Financial Analysis: Planet Labs PBC (NYSE:PL) & BlackSky Technology (NYSE:BKSY)

Planet Labs PBC (NYSE:PLGet Rating) and BlackSky Technology (NYSE:BKSYGet Rating) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.


This table compares Planet Labs PBC and BlackSky Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Planet Labs PBC N/A -60.83% -19.82%
BlackSky Technology N/A -469.15% -77.07%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Planet Labs PBC and BlackSky Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Planet Labs PBC 0 0 4 0 3.00
BlackSky Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

Planet Labs PBC currently has a consensus target price of $10.38, suggesting a potential upside of 120.28%. Given Planet Labs PBC’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Planet Labs PBC is more favorable than BlackSky Technology.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

43.3% of Planet Labs PBC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.8% of BlackSky Technology shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Planet Labs PBC shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Planet Labs PBC and BlackSky Technology’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Planet Labs PBC $131.21 million 9.62 -$137.12 million N/A N/A
BlackSky Technology $34.08 million 4.84 -$245.64 million N/A N/A

Planet Labs PBC has higher revenue and earnings than BlackSky Technology.


Planet Labs PBC beats BlackSky Technology on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Planet Labs PBC Company Profile (Get Rating)

Planet Labs PBC designs, constructs, and launches constellations of satellites with the intent of providing high cadence geospatial data delivered to customers through an online platform worldwide. The company offers Open Geospatial Consortium, a cloud-native proprietary technology that performs critical processing and overall harmonizing of images for time series and data fusion and analysis; and space-based hardware and related software systems. It serves agriculture, mapping, forestry, and finance and insurance, as well as federal, state, and local government bodies. The company was incorporated in 2010 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

BlackSky Technology Company Profile (Get Rating)

BlackSky Technology Inc. provides geospatial intelligence, imagery and related data analytic products and services, and mission systems that include the development, integration, and operations of satellite and ground systems to commercial and government customers worldwide. The company processes a range of observations from its constellation, as well as various space, internet-of-things, and terrestrial based sensors and data feeds. Its products are used in government defense and intelligence; commercial, construction, and industrial; and catastrophe, climate, and environment applications. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.

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