Westell Technologies (WSTL) versus Nokia Corporation (NOK) Head to Head Review

Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) and Westell Technologies (NASDAQ:WSTL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.

Dividends

Nokia Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.13 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Westell Technologies does not pay a dividend. Nokia Corporation pays out -92.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Westell Technologies has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Nokia Corporation has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Westell Technologies has a beta of 1.55, meaning that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Nokia Corporation and Westell Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nokia Corporation 1 9 9 0 2.42
Westell Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Nokia Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $6.16, suggesting a potential downside of 1.62%. Given Nokia Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Nokia Corporation is more favorable than Westell Technologies.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

5.9% of Nokia Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 24.5% of Westell Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Nokia Corporation and Westell Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nokia Corporation -2.82% 6.57% 2.97%
Westell Technologies -25.32% -9.19% -7.21%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Nokia Corporation and Westell Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nokia Corporation $26.86 billion 0.36 $2.73 billion ($0.14) -44.71
Westell Technologies $62.97 million 0.75 -$4.11 million ($1.04) -2.93

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

Summary

Nokia Corporation beats Westell Technologies on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nokia Corporation Company Profile

Nokia Corporation is engaged in the network and Internet protocol (IP) infrastructure, software, and related services market. The Company’s businesses include Nokia Networks and Nokia Technologies. The Company’s segments include Ultra Broadband Networks, IP Networks and Applications, and Nokia Technologies. The Ultra Broadband Networks segment comprises Mobile Networks and Fixed Networks operating segments. The IP Networks and Applications segment comprises IP/Optical Networks and Applications & Analytics operating segments. The Applications & Analytics operating segment offers software solutions spanning customer experience management, network operations and management, communications and collaboration, policy and charging, as well as Cloud, Internet of things (IoT), security, and analytics platforms that enable digital services providers and enterprises to accelerate and optimize their customer experience.

Westell Technologies Company Profile

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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