PowerFleet (NASDAQ:PWFL) versus Vocera Communications (NASDAQ:VCRA) Head-To-Head Contrast

PowerFleet (NASDAQ:PWFL) and Vocera Communications (NYSE:VCRA) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

60.2% of PowerFleet shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.6% of PowerFleet shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of Vocera Communications shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares PowerFleet and Vocera Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PowerFleet -15.49% -13.05% -6.64%
Vocera Communications -10.15% -8.62% -3.94%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PowerFleet and Vocera Communications’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PowerFleet $53.06 million 2.09 -$5.81 million ($0.22) -27.36
Vocera Communications $179.63 million 4.24 -$9.67 million ($0.17) -142.29

PowerFleet has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Vocera Communications. Vocera Communications is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PowerFleet, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

PowerFleet has a beta of 1.26, suggesting that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vocera Communications has a beta of 0.35, suggesting that its share price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for PowerFleet and Vocera Communications, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PowerFleet 0 0 1 0 3.00
Vocera Communications 0 2 8 0 2.80

PowerFleet currently has a consensus target price of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 99.34%. Vocera Communications has a consensus target price of $33.89, suggesting a potential upside of 40.09%. Given PowerFleet’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe PowerFleet is more favorable than Vocera Communications.

PowerFleet Company Profile

There is no company description available for PowerFleet Inc.

Vocera Communications Company Profile

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 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, such as hands-free, wearable, and voice-controlled communication Smartbadge and badges, as well as 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, 2018, Vocera Communications, Inc. provided its solutions to approximately 1,600 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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