Vuzix (NASDAQ: VUZI) is one of 42 public companies in the “Radio & t.v. communications equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Vuzix to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Profitability

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This table compares Vuzix and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vuzix -354.51% -123.93% -99.72%
Vuzix Competitors -215.99% -28.21% -15.01%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Vuzix and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vuzix 0 0 3 0 3.00
Vuzix Competitors 282 1292 1809 100 2.50

Vuzix presently has a consensus price target of $10.50, suggesting a potential upside of 75.00%. As a group, “Radio & t.v. communications equipment” companies have a potential upside of 14.11%. Given Vuzix’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Vuzix is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Vuzix and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Vuzix $5.54 million -$19.63 million -5.90
Vuzix Competitors $3.90 billion $104.43 million 14.09

Vuzix’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Vuzix. Vuzix is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Vuzix has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vuzix’s competitors have a beta of 1.05, suggesting that their average stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

8.1% of Vuzix shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 42.5% of shares of all “Radio & t.v. communications equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.4% of Vuzix shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.3% of shares of all “Radio & t.v. communications equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Vuzix competitors beat Vuzix on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Vuzix

Vuzix Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and sells wearable display devices in the United States and internationally. The company's products are worn like eyeglasses that enable the user to view video and digital content, such as movies, computer data, the Internet, or video games. Its products include binocular wearable displays that contain two micro displays mounted in a frame attached to eyeglass-style temples or stereo headphones; monocular smart glasses products for the enterprise, industrial, and commercial markets, as well as video headphones; augmented reality products, which provide the user a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, and real-world environment; and video viewing glasses as mobile displays for entertainment and gaming for on-the-go users, as well as support for stepping into virtual worlds, simulations, and virtual reality gaming. The company sells its products under the Vuzix brand name. Vuzix Corporation offers its products directly to consumers, as well as through specialty retailers, online retailers, distributors, resellers, and Web stores. The company was formerly known as Icuiti Corporation and changed its name to Vuzix Corporation in 2007. Vuzix Corporation was founded in 1997 and is based in West Henrietta, New York.

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