Financial Review: BOS Better OnLine Sol (BOSC) vs. Echelon (ELON)

BOS Better OnLine Sol (NASDAQ:BOSC) and Echelon (NASDAQ:ELON) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares BOS Better OnLine Sol and Echelon’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BOS Better OnLine Sol 2.77% 8.87% 4.40%
Echelon -14.73% -20.99% -15.49%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for BOS Better OnLine Sol and Echelon, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BOS Better OnLine Sol 0 0 0 0 N/A
Echelon 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BOS Better OnLine Sol and Echelon’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BOS Better OnLine Sol $28.93 million 0.27 $770,000.00 N/A N/A
Echelon $31.67 million 1.21 -$4.62 million N/A N/A

BOS Better OnLine Sol has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Echelon.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.9% of BOS Better OnLine Sol shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.9% of Echelon shares are held by institutional investors. 13.0% of Echelon shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

BOS Better OnLine Sol has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Echelon has a beta of -1.04, meaning that its stock price is 204% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

BOS Better OnLine Sol beats Echelon on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

BOS Better OnLine Sol Company Profile

B.O.S Better Online Solutions Ltd. provides radio frequency identification (RFID), mobile, and supply chain solutions in Israel and internationally. It operates through two divisions, Supply Chain Solutions; and RFID and Mobile Solutions. The Supply Chain Solutions division offers electronic components, telecommunications equipment, and components consolidation services to aerospace, defense, medical, and telecommunications industries, as well as for enterprise customers. This division also provides inventory and quality control management of components entering production lines; and inventory management services for ongoing projects. The RFID and Mobile Solutions division offers hardware products, such as thermal and barcode printers; RFID and barcode scanners and readers; wireless, mobile, and forklift terminals; wireless infrastructure; active and passive RFID tags; ribbons, labels, and tags; and RFID system for libraries. It also develops Warehouse Management System, a data collection solution for logistics management in stores and warehouses; RFID systems for libraries; RFID-based system for tracking inventory in a produce packing house; automatic system for industrial packing lines; and automatic system to identify and track vehicles for transportation-related settings. In addition, this division provides maintenance and repair services for data collection equipment, as well as warehouse and on-site service plans; on-site inventory count services in various fields; and asset tagging and counting services for corporate and governmental entities. The company markets its products through direct sales and sales agents, as well as through distributors. B.O.S Better Online Solutions Ltd. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Rishon LeZion, Israel.

Echelon Company Profile

Echelon Corporation develops, markets, and sells embedded components, modules, edge servers, and software. The company offers chips, gateways, and design and management software under the LONWORKS and IzoT brands. It also provides a range of control networking solutions under the LumInsight and Lumewave by Echelon brands that consist of wired and wireless control nodes; smart gateways for interconnecting the control nodes; and a software-based Central Management System, which is used for startup, commissioning, management, and monitoring of the lighting network. The company sells its products and services to original equipment manufacturers and systems integrators in the building, industrial, transportation, utility/home, and other automation markets. The company markets its products in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific/Japan through direct sales organization, third-party electronics representatives, value-added resellers, and distributors. Echelon Corporation was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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