Viavi Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) and Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ:GILT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Viavi Solutions has a beta of 1.2, indicating that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gilat Satellite Networks has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Viavi Solutions and Gilat Satellite Networks, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Viavi Solutions 0 2 5 0 2.71
Gilat Satellite Networks 0 0 0 0 N/A

Viavi Solutions presently has a consensus price target of $12.50, suggesting a potential upside of 38.43%. Given Viavi Solutions’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Viavi Solutions is more favorable than Gilat Satellite Networks.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Viavi Solutions and Gilat Satellite Networks’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Viavi Solutions $811.40 million 2.53 $166.90 million $0.36 25.08
Gilat Satellite Networks $279.55 million 1.60 -$5.34 million $0.15 54.53

Viavi Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than Gilat Satellite Networks. Viavi Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Gilat Satellite Networks, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Viavi Solutions and Gilat Satellite Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Viavi Solutions 10.57% 8.99% 3.44%
Gilat Satellite Networks 2.83% 7.58% 4.20%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

92.4% of Viavi Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.9% of Gilat Satellite Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Viavi Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Gilat Satellite Networks shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Viavi Solutions beats Gilat Satellite Networks on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Viavi Solutions

Viavi Solutions Inc. (Viavi) is a provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions to communications service providers, enterprises and their ecosystems. The Company also offers thin film optical coatings, providing light management solutions to anti-counterfeiting, consumer and industrial, government and healthcare and other markets. The Company’s segments include Network Enablement (NE), Service Enablement (SE), and Optical Security and Performance Products (OSP). The NE segment provides testing solutions that access the network to perform build-out and maintenance tasks. The SE segment offers solutions, which are embedded systems that yield network, service and application performance data. The OSP segment provides optical security solutions. The OSP segment’s security offerings for the currency market include Optically Variable Pigment (OVP), Optically Variable Magnetic Pigment (OVMP) and banknote thread substrates.

About Gilat Satellite Networks

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. is a provider of satellite-based broadband communications. The Company operates through three segments: Commercial, Mobility and Services divisions. The Company designs and manufactures satellite ground segment and networking communications equipment, which it sells to its customers either as network components (modems, Block Up converters (BUCs), antennas) or as complete network solutions (which include hubs and related terminals and services) or turnkey projects. The equipment that the Company develops includes commercial Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) systems, defense and homeland security satellite communications systems, solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs), BUCs, low-profile antennas, on-the-Move/on-the-Pause terminals and modems. The Company’s equipment is used by satellite operators, service providers, telecommunications operators, system integrators, government and defense organizations, large corporations and enterprises.

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