Audience (NASDAQ: ADNC) and West Corporation (NASDAQ:WSTC) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Audience and West Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Audience -95.17% -78.59% -64.91%
West Corporation 9.39% -59.08% 7.03%

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Audience 0 0 0 0 N/A
West Corporation 0 5 0 0 2.00

West Corporation has a consensus price target of $24.50, suggesting a potential upside of 4.26%. Given West Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe West Corporation is more favorable than Audience.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Audience and West Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Audience N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
West Corporation $2.29 billion 0.86 $636.33 million $2.51 9.36

West Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Audience.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

67.4% of West Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.6% of West Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

West Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.45 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Audience does not pay a dividend. West Corporation pays out 17.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

West Corporation beats Audience on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Audience

Audience, Inc. is a provider of voice and audio solutions that improve voice quality and the user experience in mobile devices. The Company’s solutions include hardware-accelerated digital signal processors (DSPs) and audio codecs and associated algorithms for noise suppression in mobile devices. The Company’s platform consists of its purpose-built DSPs and audio codec analog and mixed signal circuits and algorithms for voice isolation and noise suppression. It also provides its AuViD graphical design tools to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) design in and tune its products. The Company offers custom voice and audio processors, some with integrated smart audio codecs for device platforms, including smartphones, feature phones and media tablets. These processors are accompanied by its integration tools and support. It offers voice and audio processors, such as eS305, eS325, eS70x, eS75x, eS804 and eS854.

About West Corporation

West Corporation is a provider of communication and network infrastructure services. The Company helps its clients communicate, collaborate and connect with their audiences through a portfolio of solutions that include unified communications services, safety services, and interactive services, such as automated notifications, specialized agent services and telecom services. The Company’s segments include Unified Communications Services, which includes collaboration services, Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and telecom services; Safety Services, which includes carrier services, government solutions and advanced services; Interactive Services, including outbound (proactive notifications-voice, text/short messaging service (SMS) and chat), inbound speech solutions (interactive voice response or IVR), Web, mobile and professional services, and Specialized Agent Services, which includes healthcare advocacy services, cost management services and revenue generation.

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