Reviewing Helios and Matheson Analytics (HMNY) and Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A (ASCMA)

Helios and Matheson Analytics (NASDAQ: HMNY) and Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A (NASDAQ:ASCMA) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Helios and Matheson Analytics has a beta of 1.8, meaning that its stock price is 80% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A has a beta of 1.7, meaning that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Helios and Matheson Analytics and Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Helios and Matheson Analytics $10.44 million 2.45 -$145.97 million N/A N/A
Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A $553.46 million 0.06 -$107.55 million ($8.83) -0.32

Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A has higher revenue and earnings than Helios and Matheson Analytics.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Helios and Matheson Analytics and Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Helios and Matheson Analytics 1 0 1 0 2.00
Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A 0 2 1 0 2.33

Helios and Matheson Analytics currently has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 3,770.97%. Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A has a consensus price target of $11.00, suggesting a potential upside of 291.46%. Given Helios and Matheson Analytics’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Helios and Matheson Analytics is more favorable than Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A.

Profitability

This table compares Helios and Matheson Analytics and Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Helios and Matheson Analytics -229.45% N/A -149.90%
Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A -21.89% -84.01% -5.77%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

8.1% of Helios and Matheson Analytics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.9% of Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A shares are held by institutional investors. 29.0% of Helios and Matheson Analytics shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.2% of Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A beats Helios and Matheson Analytics on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Helios and Matheson Analytics

Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. provides a range of information technology (IT) solutions to Fortune 1000 companies and other organizations in the United States. The company's services include application value management, application development, integration, independent validation, infrastructure, information management, and analytics services. Its clients operate in various industries, including banking, financial services, automotive, insurance, and healthcare. The company was formerly known as Helios and Matheson Information Technology Inc. and changed its name to Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. in May 2013. Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

About Ascent Capital Group Inc Series A

Ascent Capital Group, Inc., through its subsidiary, Monitronics International, Inc., provides security alarm monitoring services to residential and commercial customers in the United States, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The company provides monitoring services for alarm signals arising from burglaries, fires, medical alerts, and other events through security systems at customers' premises. It also offers home automation services, including remote activation and control of security systems, support for video monitoring, flood sensors, automated garage door and door lock capabilities, and thermostat integration; hands-free two-way interactive voice communication between its monitoring center and customers; and customer service and technical support related to home monitoring systems and home automation services. The company also provides maintenance and wholesale contract monitoring services to other security alarm companies. It markets and sells its products through a network of authorized dealers. The company was formerly known as Ascent Media Corporation and changed its name to Ascent Capital Group, Inc. in July 2011. Ascent Capital Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is based in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

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