Head-To-Head Contrast: Clearone (CLRO) vs. AltiGen Communications (ATGN)

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

Profitability

This table compares Clearone and AltiGen Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clearone -59.27% -29.21% -25.91%
AltiGen Communications 96.62% 148.23% 102.20%

Volatility and Risk

Clearone has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AltiGen Communications has a beta of 0.11, meaning that its stock price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

4.6% of Clearone shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.7% of Clearone shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.0% of AltiGen Communications shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Clearone and AltiGen Communications’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearone $28.16 million 1.24 -$16.69 million N/A N/A
AltiGen Communications $10.00 million 2.75 $9.84 million N/A N/A

AltiGen Communications has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Clearone.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Clearone and AltiGen Communications, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearone 0 0 0 0 N/A
AltiGen Communications 0 0 0 0 N/A

Clearone presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 185.71%. Given Clearone’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Clearone is more favorable than AltiGen Communications.

Summary

AltiGen Communications beats Clearone on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

AltiGen Communications Company Profile

Altigen Communications, Inc. designs, delivers, and supports Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone systems and call center solutions worldwide. The company offers MaxCommunications Server (MaxCS) IP-PBX, a software-based phone system that provides customers with business communications solutions; MaxACD VoIP Contact Center, a software-based automatic call distribution engine, which offers call routing and call distribution options; MaxMobile that extends a set of business PBX functionality to smart phone devices; and MaxCommunicator, a Windows-based desktop application, which provides call control and visual voice mail management to the desktop. It also offers MaxAgent, a Windows-based desktop application to bring call control and workgroup information to call center agents; MaxSupervisor, a Windows-based desktop application for call center supervisors; and MaxACD for Lync, a call center solution. In addition, the company provides hosted services; and service support programs, which offer customers with updates, patches, new releases, and technical support for the applications they are licensed to use. It sells its products to small-to-medium sized and multi-site businesses, corporate branch offices, call centers, credit unions, and community banks through a channel of distributors and resellers. Altigen Communications, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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