ADVA Optical Networking (OTCMKTS: ADVOF) and Vocera Communications (NYSE:VCRA) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for ADVA Optical Networking and Vocera Communications, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ADVA Optical Networking 0 0 0 0 N/A
Vocera Communications 0 1 7 0 2.88

Vocera Communications has a consensus price target of $34.14, suggesting a potential upside of 14.23%. Given Vocera Communications’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Vocera Communications is more favorable than ADVA Optical Networking.

Volatility & Risk

ADVA Optical Networking has a beta of 2.48, indicating that its share price is 148% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vocera Communications has a beta of -0.09, indicating that its share price is 109% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares ADVA Optical Networking and Vocera Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ADVA Optical Networking -2.71% 0.25% 0.12%
Vocera Communications -7.42% -5.95% -3.43%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ADVA Optical Networking and Vocera Communications’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ADVA Optical Networking $581.16 million 0.59 -$4.77 million $0.08 86.25
Vocera Communications $162.55 million 5.47 -$14.21 million ($0.30) -99.63

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

Summary

ADVA Optical Networking beats Vocera Communications on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

ADVA Optical Networking Company Profile

ADVA Optical Networking SE develops, manufactures, and sells optical and Ethernet-based networking solutions to deliver data, storage, voice, and video services worldwide. It offers scalable optical transport solutions, such as FSP 3000 AgileConnect, FSP 3000 CloudConnect, and FSP 3000 AccessConnect; packet edge and aggregation products, including carrier Ethernet and programmable demarcation, edge aggregation, and edge computing products; and network virtualization products comprising ensemble connectors, controllers, and orchestrators. The company also provides timing and synchronization products; network infrastructure assurance products; and automated network management products, such as FSP service manager, FSP network manager, FSP network hypervisor, ensemble portal, and Pro-Vision products that offer a unified platform for network operations. In addition, it provides professional services to plan, operate, and maintain the networks. The company sells its products to telecommunications service providers, private companies, universities, and government agencies directly, as well as through a network of distribution partners. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Munich, Germany.

Vocera Communications Company Profile

Vocera Communications, Inc. provides secure, integrated, and intelligent communication and workflow solutions that empowers mobile workers in healthcare, hospitality, energy, and other mission-critical mobile work environments in the United States and internationally. The company's communication solution could be integrated with other clinical systems, including electronic health records, nurse call systems, and patient monitoring, as well as to provide critical data, alerts, alarms, and clinical context that enable workflow. It also offers Vocera Communication and Workflow System, a software platform, which connects communication devices, including hands-free, wearable, voice-controlled communication badges, and third-party mobile devices. In addition, the company offers Experience Innovation Network, a membership program, which partners with healthcare provider organizations for the development of innovations and solutions that enhance care team and patient experience, as well as clinical and operational performance. Further, it provides professional and technical support services; and classroom training, distance learning, or customized courseware for systems administrators, IT and industry-specific professionals, and end-user educators. As of December 31, 2017, Vocera Communications, Inc. provided its solutions to approximately 1,500 healthcare facilities, including large hospital systems, small and medium-sized local hospitals, and various clinics, surgery centers, and aged-care facilities. The company sells its products through direct sales force, resellers, and distributors. Vocera Communications, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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