Reviewing Inseego (INSG) & Brocade Communications Systems (BRCD)

Inseego (NASDAQ: INSG) and Brocade Communications Systems (NASDAQ:BRCD) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Risk & Volatility

Inseego has a beta of 0.28, meaning that its share price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brocade Communications Systems has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Inseego and Brocade Communications Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Inseego -30.71% N/A -24.17%
Brocade Communications Systems 1.30% 5.42% 2.84%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Inseego and Brocade Communications Systems’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Inseego $243.55 million 0.43 -$60.57 million ($1.22) -1.48
Brocade Communications Systems $2.35 billion 2.24 $213.81 million $0.07 181.29

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

Dividends

Brocade Communications Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Inseego does not pay a dividend. Brocade Communications Systems pays out 314.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

12.1% of Inseego shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.7% of Brocade Communications Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 4.1% of Inseego shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of Brocade Communications Systems shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Inseego and Brocade Communications Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Inseego 0 1 1 0 2.50
Brocade Communications Systems 1 3 0 0 1.75

Inseego currently has a consensus target price of $1.88, indicating a potential upside of 3.59%. Brocade Communications Systems has a consensus target price of $12.83, indicating a potential upside of 1.13%. Given Inseego’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Inseego is more favorable than Brocade Communications Systems.

Summary

Brocade Communications Systems beats Inseego on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Brocade Communications Systems

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (Brocade) is a supplier of networking hardware, software and services, including storage area networking (SAN) solutions and Internet protocol (IP) networking solutions for businesses and organizations of various types and sizes. The Company operates through three segments: SAN Products, IP Networking Products and Global Services. The SAN Products segment includes infrastructure products and solutions that help customers develop and deploy storage and server consolidation, disaster recovery and data security. The IP Networking Products segment includes Layer 2 and Layer 3 Ethernet switches, and routers to connect users over private and public networks. The Global Services segment includes break or fix maintenance, installation, consulting, network management and software maintenance, and post-contract customer support. Its products enable customers to deploy architectures and technologies, including virtualization and cloud computing.

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