China Unicom (Hong Kong) (NYSE: CHU) and CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and profitabiliy.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.2% of China Unicom (Hong Kong) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.8% of CalAmp Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 77.5% of China Unicom (Hong Kong) shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of CalAmp Corp. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for China Unicom (Hong Kong) and CalAmp Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Unicom (Hong Kong) 1 1 5 0 2.57
CalAmp Corp. 0 5 5 0 2.50

China Unicom (Hong Kong) presently has a consensus price target of $12.50, indicating a potential downside of 16.39%. CalAmp Corp. has a consensus price target of $21.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.81%. Given CalAmp Corp.’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe CalAmp Corp. is more favorable than China Unicom (Hong Kong).

Volatility & Risk

China Unicom (Hong Kong) has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CalAmp Corp. has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares China Unicom (Hong Kong) and CalAmp Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Unicom (Hong Kong) N/A N/A N/A
CalAmp Corp. -2.05% 18.84% 7.81%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares China Unicom (Hong Kong) and CalAmp Corp.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Unicom (Hong Kong) $40.47 billion 0.88 $11.41 billion N/A N/A
CalAmp Corp. $348.04 million 1.96 $38.59 million ($0.21) -91.90

China Unicom (Hong Kong) has higher revenue and earnings than CalAmp Corp..

Summary

CalAmp Corp. beats China Unicom (Hong Kong) on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About China Unicom (Hong Kong)

China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited is a Hong Kong-based investment holding company principally engaged in the provision of telecommunications services. The Company’s businesses include mobile businesses, fixed-line businesses and others. Its mobile businesses include the provision of call services, roaming services, mobile broadband services, traditional value-added services such as short message services, multimedia message services and wireless Internet access card, as well as new value-added services such as mobile music, mobile television and Wo portal services. Its fixed-line businesses include broadband and Internet networks businesses, among others. The Company’s subsidiaries include CUCL, China Unicom Global Limited and China Unicom (Europe) Operations Limited.

About CalAmp Corp.

CalAmp Corp. (CalAmp) is a provider of wireless communications solutions for a range of applications to customers globally. The Company operates through two business segments: Wireless DataCom and Satellite. The Company’s Wireless DataCom segment offers solutions for mobile resource management (MRM) applications, the machine-to-machine (M2M) communications space and other markets that require connectivity anytime and anywhere. The Company’s MRM and M2M solutions collect, monitor and report data and intelligence from remote and mobile assets. The Company delivers products, software services and solutions for energy, government, transportation and automotive vertical markets. The Company’s Satellite segment develops, manufactures and sells direct-broadcast satellite (DBS) outdoor customer premise equipment and whole home video networking devices enabling the delivery of digital and high definition satellite television services. Its satellite products are sold primarily to EchoStar.

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