Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL) and Universal Electronics (NASDAQ:UEIC) 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 profitability, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Risk & Volatility

Control4 Corporation has a beta of -0.6, suggesting that its share price is 160% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Electronics has a beta of 1.65, suggesting that its share price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.1% of Control4 Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.6% of Universal Electronics shares are held by institutional investors. 6.1% of Control4 Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.8% of Universal Electronics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Control4 Corporation and Universal Electronics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Control4 Corporation 4.70% 10.77% 8.86%
Universal Electronics 2.37% 11.97% 6.27%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Control4 Corporation and Universal Electronics, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Control4 Corporation 0 3 4 0 2.57
Universal Electronics 0 1 2 0 2.67

Control4 Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $20.00, indicating a potential downside of 13.68%. Universal Electronics has a consensus price target of $75.08, indicating a potential upside of 29.01%. Given Universal Electronics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Universal Electronics is more favorable than Control4 Corporation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Control4 Corporation and Universal Electronics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Control4 Corporation $224.20 million 2.57 $18.97 million $0.41 56.51
Universal Electronics $668.71 million 1.25 $59.62 million $1.08 53.89

Universal Electronics has higher revenue and earnings than Control4 Corporation. Universal Electronics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Control4 Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Universal Electronics beats Control4 Corporation on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Control4 Corporation

Control4 Corporation (Control4) is a provider of smart home and business solutions. The Company’s smart home and small business solutions provide consumers with the ability to integrate audio, video, lighting, temperature, security, communications, network management and other functionalities into a unified automation solution, customized to match their lifestyles and business needs. Its Control4 solution integrates various third-party devices and systems into a unified solution for mainstream consumers. Through its unified software platform, consumers can interact with their entire automated home without learning multiple interfaces or various remote controls. Its Control4 product line is the Control4 Home Operating System (C4 OS), and the associated application software and software development kits (SDKs). Its products with embedded software and services include controllers, interface devices, lighting products, comfort products, security products and communication products.

About Universal Electronics

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) develops control and sensor technology solutions and manufactures a line of pre-programmed and universal remote control products, audio-video (AV) accessories, and intelligent wireless security and automation components. The Company’s offerings include pre-programmed universal infrared (IR) and radio frequency (RF) remote controls that are sold primarily to subscription broadcasting providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), retailers, and private label customers, and integrated circuits, on which its software and universal device control database is embedded, sold primarily to OEMs, subscription broadcasting providers, and private label customers. Its offerings also include software, firmware and technology solutions that enable devices, such as televisions, set-top boxes, stereos, smart phones tablets, gaming controllers and other consumer electronic devices, to wirelessly connect and interact with home networks and interactive services.

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