Financial Contrast: Sony Corp Ord (SNE) versus Control4 Corporation (CTRL)

Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL) and Sony Corp Ord (NYSE:SNE) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Sony Corp Ord pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Control4 Corporation does not pay a dividend. Sony Corp Ord pays out 15.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Control4 Corporation has a beta of -0.6, meaning that its stock price is 160% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sony Corp Ord has a beta of 1.73, meaning that its stock price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

75.1% of Control4 Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.0% of Sony Corp Ord shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Control4 Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.0% of Sony Corp Ord shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Control4 Corporation and Sony Corp Ord’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Control4 Corporation 4.70% 10.77% 8.86%
Sony Corp Ord 1.67% 4.17% 0.73%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Control4 Corporation and Sony Corp Ord’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Control4 Corporation $224.20 million 2.58 $18.97 million $0.41 57.90
Sony Corp Ord $71.06 billion 0.69 $7.18 billion $0.92 42.39

Sony Corp Ord has higher revenue and earnings than Control4 Corporation. Sony Corp Ord is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Control4 Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Control4 Corporation and Sony Corp Ord, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Control4 Corporation 0 3 4 0 2.57
Sony Corp Ord 0 0 3 1 3.25

Control4 Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $20.00, suggesting a potential downside of 15.75%. Sony Corp Ord has a consensus price target of $43.37, suggesting a potential upside of 11.21%. Given Sony Corp Ord’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Sony Corp Ord is more favorable than Control4 Corporation.

Summary

Sony Corp Ord beats Control4 Corporation on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Control4 Corporation Company Profile

Control4 Corporation (Control4) is a provider of smart home and business solutions. The Company’s smart home and small business solutions provide consumers with the ability to integrate audio, video, lighting, temperature, security, communications, network management and other functionalities into a unified automation solution, customized to match their lifestyles and business needs. Its Control4 solution integrates various third-party devices and systems into a unified solution for mainstream consumers. Through its unified software platform, consumers can interact with their entire automated home without learning multiple interfaces or various remote controls. Its Control4 product line is the Control4 Home Operating System (C4 OS), and the associated application software and software development kits (SDKs). Its products with embedded software and services include controllers, interface devices, lighting products, comfort products, security products and communication products.

Sony Corp Ord Company Profile

Sony Corporation (Sony) is engaged in the development, design, manufacture and sale of various kinds of electronic equipment, instruments and devices for consumer, professional and industrial markets, as well as game consoles and software. The Company’s segments include Mobile Communications, Game & Network Services, Imaging Products & Solutions, Home Entertainment & Sound, Devices, Pictures, Music, Financial Services and All Other. It is engaged in the production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures and television programming and the operation of television and digital networks. It is also engaged in the development, production, manufacture and distribution of recorded music and the management and licensing of the words and music of songs. It is also engaged in various financial services businesses, including life and non-life insurance operations, through its Japanese insurance subsidiaries and banking operations through a Japanese Internet-based banking subsidiary.

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