Alliance Fiber Optic Products (NASDAQ: AFOP) and Sparton (NYSE:SPA) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Alliance Fiber Optic Products and Sparton’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Alliance Fiber Optic Products||N/A||N/A||N/A||$0.49||37.78|
|Sparton||$397.56 million||0.56||$1.31 million||($1.00)||-22.76|
Risk and Volatility
Alliance Fiber Optic Products has a beta of 0.87, meaning that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sparton has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Alliance Fiber Optic Products and Sparton, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Alliance Fiber Optic Products||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
62.4% of Sparton shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Sparton shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Alliance Fiber Optic Products and Sparton’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Alliance Fiber Optic Products||-4.29%||-3.41%||-2.68%|
Sparton beats Alliance Fiber Optic Products on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Alliance Fiber Optic Products
Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc. (AFOP) designs, manufactures and markets a range of fiber optic components and integrated modules. The Company offers a range of products, including interconnect devices, which are used to connect optical fibers and components; couplers and splitters, which are used to divide and combine optical power, and dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) devices, which are used to separate and combine multiple specific wavelengths. Its connectivity product family provides a line of optical interconnect devices, couplers and splitters, planar lightwave circuits (PLC) and related optical products, as well as integrated modules incorporating these devices. Its optical passive products include wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), coarse wavelength division multiplexer (CWDM) and DWDM components. Its product offerings include connectivity products and optical passive products.
Sparton Corporation is a provider of design, development and manufacturing services for electromechanical devices, as well as engineered products complementary to the same electromechanical value stream. The Company operates through two segments: Manufacturing & Design Services (MDS) and Engineered Components & Products (ECP). The Company serves the medical and biotechnology, military and aerospace, and industrial and commercial markets. Its products and services include offerings for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and emerging technology (ET) customers, which utilize microprocessor-based systems, such as transducers, printed circuit boards and assemblies, and sensors, as well as development and design engineering services. It develops and manufactures sonobuoys, which are anti-submarine warfare (ASW) devices. The Company also manufactures rugged flat panel display systems for military panel personal computer workstations, air traffic control and industrial applications.
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