Digital China (OTCMKTS:DCHIF) and Forescout Technologies (NASDAQ:FSCT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Digital China and Forescout Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Digital China 0 0 0 0 N/A
Forescout Technologies 0 2 9 0 2.82

Forescout Technologies has a consensus target price of $40.30, indicating a potential upside of 56.20%. Given Forescout Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Forescout Technologies is more favorable than Digital China.

Risk & Volatility

Digital China has a beta of 0.38, meaning that its stock price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Forescout Technologies has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

56.2% of Forescout Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 36.2% of Forescout Technologies shares are owned 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.

Profitability

This table compares Digital China and Forescout Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Digital China N/A N/A N/A
Forescout Technologies -33.43% -89.81% -27.75%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Digital China and Forescout Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Digital China $1.58 billion 0.54 $50.14 million N/A N/A
Forescout Technologies $220.87 million 5.01 -$91.20 million ($7.93) -3.25

Digital China has higher revenue and earnings than Forescout Technologies.

Summary

Forescout Technologies beats Digital China on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Digital China Company Profile

Digital China Holdings Limited, an investment holding company, provides information technology (IT) services primarily in Mainland China. It operates in three segments: DCITS, Supply Chain Services, and New Business. The company offers proprietary software, services, cloud computing, and big data analysis with the strategy of integrating [email protected] city and [email protected] agriculture. It also provides intermediary and backstage logistics services for corporate customers, e-commerce platforms, branded service providers, and individuals; and [email protected] city services for city administrators, enterprises, and citizens based on the urban information management center, integrated citizen service platform, integrated enterprise service platform, and integrated city administration platform, as well as financial services, such as financing, factoring, leasing, guarantee, etc. to third party customers. In addition, the company offers logistics, finance lease, data integration and management software sale, systems integration, application software development, maintenance and outsourcing, consultancy and training, financial specialized equipment sale, surveying service software, and network optimization services. Further, it holds trademarks; and develops and constructs science and technology parks. The company was incorporated in 2000 and is headquartered in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.

Forescout Technologies Company Profile

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.

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