AstroNova (NASDAQ:ALOT) and FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.
This table compares AstroNova and FireEye’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Risk & Volatility
AstroNova has a beta of 0.21, indicating that its stock price is 79% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FireEye has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for AstroNova and FireEye, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
FireEye has a consensus target price of $19.72, suggesting a potential upside of 15.90%. Given FireEye’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe FireEye is more favorable than AstroNova.
AstroNova pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. FireEye does not pay a dividend. AstroNova pays out 44.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
57.9% of AstroNova shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.0% of FireEye shares are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of AstroNova shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of FireEye shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares AstroNova and FireEye’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|AstroNova||$113.40 million||1.22||$3.28 million||$0.63||31.57|
|FireEye||$830.95 million||4.16||-$243.12 million||($0.72)||-23.63|
AstroNova has higher earnings, but lower revenue than FireEye. FireEye is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AstroNova, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
AstroNova beats FireEye on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
AstroNova, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells specialty printers & data acquisition and analysis systems. It provides its services to aerospace, apparel, automotive, avionics, chemicals, computer peripherals, communications, distribution, food and beverage, general manufacturing, packaging and transportation industries. The company operates its business through two segments: Product Identification and Test & Measurement. The Product Identification segment produces an array of tabletop, high-technology digital color and monochrome label printers, labeling software and consumables for a variety of commercial industries worldwide. The Test & Measurement segment includes data recording equipment used worldwide for a variety of recording, monitoring and troubleshooting applications for the aerospace, automotive, metal mill, power and telecommunications industries. AstroNova was founded by Albert W. Ondis on January 9, 1969 and is headquartered in West Warwick, RI.
FireEye, Inc. provides cybersecurity solutions that allow organizations to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and remediate cyber-attacks. It offers vector-specific appliance, virtual appliance, and cloud-based solutions to detect and block known and unknown cyber-attacks. The company provides threat detection and prevention solutions, including network security products, email security solutions, and endpoint security solutions. It also offers security management and orchestration products, such as Central Management System, FireEye Security Orchestrator, and FireEye Helix platform; and forensics and investigation products, such as Threat Analytics Platform and Enterprise Forensics series of appliances. In addition, the company provides Security-as-a-Service solutions comprising cloud-based Email Threat Prevention solution and managed Defense/FireEye-as-a-Service offering; threat intelligence subscriptions, such as Dynamic Threat Intelligence cloud and FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence; and customer support and maintenance services. Further, it offers professional services, including incident response, compromise assessments, and related security consulting services; cyber threat intelligence services; and training services. The company serves telecommunications providers, financial services entities, Internet search engines, social networking sites, stock exchanges, electrical grid operators, networking vendors, oil and gas companies, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, and local and international governmental agencies. FireEye, Inc. provides its products and services through distributors, resellers, and strategic partners in the United States, the Asia Pacific, Japan, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and other regions. The company was formerly known as NetForts, Inc. and changed its name to FireEye, Inc. in September 2005. FireEye, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.
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