Head-To-Head Analysis: Brocade Communications Systems (BRCD) & Airgain (AIRG)

Airgain (NASDAQ: AIRG) and Brocade Communications Systems (NASDAQ:BRCD) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

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This table compares Airgain and Brocade Communications Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Airgain $49.52 million 1.55 $1.14 million $0.11 72.18
Brocade Communications Systems $2.35 billion 2.24 $213.81 million N/A N/A

Brocade Communications Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Airgain.

Dividends

Brocade Communications Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Airgain does not pay a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

26.9% of Airgain shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.7% of Brocade Communications Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 23.4% of Airgain shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of Brocade Communications Systems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Airgain has a beta of 2.08, meaning that its stock price is 108% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brocade Communications Systems has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Airgain and Brocade Communications Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Airgain 2.30% 4.81% 3.97%
Brocade Communications Systems -3.56% -3.07% -1.62%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Airgain and Brocade Communications Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Airgain 0 1 2 0 2.67
Brocade Communications Systems 0 3 0 0 2.00

Airgain currently has a consensus target price of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 76.32%. Brocade Communications Systems has a consensus target price of $12.83, suggesting a potential upside of 1.13%. Given Airgain’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Airgain is more favorable than Brocade Communications Systems.

Summary

Airgain beats Brocade Communications Systems on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Airgain Company Profile

Airgain, Inc. is a provider of embedded antenna technologies used to enable wireless networking across a range of home, enterprise and industrial devices. The Company’s antennas are found in devices deployed in carrier, enterprise and residential wireless networks and systems, including set top boxes, access points, routers, gateways and digital televisions. It offers six product lines, including MaxBeam High Gain Embedded Antennas, Profile Embedded Antennas, Profile Contour Embedded Antennas, Ultra Embedded Antennas, OmniMax High Performance External Antennas and MaxBeam Carrier Class Antennas. The Company, through its design, integration and testing of embedded antenna technology, provides its technology to the residential wireless local area network, wireless fidelity and antenna market, and also supplies to carriers, original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers and system designers. The Company supplies its products in the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia.

Brocade Communications Systems Company Profile

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (Brocade) is a supplier of networking hardware, software and services, including storage area networking (SAN) solutions and Internet protocol (IP) networking solutions for businesses and organizations of various types and sizes. The Company operates through three segments: SAN Products, IP Networking Products and Global Services. The SAN Products segment includes infrastructure products and solutions that help customers develop and deploy storage and server consolidation, disaster recovery and data security. The IP Networking Products segment includes Layer 2 and Layer 3 Ethernet switches, and routers to connect users over private and public networks. The Global Services segment includes break or fix maintenance, installation, consulting, network management and software maintenance, and post-contract customer support. Its products enable customers to deploy architectures and technologies, including virtualization and cloud computing.

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