Oclaro (NASDAQ: OCLR) and Ixia (NASDAQ:XXIA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Oclaro and Ixia, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Oclaro 0 0 10 1 3.09
Ixia 0 3 1 0 2.25

Oclaro currently has a consensus target price of $13.39, suggesting a potential upside of 56.02%. Ixia has a consensus target price of $19.65, suggesting a potential upside of 0.00%. Given Oclaro’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Oclaro is more favorable than Ixia.

Profitability

This table compares Oclaro and Ixia’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Oclaro 21.28% 27.63% 20.69%
Ixia -29.28% -28.71% -19.71%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

71.0% of Oclaro shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of Ixia shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of Oclaro shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of Ixia shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Oclaro has a beta of 1.55, meaning that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ixia has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Oclaro and Ixia’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Oclaro $600.97 million 2.41 $140.44 million $0.75 11.44
Ixia N/A N/A N/A $0.12 163.76

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

Summary

Oclaro beats Ixia on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Oclaro Company Profile

Oclaro, Inc. is a provider of optical components, modules and subsystems for the core optical transport, service provider, enterprise and data center markets. The Company provides various solutions for optical networks and interconnects driving the next wave of streaming video, cloud computing, application virtualization and other bandwidth-intensive and high-speed applications. The Company’s product offerings include client side transceivers, line side transceivers, tunable laser transmitters, lithium niobate modulators, transponder modules, and discrete lasers and receivers. It designs, manufactures and markets optical components, modules and subsystems that generate, detect, combine and separate light signals in optical communications networks. The Company supplies transmission products at the component level and the module level into 10 gigabits per second (Gb/s), 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s communications solutions.

Ixia Company Profile

Ixia is a provider of physical and virtual network application performance and security resilience solutions. The Company’s product solutions consist of its hardware platforms, software applications and services, including warranty and maintenance offerings. The Company helps its customers to validate the performance and security resilience of their applications and networks. The Company offers network test hardware platforms with interchangeable interfaces, using a common set of applications and Application Programing Interfaces (APIs). The Company provides its solutions to network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), service providers, and enterprise and government organizations. The Company’s product solutions consist of its hardware platforms, such as chassis, interface cards and appliances, software application tools, and services, including its warranty and maintenance offerings and professional services.

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