NXT-ID (NASDAQ: NXTD) and Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.1% of NXT-ID shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.1% of Glu Mobile shares are owned by institutional investors. 28.1% of NXT-ID shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of Glu Mobile shares are owned by insiders. 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 NXT-ID and Glu Mobile’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NXT-ID -56.23% N/A -29.56%
Glu Mobile -50.11% -36.94% -26.41%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares NXT-ID and Glu Mobile’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NXT-ID $14.38 million 1.06 -$1.96 million N/A N/A
Glu Mobile $202.84 million 1.83 -$70.23 million N/A N/A

NXT-ID has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Glu Mobile.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for NXT-ID and Glu Mobile, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NXT-ID 0 0 1 0 3.00
Glu Mobile 0 5 4 0 2.44

NXT-ID currently has a consensus price target of $4.25, indicating a potential upside of 167.30%. Glu Mobile has a consensus price target of $2.81, indicating a potential upside of 1.90%. Given NXT-ID’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe NXT-ID is more favorable than Glu Mobile.

Risk and Volatility

NXT-ID has a beta of -5.04, meaning that its share price is 604% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Glu Mobile has a beta of 1.98, meaning that its share price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Glu Mobile beats NXT-ID on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NXT-ID

Nxt-ID, Inc. is a technology company. The Company is focused on products, solutions and services for security on mobile devices. The Company’s core technologies consist of those that support digital payments, biometric identification, encryption, sensors and miniaturization. It has three lines of business: mobile commerce (m-commerce), primarily through the application of secure digital payment technologies; biometric access control applications, and Department of Defense contracting. It intends to use its core biometric facial and voice recognition algorithms to develop security applications (both cloud based and locally hosted) that can be used for companies, as well as individuals, law enforcement, the defense industry, and the United States Department of Defense. Its offerings include Wocket, a physical electronic smart wallet; the NXT Smartcard, a standalone smartcard; Wi-Mag, an antenna and payment technology, and 3D FaceMatch and 3D SketchArtist facial recognition products.

About Glu Mobile

Glu Mobile Inc. develops, publishes and markets a portfolio of mobile games. The Company develops and publishes a portfolio of mobile games designed to appeal to a cross section of the users of smartphones and tablet devices. Its portfolio of mobile games is spread across various genres, including Fashion and Celebrity, Food, Sports and Action, Social Networking and Home. Its portfolio of games include Contract Killer, Cooking Dash, Covet Fashion, Deer Hunter, Design Home, QuizUp, Racing Rivals and Tap Sports Baseball, as well as games based on third party licensed brands, including Gordon Ramsay DASH, Kendall & Kylie, and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. The Company works directly with other application developers to include advertising for their applications in its games, and the developers pay them based on either the number of impressions in its games or the number of users downloading the developer’s application.

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