KVH Industries (NASDAQ:KVHI) & Maxar Technologies (NASDAQ:MAXR) Head-To-Head Contrast

KVH Industries (NASDAQ:KVHI) and Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.


This table compares KVH Industries and Maxar Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KVH Industries 21.47% -7.81% -4.83%
Maxar Technologies -45.15% -20.76% -2.73%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

57.7% of KVH Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.9% of Maxar Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 11.3% of KVH Industries shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Maxar Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for KVH Industries and Maxar Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KVH Industries 0 0 4 0 3.00
Maxar Technologies 1 5 1 0 2.00

KVH Industries presently has a consensus target price of $14.75, indicating a potential upside of 35.82%. Maxar Technologies has a consensus target price of $16.29, indicating a potential downside of 16.40%. Given KVH Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe KVH Industries is more favorable than Maxar Technologies.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares KVH Industries and Maxar Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KVH Industries $170.76 million 1.15 -$8.23 million ($0.12) -90.50
Maxar Technologies $2.14 billion 0.54 -$1.26 billion ($2.90) -6.72

KVH Industries has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Maxar Technologies. KVH Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Maxar Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

KVH Industries has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Maxar Technologies has a beta of 1.11, indicating that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.


KVH Industries beats Maxar Technologies on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

KVH Industries Company Profile

KVH Industries, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets mobile connectivity products and services for the marine and land mobile markets in the United States and internationally. The company offers mobile satellite TV and communications products; two-way satellite communications systems; onboard V-IP terminals and hub equipment; network management hardware and software products for maritime communications; and Iridium OpenPort hardware products and services. It also offers airtime plans that enable customers to obtain Internet and voice services; and value-added, and news and radio content services. In addition, the company provides navigation, guidance, and stabilization products for the commercial and defense markets comprising precision fiber optic gyro-based systems that enable platform and optical stabilization, navigation, pointing, and guidance; tactical navigation systems for tactical trucks and light armored vehicles; and commercial products, such as navigation and positioning systems for various applications consisting of precision mapping, dynamic surveying, autonomous vehicles, train location control and track geometry measurement systems, industrial robotics, and optical stabilization applications. Further, it offers content, maritime news, sporting content, and television programming delivery services; movie distribution services; maritime e-learning content and related services; and services and support for the mini-VSAT Broadband solution. The company sells its mobile communications products through a network of independent retailers, chain stores, distributors, and service providers; and navigation products directly to the United States and foreign governments, and government contractors, as well as through authorized independent sales representatives. The company also sells and leases its products directly to end users. KVH Industries, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Maxar Technologies Company Profile

Maxar Technologies Inc., a space and geospatial intelligence company, provides space technology solutions for commercial and government customers worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Space Systems, Imagery, and Services. The Space Systems segment supplies space and ground based infrastructure and information solutions, including communication and imaging satellites, satellite payloads and antenna subsystems, space-based and airborne surveillance solutions, and robotic systems and associated ground infrastructure and support services for communications and surveillance and intelligence applications. This segment also offers spacecraft and subsystems to the U.S. and Canadian government, and other customers for scientific research and development missions, as well as robotic systems for the space and terrestrial markets. It serves government agencies, communication satellite operators, and communication satellite manufacturers. The Imagery segment supplies integrated electro-optical and radar imagery products for the U.S., Canadian, and other international government agencies, such as defense and intelligence, as well as commercial customers in various markets. The Services segment provides geospatial products and services for the U.S. government, as well as for other international governments for intelligence, global development organizations, and commercial customers. The company was founded in 1969 and is based in Westminster, Colorado.

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