Critical Contrast: Simlatus (OTCMKTS:SIML) & KVH Industries (OTCMKTS:KVHI)

Simlatus (OTCMKTS:SIML) and KVH Industries (NASDAQ:KVHI) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Simlatus and KVH Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Simlatus $20,000.00 21.28 -$4.39 million N/A N/A
KVH Industries $170.76 million 1.05 -$8.23 million ($0.12) -82.50

Simlatus has higher earnings, but lower revenue than KVH Industries.

Volatility and Risk

Simlatus has a beta of 3.24, suggesting that its stock price is 224% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KVH Industries has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.3% of KVH Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.3% of KVH Industries shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Simlatus and KVH Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Simlatus N/A N/A N/A
KVH Industries 22.83% -6.13% -3.41%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Simlatus and KVH Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Simlatus 0 0 0 0 N/A
KVH Industries 0 0 4 0 3.00

KVH Industries has a consensus price target of $14.75, indicating a potential upside of 48.99%. Given KVH Industries’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe KVH Industries is more favorable than Simlatus.

Summary

KVH Industries beats Simlatus on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Simlatus

Simlatus Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets audio and video broadcast equipment and software worldwide. The company offers a range of broadcast products, such as switchers, controllers, protection switches, HD and analog routers, and audio distribution equipment, as well as SoundPal and SyncPal audio/video signaling products. It sells its products through a distribution network of audio/video equipment retailers. The company was formerly known as Grid Petroleum Corporation and changed its name to Simlatus Corporation in April 2016. Simlatus Corporation was founded in 2006 and is based in Grass Valley, California.

About KVH Industries

KVH Industries, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets mobile connectivity products and services for the marine and land mobile markets in the United States and internationally. The company offers mobile satellite TV and communications products; two-way satellite communications systems; onboard V-IP terminals and hub equipment; network management hardware and software products for maritime communications; and Iridium OpenPort hardware products and services. It also offers airtime plans that enable customers to obtain Internet and voice services; and value-added, and news and radio content services. In addition, the company provides navigation, guidance, and stabilization products for the commercial and defense markets comprising precision fiber optic gyro-based systems that enable platform and optical stabilization, navigation, pointing, and guidance; tactical navigation systems for tactical trucks and light armored vehicles; and commercial products, such as navigation and positioning systems for various applications consisting of precision mapping, dynamic surveying, autonomous vehicles, train location control and track geometry measurement systems, industrial robotics, and optical stabilization applications. Further, it offers content, maritime news, sporting content, and television programming delivery services; movie distribution services; maritime e-learning content and related services; and services and support for the mini-VSAT Broadband solution. The company sells its mobile communications products through a network of independent retailers, chain stores, distributors, and service providers; and navigation products directly to the United States and foreign governments, and government contractors, as well as through authorized independent sales representatives. The company also sells and leases its products directly to end users. KVH Industries, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Middletown, Rhode Island.

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