Critical Survey: AST SpaceMobile (ASTS) versus Its Rivals

AST SpaceMobile (NASDAQ:ASTSGet Rating) is one of 40 publicly-traded companies in the “Communication services, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare AST SpaceMobile to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

AST SpaceMobile has a beta of 0.63, suggesting that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AST SpaceMobile’s competitors have a beta of 1.40, suggesting that their average share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AST SpaceMobile and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
AST SpaceMobile $12.40 million -$18.97 million -13.10
AST SpaceMobile Competitors $3.40 billion $368.64 million 1.34

AST SpaceMobile’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than AST SpaceMobile. AST SpaceMobile is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares AST SpaceMobile and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AST SpaceMobile -214.60% -20.08% -15.34%
AST SpaceMobile Competitors -91.76% -63.80% -12.73%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

24.8% of AST SpaceMobile shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.6% of shares of all “Communication services, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by institutional investors. 19.4% of shares of all “Communication services, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for AST SpaceMobile and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AST SpaceMobile 0 0 2 0 3.00
AST SpaceMobile Competitors 245 692 746 36 2.33

AST SpaceMobile currently has a consensus price target of $30.50, suggesting a potential upside of 294.57%. As a group, “Communication services, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 67.65%. Given AST SpaceMobile’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe AST SpaceMobile is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

AST SpaceMobile competitors beat AST SpaceMobile on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

AST SpaceMobile Company Profile (Get Rating)

AST SpaceMobile, Inc. operates space-based cellular broadband network for mobile phones. Its SpaceMobile service provides mobile broadband services for users traveling in and out of areas without terrestrial mobile services on land, at sea, or in flight. The company is headquartered in Midland, Texas.

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