Clearfield (CLFD) and KVH Industries (KVHI) Critical Contrast

Clearfield (NASDAQ: CLFD) and KVH Industries (NASDAQ:KVHI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Clearfield and KVH Industries’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearfield $78.57 million 2.45 $10.62 million $0.49 27.86
KVH Industries $175.95 million 0.91 $9.16 million ($0.60) -15.75

Clearfield has higher revenue, but lower earnings than KVH Industries. KVH Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Clearfield, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Clearfield has a beta of 1.36, suggesting that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KVH Industries has a beta of 0.94, suggesting that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

27.2% of Clearfield shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.9% of KVH Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.3% of Clearfield shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.1% of KVH Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clearfield 8.58% 10.68% 9.75%
KVH Industries -5.46% 2.17% 1.15%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Clearfield and KVH Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearfield 0 0 0 0 N/A
KVH Industries 0 0 2 0 3.00

KVH Industries has a consensus target price of $9.50, indicating a potential upside of 0.53%. Given KVH Industries’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe KVH Industries is more favorable than Clearfield.

Summary

Clearfield beats KVH Industries on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Clearfield

Clearfield, Inc. manufactures, markets and sells fiber management and enclosure platform that consolidates, distributes and protects fiber as it moves from the inside plant to the outside plant and all the way to the home, business and cell site. The Company’s products include Clearview Cassette, which is the building block of its product platform; Connectivity and Optical Components; FieldSmart, which is a series of panels, cabinets, wall boxes and other enclosures that house the Clearview components; FieldShield, which is a fiber delivery method for broadband deployment; CraftSmart, which is a line of optical protection field enclosures, and Cable Assemblies. Its products are sold across broadband service providers, including traditional telephone companies, competitive local exchange carriers, multiple service operators (cable television), wireless service providers, and municipal-owned utilities that utilize fiber in their service offerings to businesses and consumers.

About KVH Industries

KVH Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of solutions that provide high-speed Internet, television and voice services through satellite to mobile users at sea and on land. The Company also provides commercially licensed entertainment, including news, sports, music and movies, to commercial and leisure customers in the maritime, hotel and retail markets. It operates in two geographic segments, in the mobile communications, navigation and guidance and stabilization equipment industry. The Company develops and distributes training films and e-learning computer-based training courses to commercial maritime customers. It is also a manufacturer of navigational sensors and integrated inertial systems for defense and commercial guidance and stabilization applications. It designs, develops, manufactures and markets mobile communications products and services for the marine and land mobile markets, and navigation, guidance and stabilization products for both the commercial and defense markets.

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