Calix (NYSE: CALX) and Inseego (NASDAQ:INSG) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.


This table compares Calix and Inseego’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Calix -16.19% -43.76% -22.97%
Inseego -30.71% N/A -24.17%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Calix and Inseego, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calix 0 2 0 0 2.00
Inseego 0 1 1 0 2.50

Calix presently has a consensus price target of $6.50, indicating a potential downside of 0.76%. Inseego has a consensus price target of $1.88, indicating a potential upside of 0.27%. Given Inseego’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Inseego is more favorable than Calix.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Calix and Inseego’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Calix $458.79 million 0.72 -$27.40 million ($1.63) -4.02
Inseego $243.55 million 0.45 -$60.57 million ($1.22) -1.53

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

Risk & Volatility

Calix has a beta of 0.7, indicating that its stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Inseego has a beta of 0.28, indicating that its stock price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

67.1% of Calix shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.1% of Inseego shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.5% of Calix shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.1% of Inseego shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Calix beats Inseego on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Calix

Calix, Inc. provides broadband communications access systems and software for fiber- and copper-based network architectures that enable communications service providers (CSPs), to transform their networks and connect to their residential and business subscribers. The Company enables CSPs to provide various services, from basic voice and data to advanced broadband services, over legacy and next-generation access networks. It develops and sells carrier-class hardware and cloud products. Its portfolio consists of three core systems and/or nodes: E-Series access systems and nodes (E-Series systems and nodes), B6 access nodes (B-Series nodes), and the C7 multiservice, multiprotocol access system (C-Series system). These systems and nodes are complemented by the P-Series optical network terminals and residential gateways, the GigaFamily of GigaCenters, GigaHubs, and GigaPoints, the Calix Management System, OpenLink Cable software and Compass Cloud family of software-as-a-service products.

About Inseego

Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a provider of intelligent wireless solutions for the mobile communications market. The Company’s range of products includes intelligent mobile hotspots, universal serial bus (USB) modems, embedded modules, integrated asset-management and mobile tracking machine-to-machine (M2M) devices, communications and applications software and cloud services. It operates in the wireless communications industry in two product categories: M2M Products and Solutions, and Mobile Computing Solutions. M2M Products and Solutions includes its M2M embedded modules, integrated M2M communications devices, Ctrack fleet management platform and its service delivery platforms, Crossroads, DMS, the N4A DM and N4A CMS that provide device management and service enablement. Mobile Computing Solutions includes its MiFi brand of intelligent mobile hotspot devices, USB modems and embedded modules that enable Internet access and data transmission and services via cellular wireless networks.

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