Reviewing AST SpaceMobile (ASTS) & Its Rivals

AST SpaceMobile (NASDAQ:ASTSGet Rating) is one of 41 publicly-traded companies in the “Communication services, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare AST SpaceMobile to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares AST SpaceMobile and its peers’ 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 -91.28% -63.89% -12.35%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for AST SpaceMobile and its peers, 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 250 701 747 36 2.33

AST SpaceMobile currently has a consensus price target of $30.00, indicating a potential upside of 307.06%. As a group, “Communication services, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 49.63%. Given AST SpaceMobile’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe AST SpaceMobile is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AST SpaceMobile and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
AST SpaceMobile $12.40 million -$18.97 million -12.49
AST SpaceMobile Competitors $3.29 billion $356.18 million 1.61

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

24.8% of AST SpaceMobile shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.6% of shares of all “Communication services, not elsewhere classified” companies are held by institutional investors. 19.4% of shares of all “Communication services, not elsewhere classified” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

AST SpaceMobile has a beta of 0.62, indicating that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AST SpaceMobile’s peers have a beta of 1.29, indicating that their average stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

AST SpaceMobile peers beat AST SpaceMobile on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About AST SpaceMobile (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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