United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD) and Internet Initiative Japan (NASDAQ:IIJI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares United Online and Internet Initiative Japan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United Online N/A N/A N/A
Internet Initiative Japan 1.99% 4.66% 2.42%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for United Online and Internet Initiative Japan, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
United Online 0 0 0 0 N/A
Internet Initiative Japan 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

Internet Initiative Japan pays an annual dividend of $0.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. United Online does not pay a dividend. Internet Initiative Japan pays out 16.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

United Online has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Internet Initiative Japan has a beta of 0.74, suggesting that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.5% of Internet Initiative Japan shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.7% of Internet Initiative Japan shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares United Online and Internet Initiative Japan’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
United Online N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Internet Initiative Japan $1.42 billion 0.57 $144.12 million $0.31 29.16

Internet Initiative Japan has higher revenue and earnings than United Online.

Summary

Internet Initiative Japan beats United Online on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

United Online Company Profile

United Online, Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, provides consumer services and products over the Internet under various brands, including NetZero, Juno, Trombi and MyPoints. The Company operates in three segments: Communications; Commerce & Loyalty, and Social Media. The Communications segment provides Internet access services and devices, including dial-up, mobile broadband, digital subscriber line (DSL), e-mail, Internet security, Web hosting, and voice services. The Commerce & Loyalty segment includes loyalty marketing service, shopping through online portals, applications and browser extensions. The Social Media segment includes social networking services and products. Its dial-up Internet access services are available in over 12,000 cities across the United States and Canada. It operates over five international Websites that offer social networking services, as a social networking platform to reconnect with friends and acquaintances from high school.

Internet Initiative Japan Company Profile

Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ) is an Internet service provider (ISP) in Japan that offers Internet connectivity services for both enterprises and consumers. The Company provides Internet connectivity services, wide area network (WAN) services, outsourcing services, systems integration and equipment sales as total network solutions to Japanese corporate clients and governmental organizations. The Company operates through two segments: a network services and systems integration business segment and an ATM operation business segment. The network services and systems integration business segment consist of its Internet connectivity services for enterprise and consumers, WAN services, outsourcing services, systems integration and equipment sales. The ATM operation business is conducted by its subsidiary, Trust Networks Inc. (Trust Networks), which operates automated teller machines (ATMs) and its network systems.

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