Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) and Envivio (NASDAQ:ENVI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.1% of Harmonic shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of Harmonic shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Harmonic and Envivio’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Harmonic -21.58% -13.22% -6.31%
Envivio -5.31% -7.98% -4.76%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Harmonic and Envivio, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Harmonic 0 2 1 0 2.33
Envivio 0 0 0 0 N/A

Harmonic currently has a consensus price target of $5.50, indicating a potential upside of 83.33%. Given Harmonic’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Harmonic is more favorable than Envivio.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Harmonic and Envivio’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Harmonic $379.77 million 0.64 -$18.46 million ($1.03) -2.91
Envivio N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Envivio has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Harmonic.

Summary

Harmonic beats Envivio on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Harmonic

Harmonic Inc. (Harmonic) designs, manufactures and sells video infrastructure products, and system solutions. The Company has two segments: Video and Cable Edge. Harmonic provides technical support and professional services to its customers around the world. The Video segment sells video processing and production, and playout solutions and services to broadcast and media companies, streaming media companies, cable operators, and satellite and telecommunications (telco), and pay television (TV) service providers. Its Cable Edge business sells cable edge solutions and related services to cable operators around the world. The Video segment offers a range of products and solutions, as well as software-based media processing platforms. The Company’s Narrowcast Services Gateway (NSG) products are integrated edge gateway products that integrate routing, multiplexing, scrambling and modulation into a single package for the delivery of narrowcast services to subscribers over cable networks.

About Envivio

Envivio, Inc. is a provider of software-based Internet protocol (IP) video processing and distribution solutions that enable the delivery of video to consumers. The Company’s solutions enable service providers and content providers to offer video across a range of video formats, networks, consumer devices and operating systems. The Company enables service providers and content providers to deliver linear broadcast and on-demand video services to their customers via various screens, such as televisions, tablets, smartphones, laptops, personal computers (PCs) and gaming devices. The Company’s product line includes Muse, Halo, Envivio appliances and Guru. Its software-based solution delivers a converged multi-screen service for traditional Pay-television, and across mobile, broadband and managed networks. The Company’s solution enables the transport of video through different networks, such as broadband and mobile networks, or traditional cable and satellite broadcast networks.

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