ForeScout Technologies (FSCT) & Mitek Systems (MITK) Head to Head Survey

ForeScout Technologies (NASDAQ: FSCT) and Mitek Systems (NASDAQ:MITK) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

35.7% of ForeScout Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.4% of Mitek Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 36.2% of ForeScout Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.5% of Mitek Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for ForeScout Technologies and Mitek Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ForeScout Technologies 0 2 6 0 2.75
Mitek Systems 0 0 4 0 3.00

ForeScout Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $34.00, indicating a potential upside of 9.54%. Mitek Systems has a consensus target price of $12.25, indicating a potential upside of 40.80%. Given Mitek Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Mitek Systems is more favorable than ForeScout Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares ForeScout Technologies and Mitek Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ForeScout Technologies N/A N/A N/A
Mitek Systems 12.89% 6.68% 5.47%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ForeScout Technologies and Mitek Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ForeScout Technologies $220.87 million 5.53 -$91.20 million ($7.93) -3.91
Mitek Systems $45.39 million 6.72 $14.09 million $0.21 41.43

Mitek Systems has lower revenue, but higher earnings than ForeScout Technologies. ForeScout Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Mitek Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Mitek Systems beats ForeScout Technologies on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ForeScout Technologies

ForeScout Technologies, Inc. provides network security products in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and Japan. It offers ForeScout CounterACT agentless technology that discovers, classifies, and assesses IP-based devices; ForeScout extended modules, which represent integrations across vulnerability assessment, advanced threat detection, security incidence and event management, enterprise mobility management, endpoint protection and endpoint detection and response, next generation firewall, privileged access management, and IT systems management vendors, as well as compliance; and ForeScout CounterACT Enterprise Manager, a centralized security management solution for the control of various appliances deployed on an end-customer network, as well as maintenance and professional services. The company's products are used to protect organizations against the threats that exploit the billions of Internet of things devices connected to organizations' networks. ForeScout Technologies, Inc. sells its products and services through distributors and resellers. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

About Mitek Systems

Mitek Systems, Inc. develops, markets, and sells mobile image capture and identity verification software solutions for enterprise customers worldwide. The company's solutions are embedded in native mobile apps and mobile optimized Websites to enhance mobile user experiences and transactions. It offers Mobile Deposit that allows individuals and businesses to remotely deposit checks using their camera-equipped smartphone or tablet; Mobile Verify, an identity verification solution that can be integrated into mobile apps, mobile Websites, and desktop applications; Mobile Fill to pre-fill forms with personal data by simply snapping a picture of the consumer's driver license, credit card, or other document; Mobile Docs, a mobile document scanning solution; and MiSnap Multi-Check Capture, a software development kit that banks embed in their business banking app that facilitates capture of various checks in one deposit session. The company markets and sells its solutions primarily to banks, credit unions, lenders, payments processers, card issuers, insurers, etc. through direct sales teams and channel partners. Mitek Systems, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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