Ability (NASDAQ: ABIL) and Internap Corporation (NASDAQ:INAP) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Ability has a beta of 0.16, meaning that its share price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Internap Corporation has a beta of 1.93, meaning that its share price is 93% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Ability and Internap Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ability 0 1 0 0 2.00
Internap Corporation 0 1 2 1 3.00

Ability presently has a consensus target price of $1.30, indicating a potential upside of 71.91%. Internap Corporation has a consensus target price of $5.83, indicating a potential upside of 40.90%. Given Ability’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ability is more favorable than Internap Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Ability and Internap Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ability -109.93% -100.03% -27.91%
Internap Corporation -45.52% -234.35% -5.73%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

4.7% of Ability shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.5% of Internap Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 5.8% of Internap 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ability and Internap Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ability $9.86 million 1.98 -$8.46 million N/A N/A
Internap Corporation $289.83 million 1.14 $71.04 million ($2.37) -1.75

Internap Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Ability.

Summary

Internap Corporation beats Ability on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ability Company Profile

Ability Inc. is a holding company. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, Ability Computer & Software Industries Ltd. and Ability Security Systems Ltd., which provide interception, geolocation and cyber intelligence tools for security and intelligence agencies, military forces, law enforcement agencies and homeland security agencies around the world. The Company is engaged in off-air interception of voice, short message service (SMS), and data communication from both cellular and satellite communication networks, and deciphering solutions for both cellular and satellite communications. The Company’s product categories include Cellular Interception, Cellular Counter Interception, Satellite Interception, Geolocation, Cyber and Crime Prevention. Its Cellular Interception systems include Ultimate Interceptor (ULIN), IBIS, TouchDown, ACIS, AGIS-51 and 3G-Cat. Its Satellite Interception systems include IRIS, ATIS and SLIS.

Internap Corporation Company Profile

Internap Corporation is a technology provider of Internet infrastructure. The Company provides Internet infrastructure through both Colocation Business and Enterprise Services and Cloud Services. The Company operates through two segments: Data Center and Network Services, and Cloud and Hosting Services. Its Data Center and Network Services segment consists of colocation and Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity services. Colocation involves providing physical space within data centers and associated services, such as power, interconnection, environmental controls, monitoring and security while allowing its customers to deploy and manage their servers, storage and other equipment in its secure data centers. Its cloud and hosting services segment consists of hosted Infrastructure-as-a-Service as a cloud platform or through managed hosting. For both Infrastructure-as-a-Service options, the Company provides and maintains the hardware, data center infrastructure and interconnection.

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