Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) and Telenav (NASDAQ:TNAV) are both mobile application software companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Sea Limited and Telenav, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sea Limited 0 1 5 0 2.83
Telenav 0 0 3 0 3.00

Sea Limited currently has a consensus target price of $18.67, indicating a potential upside of 34.78%. Telenav has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 137.62%. Given Telenav’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Telenav is more favorable than Sea Limited.

Profitability

This table compares Sea Limited and Telenav’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sea Limited -90.49% N/A -39.28%
Telenav -32.94% -41.16% -19.25%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

68.7% of Sea Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.8% of Telenav shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Sea Limited shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.7% of Telenav shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sea Limited and Telenav’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sea Limited N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Telenav $169.58 million 1.32 -$47.26 million ($1.23) -4.11

Sea Limited has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Telenav.

Summary

Telenav beats Sea Limited on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sea Limited

Sea Limited, formerly Garena Interactive Holding Limited, is a Singapore-based Internet and mobile platform company. The Company is a platform provider for online personal computer (PC) and mobile digital content, e-commerce and payments across Asia. The Company offers Garena+, an online platform for people to meet, chat and play games with each other. Its digital content offers Garena, which is a game and social platform for gamers to interact, discover, download and play PC and mobile games. PC games on Garena Platform include Point Blank, Path of Exile, Mstar Online, League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth, Alliance of Valiant Arms, Mabinogi Heroes and Lost Saga. Mobile Games on Garena Platform include Headshot and Thunder Strike. Its ESports Events include Garena Premier League, Garena Carnival, Garena Cyber Games, Garena Star League and League of Legends Master Series. Its e-commerce offers Shopee, a mobile marketplace, where users can browse, shop and sell their products.

About Telenav

TeleNav, Inc. (Telenav) is a provider of location-based platform services. The Company’s services consist of its automotive and mobile navigation platform and its advertising delivery platform. The Company operates through three segments: automotive, advertising and mobile navigation. The automotive segment provides its map and navigation platform to auto manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for distribution with their vehicles. The advertising segment provides interactive mobile advertisements on behalf of its advertising clients to consumers based on the location of the user and other targeting capabilities. The mobile navigation segment provides its map and navigation platform to end users through mobile devices. The Company’s auto and mobile navigation platform allows it to deliver location-based services to auto manufacturers, developers and end users through various distribution channels, including wireless carriers.

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