Audience (NASDAQ: ADNC) is one of 66 public companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Audience to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Audience and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Audience -95.17% -78.59% -64.91%
Audience Competitors -3.90% -9.33% -1.05%

Risk and Volatility

Audience has a beta of 0.83, meaning that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Audience’s peers have a beta of 1.14, meaning that their average share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Audience and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Audience N/A N/A -1.35
Audience Competitors $3.30 billion $346.31 million -143.07

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Audience and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Audience 0 0 0 0 N/A
Audience Competitors 395 2562 4094 165 2.56

As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 15.57%. Given Audience’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Audience has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.1% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.2% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Audience peers beat Audience on 8 of the 8 factors compared.

Audience Company Profile

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.

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