Superconductor Technologies (NASDAQ: SCON) and AT&T (NYSE:T) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings and risk.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Superconductor Technologies and AT&T’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Superconductor Technologies||$39,999.00||283.93||-$8.69 million||($2.04)||-0.52|
|AT&T||$161.93 billion||1.41||$49.37 billion||$2.12||17.50|
AT&T has higher revenue and earnings than Superconductor Technologies. Superconductor Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AT&T, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
3.0% of Superconductor Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.0% of AT&T shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Superconductor Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of AT&T shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Superconductor Technologies and AT&T’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
AT&T pays an annual dividend of $1.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. Superconductor Technologies does not pay a dividend. AT&T pays out 92.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Superconductor Technologies has raised its dividend for 32 consecutive years.
Risk and Volatility
Superconductor Technologies has a beta of 1, indicating that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, AT&T has a beta of 0.49, indicating that its share price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current ratings for Superconductor Technologies and AT&T, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Superconductor Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 183.02%. AT&T has a consensus price target of $43.65, suggesting a potential upside of 17.65%. Given Superconductor Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Superconductor Technologies is more favorable than AT&T.
AT&T beats Superconductor Technologies on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Superconductor Technologies
Superconductor Technologies Inc. is engaged in developing and commercializing high temperature superconductor (HTS) materials and related technologies. The Company operates through the research, development, manufacture and marketing of high performance products used in cellular base stations segment. The Company develops products for the utility and telecommunications industries. The Company offers family of products, including SuperLink, which combines a specialized filter using HTS technology with a cryogenic cooler and a low-noise amplifier; AmpLink, which provides duplexing and uplink enhancement for personal communications service (PCS) and advanced wireless services (AWS) base stations, and SuperPlex, which provides a line of multiplexing solutions to reduce the need for additional antennas and coaxial cable feed lines, while providing functionality in both the 850 megahertz (MHz) cellular band and the 1,900 MHz PCS band.
AT&T Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of communications and digital entertainment services in the United States and the world. The Company operates through four segments: Business Solutions, Entertainment Group, Consumer Mobility and International. The Company offers its services and products to consumers in the United States, Mexico and Latin America and to businesses and other providers of telecommunications services worldwide. It also owns and operates three regional TV sports networks, and retains non-controlling interests in another regional sports network and a network dedicated to game-related programming, as well as Internet interactive game playing. Its services and products include wireless communications, data/broadband and Internet services, digital video services, local and long-distance telephone services, telecommunications equipment, managed networking, and wholesale services. Its subsidiaries include AT&T Mobility and SKY Brasil Servicos Ltda.
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