Contrasting Viewtran Group (VIEWF) and Control4 (CTRL)

Viewtran Group (OTCMKTS: VIEWF) and Control4 (NASDAQ:CTRL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Profitability

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This table compares Viewtran Group and Control4’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Viewtran Group N/A N/A N/A
Control4 6.53% 12.74% 10.47%

Volatility & Risk

Viewtran Group has a beta of 0.01, suggesting that its share price is 99% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Control4 has a beta of -0.31, suggesting that its share price is 131% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Viewtran Group and Control4, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Viewtran Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Control4 0 1 7 0 2.88

Control4 has a consensus target price of $29.57, indicating a potential upside of 42.38%. Given Control4’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Control4 is more favorable than Viewtran Group.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

77.6% of Control4 shares are held by institutional investors. 29.2% of Viewtran Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of Control4 shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Viewtran Group and Control4’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Viewtran Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Control4 $244.73 million 2.21 $15.97 million $0.75 27.69

Control4 has higher revenue and earnings than Viewtran Group.

Summary

Control4 beats Viewtran Group on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Viewtran Group Company Profile

Viewtran Group, Inc. provides supply chain financial services and enterprise solutions for the technology industry in China. It offers software development and technical deployment services; and hardware, software, and technical services. The company was formerly known as Cogo Group, Inc. and changed its name to Viewtran Group, Inc. in November 2013. Viewtran Group, Inc. is based in Shenzhen, China.

Control4 Company Profile

Control4 Corporation (Control4) is a provider of smart home and business solutions. The Company’s smart home and small business solutions provide consumers with the ability to integrate audio, video, lighting, temperature, security, communications, network management and other functionalities into a unified automation solution, customized to match their lifestyles and business needs. Its Control4 solution integrates various third-party devices and systems into a unified solution for mainstream consumers. Through its unified software platform, consumers can interact with their entire automated home without learning multiple interfaces or various remote controls. Its Control4 product line is the Control4 Home Operating System (C4 OS), and the associated application software and software development kits (SDKs). Its products with embedded software and services include controllers, interface devices, lighting products, comfort products, security products and communication products.

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