Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) and Aviat Networks (NASDAQ:AVNW) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Juniper Networks and Aviat Networks’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Juniper Networks $5.11 billion 2.18 $1.14 billion $1.60 18.23
Aviat Networks $243.70 million 0.40 -$5.71 million ($2.77) -6.61

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

Volatility and Risk

Juniper Networks has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aviat Networks has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.5% of Juniper Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.9% of Aviat Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of Juniper Networks shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.7% of Aviat Networks shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Juniper Networks and Aviat Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Juniper Networks 12.10% 13.59% 7.04%
Aviat Networks -5.95% -13.23% -4.55%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Juniper Networks and Aviat Networks, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Juniper Networks 3 12 9 1 2.32
Aviat Networks 0 0 0 0 N/A

Juniper Networks presently has a consensus target price of $30.18, indicating a potential upside of 3.48%. Given Juniper Networks’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Juniper Networks is more favorable than Aviat Networks.

Dividends

Juniper Networks pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Aviat Networks does not pay a dividend. Juniper Networks pays out 25.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Juniper Networks beats Aviat Networks on 13 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops and sells products and services for high-performance networks to enable customers to build networks for their businesses. The Company sells its products in over 100 countries in three geographic regions: Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific. The Company sells its high-performance network products and service offerings across routing, switching and security. Its products address network requirements for global service providers, cloud providers, national governments, research and public sector organizations, and other enterprises. The Company offers its customers various services, including technical support, professional services, education and training programs. The Company’s Junos Platform enables its customers to expand network software into the application space, and deploy software clients to control delivery. The Junos Platform includes a range of products, such as Junos Operating System (OS) and Junos Space.

About Aviat Networks

Aviat Networks, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is a supplier of microwave networking solutions. The Company’s product categories include point-to-point microwave and millimeter wave radios that are licensed (subject to local frequency regulatory requirements), lightly-licensed and license-exempt (operating in license-exempt frequencies), and element and network management software. In addition, it provides a range of professional services enabling it to deliver turnkey networks, including design, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It designs, manufactures and sells a range of wireless networking products, solutions and services to mobile and fixed public network operators, private network operators, Federal, State and Local government agencies, transportation, energy and utility companies, public safety agencies and broadcast network operators around the world. The Company sells products and services directly to its customers and also use agents and resellers.

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