Calix (CALX) & Comtech Telecomm. (CMTL) Head-To-Head Review

Calix (NYSE: CALX) and Comtech Telecomm. (NASDAQ:CMTL) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.


This table compares Calix and Comtech Telecomm.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Calix -16.19% -43.76% -22.97%
Comtech Telecomm. 3.11% 1.87% 1.04%


Comtech Telecomm. pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Calix does not pay a dividend. Comtech Telecomm. pays out 56.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Calix and Comtech Telecomm.’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Calix $458.79 million 0.65 -$27.40 million ($1.64) -3.63
Comtech Telecomm. $550.37 million 0.93 $15.82 million $0.71 30.62

Comtech Telecomm. has higher revenue and earnings than Calix. Calix is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Comtech Telecomm., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Calix has a beta of 0.7, meaning that its stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comtech Telecomm. has a beta of 1.9, meaning that its stock price is 90% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Calix and Comtech Telecomm., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calix 0 2 0 0 2.00
Comtech Telecomm. 0 2 3 0 2.60

Calix presently has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 9.24%. Comtech Telecomm. has a consensus target price of $20.63, indicating a potential downside of 5.13%. Given Calix’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Calix is more favorable than Comtech Telecomm..

Institutional and Insider Ownership

67.2% of Calix shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.1% of Comtech Telecomm. shares are held by institutional investors. 16.5% of Calix shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.0% of Comtech Telecomm. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Comtech Telecomm. beats Calix on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Calix

Calix, Inc. provides broadband communications access systems and software for fiber- and copper-based network architectures that enable communications service providers (CSPs), to transform their networks and connect to their residential and business subscribers. The Company enables CSPs to provide various services, from basic voice and data to advanced broadband services, over legacy and next-generation access networks. It develops and sells carrier-class hardware and cloud products. Its portfolio consists of three core systems and/or nodes: E-Series access systems and nodes (E-Series systems and nodes), B6 access nodes (B-Series nodes), and the C7 multiservice, multiprotocol access system (C-Series system). These systems and nodes are complemented by the P-Series optical network terminals and residential gateways, the GigaFamily of GigaCenters, GigaHubs, and GigaPoints, the Calix Management System, OpenLink Cable software and Compass Cloud family of software-as-a-service products.

About Comtech Telecomm.

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces and markets products, systems and services for communications solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Commercial Solutions and Government Solutions. It offers communications solutions, including command and control technologies, safety and security technologies and enterprise technologies. Its Commercial Solutions segment provides satellite communications (such as satellite earth station modems and traveling wave tube amplifiers), public safety systems (such as next generation 911 technologies) and enterprise application technologies (such as messaging and trusted location-based technologies). The Government Solutions segment includes command and control technologies, troposcatter technologies, and radio frequency power and switching technologies. It serves system and network suppliers in the global satellite, defense, broadcast and aerospace industries, and the United States federal government, among others.

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