Identiv (NASDAQ: INVE) and Avid Technology (NASDAQ:AVID) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Identiv has a beta of -0.44, suggesting that its stock price is 144% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Avid Technology has a beta of 1.78, suggesting that its stock price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

33.3% of Identiv shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.8% of Avid Technology shares are held by institutional investors. 12.3% of Identiv shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.5% of Avid Technology shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Identiv and Avid Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Identiv -8.04% -38.59% -8.72%
Avid Technology -1.75% -5.36% 6.12%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Identiv and Avid Technology, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Identiv 0 1 1 0 2.50
Avid Technology 1 1 0 0 1.50

Identiv currently has a consensus target price of $8.50, suggesting a potential upside of 184.28%. Avid Technology has a consensus target price of $4.50, suggesting a potential downside of 24.37%. Given Identiv’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Identiv is more favorable than Avid Technology.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Identiv and Avid Technology’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Identiv $56.17 million 0.76 -$13.69 million ($0.38) -7.87
Avid Technology $511.93 million 0.48 $48.21 million ($0.18) -33.05

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

Summary

Avid Technology beats Identiv on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Identiv

Identiv, Inc. is a global security technology company. The Company operates through four segments: Physical access control systems (PACS), Identity, Credentials and All Other. PACS segment provides solutions and services that enable the issuance, management and use of secure identity credentials in diverse markets. PACS business offers Hirsch line of controllers, including the advanced MX line, Hirsch’s Velocity management software and its Identiv connected physical access manager software, EDGE controller and reader package. Identity segment offers products to secure enterprise information, including login and printers through delivery of smart card reader products and identity management through its idOnDemand service. Credentials segment offers access cards, radio frequency identification (RFID) and near field communication products, including cards, labels, tags and stickers, as well as RF components. All Other segment includes products, such as Chipdrive and Digital Media readers.

About Avid Technology

Avid Technology, Inc. is a provider of an open and integrated technology platform, along with applications and services that enable the creation, distribution and monetization of audio and video content. The Company develops, markets, sells and supports software and hardware for digital media content production, management, secured content storage and distribution. The Company’s products are used in production and post-production facilities; film studios; network, affiliate, independent and cable television stations; recording studios; live-sound performance venues; advertising agencies; government and educational institutions; corporate communication departments, and by independent video and audio creative professionals, as well as aspiring professionals and enthusiasts. Projects produced using its products include feature films, television programs, live events, news broadcasts, commercials, music, video and other digital media content.

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