Quarterhill (OTCMKTS:QTRHF) and American Restaurant Partners LP Class A Partnership Units (OTCMKTS:ICTPU) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and risk.
Quarterhill pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. American Restaurant Partners LP Class A Partnership Units pays an annual dividend of $40.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. Quarterhill pays out -16.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Risk & Volatility
Quarterhill has a beta of 0.55, indicating that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Restaurant Partners LP Class A Partnership Units has a beta of -0.08, indicating that its share price is 108% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Quarterhill and American Restaurant Partners LP Class A Partnership Units’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Quarterhill||$77.40 million||2.23||-$49.12 million||($0.24)||-6.04|
|American Restaurant Partners LP Class A Partnership Units||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
American Restaurant Partners LP Class A Partnership Units has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Quarterhill.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Quarterhill and American Restaurant Partners LP Class A Partnership Units, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|American Restaurant Partners LP Class A Partnership Units||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Quarterhill currently has a consensus target price of $2.40, suggesting a potential upside of 65.52%. Given Quarterhill’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Quarterhill is more favorable than American Restaurant Partners LP Class A Partnership Units.
This table compares Quarterhill and American Restaurant Partners LP Class A Partnership Units’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|American Restaurant Partners LP Class A Partnership Units||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
10.2% of Quarterhill shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Quarterhill beats American Restaurant Partners LP Class A Partnership Units on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
Quarterhill Inc. focuses on acquisition and management of technology companies that provides products and services worldwide. Its Licensing segment includes patents relating to 3D television, semiconductor manufacturing and packaging, medical stent, intelligent personal assistant, enhanced image processing, streaming video, non-volatile flash and other memory, semiconductor clocking, LED lighting, and various other technologies; automotive headlight assemblies, phased loop semiconductor licensing, microcontrollers applicable to safety-critical aerospace, computer gaming, CMOS image sensors, building automation, and smart meter monitoring; and medical, industrial, and automotive applications. The company's Intelligent Systems segment provides integrated systems and solutions, such as automated truck weigh stations; toll road systems and equipment; traffic management and safety systems; VectorSense, a tire sensor suite; Vehicle Information-In-Motion, a traffic intelligence system; integrated traffic control systems; permanent and portable slow speed weigh-in-motion systems; portable wheel load scales; traffic data collection products; vehicle and axle detection equipment; and automated vehicle identification, and other hardware and software products for the intelligent transportation systems industry. This segment serves through direct salespeople, distributors, agents, other contractors, and systems integrators. Its Enterprise Software segment provides enterprise asset management software solutions to asset intensive industries through its salesforce over the Internet. Its offerings include WorkAlign, a product suite, which consists of integrated products, such as scheduler, IIoT, mobile for EAM, maintenance budgeting, warranty tracker, and analytics; and consulting services. The company was formerly known as Wi-LAN Inc. and changed its name to Quarterhill Inc. in June 2017. Quarterhill Inc. was incorporated in 1992 and is headquartered in Kitchener, Canada.
About American Restaurant Partners LP Class A Partnership Units
American Restaurant Partners, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and operation of Pizza Hut restaurants in the United States. As of December 30, 2003, the partnership owned and operated 100 restaurants. RMC American Management, Inc. operates as the managing general partner of the partnership. American Restaurant Partners was founded in 1987 and is based in Wichita, Kansas.
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