Head to Head Analysis: Clearfield (CLFD) vs. UTStarcom (UTSI)

Clearfield (NASDAQ: CLFD) and UTStarcom (NASDAQ:UTSI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.


This table compares Clearfield and UTStarcom’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clearfield 5.20% 5.95% 5.50%
UTStarcom N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Clearfield and UTStarcom’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearfield $73.95 million 2.32 $3.84 million $0.28 44.29
UTStarcom $80.18 million 2.64 $290,000.00 N/A N/A

Clearfield has higher earnings, but lower revenue than UTStarcom.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Clearfield and UTStarcom, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearfield 0 0 2 0 3.00
UTStarcom 0 0 1 0 3.00

Clearfield presently has a consensus target price of $15.50, indicating a potential upside of 25.00%. UTStarcom has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential downside of 16.39%. Given Clearfield’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Clearfield is more favorable than UTStarcom.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

29.0% of Clearfield shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.0% of UTStarcom shares are held by institutional investors. 18.5% of Clearfield shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of UTStarcom shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Clearfield beats UTStarcom on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Clearfield

Clearfield, Inc. manufactures, markets and sells fiber management and enclosure platform that consolidates, distributes and protects fiber as it moves from the inside plant to the outside plant and all the way to the home, business and cell site. The Company’s products include Clearview Cassette, which is the building block of its product platform; Connectivity and Optical Components; FieldSmart, which is a series of panels, cabinets, wall boxes and other enclosures that house the Clearview components; FieldShield, which is a fiber delivery method for broadband deployment; CraftSmart, which is a line of optical protection field enclosures, and Cable Assemblies. Its products are sold across broadband service providers, including traditional telephone companies, competitive local exchange carriers, multiple service operators (cable television), wireless service providers, and municipal-owned utilities that utilize fiber in their service offerings to businesses and consumers.

About UTStarcom

UTStarcom Holdings Corp. provides broadband products, solution and services. The Company delivers broadband transport and access (both wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) and fixed line) products and solutions, optimized for mobile backhaul, metro aggregation, broadband access and Wi-Fi data offloading. Its segments include Equipment, which is focused on its equipment sales, including network infrastructure and application products, and Services, which is engaged in providing services and support of its equipment products and also the new operational support segment. The broadband product lines include family of packet transport network (PTN) products based on multi-protocol label switch transport profile (MPLS-TP) and carrier Ethernet (CE) technologies enhanced through in-house software-defined networking (SDN) platform to support the network evolution, and multi services access network (MSAN) platform. Wireless broadband access is represented by end-to-end Carrier Wi-Fi solution.

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