ARRIS International PLC (NASDAQ: ARRS) and Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, dividends, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

ARRIS International PLC has a beta of 1.31, meaning that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ciena Corporation has a beta of 1.61, meaning that its stock price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for ARRIS International PLC and Ciena Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ARRIS International PLC 0 2 7 0 2.78
Ciena Corporation 0 5 16 0 2.76

ARRIS International PLC presently has a consensus price target of $33.67, indicating a potential upside of 20.89%. Ciena Corporation has a consensus price target of $30.25, indicating a potential upside of 18.26%. Given ARRIS International PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe ARRIS International PLC is more favorable than Ciena Corporation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ARRIS International PLC and Ciena Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ARRIS International PLC $6.70 billion 0.78 $782.64 million $0.93 29.95
Ciena Corporation $2.72 billion 1.33 $345.32 million $0.76 33.66

ARRIS International PLC has higher revenue and earnings than Ciena Corporation. ARRIS International PLC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ciena Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares ARRIS International PLC and Ciena Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ARRIS International PLC 2.69% 15.77% 6.46%
Ciena Corporation 4.13% 25.56% 6.93%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.3% of ARRIS International PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of ARRIS International PLC shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of Ciena Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Ciena Corporation beats ARRIS International PLC on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

ARRIS International PLC Company Profile

ARRIS International plc is a media entertainment and data communications solutions provider. The Company operates in two segments: Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), and Network & Cloud (N&C). The Company enables service providers, including cable, telephone, and digital broadcast satellite operators, and media programmers to deliver media, voice and Internet Protocol (IP) data services to their subscribers. It is engaged in offering set-tops, digital video and IP television (IPTV) distribution systems, broadband access infrastructure platforms, and associated data and voice CPE, which it also sells directly to consumers through retail channels. Its solutions are complemented by an array of services, including technical support, repair and refurbishment, and system design and integration. The CPE segment consists of CPE Products-Video and CPE Products-Broadband. The N&C segment consists of Infrastructure Products, Cloud Software and Global Services.

Ciena Corporation Company Profile

Ciena Corporation is a network strategy and technology company, which provides solutions that enable a range of network operators to adopt communication architectures and deliver an array of services, relied upon by enterprise and consumer end users. It provides equipment, software and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation, service delivery and management of voice, video and data traffic on communications networks. It segments include Networking Platforms; Software and Software-Related Services, and Global Services. The Networking Platforms segment consists of Converged Packet Optical, Packet Networking and Optical Transport product portfolios. The software business is engaged in the development and licensing of element and network management software and software-related services that support its hardware offerings. It offers a suite of consulting and support services that help its customers to design, optimize, deploy and maintain their communications networks.

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