Reviewing MiX Telematics Limited (MIXT) & Sphere 3D Corp. (ANY) – The Cerbat Gem

MiX Telematics Limited (NYSE: MIXT) and Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ:ANY) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

14.4% of MiX Telematics Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 16.1% of Sphere 3D Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares MiX Telematics Limited and Sphere 3D Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MiX Telematics Limited $118.65 million 1.50 $20.18 million $0.35 22.51
Sphere 3D Corp. $78.51 million 0.25 -$20.13 million ($1.27) -0.15

MiX Telematics Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Sphere 3D Corp.. Sphere 3D Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MiX Telematics Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares MiX Telematics Limited and Sphere 3D Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MiX Telematics Limited 7.88% 7.08% 5.49%
Sphere 3D Corp. -86.87% -68.73% -20.49%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for MiX Telematics Limited and Sphere 3D Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MiX Telematics Limited 0 2 1 0 2.33
Sphere 3D Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A

MiX Telematics Limited currently has a consensus target price of $10.50, suggesting a potential upside of 33.25%. Given MiX Telematics Limited’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe MiX Telematics Limited is more favorable than Sphere 3D Corp..

Dividends

MiX Telematics Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.11 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Sphere 3D Corp. does not pay a dividend. MiX Telematics Limited pays out 31.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

MiX Telematics Limited has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sphere 3D Corp. has a beta of 2.26, suggesting that its stock price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

MiX Telematics Limited beats Sphere 3D Corp. on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About MiX Telematics Limited

MiX Telematics Limited is a South Africa-based provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to customers. The Company’s operating segments include Africa, Europe, Americas, Middle East and Australasia, Brazil and Central Services Organization. The Company’s products and services provide enterprise fleets, small fleets and consumers with solutions for safety, risk management and security. The Company’s solutions include MiX Fleet Manager, which consists of an on-board computer, an online tracking and information portal, as well as access to fleet and driver reports and analytics; MiX SafeDrive provides In-Vehicle Monitoring Systems (IVMS) that monitor driver performance, identify unsafe behaviors and provide audible alerts; Matrix is focused on personal safety and consumer telematics through vehicle tracking-and-recovery products and services, and Beam-e, which is a wireless device that fits into vehicles, motorbikes or caravan.

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