Financial Survey: KVH Industries (KVHI) and DSP Group (DSPG)

KVH Industries (NASDAQ: KVHI) and DSP Group (NASDAQ:DSPG) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, profitabiliy, risk, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for KVH Industries and DSP Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KVH Industries 0 0 2 0 3.00
DSP Group 0 2 5 0 2.71

KVH Industries presently has a consensus target price of $9.50, suggesting a potential downside of 19.83%. DSP Group has a consensus target price of $14.17, suggesting a potential upside of 20.57%. Given DSP Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe DSP Group is more favorable than KVH Industries.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

64.2% of KVH Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.7% of DSP Group shares are held by institutional investors. 11.1% of KVH Industries shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.0% of DSP Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

KVH Industries has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DSP Group has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares KVH Industries and DSP Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KVH Industries -6.35% 1.84% 0.98%
DSP Group 2.40% 3.47% 2.74%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares KVH Industries and DSP Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KVH Industries $170.44 million 1.14 $8.18 million ($0.67) -17.69
DSP Group $133.28 million 1.96 $4.18 million $0.13 90.38

KVH Industries has higher revenue and earnings than DSP Group. KVH Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than DSP Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

DSP Group beats KVH Industries on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

KVH Industries Company Profile

KVH Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of solutions that provide high-speed Internet, television and voice services through satellite to mobile users at sea and on land. The Company also provides commercially licensed entertainment, including news, sports, music and movies, to commercial and leisure customers in the maritime, hotel and retail markets. It operates in two geographic segments, in the mobile communications, navigation and guidance and stabilization equipment industry. The Company develops and distributes training films and e-learning computer-based training courses to commercial maritime customers. It is also a manufacturer of navigational sensors and integrated inertial systems for defense and commercial guidance and stabilization applications. It designs, develops, manufactures and markets mobile communications products and services for the marine and land mobile markets, and navigation, guidance and stabilization products for both the commercial and defense markets.

DSP Group Company Profile

DSP Group, Inc. is a global provider of wireless and audio chipset solutions for converged communications. Delivering semiconductor system solutions with software and hardware reference designs, the Company enables original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, consumer electronics manufacturers and service providers to develop new products. Its segments include Home, Office and Mobile. The Home segment includes wireless chipset solutions for converged communication at home. The Office segment offers solution for Voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) office products, including office solutions that provide businesses with VoIP terminals with converged voice and data applications. The Mobile segment offers products for the mobile market that provides voice enhancement, always-on and far-end noise elimination targeted for mobile phone and mobile headsets and wearable devices that incorporate its noise suppression and voice quality enhancement HDClear technology.

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