Clearone (NASDAQ: AKTS) and Akoustis Technologies (NASDAQ:AKTS) 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 valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Clearone has a beta of 0.25, suggesting that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Akoustis Technologies has a beta of -0.58, suggesting that its share price is 158% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Clearone and Akoustis Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearone 0 1 0 0 2.00
Akoustis Technologies 0 0 5 0 3.00

Clearone presently has a consensus price target of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 179.07%. Akoustis Technologies has a consensus price target of $12.50, indicating a potential upside of 50.60%. Given Clearone’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Clearone is more favorable than Akoustis Technologies.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Clearone and Akoustis Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearone $41.80 million 0.43 -$14.17 million N/A N/A
Akoustis Technologies $1.20 million 153.69 -$21.73 million N/A N/A

Clearone has higher revenue and earnings than Akoustis Technologies.


This table compares Clearone and Akoustis Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clearone -49.58% -9.36% -8.03%
Akoustis Technologies -1,803.82% -141.24% -95.84%


Clearone pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.5%. Akoustis Technologies does not pay a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

6.5% of Clearone shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.6% of Akoustis Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 9.5% of Clearone shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 26.6% of Akoustis Technologies shares are held 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.


Clearone beats Akoustis Technologies on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Clearone

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.

About Akoustis Technologies

Akoustis Technologies, Inc., through its subsidiary, Akoustis, Inc., develops, designs, manufactures, and sells radio frequency (RF) filter products for the mobile wireless device industries in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Foundry Fabrication Services and RF Filters. The Foundry Fabrication Services segment provides engineering review services; and smart systems technology and commercialization center foundry, as well as manufacturing and microelectromechanical systems foundry services. The RF Filters segment consists of amplifier and filter products. It offers RF filters for mobile wireless devices, such as smartphones and tablets, cellular infrastructure equipment, and Wi-Fi premise equipment. Akoustis Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina.

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