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

Profitability

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

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Avid Technology and Identiv, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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

Avid Technology currently has a consensus price target of $4.50, indicating a potential downside of 25.86%. Identiv has a consensus price target of $8.50, indicating a potential upside of 160.74%. Given Identiv’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Identiv is more favorable than Avid Technology.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Avid Technology and Identiv’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Avid Technology $511.93 million 0.49 $48.21 million ($0.18) -33.72
Identiv $56.17 million 0.83 -$13.69 million ($0.38) -8.58

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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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

Risk and Volatility

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

Summary

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

Avid Technology Company Profile

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.

Identiv Company Profile

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.

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