Financial Survey: Towerstream (TWER) and Inmarsat (IMASY)

Towerstream (OTCMKTS: TWER) and Inmarsat (OTCMKTS:IMASY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Dividends

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Inmarsat pays an annual dividend of $0.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Towerstream does not pay a dividend. Inmarsat pays out 32.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Towerstream and Inmarsat, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Towerstream 0 0 0 0 N/A
Inmarsat 0 5 0 0 2.00

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Inmarsat shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.4% of Towerstream shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Towerstream has a beta of 0.03, indicating that its share price is 97% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Inmarsat has a beta of 0.22, indicating that its share price is 78% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Towerstream and Inmarsat’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Towerstream -47.73% N/A -44.40%
Inmarsat 12.98% 15.92% 4.05%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Towerstream and Inmarsat’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Towerstream $26.21 million 0.04 -$12.46 million N/A N/A
Inmarsat $1.40 billion 1.67 $181.70 million $0.64 7.98

Inmarsat has higher revenue and earnings than Towerstream.

Summary

Inmarsat beats Towerstream on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Towerstream Company Profile

Towerstream Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides fixed wireless broadband services over a wireless network transmitting over regulated and unregulated radio spectrum to commercial customers in the United States. The company's wireless broadband service supports bandwidth on demand, wireless redundancy, virtual private networks, disaster recovery, bundled data, and video services. It serves business customers in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Philadelphia, Las Vegas-Reno, and Providence-Newport. The company offers its services through direct sales force. Towerstream Corporation was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Inmarsat Company Profile

Inmarsat plc provides mobile satellite communications services on land, at sea, and in the air worldwide. The company operates through five segments: Maritime, US Government, Enterprise, Aviation, and Global Government. It offers voice and data broadband services; global maritime distress and safety system services; mobile and fixed voice services; a portfolio of machine-to-machine services that provide two-way data connectivity for messaging, tracking, and monitoring of fixed or mobile assets; maritime satellite services, including very small aperture terminals and television receive only antenna services; and Global Xpress, a high-speed broadband service that offer seamless connectivity for advanced data services on land, at sea, and in the air. The company also offers in-flight voice, data, safety, and cabin connectivity services for business and commercial air transport. It connects to its fleet of 13 satellites using a range of equipment, including global handheld satellite phones and notebook-size broadband Internet devices, as well as specialist terminals and antennas fitted to ships, aircraft, and road vehicles. It serves governments, airlines, the broadcast media industry, the oil and gas industry, the mining and construction industry, and humanitarian aid agencies. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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