AVG Technologies NV (NYSE: AVG) and Box (NYSE:BOX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares AVG Technologies NV and Box’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AVG Technologies NV 6.62% 29.61% 4.38%
Box -34.11% -232.81% -32.96%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AVG Technologies NV and Box’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AVG Technologies NV N/A N/A N/A $0.87 28.79
Box $452.90 million 5.42 -$117.70 million ($1.18) -15.64

AVG Technologies NV has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Box. Box is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AVG Technologies NV, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.5% of AVG Technologies NV shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.8% of Box shares are held by institutional investors. 22.3% of Box shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

AVG Technologies NV has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Box has a beta of 1.24, suggesting that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for AVG Technologies NV and Box, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AVG Technologies NV 0 0 0 0 N/A
Box 0 4 11 0 2.73

Box has a consensus target price of $23.40, suggesting a potential upside of 26.76%. Given Box’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Box is more favorable than AVG Technologies NV.

AVG Technologies NV Company Profile

AVG Technologies N.V. provides software and online services. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer and small and medium sized business (SMB). Its product portfolio includes AVG Anti-Virus FREE, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Internet Security, AVG Protection FREE suite, AVG Protection PRO suite, AVG Performance suite, Gallery, AVG Cleaner for Mac, AVG Driver Updater, AVG Web TuneUp, Alarm Clock Xtreme FREE + Timer, AVG Cleaner-Xperia and HideMyPhone, among others. Its location labs mobile solutions include AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Smart Limits, T-Mobile FamilyWhere, Verizon FamilyBase, Safely Go and Aqui Estoy. Its AVG CloudCare Products include AVG Remote IT, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Content Filtering, AVG Cloud Backup and AVG Email Security. Its Norman solutions include Norman Antivirus, Norman Security Suite, Norman Security Suite PRO, Norman Endpoint Protection, Norman Email Protection, Norman Security Portal, Norman SecureMail and Norman SecureSurf.

Box Company Profile

Box, Inc. provides an enterprise content management platform that enables organizations of all sizes to manage enterprise content while allowing access and sharing of this content from anywhere, on any device. With the Company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud-based platform, users can collaborate on content both internally and with external parties, automate content-driven business processes, develop custom applications, and implement data protection, security and compliance features to comply with internal policies and industry regulations. Its platform enables people to view, share and collaborate on content, across various file formats and media types. The software integrates with enterprise business applications, and is compatible with various application environments, operating systems and devices, ensuring that workers have access to their business content. It offers individuals a free basic version of the Box platform that allows them to experience its solution.

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