Clearfield (NASDAQ: CLFD) and Acme Packet (NASDAQ:APKT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Clearfield and Acme Packet’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clearfield 5.20% 5.94% 5.49%
Acme Packet N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

28.3% of Clearfield shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.3% of Clearfield shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Clearfield and Acme Packet’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearfield $73.95 million 2.48 $3.85 million $0.28 47.50
Acme Packet N/A N/A N/A ($0.08) N/A

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Clearfield and Acme Packet, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearfield 0 0 2 0 3.00
Acme Packet 0 0 0 0 N/A

Clearfield presently has a consensus price target of $15.50, indicating a potential upside of 16.54%.

Summary

Clearfield beats Acme Packet on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Clearfield Company Profile

Clearfield, Inc. manufactures, markets and sells fiber management and enclosure platform that consolidates, distributes and protects fiber as it moves from the inside plant to the outside plant and all the way to the home, business and cell site. The Company’s products include Clearview Cassette, which is the building block of its product platform; Connectivity and Optical Components; FieldSmart, which is a series of panels, cabinets, wall boxes and other enclosures that house the Clearview components; FieldShield, which is a fiber delivery method for broadband deployment; CraftSmart, which is a line of optical protection field enclosures, and Cable Assemblies. Its products are sold across broadband service providers, including traditional telephone companies, competitive local exchange carriers, multiple service operators (cable television), wireless service providers, and municipal-owned utilities that utilize fiber in their service offerings to businesses and consumers.

Acme Packet Company Profile

Acme Packet, Inc. provides session delivery network solutions, which enable the delivery of collaboration services, applications, and next-generation voice, video, data and unified communication and collaboration services and applications across Internet Protocol (IP), networks. The Company’s session delivery network solutions are used by over 1,925 Acme Packet customers in 109 countries. The Company’s customers include fixed line, cable, mobile, transit and over-the-top (OTT), communication service providers, as well as enterprises, contacts centers and government organizations. The Company sells its products and support services through over 330 distribution partners and through its direct sales force. In April 2012, the Company acquired IPTEGO GmbH.

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