Critical Review: Phunware (NASDAQ:PHUN) and Sohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU)

Phunware (NASDAQ:PHUN) and Sohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Phunware and Sohu.com’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Phunware N/A N/A N/A
Sohu.com -6.98% -8.74% -4.12%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Phunware and Sohu.com, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Phunware 0 0 0 0 N/A
Sohu.com 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Phunware and Sohu.com’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Phunware N/A N/A -$920,000.00 N/A N/A
Sohu.com $1.88 billion 0.21 -$160.08 million ($4.13) -2.39

Phunware has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Sohu.com.

Risk and Volatility

Phunware has a beta of 30.43, indicating that its share price is 2,943% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sohu.com has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

7.5% of Phunware shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.6% of Sohu.com shares are held by institutional investors. 32.9% of Phunware shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 21.1% of Sohu.com shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Phunware beats Sohu.com on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Phunware Company Profile

Phunware Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides Multiscreen-as-a-Service (Maas) and Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) enterprise software platform for mobile devices. Its platform enables brands to engage, manage, and monetize their mobile application portfolios. The company offers Cloud-Based Mobile Software Development Kits (SDKs), which include location-based services, mobile engagement, content management, messaging, advertising, and analytics; and mobile application framework of pre-integrated iOS and Android software modules for building in-house or channel-based mobile application solutions. It also provides cloud-based vertical solutions of pre-integrated iOS and Android mobile application portfolios for healthcare, retail, media, real estate and hospitality, sports, aviation, and other sectors; and knowledge graph and data solutions which allows for real-time mobile audience targeting, reach, engagement, and monetization for 1:1 insights and interactions. The company was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Sohu.com Company Profile

Sohu.com Limited provides online media, search, and game services on personal computers (PCs) and mobile devices in the People's Republic of China. The company provides online news and information through a mobile phone application, Sohu News APP; sohu.com for PCs; and m.sohu.com mobile portal, as well as online video content and service through tv.sohu.com for PCs, as well as Sohu Video APP mobile phone application. It also operates focus.cn, which provides online real estate information and services; and offers paid subscription services, interactive broadcasting services, and content through various platforms. In addition, the company operates Sogou Search, which makes information accessible for Chinese Internet users; Sogou Input Method, a cloud-based Chinese language input software; Sogou Browser for Web navigation; Sogou Web Directory, a content aggregation and distribution platform; and Sogou Translation to deliver language translation, as well as offers auction-based pay-for-click services for advertisers. Further, it offers Internet value-added services, including the operation of Web and mobile games developed by third parties; online reading services and smart hardware products; online games; and cinema advertising services. Additionally, the company operates 17173.com Website, a game information portal; and RaidCall, which provides online music and entertainment services. Sohu.com Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

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