Uni-Pixel (OTCMKTS: UNXLQ) and Zebra Technologies (NASDAQ:ZBRA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Uni-Pixel and Zebra Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Uni-Pixel $4.10 million 0.22 -$29.43 million ($0.70) -0.02
Zebra Technologies $3.57 billion 1.64 -$137.00 million $0.59 187.05

Uni-Pixel has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Zebra Technologies. Uni-Pixel is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Zebra Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Uni-Pixel has a beta of 0.67, meaning that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Zebra Technologies has a beta of 1.59, meaning that its share price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Uni-Pixel and Zebra Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Uni-Pixel 0 2 0 0 2.00
Zebra Technologies 0 3 7 0 2.70

Uni-Pixel presently has a consensus price target of $1.21, indicating a potential upside of 9,580.00%. Zebra Technologies has a consensus price target of $112.71, indicating a potential upside of 2.13%. Given Uni-Pixel’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Uni-Pixel is more favorable than Zebra Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Uni-Pixel and Zebra Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Uni-Pixel -675.26% -627.00% -249.93%
Zebra Technologies 0.82% 41.17% 7.29%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Uni-Pixel shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.7% of Zebra Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Uni-Pixel shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of Zebra Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Zebra Technologies beats Uni-Pixel on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Uni-Pixel Company Profile

Uni-Pixel, Inc. develops and markets touch sensor films for the touch screen and flexible electronics markets. The Company’s roll-to-roll electronics manufacturing process patterns fine line conductive elements on thin films. The Company markets its technologies for touch panel sensor and hard coat resin for cover glass replacement, and protective cover film applications under the XTouch and Diamond Guard brands. The Company is engaged in the optical design and manufacturing of microstructured polymer film materials and related technologies for the display, flexible electronics and automotive industries. It makes transparent conductive films and flexible electronic films for high volume, roll to roll patterning of flexible thin-film conductor patterns. The Company sells the touch screen films under the brand XTouch, as sub-components of a fully assembled touch sensor module. The Company has developed a hard coat resin that can be applied using film, spray or inkjet coating methods.

Zebra Technologies Company Profile

Zebra Technologies Corporation designs, manufactures and sells a range of automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) products. The Company’s AIDC products include mobile computers, barcode scanners, radio frequency identification (RFID) readers, wireless local area network (WLAN) products, specialty printers for barcode labeling and personal identification, real-time location systems (RTLS), related accessories and supplies, such as self-adhesive labels and other consumables, and utilities and application software. The Company operates through two segments: Enterprise, which comprises its mobile computing, data capture, RFID and WLAN products, and services, and Legacy Zebra, which comprises barcode and card printing, location solutions, supplies and services. The Company’s products are used in automatic identification (auto ID), data collection and personal identification applications.

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