RR Media (NASDAQ: RRM) and ORBCOMM (NASDAQ:ORBC) are both telecommunications services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

77.9% of ORBCOMM shares are held by institutional investors. 9.5% of ORBCOMM shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for RR Media and ORBCOMM, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
RR Media 0 0 0 0 N/A
ORBCOMM 0 0 6 0 3.00

ORBCOMM has a consensus price target of $13.75, suggesting a potential upside of 28.26%.


RR Media pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share. ORBCOMM does not pay a dividend. RR Media pays out 60.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares RR Media and ORBCOMM’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
RR Media 3.49% 5.83% 3.07%
ORBCOMM -25.32% -8.01% -3.94%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares RR Media and ORBCOMM’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
RR Media N/A N/A N/A $0.46 N/A
ORBCOMM $186.74 million 4.26 -$23.51 million ($0.79) -13.57

RR Media has higher earnings, but lower revenue than ORBCOMM. ORBCOMM is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than RR Media, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

About RR Media

MX1 Ltd, formerly RR Media Ltd, is an Israel-based global media services provider. It is a media globalize company that works with media businesses to transform content into a viewer experience for a global audience. MX1 Ltd offers a range of content management, delivery and digital media services. It distributes more than 1000 television (TV) channels, manages the play out of more than 400 channels and delivers syndicated content to more than 120 subscription Video on Demand (VOD) platforms. The Company has offices worldwide and operates global media centers, enabling customers to reach people around the world. MX1 Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG.


ORBCOMM Inc. is a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, including network connectivity, devices, device management and Web reporting applications. The Company’s IoT products and services are designed to track, monitor and manage security for a range of assets, such as trailers, trucks, rail cars, sea containers, generators, fluid tanks, marine vessels, diesel or electric powered generators (gensets), oil and gas wells, pipeline monitoring equipment, irrigation control systems, and utility meters, in industries for transportation and supply chain, heavy equipment, fixed asset monitoring, maritime and government. It also provides Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services to assist in vessel navigation and to manage maritime safety for government and commercial customers across the world. It provides its services using various network platforms, including its own constellation of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.

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