Tangoe (OTCMKTS: TNGO) and MobileSmith (OTCMKTS:MOST) 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 analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Tangoe and MobileSmith, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tangoe 0 1 0 0 2.00
MobileSmith 0 0 0 0 N/A

Tangoe currently has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 27.45%. Given Tangoe’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Tangoe is more favorable than MobileSmith.

Risk and Volatility

Tangoe has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MobileSmith has a beta of -44.5, meaning that its share price is 4,550% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.2% of Tangoe shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.0% of Tangoe shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Tangoe and MobileSmith’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tangoe -7.96% -9.86% -7.97%
MobileSmith -258.20% N/A -417.96%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Tangoe and MobileSmith’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tangoe N/A N/A N/A ($0.11) -46.36
MobileSmith N/A N/A N/A ($0.30) -6.60

Tangoe is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MobileSmith, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Tangoe beats MobileSmith on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tangoe

Tangoe, Inc. is a provider of information technology (IT) and Telecom Expense Management (TEM) software and related services. The Company offers its services to a range of global enterprises and service providers. Its products and solutions include mobility, telecom, cloud, IT expense, strategic consulting and mobility as a service (MaaS). Its mobility solution includes expense management; procurement, logistics and activation; usage management; enterprise mobility; mobile support, and financial management. Its IT expense solution includes expense management, inventory and asset management, usage management and financial management. Its enterprise mobility and IT consulting services include strategic sourcing; strategy assessment, planning, and policy development, and implementation and transition support. The Company offers contract sourcing, strategy and policy consulting, service maturity assessment, global services benchmarking and lifecycle advisory, among others.

About MobileSmith

MobileSmith, Inc. develops and markets a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that allows non-programmers to design and build native mobile applications for smartphones and tablets. The Company’s product is the MobileSmith Platform (the Platform). The Company’s Platform is an application development platform that enables organizations to create, deploy and manage custom, native smartphone and tablet applications deliverable across iPhone operating system (iOS) and Android mobile platforms. The Company’s principal products and services include subscription to its SaaS cloud-based mobile application development platform to customers who design and build their own applications; internal and secure mobile development platform for the United States Department of Defense and related contractors; custom mobile application design and development services; mobile application marketing services, and mobile strategy implementation consulting.

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