NetGear (NASDAQ:NTGR) and Lattice (OTCMKTS:LTTC) 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 earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

100.0% of NetGear shares are held by institutional investors. 5.1% of NetGear shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of Lattice 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares NetGear and Lattice’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NetGear $1.06 billion 1.17 $19.43 million $1.74 22.60
Lattice N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

NetGear has higher revenue and earnings than Lattice.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for NetGear and Lattice, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NetGear 0 1 3 0 2.75
Lattice 0 0 0 0 N/A

NetGear currently has a consensus price target of $71.00, indicating a potential upside of 80.52%. Given NetGear’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe NetGear is more favorable than Lattice.

Profitability

This table compares NetGear and Lattice’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NetGear -0.19% 8.66% 5.28%
Lattice N/A N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

NetGear has a beta of 1.88, meaning that its stock price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lattice has a beta of 2.38, meaning that its stock price is 138% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

NetGear beats Lattice on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NetGear

NETGEAR, Inc. designs, develops, and markets networking and Internet connected products for consumers, businesses, and service providers. The company operates in three segments: Arlo, Connected Home, and Small and Medium Business. It offers smart home/connected home/broadband access products, such as remote video security systems, broadband modems, WiFi gateways, WiFi hotspots, WiFi routers and home WiFi systems, WiFi range extenders, Powerline adapters and bridges, and WiFi network adapters. The company also provides Ethernet switches, wireless controllers and access points, unified storage products, and Internet security appliances for small and medium-sized businesses. It markets and sells its products through traditional retailers, online retailers, wholesale distributors, direct market resellers, value-added resellers, and broadband service providers in the Americas, Europe, the Middle-East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. NETGEAR, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

About Lattice

Lattice Incorporated provides telecommunications services to correctional facilities in the United States. It also provides technology and engineering services to other service providers in the corrections market. The company's products and services include Corrections Operating Platform, a suite of hardware and software solutions designed to deliver benefits to corrections facilities; Nexus inmate telephone system; CellMate, a mobile inmate communications device; and Netvisit, a video visitation solution to reduce corrections staff burden. It also offers NetVisit, a video arraignment technology that enables inmates to remain at the jail facility while a Judge conducts the arraignment over a real-time video connection; and account deposit platform that provides inmates and their families and friends with various phone account types. The company was formerly known as Science Dynamics Corporation and changed its name to Lattice Incorporated in February 2007. Lattice Incorporated was founded in 1973 and is based in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

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