Analysis of NextNav (NASDAQ:NN) and Virgin Orbit (NASDAQ:VORB)

NavNext (NASDAQ: NNGet a rating) and pristine orbit (NASDAQ: VORBGet a rating) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of NextNav and Virgin Orbit.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
NextNav N / A -219.22% -20.11%
pristine orbit N / A -117.13% -14.93%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.5% of NextNav shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.1% of Virgin Orbit shares are held by institutional investors. 15.7% of NextNav shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that hedge funds, endowments, and large fund managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Notes

This is a summary of current recommendations for NextNav and Virgin Orbit, as reported by

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
NextNav 0 0 3 0 3.00
pristine orbit 0 0 2 0 3.00

NextNav currently has a consensus target price of $15.08, indicating an upside potential of 203.49%. Virgin Orbit has a consensus target price of $16.00, indicating a potential upside of 208.29%. Given Virgin Orbit’s possible higher upside, analysts clearly think Virgin Orbit is more favorable than NextNav.

Valuation and benefits

This chart compares revenue, earnings per share (EPS), and valuation of NextNav and Virgin Orbit.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
NextNav $760,000.00 631.41 -$144.67 million N / A N / A
pristine orbit $7.39 million 33.58 -$157.29 million N / A N / A

NextNav has higher revenue, but lower revenue than Virgin Orbit.


NextNav beats Virgin Orbit on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

NextNav Company Profile (Get a rating)

NextNav Inc. provides next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) and 3D geolocation services. The company offers next-generation positioning, navigation and timing solutions through its network-based Pinnacle and TerraPoiNT solutions. Its Pinnacle 3D geolocation service is commercially available in approximately 4,400 cities and towns in the United States; and its terrestrial encrypted TerraPoint network is deployed in a total of 51 markets nationwide. The company sells its solutions directly to customers or through partners. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in McLean, Virginia.

Virgin Orbit Company Profile (Get a rating)

Blank orbit logoVirgin Orbit Holdings, Inc. designs and develops launch solutions for small satellites. It offers launch services for national security and defense; carpooling satellite launch services; civilian spaceports; and spatial solutions. The company is headquartered in Long Beach, California. Virgin Orbit Holdings, Inc. is a subsidiary of Vieco 10 Ltd.

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