Financial Review: Lattice (LTTC) & Clearone (CLRO)

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Lattice (OTCMKTS:LTTC) and Clearone (NASDAQ:CLRO) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lattice N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Clearone $41.80 million 0.42 -$14.17 million N/A N/A

Lattice has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Clearone.

Dividends

Clearone pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Lattice does not pay a dividend. Clearone has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Lattice has a beta of 2.37, indicating that its stock price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clearone has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

7.4% of Clearone shares are held by institutional investors. 15.6% of Lattice shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.7% of Clearone shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Lattice and Clearone’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lattice N/A N/A N/A
Clearone -58.81% -29.31% -25.57%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Lattice and Clearone, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lattice 0 0 0 0 N/A
Clearone 0 1 0 0 2.00

Clearone has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 185.71%. Given Clearone’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Clearone is more favorable than Lattice.

Lattice Company Profile

Lattice Incorporated provides telecommunications services to correctional facilities in the United States. It also provides technology and engineering services to other service providers in the corrections market. The company's products and services include Corrections Operating Platform, a suite of hardware and software solutions designed to deliver benefits to corrections facilities; Nexus inmate telephone system; CellMate, a mobile inmate communications device; and Netvisit, a video visitation solution to reduce corrections staff burden. It also offers NetVisit, a video arraignment technology that enables inmates to remain at the jail facility while a Judge conducts the arraignment over a real-time video connection; and account deposit platform that provides inmates and their families and friends with various phone account types. The company was formerly known as Science Dynamics Corporation and changed its name to Lattice Incorporated in February 2007. Lattice Incorporated was founded in 1973 and is based in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

Clearone Company Profile

ClearOne, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming, and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications in the United States and internationally. The company offers various professional audio communication products, including professional conferencing and sound-reinforcement products for use in enterprise, healthcare, education and distance learning, government, legal, and finance organizations; mid-tier premium conferencing products for smaller rooms, and small and medium businesses, which interface with video and Web conferencing systems; and professional microphones for use in various applications. It also provides unified communications audio end points comprising traditional tabletop conferencing phones used in conference rooms and offices; and personal conferencing products that could be used with PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other portable devices. The company's audio communication products and unified communications audio end points enhance communication during a conference call by eliminating echo and background noise. In addition, it offers visual communication products, such as video conferencing products; streaming products, which deliver the Internet protocol (IP) A/V experience by streaming time sensitive high definition audio and video and control over TCP/IP networks; and digital signage systems. The company sells its commercial products to a network of independent audiovisual, information technology, and telecommunications distributors, as well as independent systems integrators, dealers, value-added resellers, and end-users. ClearOne, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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