Analyzing SGOCO Group (NASDAQ:SGOC) and ViaSat (NASDAQ:VSAT)

SGOCO Group (NASDAQ:SGOC) and ViaSat (NASDAQ:VSAT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of SGOCO Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.2% of ViaSat shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.1% of ViaSat shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.



Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SGOCO Group and ViaSat’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SGOCO Group $1.58 million 50.15 -$12.37 million N/A N/A
ViaSat $2.07 billion 2.38 -$67.62 million ($1.13) -71.94

SGOCO Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue than ViaSat.

Risk and Volatility

SGOCO Group has a beta of 0.12, indicating that its stock price is 88% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ViaSat has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for SGOCO Group and ViaSat, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SGOCO Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
ViaSat 1 2 3 0 2.33

ViaSat has a consensus target price of $96.32, indicating a potential upside of 18.49%. Given ViaSat’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ViaSat is more favorable than SGOCO Group.

Profitability

This table compares SGOCO Group and ViaSat’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SGOCO Group N/A N/A N/A
ViaSat -3.27% -3.47% -1.79%

Summary

ViaSat beats SGOCO Group on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SGOCO Group

SGOCO Group, Ltd. engages in the product design, distribution, and brand development in the display and computer product market in Mainland China and Hongkong. The company also provides energy saving products and services. Its products include LCD/LED monitors; all-in-one and part-in-one computers; virtual reality technology and devices; and phase change material thermal energy storage products. In addition, it involves in money lending activities. The company also develops tablet PCs, 3D LCD/LED TVs, LED-backlit monitors, and multi-screen display systems for advertising, public announcement, and other institutional uses. It sells its products under the SGOCO, Shangwei, and POVIZON brand names to electronics distributors and trading companies. The company was formerly known as SGOCO Technology, Ltd. SGOCO Group, Ltd. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong.

About ViaSat

Viasat, Inc. provides broadband and communications products and services worldwide. The company's Satellite Services segment offers satellite-based fixed broadband services, including broadband Internet access and voice over Internet protocol services to consumers and businesses; in-flight Internet and aviation software services to commercial airlines; and mobile broadband services comprising network management and high-speed Internet connectivity services for customers using airborne, maritime, and ground mobile satellite systems. As of March 31, 2018, this segment provided broadband Internet services to approximately 576,000 subscribers. Its Commercial Networks segment offers fixed satellite networks comprising satellite network infrastructure and ground terminals; mobile broadband satellite communication systems; and antenna systems for terrestrial and satellite applications, such as earth imaging, remote sensing, mobile satellite communication, Ka-band earth stations, and other multi-band antennas. This segment also provides design and technology services, including analysis, design, development, and specification of satellites and ground systems; ASIC and MMIC design; and network function virtualization. The company's Government Systems segment offers government satellite communication systems, including various mobile and fixed broadband modems, terminals, network access control systems, and antenna systems; cybersecurity and information assurance products and services; and tactical radio and information distribution systems to enable real-time collection and dissemination of secure real-time digital information between command centers, communications nodes, ground and maritime platforms, and airborne intelligence and defense platforms. Viasat Inc. has a collaboration agreement with Facebook Inc. to enhance the deployment of high-speed Internet to communities worldwide. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Carlsbad, California.

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