Head to Head Contrast: DigitalGlobe (DGI) versus Its Rivals

DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI) is one of 43 publicly-traded companies in the “Aerospace & Defense” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare DigitalGlobe to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

DigitalGlobe has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DigitalGlobe’s rivals have a beta of 1.07, indicating that their average stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.5% of DigitalGlobe shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.3% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of DigitalGlobe shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.7% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for DigitalGlobe and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DigitalGlobe 0 3 1 0 2.25
DigitalGlobe Competitors 480 2182 2387 84 2.40

DigitalGlobe currently has a consensus target price of $35.83, suggesting a potential upside of 4.17%. As a group, “Aerospace & Defense” companies have a potential upside of 14.70%. Given DigitalGlobe’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe DigitalGlobe has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


This table compares DigitalGlobe and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DigitalGlobe 0.64% 2.40% 0.97%
DigitalGlobe Competitors -6.68% 22.52% 3.37%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares DigitalGlobe and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
DigitalGlobe $725.40 million $26.50 million 1,720.86
DigitalGlobe Competitors $8.89 billion $722.08 million 192.61

DigitalGlobe’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than DigitalGlobe. DigitalGlobe is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


DigitalGlobe rivals beat DigitalGlobe on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

DigitalGlobe Company Profile

DigitalGlobe, Inc. is a provider of Earth imagery, data and analysis. The Company’s imagery solutions and other services support a range of uses, including mission-planning, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration and infrastructure management. The Company’s imagery solutions and other services are sourced from its own satellite constellation and third-party providers. The Company sells its products and services through a combination of direct and indirect channels, consisting of a global network of resellers, strategic partners and direct enterprise sales to its United States Government and Diversified Commercial customer groups. The Company offers products consisting of imagery from its constellation of satellites, and provides geospatial products and services. The Company processes its imagery to varying levels according to its customers’ specifications and delivers its products using the distribution method.

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