AVG Technologies NV (NYSE: AVG) and Square (NYSE:SQ) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.5% of AVG Technologies NV shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.8% of Square shares are owned by institutional investors. 32.7% of Square shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares AVG Technologies NV and Square’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AVG Technologies NV N/A N/A N/A $0.87 28.79
Square $1.90 billion 6.05 -$41.20 million ($0.21) -142.56

AVG Technologies NV has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Square. Square is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AVG Technologies NV, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

AVG Technologies NV has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Square has a beta of 4.79, meaning that its share price is 379% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares AVG Technologies NV and Square’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AVG Technologies NV 6.62% 29.61% 4.38%
Square -4.13% -12.41% -5.36%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for AVG Technologies NV and Square, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AVG Technologies NV 0 0 0 0 N/A
Square 0 11 18 0 2.62

Square has a consensus price target of $24.75, suggesting a potential downside of 17.33%. Given Square’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Square is more favorable than AVG Technologies NV.

About AVG Technologies NV

AVG Technologies N.V. provides software and online services. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer and small and medium sized business (SMB). Its product portfolio includes AVG Anti-Virus FREE, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Internet Security, AVG Protection FREE suite, AVG Protection PRO suite, AVG Performance suite, Gallery, AVG Cleaner for Mac, AVG Driver Updater, AVG Web TuneUp, Alarm Clock Xtreme FREE + Timer, AVG Cleaner-Xperia and HideMyPhone, among others. Its location labs mobile solutions include AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Smart Limits, T-Mobile FamilyWhere, Verizon FamilyBase, Safely Go and Aqui Estoy. Its AVG CloudCare Products include AVG Remote IT, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Content Filtering, AVG Cloud Backup and AVG Email Security. Its Norman solutions include Norman Antivirus, Norman Security Suite, Norman Security Suite PRO, Norman Endpoint Protection, Norman Email Protection, Norman Security Portal, Norman SecureMail and Norman SecureSurf.

About Square

Square, Inc. (Square) is a commerce ecosystem. The Company enables its sellers start, run and grow their businesses. It combines software with hardware to enable sellers to turn mobile devices and computing devices into payments and point-of-sale solutions. Once a seller downloads the Square Point of Sale mobile application, they can take their first payment. With its offering, a seller can accept payments in person via magnetic stripe (a swipe), Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) (a dip), or Near Field Communication (NFC) (a tap); or online via Square Invoices, Square Virtual Terminal, or the seller’s Website. Once on its system, sellers gain access to technology and features, such as reporting and analytics, next-day settlements, digital receipts, payment dispute management and chargeback protection, and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance. On the consumer (buyer) side, Square Cash offers individuals access to a way to send and receive money.

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