Head to Head Contrast: Quarterhill (QTRH) & Fortel (ECGP)

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Quarterhill (NASDAQ:QTRH) and Fortel (OTCMKTS:ECGP) are both business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

11.8% of Quarterhill shares are held by institutional investors. 4.2% of Fortel shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quarterhill $134.71 million 1.07 $10.22 million $0.52 2.33
Fortel N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Quarterhill has higher revenue and earnings than Fortel.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Quarterhill and Fortel, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quarterhill 0 0 1 0 3.00
Fortel 0 0 0 0 N/A

Quarterhill currently has a consensus price target of $2.00, indicating a potential upside of 65.29%.

Profitability

This table compares Quarterhill and Fortel’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quarterhill -4.30% 16.50% 13.93%
Fortel N/A N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

Quarterhill has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fortel has a beta of 30.33, meaning that its stock price is 2,933% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Quarterhill pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Fortel does not pay a dividend. Quarterhill pays out 7.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Quarterhill beats Fortel on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Quarterhill

Quarterhill Inc. focuses on acquisition and management of technology companies that provides products and services worldwide. Its Technology segment licenses patent technologies to approximately 355 companies. Its patent portfolios include patents relating to 3D television, phased loop semiconductor, semiconductor manufacturing and packaging, medical stent, intelligent personal assistant, streaming video, semiconductor clocking, LED lighting, smart meter monitoring, non-volatile flash memory and other memory, building automation, enhanced image processing, computer gaming, and various other technologies; automotive headlight assemblies, microcontrollers applicable to safety-critical aerospace, and CMOS image sensors; and medical, industrial, and automotive applications. Its Mobility segment provides automated truck weigh stations; toll road systems and equipment; traffic management and safety systems; VectorSense, a tire sensor suite; Vehicle Information-In-Motion, a traffic intelligence system; integrated traffic control systems; permanent and portable slow speed weigh-in-motion systems; portable wheel load scales; traffic data collection products; vehicle and axle detection equipment; and automated vehicle identification, and other hardware and software products. It serves intelligent transportation systems industry through salespeople, distributors, agents, other contractors, and systems integrators, as well as directly. Its Factory segment creates and licenses enterprise asset management (EAM) software solutions to asset intensive industries through its salesforce, as well as Internet. It offers WorkAlign, a product suite, which consists of integrated products, such as scheduler, IIoT, mobile for EAM, maintenance budgeting, warranty tracker, and analytics; and consulting services. The company was formerly known as Wi-LAN Inc. and changed its name to Quarterhill Inc. in June 2017. Quarterhill Inc. was incorporated in 1992 and is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.

About Fortel

Fortel, Inc., formerly Envit Capital Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides alternative asset management and global private wealth management services. It operates as a holding company for financial entities, investor partnerships, and asset management subsidiaries. The Company operates in three segments: private alternative asset management, private wealth management and private equity. In June 2008, Envit Capital, LLC has acquired Fortel, Inc.

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