Head to Head Survey: Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) & Franklin Wireless (NASDAQ:FKWL)

Franklin Wireless (NASDAQ:FKWLGet Free Report) and Ciena (NYSE:CIENGet Free Report) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Franklin Wireless and Ciena’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Franklin Wireless $45.95 million 0.75 -$2.86 million ($0.16) -18.19
Ciena $4.39 billion 1.84 $254.83 million $1.71 32.63

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

Risk and Volatility

Franklin Wireless has a beta of 0.07, suggesting that its share price is 93% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ciena has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Franklin Wireless and Ciena’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Franklin Wireless -4.20% -4.86% -3.71%
Ciena 5.81% 10.28% 5.21%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Franklin Wireless and Ciena, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Franklin Wireless 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ciena 0 2 9 1 2.92

Ciena has a consensus price target of $59.79, indicating a potential upside of 7.16%. Given Ciena’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ciena is more favorable than Franklin Wireless.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

9.9% of Franklin Wireless shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.0% of Ciena shares are held by institutional investors. 29.6% of Franklin Wireless shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Ciena shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Ciena beats Franklin Wireless on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Franklin Wireless

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Franklin Wireless Corp. provides integrated wireless solutions. The company's products include 5G/4G wireless broadband products, such as wi-fi mobile hotspot, fixed wireless routers, and enterprise gateway CPE; and IoT tracking and connected devices, including smart IoT tracking device, connected car, and home phone connect. It also offers IOT server platform and application, which comprises Pintrac, a cloud based telecom grade server platform; Pintrac Mobile Device Management, an LTE hotspot; Pintrac Pet, a pet tracking application; Pintrac Auto that tracks, locates, and manages vehicles for consumers and businesses; and JEXtream, a cloud based telecom grade server platform for 5G devices and routers that enables enhanced remote management of device functionality. The company directly markets and sells its products to wireless operators, as well as indirectly through strategic partners and distributors located primarily in the North America, the Caribbean and South America, and Asia. Franklin Wireless Corp. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

About Ciena

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Ciena Corporation provides hardware and software services for delivery of video, data, and voice traffic metro, aggregation, and access communications network worldwide. The company's Networking Platforms segment offers convergence of coherent optical transport, open optical networking, optical transport network switching, IP routing, and switching services. Its products include 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, Waveserver stackable interconnect system, and the 6500 Reconfigurable line system, and the 5400 family of Packet-Optical platforms, as well as 8100 coherent routing platforms; 3000 family of service delivery switches and the 5000 family of service aggregation switches, as well as 8700 Packetwave Platform and 6500 Packet Transport System. This segment also sells operating system software and enhanced software features embedded in each of its products. The company's Blue Planet Automation Software and Services segment provides multi-domain service orchestration, inventory, route optimization and analysis, multi-cloud orchestration, and unified assurance and analytics services. Its Platform Software and Service segment offers MCP domain controller solution, and OneControl unified management system, as well as planning tools. The company's Global Services segment provides maintenance support and training, installation and deployment, and consulting and network design services. Ciena Corporation was incorporated in 1992 and is headquartered in Hanover, Maryland.

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