Head to Head Contrast: NQ Mobile (NYSE:LKM) and Boingo Wireless (WIFI)

Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI) and NQ Mobile (NYSE:LKM) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

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Boingo Wireless has a beta of 0.62, suggesting that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NQ Mobile has a beta of 1.53, suggesting that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.1% of Boingo Wireless shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.7% of NQ Mobile shares are held by institutional investors. 7.7% of Boingo Wireless shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Boingo Wireless and NQ Mobile’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Boingo Wireless $204.37 million 5.08 -$19.36 million ($0.49) -51.29
NQ Mobile $343.05 million 0.49 -$127.59 million N/A N/A

Boingo Wireless has higher earnings, but lower revenue than NQ Mobile.

Profitability

This table compares Boingo Wireless and NQ Mobile’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Boingo Wireless -9.40% -20.09% -5.08%
NQ Mobile -173.60% -2.29% -1.18%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Boingo Wireless and NQ Mobile, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Boingo Wireless 0 0 10 0 3.00
NQ Mobile 0 0 1 0 3.00

Boingo Wireless currently has a consensus price target of $28.19, suggesting a potential upside of 12.17%. NQ Mobile has a consensus price target of $13.00, suggesting a potential upside of 651.45%. Given NQ Mobile’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe NQ Mobile is more favorable than Boingo Wireless.

About Boingo Wireless

Boingo Wireless, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides wireless connectivity solutions for smartphones, tablets, laptops, wearables, and other wireless-enabled consumer devices. It designs, builds, monitors, and maintains distributed antenna systems (DAS), Wi-Fi, and small cell networks at managed and operated hotspot locations, such as airports, transportation hubs, stadiums, arenas, military bases, universities, convention centers, and office campuses in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia; and offers software applications and solutions to access its Wi-Fi network of approximately 1.5 million hotspots. The company also provides Internet protocol television services for military servicemen and women living in the barracks of the United States army, air force, and marine bases; and enables individuals to purchase Internet access at its managed and operated hotspots and select partner locations through month-to-month subscription and single-use access plans. In addition, it offers access to DAS at certain of its managed and operated hotspot locations to telecom operator partners; and carrier offload services, Wi-Fi roaming and software services, and turn-key solutions to network operators, device manufacturers, technology companies, enterprise software and services companies, venue operators, and financial services companies, as well as provides display advertising, sponsored access, and promotional programs. The company was formerly known as Project Mammoth, Inc. and changed its name to Boingo Wireless, Inc. in October 2001. Boingo Wireless, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

About NQ Mobile

Link Motion Inc, formerly NQ Mobile Inc., is a mobile internet service provider. The Company mainly provides smart cars and smart driving operation services. The Company mainly operates two major business activities: Smart Travel business and Smart Car business. The Smart Travel business mainly provides services through online booking and time-sharing. The Smart Car business mainly provides consumers with differentiated in-car experience services.

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