MiX Telematics Limited (NYSE: MIXT) and Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ:ANY) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitabiliy, valuation and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

MiX Telematics Limited has a beta of 0.87, meaning that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sphere 3D Corp. has a beta of 2.34, meaning that its share price is 134% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

MiX Telematics Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Sphere 3D Corp. does not pay a dividend. MiX Telematics Limited pays out 40.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares MiX Telematics Limited and Sphere 3D Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MiX Telematics Limited $118.42 million 1.57 $22.73 million $0.35 23.57
Sphere 3D Corp. $78.51 million 0.16 -$20.13 million ($1.27) -0.10

MiX Telematics Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Sphere 3D Corp.. Sphere 3D Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MiX Telematics Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

14.4% of MiX Telematics Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 16.1% of Sphere 3D Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares MiX Telematics Limited and Sphere 3D Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MiX Telematics Limited 7.88% 7.08% 5.49%
Sphere 3D Corp. -86.87% -68.73% -20.49%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for MiX Telematics Limited and Sphere 3D Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MiX Telematics Limited 0 2 1 0 2.33
Sphere 3D Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A

MiX Telematics Limited presently has a consensus target price of $10.50, suggesting a potential upside of 27.27%. Given MiX Telematics Limited’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe MiX Telematics Limited is more favorable than Sphere 3D Corp..

Summary

MiX Telematics Limited beats Sphere 3D Corp. on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About MiX Telematics Limited

MiX Telematics Limited is a South Africa-based provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to customers. The Company’s operating segments include Africa, Europe, Americas, Middle East and Australasia, Brazil and Central Services Organization. The Company’s products and services provide enterprise fleets, small fleets and consumers with solutions for safety, risk management and security. The Company’s solutions include MiX Fleet Manager, which consists of an on-board computer, an online tracking and information portal, as well as access to fleet and driver reports and analytics; MiX SafeDrive provides In-Vehicle Monitoring Systems (IVMS) that monitor driver performance, identify unsafe behaviors and provide audible alerts; Matrix is focused on personal safety and consumer telematics through vehicle tracking-and-recovery products and services, and Beam-e, which is a wireless device that fits into vehicles, motorbikes or caravan.

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