Tel-Instrument Electronics (OTCMKTS:TIKK) and IntriCon (OTCMKTS:IIN) Critical Analysis

Tel-Instrument Electronics (OTCMKTS:TIKK) and IntriCon (NASDAQ:IIN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Tel-Instrument Electronics and IntriCon’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tel-Instrument Electronics $10.02 million 0.86 -$4.32 million N/A N/A
IntriCon $116.46 million 1.71 $5.55 million $0.64 35.58

IntriCon has higher revenue and earnings than Tel-Instrument Electronics.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.4% of IntriCon shares are held by institutional investors. 28.1% of Tel-Instrument Electronics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.5% of IntriCon shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Tel-Instrument Electronics and IntriCon’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tel-Instrument Electronics -11.34% N/A -14.90%
IntriCon 4.58% 7.39% 5.34%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Tel-Instrument Electronics and IntriCon, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tel-Instrument Electronics 0 0 0 0 N/A
IntriCon 0 0 3 0 3.00

IntriCon has a consensus target price of $54.00, suggesting a potential upside of 137.15%. Given IntriCon’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe IntriCon is more favorable than Tel-Instrument Electronics.

Risk and Volatility

Tel-Instrument Electronics has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IntriCon has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.


IntriCon beats Tel-Instrument Electronics on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tel-Instrument Electronics

Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. designs, manufactures, and sells avionics test and measurement solutions for the commercial air transport, general aviation, and government/military aerospace and defense markets in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Avionics Government and Avionics Commercial. The company provides instruments to test, measure, calibrate, and repair a range of airborne navigation and communication equipment. Its products also include TS-4530A, an identification friend or foe test set; T-47/M5, a dual crypto test set; and AN/ARM-206, an intermediate level TACAN test set. In addition, it offers AN/USM-708 and AN/USM-719, which are communications/navigation radio frequency avionics flight line testers; TR-220, a test set that provides test capability for traffic and collision avoidance systems (TCAS), distance measuring equipment, and transponders; TR-36, a commercial navigation and communication test set that provide ramp testing; and TR-420, a ramp test set to test the operation of transponders and interrogators. Further, the company provides multifunction ramp test sets under the T-47NC, T-47NH, and T-47G names; TR-100AF, a rugged ramp test used to verify airborne TACAN equipment; and AN/APM-480A, a transponder, interrogator, and TCAS test set. It sells its products directly or through distributors. The company was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

About IntriCon

IntriCon Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, and distributes body-worn devices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Body Worn Devices and Hearing Health Direct-To-Consumer. It offers micro-miniature products, microelectronics; micro-mechanical assemblies; high-precision injection-molded plastic components; and assemblies and software solutions for medical biotelemetry devices, hearing healthcare, and professional audio communication devices markets. The company also provides medical and micro coils for pacemaker programming and interventional catheter positioning applications; bubble sensors and flow restrictors that monitor and control the flow of fluid in an intravenous infusion system; and safety needle products for original equipment manufacturing customers. In addition, it offers professional audio headset products used for emergency response needs in the fire, law enforcement, safety, aviation, and military markets; and a line of miniature ear-and head-worn devices used by performers and support staff in the music and stage performance markets. The company sells its hearing device products, and medical and professional audio communications products directly to hearing instrument manufacturers, distributors, and partnerships; and microphone products to the radio communication and professional audio industries, as well as markets and sells hearing aid devices directly to consumers through direct mail advertising, Internet, and call center. IntriCon Corporation was formerly known as Selas Corporation of America. The company was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Arden Hills, Minnesota.

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