Vuzix (NASDAQ:VUZI) and Aftermaster (OTCMKTS:AFTM) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
22.1% of Vuzix shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Aftermaster shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.7% of Vuzix shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Vuzix has a beta of 0.69, meaning that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aftermaster has a beta of -2.75, meaning that its stock price is 375% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Vuzix and Aftermaster, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Vuzix currently has a consensus target price of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 138.66%. Given Vuzix’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Vuzix is more favorable than Aftermaster.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Vuzix and Aftermaster’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Vuzix||$8.09 million||14.29||-$21.88 million||($0.85)||-4.93|
|Aftermaster||$1.65 million||2.87||-$4.25 million||N/A||N/A|
Aftermaster has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Vuzix.
This table compares Vuzix and Aftermaster’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Vuzix beats Aftermaster on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
Vuzix Company Profile
Vuzix Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and sells augmented reality (AR) wearable display devices in North America, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and internationally. The company offers its products in the form of smart glasses and AR glasses. Its products include monocular smart glasses for enterprise, industrial, commercial, and medical markets; and blade smart sunglasses for applications ranging from basic text messaging and answering the phone to overlaying mapping directions, menus, weather, events, stock quotes, video conferencing, sports updates, social feeds, bio-metrics, and others. The company is also developing a binocular AR smart glasses product that provides the user a live, direct, or indirect view of a real-world environment. Its AR wearable display devices are worn like eyeglasses or attach to a head worn mount to view, record, and interact with video and digital content, such as computer data, the Internet, social media, and entertainment applications. In addition, the company offers an app store on its Websites, which enables users to download and purchase applications, including third party applications; VUZIX Basics, an application that provides the benefits of smart glasses to users; and VUZIX Basics Video that offers remote telepresence capabilities. Further, it provides waveguide optics and design reference kits; custom and engineering solutions; and defense and security products. Vuzix Corporation offers its products directly to end customers, as well as through specialty retailers, online retailers, distributors, value-added resellers, and Webstores. The company was formerly known as Icuiti Corporation and changed its name to Vuzix Corporation in 2007. Vuzix Corporation was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in West Henrietta, New York.
Aftermaster Company Profile
AfterMaster, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an audio technology company in the United States. It develops and commercializes proprietary audio and video technologies for professional and consumer use. The company offers AfterMaster audio, a mastering, remastering, and audio processing technology that makes various audio source sounds louder, fuller, deeper, and clearer; ProMaster, an online music mastering, streaming, and storage service designed for independent artists; and Aftermaster Pro, a personal audio re-mastering device. It also provides Aftermaster Studio Pro and MyStudio, which are products for use in commercial audio applications. In addition, AfterMaster, Inc. operates six recording and mastering studios that engineer mix and master music for independent and high profile artists. The company was formerly known as Studio One Media, Inc. and changed its name to AfterMaster, Inc. in September 2015. AfterMaster, Inc. was incorporated in 1988 and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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