Contrasting CalAmp (NASDAQ:CAMP) & SeaChange International (NASDAQ:SEAC)

CalAmp (NASDAQ:CAMP) and SeaChange International (NASDAQ:SEAC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.6% of CalAmp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.0% of SeaChange International shares are held by institutional investors. 4.9% of CalAmp shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of SeaChange International shares are held by 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.

Profitability

This table compares CalAmp and SeaChange International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CalAmp 0.33% 11.85% 3.91%
SeaChange International -77.53% -30.21% -22.70%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CalAmp and SeaChange International’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CalAmp $363.80 million 0.87 $18.40 million N/A N/A
SeaChange International $62.40 million 1.10 -$38.00 million ($0.39) -4.82

CalAmp has higher revenue and earnings than SeaChange International.

Volatility and Risk

CalAmp has a beta of 1.98, suggesting that its stock price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SeaChange International has a beta of 0.89, suggesting that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for CalAmp and SeaChange International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CalAmp 1 2 5 0 2.50
SeaChange International 0 1 0 0 2.00

CalAmp presently has a consensus price target of $19.86, indicating a potential upside of 109.91%. Given CalAmp’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CalAmp is more favorable than SeaChange International.

Summary

CalAmp beats SeaChange International on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CalAmp

CalAmp Corp. provides in telematics systems, and software and subscription services in the United States, Latin America, Western Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and internationally. The company offers mobile resource management telematics devices for the Internet of Things market, which enable customers to optimize their operations by collecting, monitoring, and reporting business-critical information and desired intelligence from remote and mobile assets. It also provides telematics products, including asset tracking units, mobile telematics devices, fixed and mobile wireless gateways, and routers. In addition, the company offers CalAmp Telematics Cloud platform, such as cloud-based application enablement and telematics service platforms that facilitate integration of its own applications, as well as those of third parties, through open application programming interfaces; and software as a service applications. It sells its products and services to customers in the automotive, insurance, transportation and logistics, government, construction, and utilities markets through direct sales organization, a channel partner program and an international network of licensees, and sales representatives, as well as its Websites and digital presence. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.

About SeaChange International

SeaChange International, Inc. provides multiscreen, advertising, and premium over the top (OTT) video products and services that facilitate the aggregation, licensing, management, and distribution of video and television advertising content worldwide. It offers video products, including SeaChange Adrenalin, a multiscreen video back office platform that enables service providers to manage, monetize, and deliver a seamless viewing experience across televisions, personal computers (PCs), tablets, smartphones, and other IP-enabled devices; and SeaChange AssetFlow, a content management solution, which is used to receive, manage, and publish content for viewing on televisions, tablets, PCs, and other consumer devices, as well as SeaChange Rave, an integrated platform. The company also provides advertising products, such as SeaChange Infusion, an advertising platform to maximize advertising revenue across multiscreen, broadcast, on-demand, and OTT viewing. In addition, it offers Nucleus, a video gateway software that ports to third-party set-top boxes, or other customer on-premises equipment hardware and system on a chip, as well as acts as a hub for various video distribution to any IP-connected device throughout the home, such as tablets, smart phones, and game consoles; and SeaChange NitroX, an user experience product that empower service providers and content owners to optimize live and on-demand video consumption on multiscreen and OTT services. Further, the company provides professional, and maintenance and support services, as well as managed services. It sells and markets its products and services through a direct sales organization, and sales representatives and partners, as well as to systems integrators and value-added resellers. The company serves cable system and satellite operators, as well as telecommunications and media companies. SeaChange International, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts.

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