Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) and Quantenna Comms (NASDAQ:QTNA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends and risk.

Dividends

Juniper Networks pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Quantenna Comms does not pay a dividend. Juniper Networks pays out 23.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Juniper Networks and Quantenna Comms, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Juniper Networks 3 9 10 1 2.39
Quantenna Comms 0 0 7 0 3.00

Juniper Networks currently has a consensus price target of $30.94, indicating a potential upside of 10.83%. Quantenna Comms has a consensus price target of $24.20, indicating a potential upside of 34.30%. Given Quantenna Comms’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Quantenna Comms is more favorable than Juniper Networks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.8% of Juniper Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.8% of Quantenna Comms shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of Juniper Networks shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 22.6% of Quantenna Comms shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Juniper Networks 12.66% 14.13% 7.34%
Quantenna Comms N/A 2.36% 1.05%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Juniper Networks $5.20 billion 2.04 $1.21 billion $1.71 16.33
Quantenna Comms $156.57 million 3.99 $2.36 million N/A N/A

Juniper Networks has higher revenue and earnings than Quantenna Comms.

Summary

Juniper Networks beats Quantenna Comms on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops and sells products and services for high-performance networks to enable customers to build networks for their businesses. The Company sells its products in over 100 countries in three geographic regions: Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific. The Company sells its high-performance network products and service offerings across routing, switching and security. Its products address network requirements for global service providers, cloud providers, national governments, research and public sector organizations, and other enterprises. The Company offers its customers various services, including technical support, professional services, education and training programs. The Company’s Junos Platform enables its customers to expand network software into the application space, and deploy software clients to control delivery. The Junos Platform includes a range of products, such as Junos Operating System (OS) and Junos Space.

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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