Head-To-Head Survey: Vocera Communications (VCRA) vs. ESCO Technologies (ESE)

Vocera Communications (NYSE: VCRA) and ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and valuation.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vocera Communications -8.75% -8.11% -4.53%
ESCO Technologies 10.89% 8.20% 4.54%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.5% of ESCO Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.3% of Vocera Communications shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of ESCO Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

ESCO Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Vocera Communications does not pay a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Vocera Communications has a beta of -0.2, suggesting that its stock price is 120% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ESCO Technologies has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vocera Communications and ESCO Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vocera Communications $162.55 million 4.38 -$14.21 million ($0.30) -81.20
ESCO Technologies $685.74 million 2.19 $53.70 million N/A N/A

ESCO Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Vocera Communications.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Vocera Communications and ESCO Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vocera Communications 0 1 8 0 2.89
ESCO Technologies 0 1 4 0 2.80

Vocera Communications currently has a consensus target price of $32.75, indicating a potential upside of 34.44%. ESCO Technologies has a consensus target price of $69.00, indicating a potential upside of 18.45%. Given Vocera Communications’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Vocera Communications is more favorable than ESCO Technologies.

Summary

ESCO Technologies beats Vocera Communications on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About ESCO Technologies

ESCO Technologies Inc. (ESCO) is a producer of engineered products and systems sold to customers for utility, industrial, aerospace and commercial applications. The Company operates through four segments: Filtration/Fluid Flow (Filtration), RF Shielding and Test (Test), Utility Solutions Group (USG) and Technical Packaging. The filtration segment’s activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Crissair, Inc. (Crissair), PTI Technologies Inc. (PTI), VACCO Industries (VACCO) and Westland Technologies Inc. (Westland). The Test segment activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Beijing Lindgren ElectronMagnetic Technology Co., Ltd., ETS-Lindgren Inc. and ETS-Lindgren OY. The USG segment activities are managed by its subsidiaries, including Doble Engineering Company, Doble PowerTest Ltd and Doble TransiNor AS. The technical packaging activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Thermoform Engineered Quality LLC (TEQ), Plastique Limited and Plastique Sp. z o.o.

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