Directview (DIRV) & Exfo (EXFO) Critical Survey

Exfo (NASDAQ: EXFO) and Directview (OTCMKTS:DIRV) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Risk & Volatility

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Exfo has a beta of 0.52, meaning that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Directview has a beta of 1.75, meaning that its stock price is 75% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Exfo and Directview, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exfo 0 4 1 0 2.20
Directview 0 0 0 0 N/A

Exfo presently has a consensus target price of $5.35, suggesting a potential upside of 30.49%. Given Exfo’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Exfo is more favorable than Directview.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

14.8% of Exfo shares are held by institutional investors. 20.0% of Exfo shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of Directview shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Exfo and Directview’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exfo 0.09% 5.22% 3.94%
Directview -293.43% N/A -216.09%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Exfo and Directview’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Exfo $243.30 million 0.93 $850,000.00 $0.01 410.00
Directview $460,000.00 0.54 -$4.76 million ($2,286.70) 0.00

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

Summary

Exfo beats Directview on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Exfo Company Profile

EXFO Inc is a Canada-based company, which provides communications service providers (CSPs) and data center, cloud and Web-scale operators with field test, service assurance and analytics solutions to ensure the deployment, maintenance and management of physical, virtual, fixed and mobile networks. It focuses on network infrastructures: fourth generation (4G)/long-term evolution (LTE), wireless backhaul, small cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS), 100G network upgrades and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH)/fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC)/fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) deployments. It offers a range of wire line and wireless tests, service assurance and analytics solutions to the global telecommunications industry. Its products include TestFlow; LTB-8 platform; a family of optical time domain reflect meters (OTDRs); iSAM; MaxTester-940 Fiber Certifier optical loss test set (OLTS) for data center and enterprise markets, and the G.fast handheld test set.

Directview Company Profile

DirectView Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a full-service provider of teleconferencing services to businesses and organizations. The company operates in two divisions, Security and Surveillance, and Video Conferencing Services. The Security and Surveillance division provides surveillance systems, and digital video recording and services, including DVR recorders and cameras, video intercoms, NVR recorders and IP cameras, laser and video beam perimeter security products, motion detection and thermal imagery products, security design and consulting, remote control device management, equipment maintenance service plans, and access control solutions. It also develops customized software programs; and DirectView Security App, a mobile application to enable full remote management of deployed surveillance devices, such as positioning cameras, setting recording parameters, and replay of selected video. This division serves transportation, hospitality, industrial, educational, and residential markets. The Video Conferencing Services division provides multipoint video conferencing, network integration, custom room design, staffing, document conferencing, and IP/Web conferencing services that enable its clients to conduct remote meetings by linking participants in geographically dispersed locations. It is also involved in the sale of conferencing services based upon usage, sale and installation of video equipment, and sale of maintenance agreements. This division provides its services to organizations, such as professional service firms, investment banks, high tech companies, law firms, investor relations firms, and other domestic and multinational companies in commercial, government, medical, and educational sectors. The company sells its products and services in the United States and internationally through direct sales force, referrals, and its Website. DirectView Holdings, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Boca Raton, Florida.

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