Financial Comparison: Harmonic (HLIT) and KVH Industries (KVHI)

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KVH Industries (NASDAQ:KVHI) and Harmonic (NASDAQ:HLIT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for KVH Industries and Harmonic, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KVH Industries 0 0 4 0 3.00
Harmonic 0 1 4 0 2.80

KVH Industries presently has a consensus price target of $15.50, indicating a potential upside of 49.33%. Harmonic has a consensus price target of $7.31, indicating a potential upside of 28.51%. Given KVH Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe KVH Industries is more favorable than Harmonic.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

54.9% of KVH Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.2% of Harmonic shares are held by institutional investors. 9.2% of KVH Industries shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of Harmonic shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares KVH Industries and Harmonic’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KVH Industries $170.76 million 1.08 -$8.23 million ($0.12) -86.50
Harmonic $403.56 million 1.25 -$21.03 million $0.03 189.67

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

Risk & Volatility

KVH Industries has a beta of 0.79, meaning that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Harmonic has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares KVH Industries and Harmonic’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KVH Industries -4.82% -2.43% -1.23%
Harmonic -5.21% -0.08% -0.03%

Summary

Harmonic beats KVH Industries on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

KVH Industries Company Profile

KVH Industries, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets mobile connectivity products and services for the marine and land mobile markets in the United States and internationally. The company offers mobile satellite TV and communications products; two-way satellite communications systems; onboard V-IP terminals and hub equipment; network management hardware and software products for maritime communications; and Iridium OpenPort hardware products and services. It also offers airtime plans that enable customers to obtain Internet and voice services; and value-added, and news and radio content services. In addition, the company provides navigation, guidance, and stabilization products for the commercial and defense markets comprising precision fiber optic gyro-based systems that enable platform and optical stabilization, navigation, pointing, and guidance; tactical navigation systems for tactical trucks and light armored vehicles; and commercial products, such as navigation and positioning systems for various applications consisting of precision mapping, dynamic surveying, autonomous vehicles, train location control and track geometry measurement systems, industrial robotics, and optical stabilization applications. Further, it offers content, maritime news, sporting content, and television programming delivery services; movie distribution services; maritime e-learning content and related services; and services and support for the mini-VSAT Broadband solution. The company sells its mobile communications products through a network of independent retailers, chain stores, distributors, and service providers; and navigation products directly to the United States and foreign governments, and government contractors, as well as through authorized independent sales representatives. The company also sells and leases its products directly to end users. KVH Industries, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Harmonic Company Profile

Harmonic Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells video infrastructure products and system solutions worldwide. Its products enable customers to create, prepare, and deliver a range of video and broadband services to consumer devices, including televisions, personal computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones. The company operates in two segments, Video and Cable Edge. The Video segment sells video processing, and production and playout solutions and services to cable operators, and satellite and telecommunications Pay-TV service providers, as well as to broadcast and media companies, including streaming new media companies. This segment's video processing solutions include network management and application software, and hardware products, such as cloud media processing, broadcast and distribution encoders, contribution encoders, multiscreen transcoders and stream processing systems, multiscreen delivery, decoders and descramblers, and video servers. This segment also provides video-optimized storage systems; and unified video playout and processing software-as-a-service solutions. The Cable Edge segment offers cable edge solutions and related services, including CableOS software-based converged cable access platform solutions; and narrowcast services gateway products primarily to cable operators. The company also provides technical support and professional services, such as maintenance and support, consulting, implementation, program management, technical design and planning, building and site preparation, integration and equipment installation, system testing, and training. Harmonic Inc. sells its products through its direct sales force, as well as through independent resellers and systems integrators. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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