Comparing Harmonic (HLIT) & Velti (VELTF)

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) and Velti (OTCMKTS:VELTF) 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 risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Harmonic and Velti, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Harmonic 0 1 2 0 2.67
Velti 0 0 0 0 N/A

Harmonic presently has a consensus price target of $5.33, indicating a potential upside of 40.35%. Given Harmonic’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Harmonic is more favorable than Velti.

Volatility and Risk

Harmonic has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Velti has a beta of 4.06, meaning that its share price is 306% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.8% of Harmonic shares are held by institutional investors. 4.3% of Harmonic shares are held 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Harmonic and Velti’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Harmonic $358.25 million 0.89 -$82.95 million ($1.02) -3.73
Velti N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Velti has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Harmonic.

Profitability

This table compares Harmonic and Velti’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Harmonic -23.16% -17.41% -7.76%
Velti N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Harmonic beats Velti on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Harmonic

Harmonic Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells video infrastructure products and system solutions worldwide. Its products enable customers to create, prepare, and deliver a range of video and broadband services to consumer devices, including televisions, personal computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones. The company operates in two segments, Video and Cable Edge. The Video segment sells video processing, and production and playout solutions and services to cable operators, and satellite and telecommunications Pay-TV service providers, as well as to broadcast and media companies, including streaming new media companies. This segment's video processing solutions include network management and application software, and hardware products, such as cloud media processing, broadcast and distribution encoders, contribution encoders, multiscreen transcoders and stream processing systems, multiscreen delivery, decoders and descramblers, and video servers. This segment also provides video-optimized storage systems; and unified video playout and processing software-as-a-service solutions. The Cable Edge segment offers cable edge solutions and related services, including CableOS software-based converged cable access platform solutions; and narrowcast services gateway products primarily to cable operators. The company also provides technical support and professional services, such as maintenance and support, consulting, implementation, program management, technical design and planning, building and site preparation, integration and equipment installation, system testing, and training. Harmonic Inc. sells its products through its direct sales force, as well as through independent resellers and systems integrators. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

About Velti

Velti PLC is a mobile marketing and advertising technology company. The Company offers Velti, a global marketing platform that connects brands with consumers around the world. The Company delivers mobile marketing solutions to consumers. The Company’s products include Inspire, Excite and 5ML. The Company’s solutions use mobile, social and traditional channels to drive consumer actions from prepaid and postpaid mobile customers. The Company builds mobile sites and applications that can be optimized for over 6,000 types of mobile devices. The Company allows users to create mobile communities from scratch or import existing communities and establish mobile as the primary channel for instant and personalized brand interactions. The Company offers its mobile marketing solutions for mobile operators, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and media. Its Loyal-Me for operators is a cross-channel loyalty program developed to change subscriber behavior and drive key performance indicators (KPIs).

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