Dune Acquisition (NASDAQ:DUNE) & Navient (NASDAQ:NAVI) Critical Analysis

Dune Acquisition (NASDAQ:DUNEGet Rating) and Navient (NASDAQ:NAVIGet Rating) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Dune Acquisition and Navient, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dune Acquisition 0 0 0 0 N/A
Navient 1 6 3 0 2.20

Navient has a consensus target price of $21.00, suggesting a potential upside of 27.66%. Given Navient’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Navient is more favorable than Dune Acquisition.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Dune Acquisition and Navient’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dune Acquisition N/A N/A $5.55 million N/A N/A
Navient $3.45 billion 0.72 $717.00 million $4.02 4.09

Navient has higher revenue and earnings than Dune Acquisition.

Volatility & Risk

Dune Acquisition has a beta of -0.06, meaning that its share price is 106% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navient has a beta of 1.72, meaning that its share price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

71.6% of Dune Acquisition shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.1% of Navient shares are held by institutional investors. 2.9% of Navient shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Dune Acquisition and Navient’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dune Acquisition N/A -116.85% 3.21%
Navient 20.76% 20.46% 0.67%


Navient beats Dune Acquisition on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Dune Acquisition (Get Rating)

Dune Acquisition Corporation does not have significant operations. It focuses on effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or other business combination with one or more businesses in the technology sector. The company was incorporated in 2020 and is based in West Palm Beach, Florida.

About Navient (Get Rating)

Navient Corporation provides education loan management and business processing solutions for education, healthcare, and government clients at the federal, state, and local levels in the United States. It operates through three segments: Federal Education Loans, Consumer Lending, and Business Processing. The company owns Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans that are insured or guaranteed by state or not-for-profit agencies; and performs servicing and asset recovery services on its own loan portfolio, as well as asset recovery services on FFELP loans owned by other institutions. It also owns, originates, acquires, and services refinance and in-school private education loans; and offers healthcare services that include revenue cycle outsourcing, accounts receivable management, extended business office support, consulting engagement, and public health programs, as well as business processing services to state governments, agencies, court systems, municipalities, and parking and tolling authorities. In addition, the company provides customizable solutions for its clients that include hospitals, hospital systems, medical centers, large physician groups, other healthcare providers, and public health departments; and corporate liquidity portfolio services. Navient Corporation was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.

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