Salon Media Group (OTCMKTS:SLNM) and Insignia Systems (NASDAQ:ISIG) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Salon Media Group and Insignia Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Salon Media Group $4.57 million 0.99 -$9.57 million N/A N/A
Insignia Systems $26.43 million 0.74 -$630,000.00 N/A N/A

Insignia Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Salon Media Group.

Profitability

This table compares Salon Media Group and Insignia Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Salon Media Group N/A N/A N/A
Insignia Systems 4.90% 10.68% 7.28%

Risk and Volatility

Salon Media Group has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Insignia Systems has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Salon Media Group and Insignia Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Salon Media Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Insignia Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Salon Media Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.0% of Insignia Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 83.9% of Salon Media Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Insignia Systems shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Insignia Systems beats Salon Media Group on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Salon Media Group Company Profile

Salon Media Group, Inc., an Internet media company, operates an online news Website in the United States. It produces a content Website with various subject-specific sections. The company's Salon.com Website features various voices and perspectives; and covers a range of topics, including news, politics, race, religion, arts and culture, entertainment, sustainability, innovation, technology, and business. It also hosts dynamic content, such as video, slideshows, and images. Salon Media Group, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Insignia Systems Company Profile

Insignia Systems, Inc. develops and markets in-store advertising products, programs, and services to retailers and consumer packaged goods manufacturers in the United States and internationally. The company's primary product is the Point-Of-Purchase Services in-store marketing program that allows manufacturers to deliver product information to consumers at the point-of-purchase, and to leverage the local retailer brand and store-specific prices. Its products also include POPSign program, a point-of-purchase advertising and promotion program that delivers information from manufacturers, such as product uses and features, nutritional information, advertising taglines, product images, or usage photos; and freshADS, an advertising vehicle. In addition, the company offers brand-equity signage programs; provides adhesive and non-adhesive supplies in various colors, sizes, and weights; and sells laser printable cardstock and label supplies. Insignia Systems, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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