Head-To-Head Contrast: AltiGen Communications (ATGN) and Zoom Telephonics (ZMTP)

AltiGen Communications (OTCMKTS:ATGN) and Zoom Telephonics (OTCMKTS:ZMTP) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for AltiGen Communications and Zoom Telephonics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AltiGen Communications 0 0 0 0 N/A
Zoom Telephonics 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AltiGen Communications and Zoom Telephonics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AltiGen Communications $10.00 million 2.68 $9.84 million N/A N/A
Zoom Telephonics $32.32 million 0.50 -$70,000.00 N/A N/A

AltiGen Communications has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Zoom Telephonics.

Volatility & Risk

AltiGen Communications has a beta of 0.18, indicating that its stock price is 82% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Zoom Telephonics has a beta of -1.34, indicating that its stock price is 234% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.0% of Zoom Telephonics shares are held by institutional investors. 14.0% of AltiGen Communications shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of Zoom Telephonics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares AltiGen Communications and Zoom Telephonics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AltiGen Communications 96.62% 148.23% 102.20%
Zoom Telephonics -0.23% -1.84% -0.65%


AltiGen Communications beats Zoom Telephonics on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

AltiGen Communications Company Profile

Altigen Communications, Inc. designs, delivers, and supports Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone systems and call center solutions worldwide. The company offers MaxCommunications Server (MaxCS) IP-PBX, a software-based phone system that provides customers with business communications solutions; MaxACD VoIP Contact Center, a software-based automatic call distribution engine, which offers call routing and call distribution options; MaxMobile that extends a set of business PBX functionality to smart phone devices; and MaxCommunicator, a Windows-based desktop application, which provides call control and visual voice mail management to the desktop. It also offers MaxAgent, a Windows-based desktop application to bring call control and workgroup information to call center agents; MaxSupervisor, a Windows-based desktop application for call center supervisors; and MaxACD for Lync, a call center solution. In addition, the company provides hosted services; and service support programs, which offer customers with updates, patches, new releases, and technical support for the applications they are licensed to use. It sells its products to small-to-medium sized and multi-site businesses, corporate branch offices, call centers, credit unions, and community banks through a channel of distributors and resellers. Altigen Communications, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Zoom Telephonics Company Profile

Zoom Telephonics, Inc. designs, produces, markets, sells, and supports Internet access and other communications-related products in North America and internationally. It provides cable modems, asymmetrical digital subscriber line modems, mobile broadband modems and routers, dial-up modems, local area network products, mobile broadband sensors, embedded modems, ISDN modems, telephone dialers, wireless and wired networking equipment, phone jacks and AC power adapters, and language-related specifics. The company sells its products through retailers and distributors, Internet and telephone service providers, value-added resellers, PC system integrators, and original equipment manufacturers, as well as through a direct sales force and independent sales agents. Zoom Telephonics, Inc. was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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