Towerstream (NASDAQ: TWER) and Inseego Corp. (NASDAQ:INSG) 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, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Towerstream and Inseego Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Towerstream 0 0 0 0 N/A
Inseego Corp. 0 1 2 0 2.67

Inseego Corp. has a consensus target price of $2.17, indicating a potential upside of 80.56%. Given Inseego Corp.’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Inseego Corp. is more favorable than Towerstream.

Volatility & Risk

Towerstream has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Inseego Corp. has a beta of 0.33, suggesting that its stock price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Towerstream and Inseego Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Towerstream $26.73 million 0.07 -$1.17 million ($8.58) -0.01
Inseego Corp. $232.00 million 0.29 -$8.41 million ($1.33) -0.90

Towerstream has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Inseego Corp.. Inseego Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Towerstream, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Towerstream and Inseego Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Towerstream -58.02% N/A -46.48%
Inseego Corp. -32.34% -204.22% -16.74%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

13.4% of Towerstream shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.4% of Inseego Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of Towerstream shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.1% of Inseego Corp. shares are held by company 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.

Summary

Inseego Corp. beats Towerstream on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Towerstream

Towerstream Corporation is a provider of fixed wireless services to businesses in over 10 urban markets across the United States. The Company operates through Fixed Wireless Services (Fixed Wireless) segment. Its fixed wireless service supports bandwidth on demand, wireless redundancy, virtual private networks, disaster recovery, bundled data and video services. Towerstream installs equipment on the rooftops of the buildings in which the Fixed Wireless segment customers operate and refer to these as Customer Locations. This equipment includes receivers and antennas, and a wireless connection is established between the Customer Location to one or more of its points of presence (PoPs). It provides fixed wireless broadband services to commercial customers and delivers access over a Wireless network transmitting over both regulated and unregulated radio spectrum. It provides services to business customers in various locations, including New York City, Boston, Chicago and Houston.

About Inseego Corp.

Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a provider of intelligent wireless solutions for the mobile communications market. The Company’s range of products includes intelligent mobile hotspots, universal serial bus (USB) modems, embedded modules, integrated asset-management and mobile tracking machine-to-machine (M2M) devices, communications and applications software and cloud services. It operates in the wireless communications industry in two product categories: M2M Products and Solutions, and Mobile Computing Solutions. M2M Products and Solutions includes its M2M embedded modules, integrated M2M communications devices, Ctrack fleet management platform and its service delivery platforms, Crossroads, DMS, the N4A DM and N4A CMS that provide device management and service enablement. Mobile Computing Solutions includes its MiFi brand of intelligent mobile hotspot devices, USB modems and embedded modules that enable Internet access and data transmission and services via cellular wireless networks.

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