Vocera Communications (NYSE: VCRA) and Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Vocera Communications and Ciena Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vocera Communications 0 0 5 0 3.00
Ciena Corporation 0 3 19 0 2.86

Vocera Communications presently has a consensus target price of $32.20, suggesting a potential upside of 14.10%. Ciena Corporation has a consensus target price of $29.50, suggesting a potential upside of 38.69%. Given Ciena Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ciena Corporation is more favorable than Vocera Communications.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vocera Communications and Ciena Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vocera Communications $144.51 million 5.68 -$12.09 million ($0.96) -29.40
Ciena Corporation $2.77 billion 1.10 $361.58 million $0.92 23.12

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

Profitability

This table compares Vocera Communications and Ciena Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vocera Communications -17.42% -15.51% -8.76%
Ciena Corporation 4.99% 25.53% 7.61%

Volatility and Risk

Vocera Communications has a beta of -0.3, indicating that its stock price is 130% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ciena Corporation has a beta of 1.7, indicating that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Ciena Corporation beats Vocera Communications on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Vocera Communications

Vocera Communications, Inc. is a provider of communication solutions for mobile workers in healthcare, hospitality, energy, education and other industries. The Company’s segments include Product and Service. The Company’s solutions include the Vocera Communication System, Vocera Care Experience, Vocera Engage integration platform, smartphone applications and its Experience Innovation Network. The Company’s Vocera Communication System consists of a software platform that connects communication devices, including its hands-free, wearable, voice-controlled communication badges, and third-party mobile devices that use its software applications to become part of the Vocera system. Its Vocera Collaboration Suite combines calling, texting, alerting and content distribution capabilities of Vocera into a smartphone application. Its Vocera Secure Texting is an alternative to non-secure short message service (SMS) texting.

About Ciena Corporation

Ciena Corporation is a network strategy and technology company, which provides solutions that enable a range of network operators to adopt communication architectures and deliver an array of services, relied upon by enterprise and consumer end users. It provides equipment, software and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation, service delivery and management of voice, video and data traffic on communications networks. It segments include Networking Platforms; Software and Software-Related Services, and Global Services. The Networking Platforms segment consists of Converged Packet Optical, Packet Networking and Optical Transport product portfolios. The software business is engaged in the development and licensing of element and network management software and software-related services that support its hardware offerings. It offers a suite of consulting and support services that help its customers to design, optimize, deploy and maintain their communications networks.

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