EMCORE (NASDAQ: EMKR) and TNS (NYSE:TNS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares EMCORE and TNS’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EMCORE $122.89 million 1.56 $8.23 million $0.31 22.74
TNS N/A N/A N/A $0.59 N/A

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.6% of EMCORE shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of EMCORE shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for EMCORE and TNS, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EMCORE 0 2 2 0 2.50
TNS 0 0 0 0 N/A

EMCORE presently has a consensus target price of $9.13, suggesting a potential upside of 29.43%.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EMCORE 6.70% 9.30% 7.74%
TNS N/A N/A N/A

Summary

EMCORE beats TNS on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

EMCORE Company Profile

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.

TNS Company Profile

TNS, Inc., (TNS) is an international data communications company, which provides networking, managed connectivity, data communications and value added services to telecommunication companies, retailers, banks, payment processors and financial institutions. The Company operates in three divisions: Telecommunication Services Division (TSD), Payment Services Division (PSD), and Financial Services Division (FSD). The TSD principally serves telecommunication customers in North America, but has started generating revenue outside of North America from certain products. The PSD is focused on the payments industry in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The FSD serves customers in the financial services industry in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. In February 2013, the Company was acquired by investor group led by Siris Capital Group, LLC (Siris).

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