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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
XG Technology -18.20% -19.60% -11.48%
Ixia -29.28% -28.71% -19.71%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for XG Technology and Ixia, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
XG Technology 0 0 2 0 3.00
Ixia 0 3 1 0 2.25

XG Technology currently has a consensus target price of $3.75, suggesting a potential upside of 160.47%. Ixia has a consensus target price of $19.65, suggesting a potential upside of 0.00%. Given XG Technology’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe XG Technology is more favorable than Ixia.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.2% of XG Technology shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of Ixia shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of XG Technology shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of Ixia shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

XG Technology has a beta of -0.83, indicating that its stock price is 183% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ixia has a beta of 0.75, indicating that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
XG Technology $27.54 million 0.61 -$14.61 million N/A N/A
Ixia N/A N/A N/A $0.12 163.76

Ixia has higher revenue, but lower earnings than XG Technology.

Summary

XG Technology beats Ixia on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

XG Technology Company Profile

xG Technology, Inc. develops a portfolio of intellectual property, which is embedded in its software algorithms that offer cognitive interference mitigation and spectrum access solutions for a range of applications using commercial off the shelf devices. The Company is a provider of wireless video solutions to broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, and private mobile broadband networks for use in a range of environments. The Company markets its technology solutions across three business units: Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT), Vislink Communication Systems and xMax. The Company offers a range of frequency-agnostic cognitive radio solutions. It focuses on various industries across the world, such as telecommunications, cable, defense and public safety, municipal governments, critical infrastructure and markets ranging from rural to urban areas and expeditionary deployments.

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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