Financial Survey: Virgin Orbit (NASDAQ:VORB) & NextNav (NASDAQ:NN)

NextNav (NASDAQ:NNGet Rating) and Virgin Orbit (NASDAQ:VORBGet Rating) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

66.5% of NextNav shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.1% of Virgin Orbit shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.7% of NextNav shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for NextNav and Virgin Orbit, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NextNav 0 0 3 0 3.00
Virgin Orbit 0 0 2 0 3.00

NextNav presently has a consensus price target of $16.00, indicating a potential upside of 187.77%. Virgin Orbit has a consensus price target of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 343.46%. Given Virgin Orbit’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Virgin Orbit is more favorable than NextNav.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares NextNav and Virgin Orbit’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NextNav $760,000.00 706.37 -$144.67 million N/A N/A
Virgin Orbit $7.39 million 29.18 -$157.29 million N/A N/A

NextNav has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Virgin Orbit.


This table compares NextNav and Virgin Orbit’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NextNav N/A -219.22% -20.11%
Virgin Orbit N/A -117.13% -14.93%


NextNav beats Virgin Orbit on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NextNav (Get Rating)

NextNav Inc. provides next generation global positioning system (GPS) and 3D geolocation services. The company delivers next generation positioning, navigation, and timing solutions through its network-based Pinnacle and TerraPoiNT solutions. Its Pinnacle 3D geolocation service is commercially available in approximately 4,400 cities and towns in the United States; and its TerraPoiNT terrestrial-based encrypted network has deployments in 51 total markets nationally. The company sells its solutions directly to customers or through partners. The company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

About Virgin Orbit (Get Rating)

Virgin Orbit Holdings, Inc. designs and develops launch solutions for small satellites. It offers launch services for national security and defense; rideshare satellite launch services; civil spaceports; and space solutions. The company is headquartered in Long Beach, California. Virgin Orbit Holdings, Inc. is a subsidiary of Vieco 10 Ltd.

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