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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for EMCORE Corporation and Airgain, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EMCORE Corporation 0 1 3 0 2.75
Airgain 0 0 4 0 3.00

EMCORE Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $11.88, indicating a potential upside of 44.82%. Airgain has a consensus price target of $16.83, indicating a potential upside of 80.81%. Given Airgain’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Airgain is more favorable than EMCORE Corporation.

Volatility & Risk

EMCORE Corporation has a beta of 0.61, indicating that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Airgain has a beta of 1.7, indicating that its share price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EMCORE Corporation 6.73% 9.25% 7.71%
Airgain 5.27% 9.22% 7.28%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares EMCORE Corporation and Airgain’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EMCORE Corporation $119.32 million 1.85 $13.00 million $0.30 27.33
Airgain $49.33 million 1.80 $4.45 million $0.31 30.03

EMCORE Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Airgain. EMCORE 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 and Insider Ownership

76.1% of EMCORE Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.6% of Airgain shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of EMCORE Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 23.4% of Airgain shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

About EMCORE Corporation

EMCORE Corporation is engaged in designing and manufacturing indium phosphide (InP) optical chips, components, subsystems and systems for the broadband and specialty fiber optics market. The Company focuses on linear fiber optic transmission technology. The Company operates through Fiber Optics segment. The Company provides optical components, and also end-to-end solutions for high-speed communications network infrastructures. The Company’s optical technologies are designed for cable television (CATV) and fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) networks, telecommunications and data centers, satellite communications, aerospace and defense, wireless networks, and broadcast and professional audio/video systems. The Company’s fiber optics products enable information that is modulated on light signals to be transmitted, routed (switched) and received in communication systems and networks.

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.

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