Comparing Ceragon Networks (CRNT) and Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (LORL)

Ceragon Networks (NASDAQ: LORL) and Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:LORL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

20.2% of Ceragon Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.7% of Loral Space & Communications Ltd. shares are owned by institutional investors. 19.0% of Ceragon Networks shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 40.6% of Loral Space & Communications Ltd. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ceragon Networks and Loral Space & Communications Ltd.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ceragon Networks $332.03 million 0.78 $15.56 million $0.18 18.50
Loral Space & Communications Ltd. N/A N/A $134.46 million N/A N/A

Loral Space & Communications Ltd. has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Ceragon Networks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Ceragon Networks and Loral Space & Communications Ltd., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ceragon Networks 0 2 1 0 2.33
Loral Space & Communications Ltd. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ceragon Networks currently has a consensus target price of $3.45, indicating a potential upside of 3.60%. Given Ceragon Networks’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Ceragon Networks is more favorable than Loral Space & Communications Ltd..

Volatility and Risk

Ceragon Networks has a beta of 0.69, indicating that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Loral Space & Communications Ltd. has a beta of 1.25, indicating that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Ceragon Networks and Loral Space & Communications Ltd.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ceragon Networks 4.79% 10.61% 5.53%
Loral Space & Communications Ltd. N/A 25.35% 18.80%

Summary

Loral Space & Communications Ltd. beats Ceragon Networks on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ceragon Networks Company Profile

Ceragon Networks Ltd. provides wireless backhaul solutions that enable cellular operators and other wireless service providers to deliver voice and data services worldwide. Its wireless backhaul solutions use microwave radio technology to transfer telecommunication traffic between base stations, small sells, and the core of the service provider's network. The company also provides wireless fronthaul solutions that use microwave technology for communication between LTE/LTE-advanced base band digital unit stations and remote radio heads. In addition, it offers IP-20 Platform solutions for various short-haul and long-haul applications, including IP-20N/IP-20A, IP-20GX, IP-20F, IP-20G, IP-20C, IP-20C-HP, IP-20S, IP-20E, and IP-20V. Further, the company provides network management system; and network and radio planning, site survey, solutions development, installation, maintenance, training, and other services. Ceragon Networks Ltd. provides its services to smart-phone applications, such as Internet browsing, social networking, image sharing, music, and video applications; oil and gas companies; public safety organizations; business and public institutions; broadcasters; energy utilities; and private communications networks. The company sells its products through direct sales, original equipment manufacturers, resellers, distributors, and system integrators. The company was formerly known as Giganet Ltd. and changed its name to Ceragon Networks Ltd. in September 2000. Ceragon Networks Ltd. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Loral Space & Communications Ltd. Company Profile

Loral Space & Communications Inc., a satellite communications company, provides satellite-based communications services to broadcast, telecom, corporate, and government customers worldwide. As of December 31, 2017, the company provided satellite services to its customers through a fleet of 15 in-orbit satellites; and owns the Canadian Ka-band payload on the ViaSat-1 satellite. It also offers video distribution and direct-to-home (DTH) video, as well as end-to-end communications services using satellite and hybrid satellite-ground networks; and broadcast services, including DTH, video distribution and contribution, and satellite transmission services for the broadcast of video news, sports, and live event coverage. In addition, the company provides telecommunication carrier and integrator services; satellite services to the Canadian Government; two-way broadband Internet services; communications services to the on and off shore oil and gas, and mining industries; maritime and aeronautical services; and satellite operator services. Further, it is involved in the installation and maintenance of the end user terminal; maintenance of the VSAT hub; and provision of satellite capacity. Additionally, the company offers consulting services related to space and earth, government studies, satellite control services, and research and development; and X-band communications services to the United States, Spanish, and allied government users. Loral Space & Communications Inc. was founded in 1996 and is based in New York, New York.

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