Mitek Systems (NASDAQ: MITK) and Telenav (NASDAQ:TNAV) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitabiliy, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Mitek Systems and Telenav, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mitek Systems 0 0 5 0 3.00
Telenav 0 0 4 0 3.00

Mitek Systems presently has a consensus target price of $10.60, suggesting a potential upside of 4.95%. Telenav has a consensus target price of $12.75, suggesting a potential upside of 97.67%. Given Telenav’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Telenav is more favorable than Mitek Systems.

Profitability

This table compares Mitek Systems and Telenav’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mitek Systems 5.19% 10.45% 8.65%
Telenav -27.87% -30.87% -18.26%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Mitek Systems and Telenav’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mitek Systems $42.16 million 8.02 $5.26 million $0.06 168.36
Telenav $177.05 million 1.59 -$29.19 million ($1.08) -5.97

Mitek Systems has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Telenav. Telenav is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Mitek Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

39.0% of Mitek Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.6% of Telenav shares are held by institutional investors. 8.5% of Mitek Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 24.6% of Telenav shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Mitek Systems has a beta of 0.68, suggesting that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Telenav has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Mitek Systems beats Telenav on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mitek Systems

Mitek Systems, Inc. develops, markets and sells mobile capture and identity verification software solutions for enterprise customers. The Company’s technology allows users to remotely deposit checks, open accounts, get insurance quotes, pay bills, as well as verify their identity by taking pictures of various documents with their camera-equipped smartphones and tablets instead of using the device keyboard. Its technology uses algorithms to correct image distortion, extract relevant data, route images to their desired location and process transactions. Its technology processes images of documents in various ways. The Company’s products include Mobile Verify, Mobile Fill, Mobile Docs, Mobile Deposit and Commercial Mobile Deposit Capture. Its mobile technology solutions are provided in two parts: a software development kit (SDK) for mobile capture, and a software platform for image correction, detection, extraction and authentication.

About Telenav

TeleNav, Inc. (Telenav) is a provider of location-based platform services. The Company’s services consist of its automotive and mobile navigation platform and its advertising delivery platform. The Company operates through three segments: automotive, advertising and mobile navigation. The automotive segment provides its map and navigation platform to auto manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for distribution with their vehicles. The advertising segment provides interactive mobile advertisements on behalf of its advertising clients to consumers based on the location of the user and other targeting capabilities. The mobile navigation segment provides its map and navigation platform to end users through mobile devices. The Company’s auto and mobile navigation platform allows it to deliver location-based services to auto manufacturers, developers and end users through various distribution channels, including wireless carriers.

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