Aviat Networks (NASDAQ: AVNW) and QUANTENNA COMMS (NASDAQ:QTNA) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

48.9% of Aviat Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.8% of QUANTENNA COMMS shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.7% of Aviat Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.6% of QUANTENNA COMMS shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Aviat Networks and QUANTENNA COMMS’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aviat Networks -0.56% -2.95% -0.86%
QUANTENNA COMMS N/A 2.36% 1.05%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Aviat Networks and QUANTENNA COMMS, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aviat Networks 0 0 0 0 N/A
QUANTENNA COMMS 0 0 7 0 3.00

QUANTENNA COMMS has a consensus target price of $24.20, indicating a potential upside of 33.70%. Given QUANTENNA COMMS’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe QUANTENNA COMMS is more favorable than Aviat Networks.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Aviat Networks and QUANTENNA COMMS’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aviat Networks $243.70 million 0.34 -$5.71 million ($2.77) -5.59
QUANTENNA COMMS $156.57 million 4.00 $2.36 million N/A N/A

QUANTENNA COMMS has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Aviat Networks.

Summary

QUANTENNA COMMS beats Aviat Networks on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Aviat Networks

Aviat Networks, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is a supplier of microwave networking solutions. The Company’s product categories include point-to-point microwave and millimeter wave radios that are licensed (subject to local frequency regulatory requirements), lightly-licensed and license-exempt (operating in license-exempt frequencies), and element and network management software. In addition, it provides a range of professional services enabling it to deliver turnkey networks, including design, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It designs, manufactures and sells a range of wireless networking products, solutions and services to mobile and fixed public network operators, private network operators, Federal, State and Local government agencies, transportation, energy and utility companies, public safety agencies and broadcast network operators around the world. The Company sells products and services directly to its customers and also use agents and resellers.

About QUANTENNA COMMS

Quantenna Communications, Inc. is engaged in the design, development and marketing of wireless communication solutions enabling wireless local area networking. The Company’s solutions are designed to deliver wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) performance to support various connected devices accessing a pool of digital content. The Company combines its wireless systems and software expertise with radio frequency, mixed-signal and digital semiconductor design skills to provide solutions to its customers. Its products include QSR10G, QSR2000, QSR1000, QHS710 and MAUI. The Company offers its products for home networking applications, including home gateways, repeaters, and set-top boxes. Its solutions portfolio consists of various generations of its radio frequency chip and its digital baseband chip, which together support the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Wi-Fi standards, including 802.11n and 802.11ac.

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