AudioCodes (NASDAQ: AUDC) and Ixia (NASDAQ:XXIA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

28.9% of AudioCodes shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of Ixia shares are held by institutional investors. 48.8% of AudioCodes shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of Ixia shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for AudioCodes and Ixia, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AudioCodes 0 1 2 0 2.67
Ixia 0 3 1 0 2.25

AudioCodes presently has a consensus price target of $7.50, suggesting a potential upside of 12.78%. Ixia has a consensus price target of $19.65, suggesting a potential upside of 0.00%. Given AudioCodes’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe AudioCodes is more favorable than Ixia.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares AudioCodes and Ixia’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AudioCodes $151.06 million 1.39 $10.30 million $0.54 12.32
Ixia N/A N/A N/A $0.12 163.76

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

Risk & Volatility

AudioCodes has a beta of 0.57, meaning that its share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ixia has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares AudioCodes and Ixia’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AudioCodes 11.95% 7.78% 4.47%
Ixia -29.28% -28.71% -19.71%

Summary

AudioCodes beats Ixia on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

AudioCodes Company Profile

AudioCodes Ltd. designs, develops and sells Voice over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) and converged VoIP, and data networking solutions, products and applications that facilitate Unified Communications (UC) and Contact Center (CC) services. The Company categorizes its products and services into two main business lines: network and technology. Network products consist of customer premises equipment (CPE), gateways for the enterprise and service provider (or carrier) markets and of carrier-grade-oriented low- and mid-density media gateways for service providers and Enterprise Session Border Controls (ESBCs). Complementing its media gateways and session border gateways as network products are its multi-service business routers (MSBR), Internet Protocol (IP) phones, media servers, mobile VoIP solutions and value added application products. Technology products consist of its chips and boards business products. Its products are deployed in enterprise, service provider cloud networks.

Ixia Company Profile

Ixia is a provider of physical and virtual network application performance and security resilience solutions. The Company’s product solutions consist of its hardware platforms, software applications and services, including warranty and maintenance offerings. The Company helps its customers to validate the performance and security resilience of their applications and networks. The Company offers network test hardware platforms with interchangeable interfaces, using a common set of applications and Application Programing Interfaces (APIs). The Company provides its solutions to network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), service providers, and enterprise and government organizations. The Company’s product solutions consist of its hardware platforms, such as chassis, interface cards and appliances, software application tools, and services, including its warranty and maintenance offerings and professional services.

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