Forescout Technologies (NASDAQ:FSCT) versus ModusLink Global Solutions (MLNK) Financial Contrast

Forescout Technologies (NASDAQ: FSCT) and ModusLink Global Solutions (NASDAQ:MLNK) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Forescout Technologies and ModusLink Global Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forescout Technologies 0 2 3 0 2.60
ModusLink Global Solutions 0 1 0 0 2.00

Forescout Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $30.25, suggesting a potential upside of 9.40%. ModusLink Global Solutions has a consensus target price of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 346.93%. Given ModusLink Global Solutions’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe ModusLink Global Solutions is more favorable than Forescout Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Forescout Technologies and ModusLink Global Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Forescout Technologies N/A N/A N/A
ModusLink Global Solutions -5.39% -32.90% -7.59%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Forescout Technologies and ModusLink Global Solutions’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forescout Technologies $166.84 million 6.13 -$74.77 million N/A N/A
ModusLink Global Solutions $436.62 million 0.23 -$25.82 million ($0.40) -4.47

ModusLink Global Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than Forescout Technologies.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

56.3% of ModusLink Global Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of ModusLink Global Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Forescout Technologies beats ModusLink Global Solutions on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Forescout Technologies

ForeScout Technologies, Inc. is a United States-based provider of automated security control solutions. The Company transforms security through visibility. It offers enterprises and government organizations the ability to see devices, including non-traditional devices, the instant they connect to the network. It allows the user to control these devices and orchestrate information sharing and operation among disparate security tools to accelerate incident response. Its products include CounterACT Platform, CounterACT Models, Extended Integration Modules, Open Integration Module and Other Products. Its solutions integrate with network, security, mobility and information technology (IT) management products to automate workflows. The Company’s solutions include Network Access Control; Endpoint Compliance; Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) & Mobile Security for Enterprise; Vulnerability Management, Policy and Solutions, and Advanced Network Threat Prevention and Cyber Defense Solutions.

About ModusLink Global Solutions

ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. is a provider of supply chain and logistics services through its subsidiaries, ModusLink Corporation and ModusLink PTS, Inc. The Company provides services to companies in the consumer electronics, communications, computing, software, storage and retail industries. The Company operates through four segments: Americas, Asia, Europe and e-business. As of July 31, 2016, the Company operated in over 20 sites across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. The Company’s Supply Chain Business operation’s solutions include material planning and factory supply; value-added warehousing and distribution; aftermarket services, including product returns management and product repair and recovery, and e-business, including e-commerce, contact center, entitlement management and financial management.

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