IGO (OTCMKTS:IGOI) and Forescout Technologies (NASDAQ:FSCT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

55.6% of Forescout Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 4.3% of IGO shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 36.2% of Forescout Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares IGO and Forescout Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IGO N/A N/A N/A
Forescout Technologies -35.76% N/A -32.07%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares IGO and Forescout Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IGO $60,000.00 103.17 -$690,000.00 N/A N/A
Forescout Technologies $220.87 million 5.23 -$91.20 million ($7.93) -3.48

IGO has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Forescout Technologies.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for IGO and Forescout Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IGO 0 0 0 0 N/A
Forescout Technologies 0 2 9 0 2.82

Forescout Technologies has a consensus price target of $39.60, indicating a potential upside of 43.53%. Given Forescout Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Forescout Technologies is more favorable than IGO.

Summary

Forescout Technologies beats IGO on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

IGO Company Profile

iGo, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes products for mobile electronic devices in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Its products include chargers and surge protectors for laptops, as well as for other mobile electronic devices; batteries; and audio products comprising ear-buds, headphones, and portable speakers. The company also offers protection products, such as skins, cases, and screen protectors; and other mobile electronic accessory products, including portable computer stands and other miscellaneous mobile electronic accessories. It markets and sells its products to retailers, resellers, distributors, and wireless carriers, as well as directly to end users through its iGo.com and Aerial7 Websites. The company was formerly known as Mobility Electronics, Inc. and changed its name to iGo, Inc. in May 2008. iGo, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Forescout Technologies Company Profile

ForeScout Technologies, Inc. provides network security products in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and Japan. It offers ForeScout CounterACT agentless technology that discovers, classifies, and assesses IP-based devices; ForeScout extended modules, which represent integrations across vulnerability assessment, advanced threat detection, security incidence and event management, enterprise mobility management, endpoint protection and endpoint detection and response, next generation firewall, privileged access management, and IT systems management vendors, as well as compliance; and ForeScout CounterACT Enterprise Manager, a centralized security management solution for the control of various appliances deployed on an end-customer network, as well as maintenance and professional services. The company's products are used to protect organizations against the threats that exploit the billions of Internet of things devices connected to organizations' networks. ForeScout Technologies, Inc. sells its products and services through distributors and resellers. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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