Financial analysis: Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL) and BlackSky Technology (NYSE: BKSY)

Planet Labs PBC (NYSE:PL – Get Rating) and BlackSky Technology (NYSE:BKSY – Get Rating) are both small-cap IT and technology companies, but which is the best investment? We’ll compare the two companies based on their risk strength, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Planet Labs PBC and BlackSky Technology.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Planet Labs PBC N / A -60.83% -19.82%
BlackSky Technology N / A -469.15% -77.07%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of the current ratings for Planet Labs PBC and BlackSky Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Planet Labs PBC 0 0 4 0 3.00
BlackSky Technology 0 0 0 0 N / A

Planet Labs PBC currently has a consensus target price of $10.38, suggesting a potential upside of 120.28%. Given Planet Labs PBC’s likely higher upside, equity research analysts clearly believe Planet Labs PBC is more favorable than BlackSky Technology.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

43.3% of Planet Labs PBC shares are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 17.8% of BlackSky Technology’s shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Planet Labs PBC shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that endowments, large fund managers, and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and benefits

This chart compares the revenue, earnings per share (EPS), and valuation of Planet Labs PBC and BlackSky Technology.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Planet Labs PBC $131.21 million 9.62 -$137.12 million N / A N / A
BlackSky Technology $34.08 million 4.84 -$245.64 million N / A N / A

Planet Labs PBC has higher revenue and profit than BlackSky Technology.


Planet Labs PBC beats BlackSky Technology on 9 out of 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Planet Labs PBC Company Profile (Get a rating)

Planet Labs PBC designs, builds and launches constellations of satellites to provide high-rate geospatial data delivered to customers via an online platform worldwide. The company offers Open Geospatial Consortium, a proprietary, cloud-native technology that performs critical image processing and global harmonization for time series and data fusion and analysis; and space hardware and related software systems. It serves agriculture, mapping, forestry, finance and insurance, and federal, state and local government agencies. The company was incorporated in 2010 and is based in San Francisco, California.

BlackSky Technology Company Profile (Get a rating)

BlackSky Technology Inc. provides geospatial intelligence, imagery and related data analysis products and services, and mission systems that include the development, integration and operation of satellite and ground systems to commercial customers and governments around the world. The company processes a range of observations from its constellation, as well as various space, Internet of Things and terrestrial sensors and data streams. Its products are used in defense and government intelligence; commercial, construction and industrial; and disaster, climate and environmental applications. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.

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