Analyzing Airgain (AIRG) and Superconductor Technologies (SCON)

Superconductor Technologies (NASDAQ: SCON) and Airgain (NASDAQ:AIRG) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Superconductor Technologies and Airgain, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Superconductor Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
Airgain 0 1 2 0 2.67

Superconductor Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 226.09%. Airgain has a consensus price target of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 71.15%. Given Superconductor Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Superconductor Technologies is more favorable than Airgain.

Volatility & Risk

Superconductor Technologies has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Airgain has a beta of 2.04, meaning that its share price is 104% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.3% of Superconductor Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.0% of Airgain shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Superconductor Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.4% of Airgain shares are owned 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.

Profitability

This table compares Superconductor Technologies and Airgain’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Superconductor Technologies -1,317.27% -139.63% -121.99%
Airgain -0.68% 1.58% 1.31%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Superconductor Technologies and Airgain’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Superconductor Technologies $450,000.00 25.19 -$9.52 million ($0.91) -1.01
Airgain $49.52 million 1.60 $1.14 million $0.11 74.36

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

Summary

Airgain beats Superconductor Technologies on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Superconductor Technologies

Superconductor Technologies Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, produces, and commercializes high temperature superconductor materials and related technologies in the United States. It is involved in developing Conductus superconducting wire for power applications. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

About Airgain

Airgain, Inc. designs, develops, and engineers antenna products for original equipment and design manufacturers, chipset vendors, and service providers worldwide. Its products include MaxBeam embedded antennas; profile embedded antennas; profile contour embedded antennas; ultra-embedded antennas; omnimax high performance external antennas; MaxBeam carrier class antennas; and SmartMax embedded antennas, as well as automotive, fleet, public safety, and M2M antennas. The company provides embedded antenna technologies to enable high performance wireless networking across a range of home, enterprise, automotive, and Internet of Things. As of December 31, 2017, it had 131 issued patents in the United States, 23 companion patents outside the United States, and 81 patent applications on file. The company was formerly known as AM Group and changed its name to Airgain, Inc. in 2004. Airgain, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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