Financial Comparison: iPass (IPAS) vs. NQ Mobile (NYSE:NQ)

NQ Mobile (NYSE: NQ) and iPass (NASDAQ:IPAS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitabiliy and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

6.7% of NQ Mobile shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.9% of iPass shares are held by institutional investors. 15.5% of NQ Mobile shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of iPass shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

NQ Mobile has a beta of 1.53, indicating that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, iPass has a beta of -0.37, indicating that its share price is 137% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for NQ Mobile and iPass, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NQ Mobile 0 0 1 0 3.00
iPass 0 1 4 0 2.80

NQ Mobile presently has a consensus target price of $13.00, indicating a potential upside of 280.12%. iPass has a consensus target price of $2.69, indicating a potential upside of 120.49%. Given NQ Mobile’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe NQ Mobile is more favorable than iPass.

Profitability

This table compares NQ Mobile and iPass’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NQ Mobile -41.05% -0.44% -0.28%
iPass -13.31% -46.92% -26.14%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares NQ Mobile and iPass’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NQ Mobile $343.05 million 1.07 $2.27 million ($1.41) -2.43
iPass $62.78 million 1.28 -$6.53 million ($0.13) -9.38

NQ Mobile has higher revenue and earnings than iPass. iPass is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than NQ Mobile, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

NQ Mobile beats iPass on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NQ Mobile

NQ Mobile Inc. is a global provider of mobile Internet services. The Company provides a portfolio of offerings, including mobile game publishing platforms, mobile advertising platforms, mobile entertainment applications and platforms, mobile security and productivity applications, as well as other mobile applications. It operates through two segments: consumer and enterprise. The consumer segment primarily consists of mobile value added services, which includes mobile security services, mobile games and live mobile social video platform, advertising services and other services. The enterprise segment mainly consists of technology and software development services and hardware sales aggregated under enterprise mobility revenues. It offers a range of products and services to consumers and enterprises. Its product and service offerings provide mobile privacy and productivity, and also offer additional mobile value added services, such as mobile games and other mobile applications.

About iPass

iPass Inc. (iPass), is a provider of global mobile connectivity, offering wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) on mobile devices. The Company, through its Mobile Connectivity Services segment, offers a cloud-based solution allowing its customers and their users’ access to its global Wi-Fi network to stay connected to the people and information. The Company has categorized its services into two approaches: Enterprise and Strategic Partnerships. Enterprise, formerly Open Mobile Enterprise (OME), focuses on providing mobile connectivity solutions to enterprises, from large to small. Strategic Partnerships, formerly Open Mobile Exchange (OMX), is executed through business development deals intended to open channel distributions for its product to reach the consumer market. Strategic Partnerships include global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), programs, including credit card companies, software product and service providers, and communication companies.

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