Comparing Westell Technologies (WSTL) & Clearone (CLRO)

Westell Technologies (NASDAQ: WSTL) and Clearone (NASDAQ:CLRO) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.5% of Westell Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.4% of Clearone shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.2% of Westell Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.5% of Clearone shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Westell Technologies and Clearone, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Westell Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
Clearone 0 1 0 0 2.00

Westell Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 111.27%. Clearone has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 64.38%. Given Westell Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Westell Technologies is more favorable than Clearone.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Westell Technologies and Clearone’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Westell Technologies $58.58 million 0.76 $30,000.00 $0.20 14.20
Clearone $41.80 million 0.72 -$14.17 million N/A N/A

Westell Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Clearone.

Dividends

Clearone pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.7%. Westell Technologies does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Westell Technologies and Clearone’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Westell Technologies 0.05% 6.21% 5.22%
Clearone -41.56% -5.88% -4.99%

Risk & Volatility

Westell Technologies has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clearone has a beta of 0.35, indicating that its share price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Westell Technologies beats Clearone on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Westell Technologies Company Profile

Westell Technologies, Inc., through its subsidiary, Westell, Inc., designs and distributes telecommunications products to telephone companies in the United States. The company operates through three segments: In-Building Wireless (IBW), Intelligent Site Management and Services (ISMS), and Communications Network Solutions (CNS). The IBW segment offers distributed antenna systems conditioners; repeaters; battery backup units; and system components and antennas, including couplers, duplexers, splitters, filters, and tappers for commercial and public safety in-building wireless systems. The ISMS segment provides a suite of remote units, which provide machine-to-machine communications that enable operators to remotely monitor, manage, and control site infrastructure and support systems. The CNS segment provides a range of outdoor network infrastructure, such as integrated cabinets, power distribution products, copper and fiber connectivity panels, T1 network interface units, and tower mounted amplifiers. The company serves wireless and wireline service providers, multiple systems operators, Internet service providers, systems integrators, neutral host operators, and distributors through field sales organization, distributors, and partners. Westell Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois.

Clearone Company Profile

ClearOne, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming, and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications in the United States and internationally. The company offers various professional audio communication products, including professional conferencing and sound-reinforcement products for use in enterprise, healthcare, education and distance learning, government, legal, and finance organizations; mid-tier premium conferencing products for smaller rooms, and small and medium businesses, which interface with video and Web conferencing systems; and professional microphones for use in various applications. It also provides unified communications audio end points comprising traditional tabletop conferencing phones used in conference rooms and offices; and personal conferencing products that could be used with PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other portable devices. The company's audio communication products and unified communications audio end points enhance communication during a conference call by eliminating echo and background noise. In addition, it offers visual communication products, such as video conferencing products; streaming products, which deliver the Internet protocol (IP) A/V experience by streaming time sensitive high definition audio and video and control over TCP/IP networks; and digital signage systems. The company sells its commercial products to a network of independent audiovisual, information technology, and telecommunications distributors, as well as independent systems integrators, dealers, value-added resellers, and end-users. ClearOne, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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