IGO (OTCMKTS:IGOI) and AstroNova (NASDAQ:ALOT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

IGO has a beta of 0.38, suggesting that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AstroNova has a beta of 0.21, suggesting that its share price is 79% less volatile than the S&P 500.


AstroNova pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. IGO does not pay a dividend. AstroNova pays out 34.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares IGO and AstroNova’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AstroNova 4.19% 8.80% 4.93%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IGO $60,000.00 111.36 -$690,000.00 N/A N/A
AstroNova $136.66 million 1.01 $5.73 million $0.82 24.29

AstroNova has higher revenue and earnings than IGO.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

57.9% of AstroNova shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of IGO shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of AstroNova shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for IGO and AstroNova, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IGO 0 0 0 0 N/A
AstroNova 0 0 1 0 3.00


AstroNova beats IGO on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

IGO Company Profile

KASCO LLC manufactures metallic blade products for meat, food, and wood-cutting industries worldwide. The company was founded in 1901 and is based in Saint Louis, Missouri. As of December 31, 2018, KASCO LLC operates as a subsidiary of iGo, Inc.

AstroNova Company Profile

AstroNova, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells specialty printers & data acquisition and analysis systems. It provides its services to aerospace, apparel, automotive, avionics, chemicals, computer peripherals, communications, distribution, food and beverage, general manufacturing, packaging and transportation industries. The company operates its business through two segments: Product Identification and Test & Measurement. The Product Identification segment produces an array of tabletop, high-technology digital color and monochrome label printers, labeling software and consumables for a variety of commercial industries worldwide. The Test & Measurement segment includes data recording equipment used worldwide for a variety of recording, monitoring and troubleshooting applications for the aerospace, automotive, metal mill, power and telecommunications industries. AstroNova was founded by Albert W. Ondis on January 9, 1969 and is headquartered in West Warwick, RI.

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