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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.0% of Gilat Satellite Networks shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Gilat Satellite Networks shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Belden shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Gilat Satellite Networks and Belden, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gilat Satellite Networks 0 0 0 0 N/A
Belden 0 3 6 0 2.67

Belden has a consensus price target of $89.14, suggesting a potential upside of 31.63%. Given Belden’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Belden is more favorable than Gilat Satellite Networks.

Risk and Volatility

Gilat Satellite Networks has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Belden has a beta of 2.29, meaning that its share price is 129% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Gilat Satellite Networks and Belden’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gilat Satellite Networks $279.55 million 1.46 -$5.34 million $0.15 49.80
Belden $2.39 billion 1.20 $93.21 million $1.37 49.43

Belden has higher revenue and earnings than Gilat Satellite Networks. Belden 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 Gilat Satellite Networks and Belden’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gilat Satellite Networks 2.83% 7.58% 4.20%
Belden 3.90% 18.20% 6.98%

Dividends

Belden pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Gilat Satellite Networks does not pay a dividend. Belden pays out 14.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Belden beats Gilat Satellite Networks on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gilat Satellite Networks Company Profile

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.

Belden Company Profile

Belden Inc. is a signal transmission solutions provider company. The Company operates through five segment: Broadcast Solutions (Broadcast), Enterprise Connectivity Solutions (Enterprise), Industrial Connectivity Solutions (Industrial Connectivity), Industrial IT Solutions (Industrial IT), and Network Security Solutions (Network Security). The segments design, manufacture, and market a portfolio of signal transmission solutions for applications used in a variety of end markets, including broadcast, enterprise, and industrial. The Company’s portfolio of signal transmission solutions provides transmission of data, sound, and video for various applications. The Company’s sells its products to distributors, end users, installers, and to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The Company has manufacturing facilities in the United States, other manufacturing and operating facilities in Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and St. Kitts, as well as in various countries in Europe.

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