Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL) and Skullcandy (NASDAQ:SKUL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Control4 Corporation and Skullcandy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Control4 Corporation 4.70% 10.77% 8.86%
Skullcandy -2.75% -4.04% -3.32%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Control4 Corporation and Skullcandy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Control4 Corporation $224.20 million 3.01 $18.97 million $0.41 66.20
Skullcandy N/A N/A N/A $0.07 90.58

Control4 Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Skullcandy. Control4 Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Skullcandy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Control4 Corporation and Skullcandy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Control4 Corporation 0 2 5 0 2.71
Skullcandy 0 1 0 0 2.00

Control4 Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $21.43, suggesting a potential downside of 21.04%. Skullcandy has a consensus price target of $6.35, suggesting a potential upside of 0.16%. Given Skullcandy’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Skullcandy is more favorable than Control4 Corporation.

Risk and Volatility

Control4 Corporation has a beta of -0.62, indicating that its share price is 162% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Skullcandy has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.3% of Control4 Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.7% of Skullcandy shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Control4 Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.7% of Skullcandy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Control4 Corporation beats Skullcandy on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Control4 Corporation Company Profile

Control4 Corporation (Control4) is a provider of smart home and business solutions. The Company’s smart home and small business solutions provide consumers with the ability to integrate audio, video, lighting, temperature, security, communications, network management and other functionalities into a unified automation solution, customized to match their lifestyles and business needs. Its Control4 solution integrates various third-party devices and systems into a unified solution for mainstream consumers. Through its unified software platform, consumers can interact with their entire automated home without learning multiple interfaces or various remote controls. Its Control4 product line is the Control4 Home Operating System (C4 OS), and the associated application software and software development kits (SDKs). Its products with embedded software and services include controllers, interface devices, lighting products, comfort products, security products and communication products.

Skullcandy Company Profile

Skullcandy, Inc. creates audio experiences through its Skullcandy and Astro Gaming brands. The Company operates in two segments: Domestic and International. The Domestic segment consists of Skullcandy and Astro Gaming product sales to customers in the United States. The International segment includes Skullcandy product sales to customers in Europe, Asia, Canada Mexico, and all other geographic areas outside the United States that are served by the Company’s International operations. The Company focuses its product offerings in two categories: audio and gaming. The Company primarily operates in the consumer products category in which the Company develops and distributes headphones and other audio products. Astro Gaming creates premium video gaming equipment for professional gamers, leagues, and gaming enthusiasts. Skullcandy brand creates various audio and gaming products.

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