Vocera Communications (VCRA) versus Airgain (NASDAQ:AIRG) Head-To-Head Comparison

Vocera Communications (NYSE: VCRA) and Airgain (NASDAQ:AIRG) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Vocera Communications and Airgain, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vocera Communications 0 0 9 0 3.00
Airgain 0 0 4 0 3.00

Vocera Communications currently has a consensus price target of $33.00, suggesting a potential upside of 26.39%. Airgain has a consensus price target of $15.75, suggesting a potential upside of 67.38%. Given Airgain’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Airgain is more favorable than Vocera Communications.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vocera Communications and Airgain’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vocera Communications $162.55 million 4.69 -$14.22 million ($0.51) -51.20
Airgain $43.43 million 2.08 $3.73 million $0.17 55.36

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vocera Communications -8.75% -8.29% -4.62%
Airgain 3.34% 5.95% 4.88%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.8% of Vocera Communications shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.0% of Airgain shares are held by institutional investors. 6.3% of Vocera Communications shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 23.4% of Airgain shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Vocera Communications has a beta of -0.49, meaning that its share price is 149% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Airgain has a beta of 1.86, meaning that its share price is 86% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Airgain beats Vocera Communications on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vocera Communications Company Profile

Vocera Communications, Inc. is a provider of communication solutions for mobile workers in healthcare, hospitality, energy, education and other industries. The Company’s segments include Product and Service. The Company’s solutions include the Vocera Communication System, Vocera Care Experience, Vocera Engage integration platform, smartphone applications and its Experience Innovation Network. The Company’s Vocera Communication System consists of a software platform that connects communication devices, including its hands-free, wearable, voice-controlled communication badges, and third-party mobile devices that use its software applications to become part of the Vocera system. Its Vocera Collaboration Suite combines calling, texting, alerting and content distribution capabilities of Vocera into a smartphone application. Its Vocera Secure Texting is an alternative to non-secure short message service (SMS) texting.

Airgain Company Profile

Airgain, Inc. is a provider of embedded antenna technologies used to enable wireless networking across a range of home, enterprise and industrial devices. The Company’s antennas are found in devices deployed in carrier, enterprise and residential wireless networks and systems, including set top boxes, access points, routers, gateways and digital televisions. It offers six product lines, including MaxBeam High Gain Embedded Antennas, Profile Embedded Antennas, Profile Contour Embedded Antennas, Ultra Embedded Antennas, OmniMax High Performance External Antennas and MaxBeam Carrier Class Antennas. The Company, through its design, integration and testing of embedded antenna technology, provides its technology to the residential wireless local area network, wireless fidelity and antenna market, and also supplies to carriers, original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers and system designers. The Company supplies its products in the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia.

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