Reviewing Westell Technologies (WSTL) and Its Peers

Westell Technologies (NASDAQ: WSTL) is one of 26 public companies in the “Telephone & telegraph apparatus” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Westell Technologies to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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28.0% of Westell Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.0% of shares of all “Telephone & telegraph apparatus” companies are held by institutional investors. 24.2% of Westell Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.5% of shares of all “Telephone & telegraph apparatus” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Westell Technologies and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Westell Technologies 0.62% 7.42% 6.11%
Westell Technologies Competitors -85.81% -14.75% -6.88%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Westell Technologies and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Westell Technologies $62.97 million -$15.94 million -10.03
Westell Technologies Competitors $662.53 million $72.39 million 35.64

Westell Technologies’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Westell Technologies. Westell Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Westell Technologies and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Westell Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
Westell Technologies Competitors 275 767 888 41 2.35

Westell Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 86.92%. As a group, “Telephone & telegraph apparatus” companies have a potential upside of 22.29%. Given Westell Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Westell Technologies is more favorable than its competitors.

Volatility & Risk

Westell Technologies has a beta of 1.44, meaning that its stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Westell Technologies’ competitors have a beta of 4.41, meaning that their average stock price is 341% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Westell Technologies beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Westell Technologies

Westell Technologies, Inc. is a provider of in-building wireless, intelligent site management, cell site optimization and outside plant solutions. The Company’s set of products and solutions are designed to manage network performance for carriers, integrators and other network operators. The Company operates in two segments: In-Building Wireless (IBW) and Communication Solutions Group (CSG). The Company’s segments are engaged in the design, development, assembly, and marketing of a range of products and solutions. The IBW segment solutions include distributed antenna systems (DAS) conditioners, digital repeaters and bi-directional amplifiers (BDAs), and system components and antennas, all used by wireless service providers and third-party hosts to fine tune radio frequency (RF) signals. The Company’s intelligent site management solutions include a suite of remote monitoring and control devices.

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