Head-To-Head Analysis: Limelight Networks (LLNW) and AutoNavi (AMAP)

Limelight Networks (NASDAQ: LLNW) and AutoNavi (NASDAQ:AMAP) 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, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Limelight Networks and AutoNavi’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Limelight Networks $168.23 million 2.91 -$73.92 million ($0.10) -44.50
AutoNavi N/A N/A N/A ($1.42) -14.72

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

Risk and Volatility

Limelight Networks has a beta of 2.54, meaning that its stock price is 154% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AutoNavi has a beta of 0.92, meaning that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Limelight Networks and AutoNavi, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Limelight Networks 0 1 3 0 2.75
AutoNavi 0 0 0 0 N/A

Limelight Networks currently has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.36%. Given Limelight Networks’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Limelight Networks is more favorable than AutoNavi.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.0% of Limelight Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. 37.6% of Limelight Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Limelight Networks and AutoNavi’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Limelight Networks -5.91% -3.29% -2.26%
AutoNavi N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Limelight Networks beats AutoNavi on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Limelight Networks Company Profile

Limelight Networks, Inc. operates a distributed network and provides a suite of integrated services marketed as the Limelight Orchestrate Platform. The Company is engaged in providing content delivery and related services and solutions for global businesses to help them deliver their digital content across Internet, mobile, and social channels. Its services include content delivery services, mobile delivery services, video content management services, performance services, cloud-based storage services and cloud-based content security services. Its solutions include software and device manufacturers, media and broadcasters, and gaming. Limelight services incorporate content and application security, file management, video transformation, distributed storage functionality, and the analytics and reporting associated with them. The Company operates in three geographic areas: Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific.

AutoNavi Company Profile

AutoNavi Holdings Limited is a provider of digital map content and navigation and location-based solutions in China. The service platform also enables the Company to move away from a pure business-to-business (B2B), model to a combined B2B and business-to-consumer (B2C), model. As of December 31, 2012, the core of its business is its nationwide digital map database that covered approximately 3.6 million kilometers of roadway and over 22 million points of interest across China. In addition, the Company had completed three dimensional (3-D) navigation maps of key areas in 60 cities and photo-realistic 3-D models of 35 cities for public sector projects. In February 2012, the Company and TomTom NV introduced HD Traffic. Effective December 12, 2013, Autonavi Holdings Limited acquired Alohar Mobile Inc. In July 2014, AutoNavi Holdings Ltd announced the completion of the merger with Ali ET Investment Holding Limited (Merger Sub), a subsidiary of Alibaba Investment Limited (Parent).

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