SK Telecom Co. (NYSE: SKM) and CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

11.9% of SK Telecom Co. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.9% of CalAmp Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of SK Telecom Co. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of CalAmp Corp. shares are held by 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SK Telecom Co. and CalAmp Corp.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SK Telecom Co. $15.16 billion 1.04 $4.03 billion $2.80 8.87
CalAmp Corp. $347.32 million 2.47 $35.99 million $0.12 200.77

SK Telecom Co. has higher revenue and earnings than CalAmp Corp.. SK Telecom Co. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CalAmp Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for SK Telecom Co. and CalAmp Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SK Telecom Co. 0 3 1 0 2.25
CalAmp Corp. 1 3 5 0 2.44

CalAmp Corp. has a consensus price target of $23.00, suggesting a potential downside of 4.52%. Given CalAmp Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CalAmp Corp. is more favorable than SK Telecom Co..

Profitability

This table compares SK Telecom Co. and CalAmp Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SK Telecom Co. 11.62% 12.56% 6.73%
CalAmp Corp. 1.31% 18.18% 7.47%

Risk and Volatility

SK Telecom Co. has a beta of 0.35, indicating that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CalAmp Corp. has a beta of 1.6, indicating that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

SK Telecom Co. pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. CalAmp Corp. does not pay a dividend. SK Telecom Co. pays out 25.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

CalAmp Corp. beats SK Telecom Co. on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SK Telecom Co.

SK Telecom Co., Ltd. provides wireless telecommunications in Korea. The Company is engaged in the commercial development and implementation of wireless and fixed-line technologies and services, as well as develop its platforms, including Internet of things (IoT) solutions, lifestyle enhancement and advanced media. It operates through three segments: cellular services, which include wireless voice and data transmission services, sales of wireless devices, IoT solutions platform services and lifestyle enhancement platform services; fixed-line telecommunication services, which include fixed-line telephone services, broadband Internet services, advanced media platform services (including Internet Protocol television (IPTV)) and business communications services, and other businesses, which include its commerce business, its hardware business and other operations. Its brands include SK Telecom, T-Roaming, 7Mobile, B phone, 00700, B tv, Syrup, UO Smart Beam Laser, Astell&Kern and Nate.

About CalAmp Corp.

CalAmp Corp. (CalAmp) is a provider of wireless communications solutions for a range of applications to customers globally. The Company operates through two business segments: Wireless DataCom and Satellite. The Company’s Wireless DataCom segment offers solutions for mobile resource management (MRM) applications, the machine-to-machine (M2M) communications space and other markets that require connectivity anytime and anywhere. The Company’s MRM and M2M solutions collect, monitor and report data and intelligence from remote and mobile assets. The Company delivers products, software services and solutions for energy, government, transportation and automotive vertical markets. The Company’s Satellite segment develops, manufactures and sells direct-broadcast satellite (DBS) outdoor customer premise equipment and whole home video networking devices enabling the delivery of digital and high definition satellite television services. Its satellite products are sold primarily to EchoStar.

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