Spherix (SPEX) and Digital Turbine (APPS) Financial Survey

Spherix (NASDAQ:SPEX) and Digital Turbine (NASDAQ:APPS) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Spherix and Digital Turbine’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Spherix $1.23 million 5.77 -$3.30 million N/A N/A
Digital Turbine $74.75 million 2.01 -$52.85 million ($0.09) -21.44

Spherix has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Digital Turbine.


This table compares Spherix and Digital Turbine’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Spherix N/A -68.07% -51.90%
Digital Turbine -38.14% -15.28% -6.10%

Risk and Volatility

Spherix has a beta of -0.05, meaning that its share price is 105% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Digital Turbine has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

3.9% of Spherix shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.7% of Digital Turbine shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Spherix shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of Digital Turbine shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Spherix and Digital Turbine, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Spherix 0 0 0 0 N/A
Digital Turbine 0 0 3 0 3.00

Digital Turbine has a consensus price target of $3.40, indicating a potential upside of 76.17%. Given Digital Turbine’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Digital Turbine is more favorable than Spherix.


Digital Turbine beats Spherix on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Spherix Company Profile

Spherix Incorporated, an intellectual property company, owns, develops, acquires, and monetizes patented and unpatented intellectual properties. The company owns approximately 290 patents and patent applications. Its patent portfolio includes the U.S. and foreign patents and pending patent applications in the wireless communications and telecommunication sectors, including data, optical and voice technology, antenna technology, Wi-Fi, base station functionality, and cellular. Spherix Incorporated was founded in 1967 and is based in New York, New York.

Digital Turbine Company Profile

Digital Turbine, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides media and mobile communication solutions for mobile operators, application developers, device original equipment manufacturers, and other third parties worldwide. The company offers Ignite, a mobile application management software to control, manage, and monetize the applications that are installed on mobile devices and professional services directly related to the ignite platform. It also provides Discover software, which provides application installation and management, as well as detailed reporting to advertisers and carriers. In addition, the company offers other products and professional services directly related to the Ignite platform. Digital Turbine, Inc. is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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