Westell Technologies (NASDAQ: WSTL) and Numerex Corp. (NASDAQ:NMRX) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.2% of Westell Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.1% of Numerex Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 24.2% of Westell Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.1% of Numerex Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Westell Technologies and Numerex Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Westell Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
Numerex Corp. 0 2 1 0 2.33

Westell Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 112.77%. Numerex Corp. has a consensus target price of $5.33, indicating a potential upside of 39.25%. Given Westell Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Westell Technologies is more favorable than Numerex Corp..

Volatility & Risk

Westell Technologies has a beta of 1.61, indicating that its stock price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Numerex Corp. has a beta of 0.44, indicating that its stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Westell Technologies and Numerex Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Westell Technologies -13.51% -1.07% -0.84%
Numerex Corp. -31.83% -21.75% -12.54%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Westell Technologies and Numerex Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Westell Technologies $64.72 million 0.67 $217,999.00 ($0.56) -5.04
Numerex Corp. $65.36 million 1.15 -$944,999.00 ($1.07) -3.58

Westell Technologies has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Numerex Corp.. Westell Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Numerex Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Westell Technologies beats Numerex Corp. on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Westell Technologies

Westell Technologies, Inc. is a provider of in-building wireless, intelligent site management, cell site optimization and outside plant solutions. The Company’s set of products and solutions are designed to manage network performance for carriers, integrators and other network operators. The Company operates in two segments: In-Building Wireless (IBW) and Communication Solutions Group (CSG). The Company’s segments are engaged in the design, development, assembly, and marketing of a range of products and solutions. The IBW segment solutions include distributed antenna systems (DAS) conditioners, digital repeaters and bi-directional amplifiers (BDAs), and system components and antennas, all used by wireless service providers and third-party hosts to fine tune radio frequency (RF) signals. The Company’s intelligent site management solutions include a suite of remote monitoring and control devices.

About Numerex Corp.

Numerex Corp. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides managed enterprise solutions, which enable the Internet of Things (IoT). The Company offers solutions to incorporate the IoT building blocks, such as device, network, application and platform. Its technology encompasses a range of the IoT ecosystem and delivers solutions for enterprise users. It provides various enabling value-added services through the go-to-market process for its customers by simplifying the IoT implementation through its cloud-based and horizontal IoT platform. The Company offers its network services through cellular, satellite, broadband and wireline networks worldwide to transmit data. It offers Numerex platform, which combines IoT service enablement features with application framework to deploy solutions. The Company’s cellular networks include national and regional carriers, and consist of second generation (2G), third generation (3G) and fourth generation (4G) technologies.

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