Vislink Technologies (VISL) and Iridium Communications (IRDM) Critical Analysis

Iridium Communications (NASDAQ:IRDM) and Vislink Technologies (NASDAQ:VISL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Iridium Communications and Vislink Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Iridium Communications 1 1 3 0 2.40
Vislink Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Iridium Communications presently has a consensus price target of $21.75, indicating a potential downside of 21.48%. Given Iridium Communications’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Iridium Communications is more favorable than Vislink Technologies.

Volatility & Risk

Iridium Communications has a beta of 2.14, indicating that its share price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vislink Technologies has a beta of 0.9, indicating that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Iridium Communications and Vislink Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Iridium Communications $523.01 million 6.00 -$13.38 million ($0.14) -197.86
Vislink Technologies $38.29 million 0.16 -$10.54 million ($0.31) -1.04

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

Profitability

This table compares Iridium Communications and Vislink Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Iridium Communications -2.56% -0.29% -0.11%
Vislink Technologies -59.22% -117.24% -47.50%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.5% of Iridium Communications shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.7% of Vislink Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 5.6% of Iridium Communications shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.3% of Vislink Technologies 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.

Summary

Iridium Communications beats Vislink Technologies on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Iridium Communications Company Profile

Iridium Communications Inc. provides mobile voice and data communications services through satellite to businesses, the U.S. and foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, and consumers worldwide. The company offers postpaid mobile voice and data satellite communications; prepaid mobile voice satellite communications; push-to-talk; broadband data; and Internet of things (IoT) services. It also provides other services, such as inbound connections from the public switched telephone network, short message, subscriber identity module, activation, customer reactivation, and other peripheral services. In addition, the company offers voice and data solutions comprising personnel tracking devices; asset tracking devices for equipment, vehicles, and aircrafts; beyond-line-of-sight aircraft communications applications; submarine communications applications; specialized communications solutions for high-value individuals; mobile communications and data devices for the military and intelligence community, such as secure satellite handsets, as well as netted voice, messaging, and paging services; and maintenance services for the department of defense's dedicated gateway. Further, it provides satellite handsets, personal connectivity devices, voice and data modems, broadband data devices, and IoT data devices; various accessories for its devices that include batteries, holsters, earbud headphones, portable auxiliary antennas, antenna adaptors, USB data cables, charging units, and others; and engineering and support services. Iridium Communications Inc. sells its products and services to commercial end users through a wholesale distribution network that include service providers, and value-added resellers and manufacturers. The company was formerly known as Iridium Holdings LLC and changed its name to Iridium Communications Inc. in September 2009. Iridium Communications Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

Vislink Technologies Company Profile

Vislink Technologies, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and deployment of end-to-end live video communications solutions worldwide. The company designs, develops, and distributes TV news and broadcast microwave video systems under the IMT brand for broadcast, sports/entertainment/education, public safety, and defense markets, as well as provides engineering, integration, installation and commissioning services. It also designs and manufactures airborne products, amplifiers, antennas, cellular and wireless camera systems, encoders/decoders, microwave point to point, on-boards, receivers, satellite communication products, transmitters, and associated amplifier items under the Vislink brand to broadcasters, network owners and station groups, sports and live broadcasters, hosted service providers, and defense agencies and organizations, as well as metropolitan, regional, and national law enforcement agencies. The company was formerly known as xG Technology, Inc. and changed its name to Vislink Technologies, Inc. in February 2019. Vislink Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is based in Hackettstown, New Jersy.

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