KVH Industries (NASDAQ: KVHI) and NETGEAR (NASDAQ:NTGR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for KVH Industries and NETGEAR, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KVH Industries 0 0 2 0 3.00
NETGEAR 1 2 4 0 2.43

KVH Industries presently has a consensus target price of $9.50, indicating a potential downside of 15.18%. NETGEAR has a consensus target price of $63.00, indicating a potential upside of 36.66%. Given NETGEAR’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe NETGEAR is more favorable than KVH Industries.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares KVH Industries and NETGEAR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KVH Industries $170.44 million 1.08 $8.14 million ($0.67) -16.72
NETGEAR $1.36 billion 1.10 $134.02 million $2.18 21.15

NETGEAR has higher revenue and earnings than KVH Industries. KVH Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than NETGEAR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

KVH Industries has a beta of 0.79, meaning that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NETGEAR has a beta of 1.55, meaning that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

64.2% of KVH Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.5% of NETGEAR shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.1% of KVH Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of NETGEAR shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares KVH Industries and NETGEAR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KVH Industries -6.35% 1.85% 0.99%
NETGEAR 5.42% 10.67% 7.43%

Summary

NETGEAR beats KVH Industries on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

KVH Industries Company Profile

KVH Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of solutions that provide high-speed Internet, television and voice services through satellite to mobile users at sea and on land. The Company also provides commercially licensed entertainment, including news, sports, music and movies, to commercial and leisure customers in the maritime, hotel and retail markets. It operates in two geographic segments, in the mobile communications, navigation and guidance and stabilization equipment industry. The Company develops and distributes training films and e-learning computer-based training courses to commercial maritime customers. It is also a manufacturer of navigational sensors and integrated inertial systems for defense and commercial guidance and stabilization applications. It designs, develops, manufactures and markets mobile communications products and services for the marine and land mobile markets, and navigation, guidance and stabilization products for both the commercial and defense markets.

NETGEAR Company Profile

NETGEAR, Inc. designs, develops and markets networking solutions and smart connected products for consumers, businesses and service providers. The Company’s product line consists of devices, such as network attached storage, Internet protocol (IP) security cameras, and home automation devices and services. The Company’s segments include retail, commercial and service provider. The retail business unit is focused on individual consumers and consists of whole home wireless fidelity (WiFi) networking solutions and Smart connected products. The commercial business unit is focused on small and medium-sized businesses and consists of business networking, storage and security solutions. The service provider business unit is focused on the service provider market and consists of made-to-order and retail-proven whole home networking hardware and software solutions, including fourth-generation (4G) long term evolution (LTE) hotspots sold to service providers for sale to their subscribers.

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