Zayo Group Holdings (NYSE: ZAYO) and Allot Communications (NASDAQ:ALLT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitabiliy, dividends and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Zayo Group Holdings has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Allot Communications has a beta of 0.53, meaning that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Zayo Group Holdings and Allot Communications’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Zayo Group Holdings $2.07 billion 3.60 $935.90 million $0.12 252.92
Allot Communications $85.87 million 2.00 -$4.76 million ($0.26) -19.96

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

Profitability

This table compares Zayo Group Holdings and Allot Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Zayo Group Holdings 1.53% 5.47% 0.96%
Allot Communications -10.23% -4.28% -3.47%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Zayo Group Holdings and Allot Communications, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Zayo Group Holdings 1 6 11 0 2.56
Allot Communications 1 2 0 0 1.67

Zayo Group Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $37.15, suggesting a potential upside of 22.42%. Allot Communications has a consensus price target of $5.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.66%. Given Zayo Group Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Zayo Group Holdings is more favorable than Allot Communications.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

74.6% of Zayo Group Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 42.0% of Allot Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.8% of Zayo Group Holdings shares are owned by 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

Zayo Group Holdings beats Allot Communications on 13 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Zayo Group Holdings Company Profile

Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. provides communications infrastructure services, including fiber and bandwidth connectivity, colocation and cloud infrastructure to a range of businesses. The Company operates in five segments: Dark Fiber Solutions, Network Connectivity, Colocation and Cloud Infrastructure, Zayo Canada and Other. Its products include leased dark fiber, fiber to cellular towers and small cell sites, wavelength connections, Ethernet, Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity and cloud services. Its products and services enable high-bandwidth applications, such as cloud-based computing, video, mobile, social media and machine-to-machine connectivity. As of March 1, 2017, the Company operated 8,100 route miles of long haul fiber and 4,000 miles of dense metro fiber across Denver, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Boise, with on-net connectivity to over 3,100 enterprise buildings and 100 data centers.

Allot Communications Company Profile

Allot Communications Ltd. (Allot) is a global provider of security and monetization solutions that enable mobile, fixed and enterprise service providers to protect and personalize the digital experience. The Company has a global and diverse customer base composed of mobile and fixed broadband service providers, cable operators, private networks, data centers, governments and enterprises, such as financial and educational institutions. Its integrated solutions include analytics, traffic management, video caching and optimization, policy control and charging, service enablement and security solutions. The Allot Service Gateway platforms (including Allot Service Gateway Tera, and Allot Service Gateway 9500), as well as Allot NetEnforcer platforms are based on technology, designed for in-line deployment in a range of networks. Allot service Gateway platforms are designed for deployment both on traditional and virtualized network access infrastructure.

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