Head to Head Contrast: Extreme Networks (EXTR) & Infinera (INFN)

Extreme Networks (NASDAQ: EXTR) and Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN) 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 earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of recent ratings for Extreme Networks and Infinera, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Extreme Networks 0 0 5 0 3.00
Infinera 0 6 8 0 2.57

Extreme Networks presently has a consensus price target of $16.70, indicating a potential upside of 37.68%. Infinera has a consensus price target of $11.46, indicating a potential upside of 7.79%. Given Extreme Networks’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Extreme Networks is more favorable than Infinera.

Risk and Volatility

Extreme Networks has a beta of 1.54, meaning that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Infinera has a beta of 0.63, meaning that its stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Extreme Networks and Infinera’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Extreme Networks -2.72% 44.24% 8.63%
Infinera -26.26% -17.20% -10.59%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Extreme Networks and Infinera’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Extreme Networks $598.12 million 2.34 -$8.51 million ($0.18) -67.39
Infinera $740.74 million 2.15 -$194.50 million ($1.32) -8.05

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.5% of Extreme Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.3% of Infinera shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Extreme Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of Infinera 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.

Summary

Extreme Networks beats Infinera on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Extreme Networks

Extreme Networks, Inc. is a provider of network infrastructure equipment. The Company markets its products to business, governmental, healthcare, service provider and educational customers with a focus on corporate enterprises and metropolitan service providers on a global basis. The Company operates through the development and marketing of network infrastructure equipment segment. The Company’s products include ExtremeWireless, ExtremeSwitching, ExtremeControl, ExtremeManagement, ExtremeCloud, ExtremeAnalytics and ExtremeSecurity. The Company offers solutions in categories, which includes industry solutions, technology solutions and managed services solutions. The Company operates in three geographical areas: Americas, which includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America; EMEA, which includes Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa, and APAC, which includes Asia Pacific, South Asia, India, Australia and Japan.

About Infinera

Infinera Corporation provides optical transport networking solutions, equipment, and software and services worldwide. The company's product portfolio consists of Infinera DTN-X Family of terabit-class transport network platforms, including the XTC Series, XTS Series, and XT Series; Infinera DTN-X XTC series multi-terabit packet optical transport platforms that integrate digital OTN switching and optical WDM transmission; and Infinera DTN-X XT series for terrestrial applications and XTS series for subsea applications. It also provides Infinera XTM Series packet-optical transport platform that enables high-performance metro networks with service-aware, application-specific capabilities; and Infinera Cloud Xpress Family designed to meet the varying needs of ICPs, communication service providers, Internet exchange service providers, enterprises, and other large-scale data center operators. In addition, the company offers Infinera FlexILS open line system platform that connects various Infinera and third-party terminal equipment platforms over long-distance fiber optic cable providing switching, multiplexing, amplification, and management channels. Further, it provides software solutions, including Xceed Software Suite that address long-haul, subsea, and metro networks, as well as a range of support services for all hardware and software products. The company also serves telecommunications service providers, Internet content providers, cable providers, wholesale and enterprise carriers, research and education institutions, enterprise customers, and government entities. It markets and sells its products and related support services primarily through its direct sales force. The company was formerly known as Zepton Networks. Infinera Corporation was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

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