Head to Head Contrast: Support.com (NASDAQ:SPRT) versus Sohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU)

Support.com (NASDAQ:SPRT) and Sohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Support.com and Sohu.com’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Support.com $69.55 million 0.34 -$9.10 million N/A N/A
Sohu.com $1.88 billion 0.22 -$160.08 million ($4.13) -2.58

Support.com has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Sohu.com.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Support.com and Sohu.com, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Support.com 0 0 0 0 N/A
Sohu.com 0 1 0 0 2.00

Sohu.com has a consensus target price of $11.30, indicating a potential upside of 6.10%. Given Sohu.com’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Sohu.com is more favorable than Support.com.

Volatility & Risk

Support.com has a beta of 0.17, suggesting that its share price is 83% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sohu.com has a beta of 1.57, suggesting that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Support.com and Sohu.com’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Support.com 6.08% 8.41% 6.87%
Sohu.com -6.29% -8.16% -3.85%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

33.2% of Support.com shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.9% of Sohu.com shares are held by institutional investors. 15.4% of Support.com shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.1% of Sohu.com shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Support.com beats Sohu.com on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Support.com Company Profile

Support.com, Inc. provides customer support services, end user software, and cloud-based software primarily in the United States. The company offers turnkey and outsourced support services for service providers, retailers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), warranty providers, Internet of Things solution providers, and technology companies. Its customer support services programs include pre-purchased concierge advice, device set-up, trouble shooting, security and support, virus and malware removal, wireless network set-up, and home security and automation system support designed for consumer, and small and medium business markets. The company also provides Support.com Cloud, a software-as-a-service solution for companies to optimize support interactions with their customers using their own or third party support personnel, as well as enables companies to resolve complex technology issues for their customers, boost support agent productivity, provide ease of use for customer self-service, and enhance the customer experience. In addition, it offers end-user software products, including SUPERAntiSpyware for malware protection and removal; and Cosmos for personal computer, smartphone, and tablet maintenance and optimization. The company provides its technology support services through partners. Support.com, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Sohu.com Company Profile

Sohu.com Limited provides online media, search, and game services on personal computers (PCs) and mobile devices in the People's Republic of China. The company provides online news and information through a mobile phone application, Sohu News APP; sohu.com for PCs; and m.sohu.com mobile portal, as well as online video content and service through tv.sohu.com for PCs, as well as Sohu Video APP mobile phone application. It also operates focus.cn, which provides online real estate information and services; and offers paid subscription services, interactive broadcasting services, and content through various platforms. In addition, the company operates Sogou Search, which makes information accessible for Chinese Internet users; Sogou Input Method, a cloud-based Chinese language input software; Sogou Browser for Web navigation; Sogou Web Directory, a content aggregation and distribution platform; and Sogou Translation to deliver language translation, as well as offers auction-based pay-for-click services for advertisers. Further, it offers Internet value-added services, including the operation of Web and mobile games developed by third parties; online reading services and smart hardware products; online games; and cinema advertising services. Additionally, the company operates 17173.com Website, a game information portal; and RaidCall, which provides online music and entertainment services. Sohu.com Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

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