Head to Head Comparison: TiVo (TIVO) vs. Quarterhill (QTRH)

TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO) and Quarterhill (NASDAQ:QTRH) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Dividends

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TiVo pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.2%. Quarterhill pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. TiVo pays out 73.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Quarterhill pays out 7.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Volatility and Risk

TiVo has a beta of -0.21, meaning that its stock price is 121% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quarterhill has a beta of 0.7, meaning that its stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares TiVo and Quarterhill’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TiVo $826.46 million 2.08 -$37.95 million $0.98 14.23
Quarterhill $134.71 million 1.27 $10.22 million $0.52 2.78

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for TiVo and Quarterhill, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TiVo 0 0 5 0 3.00
Quarterhill 0 0 1 0 3.00

TiVo currently has a consensus target price of $23.50, suggesting a potential upside of 68.46%. Given TiVo’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe TiVo is more favorable than Quarterhill.

Profitability

This table compares TiVo and Quarterhill’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TiVo -4.59% 4.02% 2.34%
Quarterhill 7.59% 20.84% 17.43%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.2% of TiVo shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.9% of Quarterhill shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of TiVo shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

TiVo beats Quarterhill on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TiVo

TiVo Corporation provides entertainment technology and audience insights worldwide. Its Intellectual Property Licensing segment licenses its patent portfolio to multi-channel video service providers, including cable, satellite, and Internet-protocol television providers; set-top box manufacturers; and interactive television software and program guide providers in the online, over-the-top (OTT) video, and mobile phone businesses, as well as consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers. This segment's portfolio of licensable technology patents covers various aspects of content discovery, digital video recorder (DVR), video-on-demand (VOD), OTT experiences, multi-screen functionality, and personalization, as well as interactive applications and advertising. The company's Product segment offers platform solutions, such as TiVo Service Platform, a cloud-based service that powers the TiVo Service client software, which operates on set-top boxes in consumer homes, as well as applications that operate on third party software platforms, such as iOS and Android; interactive program guide (IPG) solutions that allow service providers to customize elements of the IPGs for their customers, and to upgrade the features and services they can offer; CE Guides under the G-GUIDE and HTML Guide brands; and CubiTV and TiVo Lite middleware solutions. It also provides television, sports, movies, music, celebrities, books, and video games metadata; advanced search, recommendation, and conversation services; data and analytics solutions; Ad Optimizer and Promotion Optimizer, browser based software-as-a-service applications; operator and seamless insights applications; IPG advertising services; analog content protection technologies; and VCR Plus+, connected platform, and media recognition products. The company was formerly known as Rovi Corporation and changed its name to TiVo Corporation in September 2016. TiVo Corporation was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in San Carlos, California.

About Quarterhill

Quarterhill Inc, formerly Wi-LAN Inc, is a Canada-based investment holding company focused on growing its business by acquiring technology companies in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) across multiple verticals. The Company targets companies with a broad range of products and services that capture, analyze and interpret data, and that have financial performance, management teams, intellectual property underpinnings and opportunities to develop long-term recurring and growing revenue streams. The Company operates through its subsidiaries: Road Dynamics Inc, a highway traffic management technology company specializing in supplying products and systems to the global Intelligent Transportation Systems industry, VIZIYA Corp, a software and services provider to multi-national companies and Wi-LAN, with patent licensing business.

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