Finisar (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Audience (NASDAQ:ADNC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
91.3% of Finisar shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Finisar shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current ratings for Finisar and Audience, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Finisar currently has a consensus target price of $28.42, suggesting a potential upside of 24.99%. Given Finisar’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Finisar is more favorable than Audience.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Finisar and Audience’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Finisar||$1.45 billion||1.79||$249.34 million||$1.75||12.99|
Finisar has higher revenue and earnings than Audience. Audience is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Finisar, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Finisar and Audience’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Volatility and Risk
Finisar has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Audience has a beta of 0.83, meaning that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Finisar beats Audience on 12 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
Finisar Corporation (Finisar) is a provider of optical subsystems and components that are used in data communication and telecommunication applications. The Company’s optical subsystems consist of transmitters, receivers, transceivers, transponders and active optical cables, which provide the fundamental optical-electrical or optoelectronic interface for interconnecting the electronic equipment used in these networks, including the switches, routers, and servers used in wireline networks. These products rely on the use of semiconductor lasers and photodetectors in conjunction with integrated circuits and optoelectronic packaging to provide a means for transmitting and receiving digital signals over fiber optic cable at speeds ranging from less than one gigabit per second (Gbps), to more than 100 Gbps, over distances of less than 10 meters to more than 2,000 kilometers, using a range of network protocols and physical configurations.
Audience, Inc. is a provider of voice and audio solutions that improve voice quality and the user experience in mobile devices. The Company’s solutions include hardware-accelerated digital signal processors (DSPs) and audio codecs and associated algorithms for noise suppression in mobile devices. The Company’s platform consists of its purpose-built DSPs and audio codec analog and mixed signal circuits and algorithms for voice isolation and noise suppression. It also provides its AuViD graphical design tools to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) design in and tune its products. The Company offers custom voice and audio processors, some with integrated smart audio codecs for device platforms, including smartphones, feature phones and media tablets. These processors are accompanied by its integration tools and support. It offers voice and audio processors, such as eS305, eS325, eS70x, eS75x, eS804 and eS854.
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