Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) & Uni-Pixel (UNXLQ) Critical Contrast

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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Zebra Technologies and Uni-Pixel’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Zebra Technologies $3.57 billion 1.55 -$137.00 million $0.57 182.95
Uni-Pixel $4.10 million 0.18 -$29.43 million ($0.70) -0.01

Uni-Pixel has lower revenue, but higher earnings 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

Zebra Technologies has a beta of 1.59, suggesting that its stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Uni-Pixel has a beta of 0.66, suggesting that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.6% of Zebra Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Uni-Pixel shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Zebra Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of Uni-Pixel shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Zebra Technologies and Uni-Pixel, as provided by MarketBeat.

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

Zebra Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $112.71, indicating a potential upside of 8.09%. Uni-Pixel has a consensus price target of $1.21, indicating a potential upside of 12,000.00%. Given Uni-Pixel’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Uni-Pixel is more favorable than Zebra Technologies.

Summary

Zebra Technologies beats Uni-Pixel on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Zebra Technologies

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.

About Uni-Pixel

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.

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