Gogo (GOGO) vs. CalAmp Corp. (CAMP) Head to Head Review

Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO) and CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.5% of Gogo shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.9% of CalAmp Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 37.7% of Gogo shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of CalAmp Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Gogo and CalAmp Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gogo -22.58% N/A -11.62%
CalAmp Corp. -2.05% 18.84% 7.81%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Gogo and CalAmp Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gogo 0 1 4 0 2.80
CalAmp Corp. 0 6 5 0 2.45

Gogo currently has a consensus price target of $16.00, suggesting a potential upside of 12.68%. CalAmp Corp. has a consensus price target of $21.13, suggesting a potential upside of 5.68%. Given Gogo’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Gogo is more favorable than CalAmp Corp..

Risk & Volatility

Gogo has a beta of 1.76, meaning that its stock price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CalAmp Corp. has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Gogo and CalAmp Corp.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gogo $645.47 million 1.91 $74.39 million ($1.84) -7.72
CalAmp Corp. $348.04 million 2.03 $38.59 million ($0.21) -95.19

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

Summary

CalAmp Corp. beats Gogo on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Gogo

Gogo Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of in-flight broadband connectivity and connectivity-enabled services to commercial and business aviation. The Company operates through three segments: Commercial Aviation North America (CA-NA), Commercial Aviation Rest of World (CA-ROW) and Business Aviation (BA). The CA-NA segment offers air-to-ground (ATG) and satellite connectivity and entertainment services to commercial aircraft flying routes generally within North America. The CA-ROW segment offers satellite connectivity and entertainment services, using 2Ku and Ku solutions, to commercial aircraft flying routes outside of North America. The Company’s BA segment offers a suite of integrated equipment, network and Internet connectivity products and services to the business aviation market. As of December 31, 2016, it provided services on 2,943 commercial aircraft. The Company offers a package of airborne equipment for its ATG-4/ATG and satellite services.

About CalAmp Corp.

CalAmp Corp. (CalAmp) is a provider of wireless communications solutions for a range of applications to customers globally. The Company operates through two business segments: Wireless DataCom and Satellite. The Company’s Wireless DataCom segment offers solutions for mobile resource management (MRM) applications, the machine-to-machine (M2M) communications space and other markets that require connectivity anytime and anywhere. The Company’s MRM and M2M solutions collect, monitor and report data and intelligence from remote and mobile assets. The Company delivers products, software services and solutions for energy, government, transportation and automotive vertical markets. The Company’s Satellite segment develops, manufactures and sells direct-broadcast satellite (DBS) outdoor customer premise equipment and whole home video networking devices enabling the delivery of digital and high definition satellite television services. Its satellite products are sold primarily to EchoStar.

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