EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) and Oclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for EchoStar Corporation and Oclaro, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EchoStar Corporation 0 1 2 0 2.67
Oclaro 0 1 11 1 3.00

EchoStar Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $63.33, indicating a potential upside of 6.26%. Oclaro has a consensus price target of $12.67, indicating a potential upside of 77.16%. Given Oclaro’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Oclaro is more favorable than EchoStar Corporation.

Risk and Volatility

EchoStar Corporation has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Oclaro has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

44.6% of EchoStar Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.3% of Oclaro shares are owned by institutional investors. 73.5% of EchoStar Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Oclaro shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares EchoStar Corporation and Oclaro’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EchoStar Corporation 5.55% 2.85% 1.26%
Oclaro 24.31% 28.11% 21.31%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares EchoStar Corporation and Oclaro’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EchoStar Corporation $3.06 billion 1.87 $179.93 million $1.24 48.06
Oclaro $600.97 million 2.01 $127.85 million $0.89 8.03

EchoStar Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Oclaro. Oclaro is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than EchoStar Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Oclaro beats EchoStar Corporation on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About EchoStar Corporation

EchoStar Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a provider of satellite operations, video delivery solutions, digital set-top boxes, and broadband satellite technologies and services for home and office, delivering network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments. The Company operates through three segments: Hughes, EchoStar Technologies (ETC) and EchoStar Satellite Services (ESS). The Company’s Hughes segment provides broadband satellite technologies and broadband services for the home and office, delivering network technologies, managed services and communication solutions to domestic and international consumers and enterprise and government customers. The ETC segment provides end-to-end video and broadcast technology products and services to businesses and directly to consumers. The ESS segment operates its business using its owned and leased in-orbit satellites. Its operations also include real estate and other activities.

About Oclaro

Oclaro, Inc. is a provider of optical components, modules and subsystems for the core optical transport, service provider, enterprise and data center markets. The Company provides various solutions for optical networks and interconnects driving the next wave of streaming video, cloud computing, application virtualization and other bandwidth-intensive and high-speed applications. The Company’s product offerings include client side transceivers, line side transceivers, tunable laser transmitters, lithium niobate modulators, transponder modules, and discrete lasers and receivers. It designs, manufactures and markets optical components, modules and subsystems that generate, detect, combine and separate light signals in optical communications networks. The Company supplies transmission products at the component level and the module level into 10 gigabits per second (Gb/s), 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s communications solutions.

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