Financial Survey: Airgain (AIRG) versus Finisar Corporation (FNSR)

Airgain (NASDAQ: AIRG) and Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Airgain and Finisar Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Airgain $43.43 million 1.72 $3.73 million $0.31 25.23
Finisar Corporation $1.45 billion 1.52 $249.34 million $2.13 9.11

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

37.8% of Airgain shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.7% of Finisar Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 23.4% of Airgain shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Finisar Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Airgain has a beta of 1.49, suggesting that its stock price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Finisar Corporation has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Airgain and Finisar Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Airgain 5.27% 9.22% 7.28%
Finisar Corporation 16.92% 13.11% 8.25%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Airgain and Finisar Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Airgain 0 0 4 0 3.00
Finisar Corporation 0 1 10 3 3.14

Airgain currently has a consensus target price of $16.83, indicating a potential upside of 115.26%. Finisar Corporation has a consensus target price of $32.79, indicating a potential upside of 69.01%. Given Airgain’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Airgain is more favorable than Finisar Corporation.

Summary

Finisar Corporation beats Airgain on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Airgain

Airgain, Inc. is a provider of embedded antenna technologies used to enable wireless networking across a range of home, enterprise and industrial devices. The Company’s antennas are found in devices deployed in carrier, enterprise and residential wireless networks and systems, including set top boxes, access points, routers, gateways and digital televisions. It offers six product lines, including MaxBeam High Gain Embedded Antennas, Profile Embedded Antennas, Profile Contour Embedded Antennas, Ultra Embedded Antennas, OmniMax High Performance External Antennas and MaxBeam Carrier Class Antennas. The Company, through its design, integration and testing of embedded antenna technology, provides its technology to the residential wireless local area network, wireless fidelity and antenna market, and also supplies to carriers, original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers and system designers. The Company supplies its products in the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia.

About Finisar Corporation

Finisar Corporation (Finisar) is a provider of optical subsystems and components that are used in data communication and telecommunication applications. The Company’s optical subsystems consist of transmitters, receivers, transceivers, transponders and active optical cables, which provide the fundamental optical-electrical or optoelectronic interface for interconnecting the electronic equipment used in these networks, including the switches, routers, and servers used in wireline networks. These products rely on the use of semiconductor lasers and photodetectors in conjunction with integrated circuits and optoelectronic packaging to provide a means for transmitting and receiving digital signals over fiber optic cable at speeds ranging from less than one gigabit per second (Gbps), to more than 100 Gbps, over distances of less than 10 meters to more than 2,000 kilometers, using a range of network protocols and physical configurations.

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