LRAD (NASDAQ:LRAD) and Universal Electronics (NASDAQ:UEIC) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares LRAD and Universal Electronics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|LRAD||$26.31 million||3.09||-$3.74 million||N/A||N/A|
|Universal Electronics||$695.79 million||0.59||-$10.32 million||$2.81||10.50|
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for LRAD and Universal Electronics, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
LRAD currently has a consensus target price of $3.50, suggesting a potential upside of 42.86%. Universal Electronics has a consensus target price of $43.00, suggesting a potential upside of 45.71%. Given Universal Electronics’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Universal Electronics is more favorable than LRAD.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
48.6% of LRAD shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of LRAD shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.0% of Universal Electronics shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Risk and Volatility
LRAD has a beta of 0.62, suggesting that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Electronics has a beta of 1.6, suggesting that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares LRAD and Universal Electronics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Universal Electronics beats LRAD on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
LRAD Company Profile
LRAD Corporation designs, develops, and commercializes directed sound technologies and products in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. It develops directed acoustic communication systems that focus sound over short and long distances. The company offers directional and omnidirectional acoustic systems and accessories. It offers Long Range Acoustic Device primarily for government, military, law enforcement, homeland and international security, private and commercial security, border security, maritime security, and wildlife preservation and control markets. The company was formerly known as American Technology Corporation and changed its name to LRAD Corporation in March 2010. LRAD Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.
Universal Electronics Company Profile
Universal Electronics Inc. develops and manufactures pre-programmed and universal control products, audio-video (AV) accessories, software and intelligent wireless security products, and sensing and automation components for home entertainment and automation systems. The company offers universal infrared and radio frequency (RF) remote controls; integrated circuits on which its software and universal device control database is embedded; and software, firmware, and technology solutions that enable devices, including televisions, set-top boxes, audio systems, smartphones, tablets, game controllers, and other consumer electronic devices to wirelessly connect and interact with home networks, as well as interactive services to control and deliver digital entertainment and information. It also provides proprietary and standards-based RF sensors designed for residential security, safety, and automation applications; AV accessories; and wall-mount and handheld thermostat controllers, and connected accessories for intelligent energy management systems. In addition, the company licenses intellectual property comprising its patented technologies, trademarks, and database of home connectivity software and control codes. It serves cable and satellite television service providers, and original equipment manufacturers; software development companies; subscription broadcasting providers; hospitality system integrators; and retail, private label, pro-security installation, and personal computing companies. The company sells its products directly, as well as through distributors in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Middle East, Mexico, Latin America, the People's Republic of China, various countries in Asia, and internationally under the One For All and Nevo brands. Universal Electronics Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Santa Ana, California.
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