Analyzing Box (BOX) and AVG Technologies NV (AVG)

Box (NYSE: BOX) and AVG Technologies NV (NYSE:AVG) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Box and AVG Technologies NV’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Box -34.11% -232.81% -32.96%
AVG Technologies NV 6.62% 29.61% 4.38%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Box and AVG Technologies NV’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Box $452.90 million 5.36 -$117.70 million ($1.18) -15.65
AVG Technologies NV N/A N/A N/A $0.87 28.79

AVG Technologies NV has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Box. Box is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AVG Technologies NV, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

57.8% of Box shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.5% of AVG Technologies NV shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.3% of Box shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Box and AVG Technologies NV, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Box 0 4 11 0 2.73
AVG Technologies NV 0 0 0 0 N/A

Box currently has a consensus price target of $23.40, indicating a potential upside of 26.73%. Given Box’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Box is more favorable than AVG Technologies NV.

Volatility and Risk

Box has a beta of 1.24, suggesting that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AVG Technologies NV has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Box Company Profile

Box, Inc. provides an enterprise content management platform that enables organizations of all sizes to manage enterprise content while allowing access and sharing of this content from anywhere, on any device. With the Company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud-based platform, users can collaborate on content both internally and with external parties, automate content-driven business processes, develop custom applications, and implement data protection, security and compliance features to comply with internal policies and industry regulations. Its platform enables people to view, share and collaborate on content, across various file formats and media types. The software integrates with enterprise business applications, and is compatible with various application environments, operating systems and devices, ensuring that workers have access to their business content. It offers individuals a free basic version of the Box platform that allows them to experience its solution.

AVG Technologies NV Company Profile

AVG Technologies N.V. provides software and online services. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer and small and medium sized business (SMB). Its product portfolio includes AVG Anti-Virus FREE, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Internet Security, AVG Protection FREE suite, AVG Protection PRO suite, AVG Performance suite, Gallery, AVG Cleaner for Mac, AVG Driver Updater, AVG Web TuneUp, Alarm Clock Xtreme FREE + Timer, AVG Cleaner-Xperia and HideMyPhone, among others. Its location labs mobile solutions include AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Smart Limits, T-Mobile FamilyWhere, Verizon FamilyBase, Safely Go and Aqui Estoy. Its AVG CloudCare Products include AVG Remote IT, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Content Filtering, AVG Cloud Backup and AVG Email Security. Its Norman solutions include Norman Antivirus, Norman Security Suite, Norman Security Suite PRO, Norman Endpoint Protection, Norman Email Protection, Norman Security Portal, Norman SecureMail and Norman SecureSurf.

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