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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
West 7.79% N/A 5.18%
EchoStar Corporation 5.55% 2.85% 1.26%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares West and EchoStar Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
West N/A N/A N/A $2.52 9.33
EchoStar Corporation $3.06 billion 1.87 $179.93 million $1.24 48.07

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for West and EchoStar Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
West 0 5 0 0 2.00
EchoStar Corporation 0 1 2 0 2.67

West presently has a consensus price target of $24.50, suggesting a potential upside of 4.26%. EchoStar Corporation has a consensus price target of $63.33, suggesting a potential upside of 6.25%. Given EchoStar Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe EchoStar Corporation is more favorable than West.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

67.4% of West shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.6% of EchoStar Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.6% of West shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 73.5% of EchoStar Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

West pays an annual dividend of $0.45 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. EchoStar Corporation does not pay a dividend. West pays out 17.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

EchoStar Corporation beats West on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

West Company Profile

West Corporation is a provider of communication and network infrastructure services. The Company helps its clients communicate, collaborate and connect with their audiences through a portfolio of solutions that include unified communications services, safety services, and interactive services, such as automated notifications, specialized agent services and telecom services. The Company’s segments include Unified Communications Services, which includes collaboration services, Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and telecom services; Safety Services, which includes carrier services, government solutions and advanced services; Interactive Services, including outbound (proactive notifications-voice, text/short messaging service (SMS) and chat), inbound speech solutions (interactive voice response or IVR), Web, mobile and professional services, and Specialized Agent Services, which includes healthcare advocacy services, cost management services and revenue generation.

EchoStar Corporation Company Profile

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.

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