Shenandoah Telecommunications (NASDAQ:SHEN) and Orbital Tracking (OTCMKTS:TRKK) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.
This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Shenandoah Telecommunications and Orbital Tracking, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Shenandoah Telecommunications and Orbital Tracking’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Shenandoah Telecommunications||$611.99 million||3.87||$66.39 million||$0.26||183.69|
|Orbital Tracking||$6.01 million||0.06||-$3.93 million||N/A||N/A|
Shenandoah Telecommunications has higher revenue and earnings than Orbital Tracking.
Shenandoah Telecommunications pays an annual dividend of $0.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Orbital Tracking does not pay a dividend. Shenandoah Telecommunications pays out 103.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Shenandoah Telecommunications has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.
This table compares Shenandoah Telecommunications and Orbital Tracking’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Volatility and Risk
Shenandoah Telecommunications has a beta of 0.35, suggesting that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Orbital Tracking has a beta of 1.61, suggesting that its stock price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
47.0% of Shenandoah Telecommunications shares are held by institutional investors. 6.8% of Shenandoah Telecommunications shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 32.1% of Orbital Tracking shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Shenandoah Telecommunications beats Orbital Tracking on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Shenandoah Telecommunications Company Profile
Shenandoah Telecommunications Company, through its subsidiaries, provides regulated and unregulated telecommunications services to customers and other telecommunications providers in central and western Virginia, south-central Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio. It offers integrated voice, video, and data communications services. The company operates in three segments: Wireless, Cable, and Wireline. The Wireless segment provides digital wireless mobile services; and wireless mobility communications network products and services. As of December 31, 2017, it owned 192 cell site towers built on leased land and owned land; and leases space on towers to third party wireless service providers. The Cable segment offers video, Internet, and voice services in Virginia, West Virginia, and western Maryland; and leases fiber optic facilities. The Wireline segment provides regulated and unregulated voice services, DSL Internet access, and long distance access services in Shenandoah County, as well as portions of Rockingham, Frederick, Warren, and Augusta counties in Virginia; video services in portions of Shenandoah County; and leases fiber optic facilities in the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, northern Virginia, and adjacent areas along the Interstate 81 corridor. The company offers its products and services under the Sprint and Shentel brands. Shenandoah Telecommunications Company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Edinburg, Virginia.
Orbital Tracking Company Profile
Orbital Tracking Corp., through its subsidiaries, develops, distributes, and resells satellite enabled communications hardware; and provides products, airtime, and related services to customers in the United States and internationally. The company also provides equipment and airtime for use on various satellite networks, as well as short-term rental service for customers who want to use its equipment for a limited time period. In addition, it offers a range of portable satellite voice, data, and tracking solutions, including handheld satellite phones, personal and asset tracking devices, portable high speed broadband terminals, satellite Wi-Fi hotspots. Further, the company provides two-way voice and data transmissions services, as well as prepaid and monthly contract satellite communications airtime options. Additionally, it operates mapping and tracking portals orbitaltrack.com and gtctrack.com, which display real-time asset location reports, including position, speed, altitude, and heading, as well as past location and movement history reports on various tracking devices. The company is also developing a dual-mode tracker utilizes both cellular and satellite technology to provide tracking, automatically switching between the cellular and satellite links for use in populated and remote areas, including trans-oceanic routes. It serves customers, including businesses, U.S. and foreign governments, non-governmental and charitable organizations, military users, resellers, and private individuals. The company was formerly known as Great West Resources, Inc. and changed its name to Orbital Tracking Corp. in January 2015. Orbital Tracking Corp. was incorporated in 1997 and is based in Aventura, Florida.
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