Head to Head Comparison: Silicom (SILC) and Quantenna Communications (QTNA)

Quantenna Communications (NASDAQ: QTNA) and Silicom (NASDAQ:SILC) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

31.6% of Quantenna Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.4% of Silicom shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.6% of Quantenna Communications shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 25.4% of Silicom shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Quantenna Communications and Silicom’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quantenna Communications $142.52 million 4.23 $1.83 million N/A N/A
Silicom $108.60 million 3.50 $21.32 million $1.93 26.53

Silicom has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Quantenna Communications.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Quantenna Communications and Silicom, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quantenna Communications 0 0 7 0 3.00
Silicom 0 0 1 0 3.00

Quantenna Communications currently has a consensus target price of $24.20, suggesting a potential upside of 35.35%. Silicom has a consensus target price of $67.00, suggesting a potential upside of 30.83%. Given Quantenna Communications’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Quantenna Communications is more favorable than Silicom.


Silicom pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Quantenna Communications does not pay a dividend. Silicom pays out 51.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Quantenna Communications and Silicom’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quantenna Communications 0.36% 0.51% 0.41%
Silicom 13.34% 11.94% 9.67%

About Quantenna Communications

Quantenna Communications, Inc. is engaged in the design, development and marketing of wireless communication solutions enabling wireless local area networking. The Company’s solutions are designed to deliver wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) performance to support various connected devices accessing a pool of digital content. The Company combines its wireless systems and software expertise with radio frequency, mixed-signal and digital semiconductor design skills to provide solutions to its customers. Its products include QSR10G, QSR2000, QSR1000, QHS710 and MAUI. The Company offers its products for home networking applications, including home gateways, repeaters, and set-top boxes. Its solutions portfolio consists of various generations of its radio frequency chip and its digital baseband chip, which together support the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Wi-Fi standards, including 802.11n and 802.11ac.

About Silicom

Silicom Ltd. (Silicom) is engaged in the design, manufacture, marketing and support of networking and data infrastructure solutions for a range of servers, server-based systems and communications devices. The Company’s products include server network interface cards with and without bypass (Server Adapters); Intelligent and programmable cards, with features, such as encryption, acceleration, data compression, redirection, time stamping, network capture solutions, field programmable gate array (FPGA) based ultra-low latency solutions, and/or other offload features and/or compute blades (Smart Cards), and standalone Products. The Company’s market segments for its products include network appliances; servers; data storage, including Big Data; The Cloud, virtualized data centers, with and without software-defined networking (SDN), and Internet of Things (IOT).

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