Head-to-head review: Virgin Orbit (NASDAQ:VORB) vs. NextNav (NASDAQ:NN)

Virgin Orbit (NASDAQ: VORBGet a rating) and NextNav (NASDAQ: NNGet a rating) are both small-cap aerospace companies, but which is the better company? We’ll compare the two companies based on institutional ownership strength, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Virgin Orbit and NextNav, as provided by MarketBeat.

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

Virgin Orbit currently has a consensus price target of $16.00, indicating a potential upside of 229.90%. NextNav has a consensus price target of $14.75, indicating an upside potential of 213.16%. Given Virgin Orbit’s possible higher upside, analysts clearly think Virgin Orbit is more favorable than NextNav.


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

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
pristine orbit N / A -193.46% -31.68%
NextNav N / A -250.72% -29.32%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

52.1% of Virgin Orbit shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.5% of NextNav shares are held by institutional investors. 15.7% of NextNav shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large money managers, endowments, and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and benefits

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

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
pristine orbit $7.39 million 31.38 -$157.29 million N / A N / A
NextNav $760,000.00 598.38 -$144.67 million N / A N / A

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


NextNav beats Virgin Orbit on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Virgin Orbit Company Profile (Get a rating)

Virgin 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.

NextNav Company Profile (Get a rating)

Next Nav LogoNextNav 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.

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