Nortek (NASDAQ: NTK) and Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ:CTRL) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and profitabiliy.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

75.1% of Control4 Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 6.1% of Control4 Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Nortek has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Control4 Corporation has a beta of -0.65, meaning that its share price is 165% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Nortek and Control4 Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nortek 0 0 0 0 N/A
Control4 Corporation 0 2 4 0 2.67

Control4 Corporation has a consensus price target of $19.17, suggesting a potential downside of 0.95%. Given Control4 Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Control4 Corporation is more favorable than Nortek.

Profitability

This table compares Nortek and Control4 Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nortek 2.69% 271.83% 3.41%
Control4 Corporation 3.31% 7.58% 6.15%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Nortek and Control4 Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nortek N/A N/A N/A $0.64 134.28
Control4 Corporation $216.00 million 2.18 $16.88 million $0.28 69.11

Control4 Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Nortek. Control4 Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Nortek, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Control4 Corporation beats Nortek on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nortek Company Profile

Nortek, Inc. (Nortek) is a diversified company delivering technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. The Company’s segments include the Air Quality and Home Solutions (AQH), which manufactures, markets and distributes room and whole house ventilation products; the Security and Control Solutions (SCS), which manufactures and distributes an array of products for residential applications; the Ergonomic and Productivity Solutions (ERG), which includes computer workstations with ergonomic features; the Residential and Commercial HVAC (RCH), which manufactures and sells split-system and packaged air conditioners; the Custom and Commercial Air Solutions (CAS), which designs, manufactures and sells custom heating, ventilation and air conditioning products and systems, and Audio, Video and Control Solutions (AVC), which manufactures and markets an array of products and solutions primarily for the residential audio, video automation and control.

Control4 Corporation Company Profile

Control4 Corporation (Control4) is a provider of smart home and business solutions. The Company’s smart home and small business solutions provide consumers with the ability to integrate audio, video, lighting, temperature, security, communications, network management and other functionalities into a unified automation solution, customized to match their lifestyles and business needs. Its Control4 solution integrates various third-party devices and systems into a unified solution for mainstream consumers. Through its unified software platform, consumers can interact with their entire automated home without learning multiple interfaces or various remote controls. Its Control4 product line is the Control4 Home Operating System (C4 OS), and the associated application software and software development kits (SDKs). Its products with embedded software and services include controllers, interface devices, lighting products, comfort products, security products and communication products.

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