Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) and pdvWireless (NASDAQ:PDVW) are both telecommunications services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Meru Networks and pdvWireless’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Meru Networks -46.15% N/A -86.56%
pdvWireless -711.56% -15.52% -14.61%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Meru Networks and pdvWireless’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Meru Networks N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
pdvWireless $5.21 million 78.45 -$27.65 million ($2.57) -11.03

Meru Networks has higher revenue, but lower earnings than pdvWireless.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.5% of pdvWireless shares are held by institutional investors. 10.9% of pdvWireless shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Meru Networks and pdvWireless, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Meru Networks 0 0 0 0 N/A
pdvWireless 0 0 2 0 3.00

pdvWireless has a consensus price target of $51.00, indicating a potential upside of 79.89%. Given pdvWireless’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe pdvWireless is more favorable than Meru Networks.

Summary

pdvWireless beats Meru Networks on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Meru Networks

Meru Networks, Inc. (Meru) develops and markets a virtualized Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) solution. The Company’s solution is built around its System Director Operating System, which runs on its controllers and access points. The Company offers additional products designed to deliver network management, diagnostics and security. The Company also offers support services related to its products, professional services, and training. Its products and services are sold through value added resellers, and distributors, as well as its sales force. Its System Director Operating System forms the core of its virtualized WLAN solution. It provides a family of controllers that run its System Director Operating System and work in conjunction with its access points. Its Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) certified access points provide network connectivity for wireless devices. Its bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and policy management solutions are designed to automate secure guest access.

About pdvWireless

pdvWireless, Inc., formerly Pacific DataVision, Inc., is a wireless communications carrier and a provider of mobile workforce communication and location-based solutions. The Company’s solutions focus on enhancing the productivity of its customers’ field-based workers, and the efficiency of their dispatch and call center operations. The Company is deploying and operating the two-way radio networks that offer push-to-talk (PTT) communications services to primarily dispatch-centric, small and medium-sized businesses. The Company has launched its PTT networks in markets throughout the United States. The Company offers its DispatchPlus service, which combines pdvConnect, its suite of mobile communication and workforce management applications with digital network architecture and mobile devices. Developed for dispatch-centric businesses, pdvConnect enables businesses to locate and communicate with their field workers.

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