Reviewing AST SpaceMobile (ASTS) and Its Peers

AST SpaceMobile (NASDAQ:ASTSGet Rating) is one of 42 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 valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and profitability.

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%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

24.8% of AST SpaceMobile shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.5% of shares of all “Communication services, not elsewhere classified” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.6% of shares of all “Communication services, not elsewhere classified” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
AST SpaceMobile $12.40 million -$18.97 million -10.36
AST SpaceMobile Competitors $3.19 billion $344.44 million 1.08

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.

Volatility and Risk

AST SpaceMobile has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AST SpaceMobile’s peers have a beta of 1.24, meaning that their average stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for AST SpaceMobile and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AST SpaceMobile 0 0 2 0 3.00
AST SpaceMobile Competitors 125 429 607 19 2.44

AST SpaceMobile presently has a consensus price target of $30.00, indicating a potential upside of 391.00%. As a group, “Communication services, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 72.83%. Given AST SpaceMobile’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe AST SpaceMobile is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

AST SpaceMobile peers beat AST SpaceMobile on 9 of the 13 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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