Energous (NASDAQ: COMM) and Commscope (NASDAQ:COMM) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Energous and Commscope, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Energous 0 0 3 0 3.00
Commscope 0 6 5 0 2.45

Energous presently has a consensus price target of $30.50, indicating a potential upside of 134.25%. Commscope has a consensus price target of $35.85, indicating a potential upside of 16.09%. Given Energous’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Energous is more favorable than Commscope.

Volatility and Risk

Energous has a beta of 1.51, suggesting that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Commscope has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Energous and Commscope’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Energous $1.15 million 290.06 -$49.37 million ($2.31) -5.64
Commscope $4.56 billion 1.30 $193.76 million $2.02 15.29

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

Profitability

This table compares Energous and Commscope’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Energous -9,750.39% -182.29% -159.24%
Commscope 4.43% 24.14% 5.63%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

25.8% of Energous shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.8% of Energous shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.3% of Commscope shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Commscope beats Energous on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Energous

Energous Corporation engages in the development of a wire-free charging system. It develops WattUp that consists of semiconductor chipsets, software, hardware designs, and antennas that enables radio frequency based wire-free charging for electronic devices, providing power at a distance and enables charging with mobility under software control. The company was formerly known as DvineWave Inc. and changed its name to Energous Corporation in January 2014. Energous Corporation was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

About Commscope

CommScope Holding Company, Inc. provides infrastructure solutions for communications networks worldwide. The company's CommScope Connectivity Solutions segment offers optical fiber and twisted pair structured cable solutions, intelligent infrastructure software, and network rack and cabinet enclosures under the SYSTIMAX, NETCONNECT, and Uniprise brands; and fiber management systems, patch cords and panels, pre-terminated fiber connectivity, complete cabling systems, and cable assemblies for use in offices and data centers. This segment also provides fiber optic connectivity solutions, including hardened connector systems, fiber distribution hubs and management systems, couplers and splitters, plug and play multiport service terminals, hardened optical terminating enclosures, high density cable assemblies, splices, and splice closures that supports video, voice, and high-speed data services provided by telecommunications operators and multi-system operators. Its CommScope Mobility Solutions segment offers macro cell site solutions for wireless tower sites and on rooftops, such as base station antennas, microwave antennas, hybrid fiber-feeder and power cables, coaxial cables, connectors, and filters; metro cell solutions for street poles and other urban structures comprising radio frequency delivery and connectivity solutions, equipment housing, and concealment; and small cell and distributed antenna system (DAS) solutions consisting of DAS and distributed cell solutions that allow wireless operators to enhance efficiency, and cellular coverage and capacity in network conditions. This segment provides its solutions under the Andrew brand. CommScope Holding Company, Inc. sells its products through a network of distributors, system integrators, and resellers. The company was formerly known as Cedar I Holding Company, Inc. CommScope Holding Company, Inc. was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Hickory, North Carolina.

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