Silicom (NASDAQ: SILC) and Quantenna Comms (NASDAQ:QTNA) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.


This table compares Silicom and Quantenna Comms’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Silicom 13.25% 12.29% 10.01%
Quantenna Comms N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Silicom and Quantenna Comms’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Silicom $104.33 million 3.33 $20.46 million $1.86 25.33
Quantenna Comms $129.07 million 5.05 $453,000.00 N/A N/A

Silicom has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Quantenna Comms.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Silicom and Quantenna Comms, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Silicom 0 0 1 0 3.00
Quantenna Comms 0 0 6 1 3.14

Silicom presently has a consensus price target of $60.00, suggesting a potential upside of 27.33%. Quantenna Comms has a consensus price target of $24.60, suggesting a potential upside of 27.13%. Given Silicom’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Silicom is more favorable than Quantenna Comms.


Silicom pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Quantenna Comms does not pay a dividend. Silicom pays out 53.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.4% of Silicom shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.0% of Quantenna Comms shares are owned by institutional investors. 25.4% of Silicom shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.6% of Quantenna Comms shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

About Silicom

Silicom Ltd. (Silicom) is engaged in the design, manufacture, marketing and support of networking and data infrastructure solutions for a range of servers, server-based systems and communications devices. The Company’s products include server network interface cards with and without bypass (Server Adapters); Intelligent and programmable cards, with features, such as encryption, acceleration, data compression, redirection, time stamping, network capture solutions, field programmable gate array (FPGA) based ultra-low latency solutions, and/or other offload features and/or compute blades (Smart Cards), and standalone Products. The Company’s market segments for its products include network appliances; servers; data storage, including Big Data; The Cloud, virtualized data centers, with and without software-defined networking (SDN), and Internet of Things (IOT).

About Quantenna Comms

Quantenna Communications, Inc. is engaged in the design, development and marketing of wireless communication solutions enabling wireless local area networking. The Company’s solutions are designed to deliver wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) performance to support various connected devices accessing a pool of digital content. The Company combines its wireless systems and software expertise with radio frequency, mixed-signal and digital semiconductor design skills to provide solutions to its customers. Its products include QSR10G, QSR2000, QSR1000, QHS710 and MAUI. The Company offers its products for home networking applications, including home gateways, repeaters, and set-top boxes. Its solutions portfolio consists of various generations of its radio frequency chip and its digital baseband chip, which together support the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Wi-Fi standards, including 802.11n and 802.11ac.

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