Analyzing CommerceHub (CHUBA) & Smith Micro Software (SMSI)

CommerceHub (NASDAQ: CHUBA) and Smith Micro Software (NASDAQ:SMSI) 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 analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Volatility and Risk

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CommerceHub has a beta of -0.17, indicating that its stock price is 117% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Smith Micro Software has a beta of 0.26, indicating that its stock price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

30.2% of CommerceHub shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.0% of Smith Micro Software shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of CommerceHub shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.0% of Smith Micro Software shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares CommerceHub and Smith Micro Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CommerceHub 8.87% 37.34% 22.51%
Smith Micro Software -28.89% -205.34% -26.80%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for CommerceHub and Smith Micro Software, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CommerceHub 0 4 3 0 2.43
Smith Micro Software 0 0 0 0 N/A

CommerceHub currently has a consensus price target of $26.60, indicating a potential upside of 18.22%. Given CommerceHub’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe CommerceHub is more favorable than Smith Micro Software.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CommerceHub and Smith Micro Software’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CommerceHub $111.12 million 8.81 $9.85 million $0.22 102.28
Smith Micro Software $22.97 million 1.06 -$6.66 million ($0.51) -3.35

CommerceHub has higher revenue and earnings than Smith Micro Software. Smith Micro Software is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CommerceHub, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

CommerceHub beats Smith Micro Software on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

CommerceHub Company Profile

CommerceHub, Inc. is a provider of cloud-based e-commerce fulfillment and marketing solutions that integrate supply, demand and delivery for retailers and consumer brands, manufacturers and distributors. The Company’s end-to-end solutions are provided through the CommerceHub software platform, a hub that streamlines integration and enables transactions among its retailer and supplier customers and their other trading partners, while also enabling them to access the online marketplaces, search engines, social and product advertising and other digital marketing channels where consumers browse and buy. Its solutions also help its customers integrate with the third-party logistics (3PL) providers, including fulfillment and delivery providers that take purchased products to the consumer’s doorstep. The Company’s solutions include Supply Solutions, Demand Solutions and Delivery Solutions.

Smith Micro Software Company Profile

Smith Micro Software, Inc. is a provider of software solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Wireless and Graphics. The Company offers multi-platform, modular solutions organized into three product families, including NetWise, CommSuite and QuickLink. For mobile network operators, NetWise helps reduce cellular congestion and optimize data traffic across third-generation (3G), fourth-generation (4G) and wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) networks. Graphics segment includes its consumer-based products, such as Poser, Anime Studio, Manga Studio, MotionArtist and StuffIt. The Graphics segment develops a range of software, including graphic design and animation, compression and personal computer (PC)/Mac utilities, for consumers, professional artists and educators. The Company also offers Family Safety platform for family locator and parental controls.

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