Communications Systems (NASDAQ:JCS) and Akoustis Technologies (NASDAQ:AKTS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Communications Systems -11.71% -16.87% -13.89%
Akoustis Technologies -2,005.01% -163.65% -98.89%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Communications Systems and Akoustis Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Communications Systems $82.32 million 0.25 -$11.82 million ($0.15) -14.87
Akoustis Technologies $1.20 million 151.41 -$21.73 million N/A N/A

Communications Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Akoustis Technologies.

Volatility & Risk

Communications Systems has a beta of 0.71, meaning that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Akoustis Technologies has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Communications Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Akoustis Technologies does not pay a dividend. Communications Systems pays out -53.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Communications Systems and Akoustis Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Communications Systems 1 0 0 0 1.00
Akoustis Technologies 0 0 8 0 3.00

Akoustis Technologies has a consensus target price of $10.81, indicating a potential upside of 76.39%. Given Akoustis Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Akoustis Technologies is more favorable than Communications Systems.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

29.2% of Communications Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.3% of Akoustis Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 21.5% of Communications Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.6% of Akoustis Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Communications Systems beats Akoustis Technologies on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Communications Systems Company Profile

Communications Systems, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells connectivity infrastructure products for broadband and voice communications in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and internationally. The company's Suttle segment provides enclosure systems to support premise distribution of broadband and other connectivity networks; fiber optic management and connectivity solutions for access and premise networks; and modular connecting products for copper telecommunications networks, as well as DSL products that support broadband connectivity to copper networks under the Suttle brand name. This segment serves telephone companies, electrical/low-voltage contractors, home builders, cable customers, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) directly, as well as through distributors. Its Transition Networks segment designs, assembles, and markets media converters, NIDs, network interface cards, Ethernet switches, small form factor pluggable modules, and other connectivity products under the Transition Networks brand name. This segment sells its products through distributors, resellers, integrators, and OEMs to the federal government, enterprise, service provider, industrial, security, and surveillance markets. The company's JDL Technologies segment offers IT managed services; network design, deployment, and integration; cloud, hosted, and virtualization services; and remote support and management services. This segment serves education, healthcare, and commercial markets. Its Net2Edge segment designs, manufactures, and markets carrier Ethernet based network access devices and software under the Liberator brand name. This segment serves government, enterprise, utility, industrial, and surveillance markets, as well as service providers through direct touch sales model, and approved partners and integrators. Communications Systems, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Akoustis Technologies Company Profile

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. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina.

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