Data I/O (DAIO) vs. EXFO (NASDAQ:EXFO) Critical Survey

Data I/O (NASDAQ: DAIO) and EXFO (NASDAQ:EXFO) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Data I/O and EXFO, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Data I/O 0 0 2 0 3.00
EXFO 0 4 1 0 2.20

Data I/O currently has a consensus price target of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 67.83%. EXFO has a consensus price target of $5.30, indicating a potential upside of 45.21%. Given Data I/O’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Data I/O is more favorable than EXFO.

Risk & Volatility

Data I/O has a beta of 1.61, suggesting that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EXFO has a beta of 0.64, suggesting that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

45.7% of Data I/O shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 16.4% of EXFO shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.6% of Data I/O shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.0% of EXFO 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.


This table compares Data I/O and EXFO’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Data I/O 13.35% 19.53% 14.28%
EXFO -2.18% 4.49% 3.25%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Data I/O and EXFO’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Data I/O $34.05 million 1.74 $5.44 million N/A N/A
EXFO $243.30 million 0.83 $850,000.00 $0.21 17.38

Data I/O has higher earnings, but lower revenue than EXFO.


Data I/O beats EXFO on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Data I/O Company Profile

Data I/O Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells programming systems and services for electronic device manufacturers in the United States, Europe, and internationally. Its programming system products are used to program integrated circuits (ICs) with the specific data necessary for the ICs. The company provides PSV handlers off-line automated programming systems; and RoadRunner and RoadRunner3 series handlers, an in-line automated programming systems. It also offers SentriX, a security provisioning system; LumenX Programmer; non-automated programming systems, such as FlashPAK III programmer; and Unifamily programmers, an off-line, low volume, and engineering non-automated system. In addition, the company provides hardware support, system installation and repair, and device programming services. It markets and sells its products to original equipment manufacturers in automotive and consumer electronics, and industrial/Internet of things and their electronic manufacturing service contract manufacturers through direct sales, internal telesales, and indirect sales representatives and distributors. Data I/O Corporation was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

EXFO Company Profile

EXFO Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets smarter network test, monitoring, and analytics solutions for communications service providers, network equipment manufacturers, and Webscale companies. It offers lab and manufacturing testing systems, including lab platforms; network simulation and load testing tools to meet the mobile telecom and VOIP/IMS network test challenges; transport and datacom solutions, such as Ethernet testing, fiber channel testing, DSn/PDH and SONET/SDH testing, synchronization testing, and SONET/SDH, OTN, and multiservice testing solutions; and optical products comprising power meters, light sources and amplifiers, variable attenuators, switch and utility modules, polarization analysis, optical communication analyzers, spectral testing products, bit-error-rate testing products, optical benchtop kits, osics multifunction platform, optical component testers, and tunable filters. The company also provides field network testing products, including FTB Ecosystem test tools; FTB platforms; test function virtualization solutions; transport and datacom solutions designed to address DSn/PDH and SONET/SDH, carrier Ethernet, testing needs; optical instruments; copper access/triple-play handheld instruments to assess the quality of access network physical layer and performance of multiplay services; mobile broadband tools to meet mobile telecom network test challenges; and wireless network testing solutions. In addition, it offers service assurance platforms, fiber network monitoring and management solutions, and remote network monitoring solutions; and solutions for FTTx access networks and metro/core networks, as well as technical support, instrument, and system services. The company sells products through its direct sales force, sales representatives, and distributors in the United States, Canada, and others. EXFO Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Quebec, Canada. EXFO Inc. is a subsidiary of G. Lamonde Investissements Financiers Inc.

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