Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA) is one of 64 public companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Ixia to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Ixia and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ixia -29.28% -28.71% -19.71%
Ixia Competitors -0.16% -7.24% 0.99%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ixia and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Ixia N/A N/A -47.93
Ixia Competitors $3.30 billion $346.31 million -106.11

Ixia’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Ixia. Ixia is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.6% of Ixia shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 24.4% of Ixia shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Ixia and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ixia 0 3 1 0 2.25
Ixia Competitors 382 2504 4055 165 2.56

Ixia presently has a consensus target price of $19.65, indicating a potential upside of 0.00%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 12.34%. Given Ixia’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ixia has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Ixia rivals beat Ixia on 9 of the 10 factors compared.

About Ixia

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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