Critical Analysis: Superconductor Technologies (SCON) vs. pdvWireless (PDVW)

Superconductor Technologies (NASDAQ: SCON) and pdvWireless (NASDAQ:PDVW) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.


This table compares Superconductor Technologies and pdvWireless’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Superconductor Technologies -26,445.00% -99.84% -90.61%
pdvWireless -711.56% -15.52% -14.61%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Superconductor Technologies and pdvWireless’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Superconductor Technologies $39,999.00 262.72 -$8.69 million ($2.04) -0.48
pdvWireless $5.21 million 78.31 -$27.65 million ($2.57) -11.01

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Superconductor Technologies and pdvWireless, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Superconductor Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00
pdvWireless 0 0 2 0 3.00

Superconductor Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 206.15%. pdvWireless has a consensus price target of $51.00, suggesting a potential upside of 80.21%. Given Superconductor Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Superconductor Technologies is more favorable than pdvWireless.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.6% of Superconductor Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.5% of pdvWireless shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Superconductor Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.9% of pdvWireless shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Superconductor Technologies has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, pdvWireless has a beta of 0.44, meaning that its stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500.


pdvWireless beats Superconductor Technologies on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Superconductor Technologies Company Profile

Superconductor Technologies Inc. is engaged in developing and commercializing high temperature superconductor (HTS) materials and related technologies. The Company operates through the research, development, manufacture and marketing of high performance products used in cellular base stations segment. The Company develops products for the utility and telecommunications industries. The Company offers family of products, including SuperLink, which combines a specialized filter using HTS technology with a cryogenic cooler and a low-noise amplifier; AmpLink, which provides duplexing and uplink enhancement for personal communications service (PCS) and advanced wireless services (AWS) base stations, and SuperPlex, which provides a line of multiplexing solutions to reduce the need for additional antennas and coaxial cable feed lines, while providing functionality in both the 850 megahertz (MHz) cellular band and the 1,900 MHz PCS band.

pdvWireless Company Profile

pdvWireless, Inc., formerly Pacific DataVision, Inc., is a wireless communications carrier and a provider of mobile workforce communication and location-based solutions. The Company’s solutions focus on enhancing the productivity of its customers’ field-based workers, and the efficiency of their dispatch and call center operations. The Company is deploying and operating the two-way radio networks that offer push-to-talk (PTT) communications services to primarily dispatch-centric, small and medium-sized businesses. The Company has launched its PTT networks in markets throughout the United States. The Company offers its DispatchPlus service, which combines pdvConnect, its suite of mobile communication and workforce management applications with digital network architecture and mobile devices. Developed for dispatch-centric businesses, pdvConnect enables businesses to locate and communicate with their field workers.

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