Westell (WSTL) vs. Its Rivals Head-To-Head Review

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

Risk and Volatility

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

28.0% of Westell shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.0% of shares of all “Telephone & telegraph apparatus” companies are owned by institutional investors. 24.2% of Westell shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.4% of shares of all “Telephone & telegraph apparatus” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Westell and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Westell $62.97 million -$15.94 million -9.83
Westell Competitors $662.53 million $72.22 million 35.67

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Westell and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Westell 0 0 1 0 3.00
Westell Competitors 273 772 893 41 2.35

Westell presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 90.79%. As a group, “Telephone & telegraph apparatus” companies have a potential upside of 18.04%. Given Westell’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Westell is more favorable than its peers.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Westell 0.62% 7.42% 6.11%
Westell Competitors -85.59% -11.41% -6.44%


Westell beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Westell

Westell Technologies, Inc., through its subsidiary, Westell, Inc., designs and distributes telecommunications products to telephone companies in the United States. The company operates through three segments: In-Building Wireless (IBW), Intelligent Site Management and Services (ISMS), and Communications Network Solutions (CNS). The IBW segment offers distributed antenna systems conditioners; repeaters; battery backup units; and system components and antennas, including couplers, duplexers, splitters, filters, and tappers for commercial and public safety in-building wireless systems. The ISMS segment provides a suite of remote units, which provide machine-to-machine communications that enable operators to remotely monitor, manage, and control site infrastructure and support systems. The CNS segment provides a range of outdoor network infrastructure, such as integrated cabinets, power distribution products, copper and fiber connectivity panels, T1 network interface units, and tower mounted amplifiers. The company serves wireless and wireline service providers, multiple systems operators, Internet service providers, systems integrators, neutral host operators, and distributors through field sales organization, distributors, and partners. Westell Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois.

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