as well as consumers. This segment also designs, provides, and installs gateways and terminal equipment for other satellite systems; and provides satellite ground segment systems and terminals to mobile system operators. The EchoStar Satellite Services segment offers satellite service operations and video delivery solutions on a full-time and occasional-use basis primarily to corporates, the United States government service providers, Internet service providers, broadcast news organizations, programmers, and private enterprise customers. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated through a fleet of 19 owned and leased in-orbit satellites. EchoStar Corporation was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

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