ViaSat (NASDAQ: VSAT) and Lantronix (NASDAQ:LTRX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for ViaSat and Lantronix, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ViaSat 2 5 6 0 2.31
Lantronix 0 0 1 0 3.00

ViaSat currently has a consensus target price of $76.11, suggesting a potential upside of 14.14%. Lantronix has a consensus target price of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 86.92%. Given Lantronix’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Lantronix is more favorable than ViaSat.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.2% of ViaSat shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.4% of Lantronix shares are held by institutional investors. 7.7% of ViaSat shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 52.0% of Lantronix shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

ViaSat has a beta of 0.68, indicating that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lantronix has a beta of -0.19, indicating that its stock price is 119% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares ViaSat and Lantronix’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ViaSat 1.52% 2.07% 1.10%
Lantronix -1.07% 0.86% 0.60%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ViaSat and Lantronix’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ViaSat $1.56 billion 2.46 $249.88 million $0.45 148.18
Lantronix $44.20 million 0.85 $1.05 million ($0.04) -53.50

ViaSat has higher revenue and earnings than Lantronix. Lantronix is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ViaSat, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

ViaSat beats Lantronix on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ViaSat

ViaSat, Inc. is engaged in broadband technologies and services. The Company operates through three segments: satellite services, commercial networks and government systems. The satellite services segment provides satellite-based broadband services to consumers, enterprises, commercial airlines and mobile broadband customers primarily in the United States. The commercial networks segment develops and produces a range of end-to-end satellite and wireless communication systems, ground networking equipment and space-to-earth connectivity systems. The government systems segment develops and produces network-centric Internet Protocol (IP)-based fixed and mobile secure government communications systems, products, services and solutions, which are designed to enable the collection and dissemination of real-time digital information between command centers, communications nodes and air defense systems.

About Lantronix

Lantronix, Inc. is a provider of secure data access and management solutions for Internet of things (IoT) and information technology (IT) assets. The Company organizes its products and solutions into three product lines, including IoT, IT Management and Other. Its IoT products consist of IoT Gateways and IoT Building Blocks. The Company’s IT Management product line includes console management, power management and keyboard video mouse (KVM), products that provide remote out-of-band management (OOBM) access to IT and networking infrastructure deployed in test labs, data centers and server rooms. Its Other product line includes non-focus products, such as the xPrintServer, xSenso and WiBox. Its connectivity solutions serves a range of industries, including data center, medical, security, environmental and government. The Company conducts its business in approximately three geographic regions, including the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific Japan (APJ).

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