KVH Industries (NASDAQ: KVHI) and Iteris (NYSE:ITI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and profitabiliy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for KVH Industries and Iteris, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KVH Industries 0 0 2 0 3.00
Iteris 0 0 3 0 3.00

KVH Industries presently has a consensus price target of $9.50, suggesting a potential downside of 16.67%. Iteris has a consensus price target of $8.33, suggesting a potential upside of 26.84%. Given Iteris’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Iteris is more favorable than KVH Industries.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.2% of KVH Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 11.1% of KVH Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares KVH Industries and Iteris’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KVH Industries $170.44 million 1.10 $8.18 million ($0.67) -17.01
Iteris $95.98 million 2.22 -$1.72 million N/A N/A

KVH Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Iteris.

Profitability

This table compares KVH Industries and Iteris’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KVH Industries -6.35% 1.84% 0.98%
Iteris -13.64% -33.30% -22.30%

Summary

KVH Industries beats Iteris on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

KVH Industries Company Profile

KVH Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of solutions that provide high-speed Internet, television and voice services through satellite to mobile users at sea and on land. The Company also provides commercially licensed entertainment, including news, sports, music and movies, to commercial and leisure customers in the maritime, hotel and retail markets. It operates in two geographic segments, in the mobile communications, navigation and guidance and stabilization equipment industry. The Company develops and distributes training films and e-learning computer-based training courses to commercial maritime customers. It is also a manufacturer of navigational sensors and integrated inertial systems for defense and commercial guidance and stabilization applications. It designs, develops, manufactures and markets mobile communications products and services for the marine and land mobile markets, and navigation, guidance and stabilization products for both the commercial and defense markets.

Iteris Company Profile

Iteris, Inc. is a provider of information solutions for both the traffic management and global agribusiness markets. The Company operates through three segments: Roadway Sensors, Transportation Systems and Performance Analytics. The Roadway Sensors segment provides various vehicle detection and information systems and products for traffic intersection control, incident detection and roadway traffic data collection applications. The Transportation Systems segment includes transportation engineering and consulting services, and the development of transportation management and traveler information systems for the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) industry. The Performance Analytics segment includes iPeMS, its specialized transportation performance measurement and traffic analytics solutions, as well as ClearPath Weather, its road-maintenance applications, and ClearAg, its precision agriculture solutions.

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