Intrusion (OTCMKTS:INTZ) and Black Box (NASDAQ:BBOX) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and valuation.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Intrusion and Black Box’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Black Box||$774.60 million||0.02||-$100.09 million||N/A||N/A|
Intrusion has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Black Box.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Intrusion and Black Box, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
2.0% of Intrusion shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.2% of Black Box shares are owned by institutional investors. 33.6% of Intrusion shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Black Box shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Volatility and Risk
Intrusion has a beta of 0.21, indicating that its stock price is 79% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Black Box has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Intrusion and Black Box’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Intrusion beats Black Box on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
Intrusion Company Profile
Intrusion Inc. develops, markets, and supports entity identification, high speed data mining, cybercrime and advanced persistent threat detection, regulated information compliance, and data privacy protection products in the United States. Its product portfolio comprises TraceCop, which includes a database of worldwide IP addresses that aid in the identification and location of individuals involved in cybercrime, and analysis software and a GUI interface to assist analysts in locating cybercriminals and other bad guys; and Savant, a high-speed network data mining product that organizes the data into networks of relationships and associations. The company also offers Compliance Commander for regulated information and data privacy protection. In addition, it resells third-party products, such as computers and servers for the implementation of its software into customer networks, as well as provides installation and threat data interpretation services. The company's customers primarily include the United States federal government and local government entities, banks, airlines, credit unions, other financial institutions, hospitals and other healthcare providers, and other customers. Intrusion Inc. markets and distributes its products through a direct sales force to end-users, distributors, system integrators, managed service providers, and value-added resellers. The company was formerly known as Intrusion.com, Inc. and changed its name to Intrusion Inc. in November 2001. Intrusion Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Richardson, Texas.
Black Box Company Profile
Black Box Corporation provides digital solutions that assist its customers to design, build, manage, and secure their IT infrastructure. It offers IT infrastructure, specialty networking, multimedia, and keyboard/video/mouse switching products. The company also provides communications lifecycle, unified communications, structured cabling, video/AV, in-building wireless, and data center services. It distributes its products and services primarily through value-added resellers, direct marketing manufacturers, mass merchandisers, Web retailers, manufacturers, large system integrators, and other technical services companies. It serves government, healthcare, business services, manufacturing, retail, technology, banking, and other industries worldwide. Black Box Corporation was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Lawrence, Pennsylvania.
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