Contrasting Calix (NYSE:CALX) and EMCORE (EMKR)

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EMCORE (NASDAQ: EMKR) and Calix (NYSE:CALX) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares EMCORE and Calix’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EMCORE $122.89 million 1.28 $8.23 million $0.39 14.87
Calix $510.37 million 0.67 -$83.03 million ($1.56) -4.36

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

Profitability

This table compares EMCORE and Calix’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EMCORE 5.48% 6.59% 5.56%
Calix -16.27% -48.53% -24.11%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for EMCORE and Calix, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EMCORE 0 1 2 0 2.67
Calix 0 1 2 0 2.67

EMCORE currently has a consensus target price of $6.67, indicating a potential upside of 14.94%. Calix has a consensus target price of $7.17, indicating a potential upside of 5.39%. Given EMCORE’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe EMCORE is more favorable than Calix.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

79.5% of EMCORE shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.9% of Calix shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of EMCORE shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of Calix shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

EMCORE has a beta of 0.32, meaning that its stock price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Calix has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

EMCORE beats Calix on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

EMCORE Company Profile

EMCORE Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides advanced mixed-signal optics products in California. It offers broadband products comprising cable television; laser, receiver, and photodetector component products; radio frequency over glass FTTP products; satellite/microwave communications products; and wireless communications products. The company also provides chip devices products, including high-power gain chips, GPON fiber-to-the-premises, and data center chip products; and navigation systems products, such as fiber optic gyroscope products and inertial measurement units and navigation systems products. It sells its products through direct sales force, application engineers, third party sales representatives, and distributors. EMCORE Corporation was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Alhambra, California.

Calix Company Profile

Calix, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, markets, and sells software platforms, systems, and software for fiber- and copper-based network architectures that enable communications service providers (CSPs) to access networks. Its portfolio consists of E-Series access systems and nodes, B-Series access nodes, C-Series multiservice access system, and P-Series optical network terminals and residential gateways. The company also offers the GigaFamily and Compass Cloud products. Its portfolio serves the CSP network from the data center or central office; and enables CSPs to deliver voice, data, and broadband services over legacy and next-generation access networks. The company markets its access systems and software to CSPs in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, and internationally through its direct sales force and resellers. Calix, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Petaluma, California.

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