Financial Analysis: Harmonic (NASDAQ:HLIT) versus Aftermaster (NASDAQ:AFTM)

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Harmonic and Aftermaster, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Harmonic 0 0 5 0 3.00
Aftermaster 0 0 0 0 N/A

Harmonic presently has a consensus price target of $9.31, suggesting a potential upside of 36.95%. Given Harmonic’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Harmonic is more favorable than Aftermaster.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.7% of Harmonic shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Aftermaster shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.4% of Harmonic shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Harmonic has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aftermaster has a beta of -3.14, suggesting that its share price is 414% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Harmonic -7.27% -3.72% -1.60%
Aftermaster -965.70% N/A -928.07%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Harmonic $403.56 million 1.51 -$21.03 million $0.03 226.67
Aftermaster $1.65 million 1.52 -$4.25 million N/A N/A

Aftermaster has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Harmonic.

Summary

Harmonic beats Aftermaster on 8 of the 11 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 Access. 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, including streaming media companies. This segment's video processing solutions include network management and application software, and hardware products, such as cloud media processing, broadcast and over-the-top encoders, contribution encoders, high-density transcoders and stream processing, 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 Access segment offers cable edge solutions and related services, including CableOS software-based cable access 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 Aftermaster

AfterMaster, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an audio technology company in the United States. It develops and commercializes proprietary audio and video technologies for professional and consumer use. The company offers AfterMaster audio, a mastering, remastering, and audio processing technology that makes various audio source sounds louder, fuller, deeper, and clearer; ProMaster, an online music mastering, streaming, and storage service designed for independent artists; and Aftermaster Pro, a personal audio re-mastering device. It also provides Aftermaster Studio Pro and MyStudio, which are products for use in commercial audio applications. In addition, AfterMaster, Inc. operates six recording and mastering studios that engineer mix and master music for independent and high profile artists. The company was formerly known as Studio One Media, Inc. and changed its name to AfterMaster, Inc. in September 2015. AfterMaster, Inc. was incorporated in 1988 and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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