Lantronix (NASDAQ: LTRX) and TNS (NYSE:TNS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Lantronix and TNS, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lantronix 0 0 1 0 3.00
TNS 0 0 0 0 N/A

Lantronix presently has a consensus target price of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 84.33%.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

16.5% of Lantronix shares are held by institutional investors. 52.4% of Lantronix 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.

Profitability

This table compares Lantronix and TNS’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lantronix -1.83% 2.39% 1.64%
TNS N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lantronix and TNS’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lantronix $44.73 million 0.87 -$270,000.00 ($0.05) -43.40
TNS N/A N/A N/A $0.59 N/A

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

Summary

Lantronix beats TNS on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lantronix Company Profile

Lantronix, Inc. is a provider of secure data access and management solutions for Internet of things (IoT) and information technology (IT) assets. The Company organizes its products and solutions into three product lines, including IoT, IT Management and Other. Its IoT products consist of IoT Gateways and IoT Building Blocks. The Company’s IT Management product line includes console management, power management and keyboard video mouse (KVM), products that provide remote out-of-band management (OOBM) access to IT and networking infrastructure deployed in test labs, data centers and server rooms. Its Other product line includes non-focus products, such as the xPrintServer, xSenso and WiBox. Its connectivity solutions serves a range of industries, including data center, medical, security, environmental and government. The Company conducts its business in approximately three geographic regions, including the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific Japan (APJ).

TNS Company Profile

TNS, Inc., (TNS) is an international data communications company, which provides networking, managed connectivity, data communications and value added services to telecommunication companies, retailers, banks, payment processors and financial institutions. The Company operates in three divisions: Telecommunication Services Division (TSD), Payment Services Division (PSD), and Financial Services Division (FSD). The TSD principally serves telecommunication customers in North America, but has started generating revenue outside of North America from certain products. The PSD is focused on the payments industry in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The FSD serves customers in the financial services industry in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. In February 2013, the Company was acquired by investor group led by Siris Capital Group, LLC (Siris).

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