Video Display (VIDE) vs. Control4 (CTRL) Head-To-Head Review

Video Display (OTCMKTS:VIDE) 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 risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

79.2% of Control4 shares are owned by institutional investors. 48.8% of Video Display shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of Control4 shares are owned by 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Video Display and Control4’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Video Display $11.94 million 0.58 -$2.93 million N/A N/A
Control4 $244.73 million 2.68 $15.97 million $0.75 32.77

Control4 has higher revenue and earnings than Video Display.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Video Display and Control4, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Video Display 0 0 0 0 N/A
Control4 0 2 6 0 2.75

Control4 has a consensus price target of $34.43, suggesting a potential upside of 40.07%. Given Control4’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Control4 is more favorable than Video Display.

Profitability

This table compares Video Display and Control4’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Video Display -19.65% -48.89% -28.30%
Control4 7.22% 14.94% 12.03%

Volatility and Risk

Video Display has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Control4 has a beta of 0.34, suggesting that its share price is 66% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Control4 beats Video Display on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Video Display

Video Display Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, engineers, manufactures, markets, distributes, and installs display products and systems, and components for government, military, aerospace, medical, industrial, and commercial organizations worldwide. The company operates through four divisions: Simulation and Training Products, Cyber Secure Products, Data Display CRTs, and Broadcast and Control Center Products. It offers a range of digital projector display units for use in training and simulation, military, medical, and industrial applications. The company also provides advanced TEMPEST technology security products; keyboard products; and various contract services, including the design and testing solutions for defense and niche commercial uses. In addition, it manufactures and distributes cathode ray tubes (CRTs) using new and recycled CRT glass bulbs primarily in the replacement market for use in data display screens, such as computer terminal monitors, medical monitoring equipment, and various other data display applications, as well as in television sets; distributes new CRTs and other electronic tubes purchased from original equipment manufacturers; and offers high-end visual display products for use in video walls and command and control centers. The company markets its products directly to original equipment manufacturers and their service organizations. Video Display Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Tucker, Georgia.

About Control4

Control4 Corporation provides smart home and business solutions in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company offers Control4 solution that functions as the operating system of the home, integrating audio, video, lighting, temperature, security, communications, and other devices into a unified automation solution. Its Control4 product line comprises the Control4 home operating system and the associated application software, and software development kits (SDKs). The company's software components include Director for monitoring and receiving events; User Interface Application for operating system displays graphical user interfaces on televisions, in-wall and table-top touch panels, smartphones, and tablets, as well as list-based devices, such as remote controls with LCD text-displays; and Composer, a software application that enables trained and certified independent Control4 dealers and installers to design, configure, and personalize a Control4 home automation system for consumers. Its software components also comprise Control4 Drivers, as well as DriverWorks SDK, a SDK to develop and test custom two-way interface drivers to support the integration of a new device or device model into system, or to customize and enhance an existing driver; I/O servers; and 4Sight, a subscription service that enables end customers to remotely access, monitor, and adjust settings in their homes and receive event-based email alerts from their system. In addition, the company's products and services with embedded software include controllers, interface and networking devices, audio and video solutions, lighting products, comfort products, security products, and communication products. Control4 Corporation was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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