Radcom (NASDAQ: RDCM) and Crossroads Systems (NASDAQ:CRDS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, profitabiliy, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Radcom and Crossroads Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Radcom 2.18% 2.70% 1.94%
Crossroads Systems -362.98% -36.62% -20.62%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Radcom and Crossroads Systems’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Radcom $31.00 million 7.48 $351,500.00 $0.08 248.75
Crossroads Systems $289,000.00 7.33 -$1.31 million ($1.07) -1.62

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Radcom and Crossroads Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Radcom 0 0 2 0 3.00
Crossroads Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Radcom presently has a consensus target price of $27.00, indicating a potential upside of 35.68%. Given Radcom’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Radcom is more favorable than Crossroads Systems.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

18.2% of Radcom shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.5% of Crossroads Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 69.0% of Radcom shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 27.4% of Crossroads Systems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Radcom has a beta of 1.35, suggesting that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crossroads Systems has a beta of 2.75, suggesting that its stock price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Radcom beats Crossroads Systems on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Radcom

RADCOM Ltd. (RADCOM) provides service assurance and customer experience management solutions for communication service providers (CSPs). The Company provides solutions for networks, including long-term evolution (LTE), LTE Advanced (LTE-A), voice over LTE (VoLTE), Internet protocol multimedia subsystem (IMS), Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS) or global system for mobile communications (GSM) and mobile broadband. Its software-based solutions enable CSPs to manage both existing networks and network functions virtualization (NFV) based architectures. Its products and solutions include The MaveriQ Solution for Service Assurance and customer experience management (CEM). The MaveriQ solution is a probe-based customer and service assurance solution designed to enable CSPs to carry out end-to-end voice and data quality monitoring and to manage their networks and services. The MaveriQ solution offers analysis and troubleshooting tools.

About Crossroads Systems

Crossroads Systems, Inc. is an intellectual property licensing company. The Company’s intellectual property assets are identified in two distinct categories: the first category is known as the 972 patent family and the second category is known as the non-972 patents. As of October 31, 2016, the 972 patent family consisted of 31 patents and pending patents that are primarily concentrated around access controls. As of October 31, 2016, the non-972 patents consisted of 140 patents and pending patents that are primarily directed to five product families: optimizing command processing, enabling interoperability, managing networks, enhancing tape libraries and improving data systems. As of October 31, 2016, approximately 50 companies have licensed 972 patents from the Company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Crossroads Systems (Texas), Inc. and Crossroads Europe GmbH.

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