Skullcandy (NASDAQ: SKUL) and Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ:CTRL) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

46.7% of Skullcandy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.3% of Control4 Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 7.7% of Skullcandy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of Control4 Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Skullcandy has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Control4 Corporation has a beta of -0.62, meaning that its share price is 162% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Skullcandy and Control4 Corporation, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Skullcandy 0 1 0 0 2.00
Control4 Corporation 0 2 5 0 2.71

Skullcandy presently has a consensus target price of $6.35, indicating a potential upside of 0.16%. Control4 Corporation has a consensus target price of $21.43, indicating a potential downside of 21.04%. Given Skullcandy’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Skullcandy is more favorable than Control4 Corporation.


This table compares Skullcandy and Control4 Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Skullcandy -2.75% -4.04% -3.32%
Control4 Corporation 4.70% 10.77% 8.86%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Skullcandy N/A N/A N/A $0.07 90.58
Control4 Corporation $224.20 million 3.01 $18.97 million $0.41 66.20

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


Control4 Corporation beats Skullcandy on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Skullcandy

Skullcandy, Inc. creates audio experiences through its Skullcandy and Astro Gaming brands. The Company operates in two segments: Domestic and International. The Domestic segment consists of Skullcandy and Astro Gaming product sales to customers in the United States. The International segment includes Skullcandy product sales to customers in Europe, Asia, Canada Mexico, and all other geographic areas outside the United States that are served by the Company’s International operations. The Company focuses its product offerings in two categories: audio and gaming. The Company primarily operates in the consumer products category in which the Company develops and distributes headphones and other audio products. Astro Gaming creates premium video gaming equipment for professional gamers, leagues, and gaming enthusiasts. Skullcandy brand creates various audio and gaming products.

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.

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