XG Technology (NASDAQ: XGTI) and Vocera Communications (NYSE:VCRA) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
3.5% of XG Technology shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of XG Technology shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.9% of Vocera Communications shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares XG Technology and Vocera Communications’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|XG Technology||$47.82 million||0.27||-$10.54 million||N/A||N/A|
|Vocera Communications||$162.55 million||4.75||-$14.21 million||($0.30)||-86.43|
XG Technology has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Vocera Communications.
Volatility and Risk
XG Technology has a beta of -0.5, indicating that its share price is 150% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vocera Communications has a beta of -0.18, indicating that its share price is 118% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares XG Technology and Vocera Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for XG Technology and Vocera Communications, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
XG Technology presently has a consensus target price of $3.75, suggesting a potential upside of 374.68%. Vocera Communications has a consensus target price of $34.33, suggesting a potential upside of 32.41%. Given XG Technology’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe XG Technology is more favorable than Vocera Communications.
Vocera Communications beats XG Technology on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
About XG Technology
xG Technology, Inc. designs, develops, and delivers advanced wireless communications solutions worldwide. It offers electronic news gathering, wireless camera, portable microwave, and fixed point to point systems for the broadcasting market; wireless camera systems and mobile radios for the sports and entertainment market; and wireless video solutions, including manned and unmanned aerial and ground systems, mobile and handheld receive systems, and transmitters for the government/surveillance market. The company also provides microwave radio components, and satellite communication and associated amplifier products. In addition, it offers xMax, a mobile voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and broadband data system, which utilizes an end-to-end Internet protocol (IP) system architecture; xMax CN5100 mobile hotspot, a device that allows users of Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and other devices to access the Internet through the xMax cognitive radio network; xMax CN3100 vehicle modem, which acts as a transparent protocol bridge allowing users of WiFi-enabled devices to access the Internet through the xMax cognitive radio network; xMax CN3200 dual-band routing modem for use in fixed and mobile applications; CN1100 access point, an IP wireless access point that delivers wide area coverage and broadband throughput for fixed, nomadic, and mobile applications; and CN7000 mobile control center, which controls the delivery of voice and data services, and manages various elements in the regional network. Further, the company offers xMonitor, which monitors the status and health of various access points, mobile control center elements, and VoIP core elements; and xDrive, a drive mapping utility designed to gather, display, and log performance statistics from mobile hotspot, dual-band routing modem, and CN3100 vehicle modem. xG Technology, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida.
About Vocera Communications
Vocera Communications, Inc. provides secure, integrated, and intelligent communication and workflow solutions that empowers mobile workers in healthcare, hospitality, energy, and other mission-critical mobile work environments in the United States and internationally. The company's communication solution could be integrated with other clinical systems, including electronic health records, nurse call systems, and patient monitoring, as well as to provide critical data, alerts, alarms, and clinical context that enable workflow. It also offers Vocera Communication and Workflow System, a software platform, which connects communication devices, including hands-free, wearable, voice-controlled communication badges, and third-party mobile devices. In addition, the company offers Experience Innovation Network, a membership program, which partners with healthcare provider organizations for the development of innovations and solutions that enhance care team and patient experience, as well as clinical and operational performance. Further, it provides professional and technical support services; and classroom training, distance learning, or customized courseware for systems administrators, IT and industry-specific professionals, and end-user educators. As of December 31, 2017, Vocera Communications, Inc. provided its solutions to approximately 1,500 healthcare facilities, including large hospital systems, small and medium-sized local hospitals, and various clinics, surgery centers, and aged-care facilities. The company sells its products through direct sales force, resellers, and distributors. Vocera Communications, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
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