AVG Technologies NV (NYSE: AVG) and SeaChange International (NASDAQ:SEAC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.5% of AVG Technologies NV shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.3% of SeaChange International shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of SeaChange International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

AVG Technologies NV has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SeaChange International has a beta of 0.69, indicating that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for AVG Technologies NV and SeaChange International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AVG Technologies NV 1 3 0 0 1.75
SeaChange International 0 1 1 0 2.50

AVG Technologies NV currently has a consensus price target of $25.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.20%. SeaChange International has a consensus price target of $4.50, suggesting a potential upside of 66.67%. Given SeaChange International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SeaChange International is more favorable than AVG Technologies NV.

Profitability

This table compares AVG Technologies NV and SeaChange International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AVG Technologies NV 6.62% 29.61% 4.38%
SeaChange International -85.83% -20.62% -13.31%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares AVG Technologies NV and SeaChange International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AVG Technologies NV N/A N/A N/A $0.87 28.79
SeaChange International $78.89 million 1.21 -$16.29 million ($1.93) -1.40

AVG Technologies NV has higher revenue, but lower earnings than SeaChange International. SeaChange International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AVG Technologies NV, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

AVG Technologies NV beats SeaChange International on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

AVG Technologies NV Company Profile

AVG Technologies N.V. provides software and online services. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer and small and medium sized business (SMB). Its product portfolio includes AVG Anti-Virus FREE, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Internet Security, AVG Protection FREE suite, AVG Protection PRO suite, AVG Performance suite, Gallery, AVG Cleaner for Mac, AVG Driver Updater, AVG Web TuneUp, Alarm Clock Xtreme FREE + Timer, AVG Cleaner-Xperia and HideMyPhone, among others. Its location labs mobile solutions include AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Smart Limits, T-Mobile FamilyWhere, Verizon FamilyBase, Safely Go and Aqui Estoy. Its AVG CloudCare Products include AVG Remote IT, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Content Filtering, AVG Cloud Backup and AVG Email Security. Its Norman solutions include Norman Antivirus, Norman Security Suite, Norman Security Suite PRO, Norman Endpoint Protection, Norman Email Protection, Norman Security Portal, Norman SecureMail and Norman SecureSurf.

SeaChange International Company Profile

SeaChange International, Inc. (SeaChange) is engaged in the delivery of multiscreen video. The Company’s products and services facilitate the aggregation, licensing, management and distribution of video and advertising content for cable television system operators, telecommunications companies, satellite operators and media companies. SeaChange sells its software products and services across the world, to television service providers, including cable television system operators, telecommunications companies, satellite operators and media companies. Its systems enable service providers to offer other interactive television services that allow subscribers to receive personalized services and interact with their video devices. Its business consists of three product areas: multiscreen video backoffice, advertising and video gateway software solutions. It also offers SeaChange Infusion Advanced Advertising Platform, Adrenalin, SeaChange Infusion Advanced Advertising Platform and Nucleus.

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