Ooma (NYSE: OOMA) and EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ:EMKR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Ooma and EMCORE Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ooma 1 2 2 0 2.20
EMCORE Corporation 0 1 3 0 2.75

Ooma presently has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 24.35%. EMCORE Corporation has a consensus target price of $11.88, indicating a potential upside of 33.43%. Given EMCORE Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe EMCORE Corporation is more favorable than Ooma.

Profitability

This table compares Ooma and EMCORE Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ooma -11.48% -30.96% -16.79%
EMCORE Corporation 6.73% 9.25% 7.71%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ooma and EMCORE Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ooma $110.34 million 1.61 -$10.66 million ($0.71) -13.59
EMCORE Corporation $119.32 million 2.00 $13.00 million $0.30 29.67

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

Risk and Volatility

Ooma has a beta of 1.35, suggesting that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EMCORE Corporation has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.0% of Ooma shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.1% of EMCORE Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 48.2% of Ooma shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of EMCORE Corporation 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.

Summary

EMCORE Corporation beats Ooma on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ooma Company Profile

Ooma, Inc. is a United States-based company, which offers Ooma, a communications platform for small businesses and consumers. Ooma serves as a communications hub, which offers cloud-based telephony, Internet security, home monitoring and other connected services. Ooma combines PureVoice high definition (HD) call quality features with mobile applications anytime, anywhere calling. Ooma is a full router capable of prioritizing voice data and directing traffic to ensure reliable phone service. Its enterprise-grade phone service built for small business includes features, such as calling features, including unlimited calling in United States and Canada, 911 service and toll-free numbers available; office features, including virtual receptionist, extension dialing and voicemail; mobility features, including call forwarding, voicemail forwarding and multi-ring, and one-touch Internet protocol (IP) phone features, including three way conference, transfer calls and call on hold.

EMCORE Corporation Company Profile

EMCORE Corporation is engaged in designing and manufacturing indium phosphide (InP) optical chips, components, subsystems and systems for the broadband and specialty fiber optics market. The Company focuses on linear fiber optic transmission technology. The Company operates through Fiber Optics segment. The Company provides optical components, and also end-to-end solutions for high-speed communications network infrastructures. The Company’s optical technologies are designed for cable television (CATV) and fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) networks, telecommunications and data centers, satellite communications, aerospace and defense, wireless networks, and broadcast and professional audio/video systems. The Company’s fiber optics products enable information that is modulated on light signals to be transmitted, routed (switched) and received in communication systems and networks.

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