Head to Head Comparison: Calix (NYSE:CALX) vs. XG Technology (XGTI)

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Calix and XG Technology, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calix 0 2 0 0 2.00
XG Technology 0 0 2 0 3.00

Calix currently has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential downside of 0.76%. XG Technology has a consensus target price of $3.75, indicating a potential upside of 130.06%. Given XG Technology’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe XG Technology is more favorable than Calix.


This table compares Calix and XG Technology’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%
XG Technology -20.76% -26.16% -15.69%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

67.1% of Calix shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.3% of XG Technology shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.5% of Calix shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.8% of XG Technology shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Calix and XG Technology’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Calix $458.79 million 0.72 -$27.40 million ($1.63) -4.02
XG Technology $6.57 million 3.64 -$20.90 million ($155.86) -0.01

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

Risk and Volatility

Calix has a beta of 0.7, indicating that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, XG Technology has a beta of -0.72, indicating that its share price is 172% less volatile than the S&P 500.


XG Technology beats Calix on 7 of the 13 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 XG Technology

xG Technology, Inc. develops a portfolio of intellectual property, which is embedded in its software algorithms that offer cognitive interference mitigation and spectrum access solutions for a range of applications using commercial off the shelf devices. The Company is a provider of wireless video solutions to broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, and private mobile broadband networks for use in a range of environments. The Company markets its technology solutions across three business units: Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT), Vislink Communication Systems and xMax. The Company offers a range of frequency-agnostic cognitive radio solutions. It focuses on various industries across the world, such as telecommunications, cable, defense and public safety, municipal governments, critical infrastructure and markets ranging from rural to urban areas and expeditionary deployments.

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