Akoustis Technologies (AKTS) & ADTRAN (ADTN) Head to Head Review

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

14.6% of Akoustis Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.1% of ADTRAN shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.6% of Akoustis Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of ADTRAN shares are owned by 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.


ADTRAN pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Akoustis Technologies does not pay a dividend. ADTRAN pays out 40.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Akoustis Technologies has a beta of -0.56, indicating that its stock price is 156% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ADTRAN has a beta of 0.53, indicating that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Akoustis Technologies and ADTRAN’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Akoustis Technologies -1,803.82% -141.24% -95.84%
ADTRAN -2.15% -0.56% -0.41%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Akoustis Technologies and ADTRAN’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Akoustis Technologies $1.20 million 131.51 -$21.73 million N/A N/A
ADTRAN $666.58 million 1.24 $23.84 million $0.89 19.49

ADTRAN has higher revenue and earnings than Akoustis Technologies.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Akoustis Technologies and ADTRAN, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Akoustis Technologies 0 0 5 0 3.00
ADTRAN 0 6 2 0 2.25

Akoustis Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $12.50, suggesting a potential upside of 76.55%. ADTRAN has a consensus target price of $17.88, suggesting a potential upside of 3.03%. Given Akoustis Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Akoustis Technologies is more favorable than ADTRAN.


ADTRAN beats Akoustis Technologies on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Akoustis Technologies Company Profile

Akoustis Technologies, Inc., through its subsidiary, Akoustis, Inc., develops, designs, manufactures, and sells radio frequency (RF) filter products for the mobile wireless device industries in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Foundry Fabrication Services and RF Filters. The Foundry Fabrication Services segment provides engineering review services; and smart systems technology and commercialization center foundry, as well as manufacturing and microelectromechanical systems foundry services. The RF Filters segment consists of amplifier and filter products. It offers RF filters for mobile wireless devices, such as smartphones and tablets, cellular infrastructure equipment, and Wi-Fi premise equipment. Akoustis Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina.

ADTRAN Company Profile

ADTRAN, Inc. provides networking and communications equipment worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Network Solutions and Services & Support. It offers access and aggregation solutions, including network management and subscriber services control and orchestration software within a SD-access architecture; SDN-controlled programmable network elements; fiber to the premises and fiber to the node (FTTN) multi-service access nodes (MSAN); fiber aggregation and FTTN MSAN; fiber to the distribution point optical network units; optical line terminals; optical networking edge aggregation; and IP digital subscriber line access multiplexers. The company's access and aggregation solutions also comprise cabinet and outside-plant enclosures and services; pluggable optical transceivers, cables, and other miscellaneous materials; and other products and services. In addition, it provides customer devices comprising broadband customer premise solutions, such as passive optical network and point-to-point Ethernet optical network terminals; radio frequency over glass micro nodes; residential and business gateways; Wi-Fi access points and related powering and switching infrastructure; enterprise session border controllers; carrier Ethernet services termination devices; voice over Internet protocol media gateways; and other products and services. Further, the company offers time division multiplexed and asynchronous transfer mode based aggregation systems and customer devices; HDSL, ADSL, and other technologies; and other products and services. Additionally, it provides planning, engineering, program management, maintenance, support, installation, commissioning, and implementation services. The company serves communications service providers, distributed enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses, public and private enterprises, and individual users. ADTRAN, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama.

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