CommVault Systems (NASDAQ:CVLT) and MiX Telematics (NYSE:MIXT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, valuation and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.1% of CommVault Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.1% of MiX Telematics shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.0% of CommVault Systems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares CommVault Systems and MiX Telematics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CommVault Systems 0.76% 6.57% 3.17%
MiX Telematics 12.47% 15.23% 11.13%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for CommVault Systems and MiX Telematics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CommVault Systems 0 4 2 0 2.33
MiX Telematics 0 0 0 1 4.00

CommVault Systems presently has a consensus target price of $61.60, suggesting a potential upside of 43.72%. MiX Telematics has a consensus target price of $28.00, suggesting a potential upside of 93.37%. Given MiX Telematics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe MiX Telematics is more favorable than CommVault Systems.

Volatility and Risk

CommVault Systems has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MiX Telematics has a beta of 0.74, suggesting that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

MiX Telematics pays an annual dividend of $0.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. CommVault Systems does not pay a dividend. MiX Telematics pays out 28.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. MiX Telematics has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CommVault Systems and MiX Telematics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CommVault Systems $710.96 million 2.72 $3.56 million $0.60 71.43
MiX Telematics $136.46 million 2.40 $14.75 million $0.75 19.31

MiX Telematics has lower revenue, but higher earnings than CommVault Systems. MiX Telematics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CommVault Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

MiX Telematics beats CommVault Systems on 10 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.

CommVault Systems Company Profile

Commvault Systems, Inc. provides data protection and information management software applications and related services in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and China. The company offers data protection, backup, and recovery software solutions for the backup of databases, files, applications, endpoints, and virtual machines according to data type and recovery profile; and help to optimize storage with deduplication, recover data, and leverage reports. It also provides cloud and infrastructure management software solutions to manage storage hardware and virtual infrastructure; and retention and compliance software solutions that provide content based retention, enterprise search and e-discovery, email archiving, data loss prevention, and secure file sharing services. In addition, the company offers Commvault HyperScale, a cloud-ready on premises data management solution; and Commvault HyperScale software and appliances. Further, it provides customer support, consulting, assessment and design, installation, training, implementation and post-deployment, and education services. The company sells its software and services directly through its sales force to large enterprises, small and medium sized businesses, and government agencies, as well as indirectly through its network of value-added reseller partners, systems integrators, corporate resellers, and original equipment manufacturers. It licenses its software applications to customers in the banking, insurance and financial services, government, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and medical services, technology, legal, manufacturing, utility, and energy industries. The company has strategic relationships with Atos, Cisco, Citrix, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Infinidat, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and VMware. Commvault Systems, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

MiX Telematics Company Profile

MiX Telematics Limited provides fleet and mobile asset management solutions through software-as-a-service delivery model. The company offers fleet solutions, including MiX Fleet Manager Premium that provides access to secure information about drivers and vehicles; MiX Fleet Manager Essential for monitoring drivers and vehicles; and MiX Asset Manager, a solution for fleet owners and managers to track and monitor vehicles. It also provides consumer solutions, including Matrix that provides vehicle tracking, telematics, and personal safety services; and Beame, a wireless device, which offers mobile asset tracking and recovery services. In addition, the company provides value added services comprising driver communication, collision prevention and reduction, satellite communication, driver identification, trailer tracking, field services management, driver engagement, fuel security, outsourced control room, and driver management solutions, as well as voice kits and keypads, and in-vehicle camera. MiX Telematics Limited has operations in Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, Australasia, Europe, and Brazil. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in Midrand, South Africa.

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