Head-To-Head Analysis: Crossroads Systems (CRDS) and Identiv (INVE)

Identiv (NASDAQ: INVE) and Crossroads Systems (NASDAQ:CRDS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Identiv has a beta of -0.57, suggesting that its stock price is 157% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crossroads Systems has a beta of 2.75, suggesting that its stock price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Identiv and Crossroads Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Identiv 0 1 1 0 2.50
Crossroads Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Identiv presently has a consensus price target of $8.50, suggesting a potential upside of 72.06%. Given Identiv’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Identiv is more favorable than Crossroads Systems.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Identiv and Crossroads Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Identiv $58.44 million 1.19 $208,000.00 ($0.38) -13.00
Crossroads Systems $289,000.00 9.88 -$1.31 million ($1.07) -2.18

Identiv has higher revenue and earnings than Crossroads Systems. Identiv is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Crossroads Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Identiv and Crossroads Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Identiv -7.53% -50.00% -8.36%
Crossroads Systems -362.98% -36.62% -20.62%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

23.1% of Identiv shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.5% of Crossroads Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 12.3% of Identiv shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 27.4% of Crossroads Systems 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.

Summary

Identiv beats Crossroads Systems on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Identiv Company Profile

Identiv, Inc. is a global security technology company. The Company operates through four segments: Physical access control systems (PACS), Identity, Credentials and All Other. PACS segment provides solutions and services that enable the issuance, management and use of secure identity credentials in diverse markets. PACS business offers Hirsch line of controllers, including the advanced MX line, Hirsch’s Velocity management software and its Identiv connected physical access manager software, EDGE controller and reader package. Identity segment offers products to secure enterprise information, including login and printers through delivery of smart card reader products and identity management through its idOnDemand service. Credentials segment offers access cards, radio frequency identification (RFID) and near field communication products, including cards, labels, tags and stickers, as well as RF components. All Other segment includes products, such as Chipdrive and Digital Media readers.

Crossroads Systems Company Profile

Crossroads Systems, Inc. is an intellectual property licensing company. The Company’s intellectual property assets are identified in two distinct categories: the first category is known as the 972 patent family and the second category is known as the non-972 patents. As of October 31, 2016, the 972 patent family consisted of 31 patents and pending patents that are primarily concentrated around access controls. As of October 31, 2016, the non-972 patents consisted of 140 patents and pending patents that are primarily directed to five product families: optimizing command processing, enabling interoperability, managing networks, enhancing tape libraries and improving data systems. As of October 31, 2016, approximately 50 companies have licensed 972 patents from the Company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Crossroads Systems (Texas), Inc. and Crossroads Europe GmbH.

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