Head-To-Head Survey: Supercom (SPCB) & Impinj (PI)

Supercom (NASDAQ: SPCB) and Impinj (NASDAQ:PI) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Supercom and Impinj’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Supercom -38.60% -24.74% -16.86%
Impinj -5.97% -1.15% -0.87%

Risk & Volatility

Supercom has a beta of 2.56, suggesting that its stock price is 156% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Impinj has a beta of -2.16, suggesting that its stock price is 316% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

21.0% of Supercom shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.7% of Impinj shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.2% of Impinj shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Supercom and Impinj, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Supercom 0 0 2 0 3.00
Impinj 0 3 4 0 2.57

Supercom presently has a consensus price target of $5.25, suggesting a potential upside of 33.25%. Impinj has a consensus price target of $35.80, suggesting a potential upside of 58.62%. Given Impinj’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Impinj is more favorable than Supercom.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Supercom and Impinj’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Supercom $20.33 million 2.90 -$13.99 million ($0.77) -5.12
Impinj $112.29 million 4.21 -$1.67 million ($0.38) -59.39

Impinj has higher revenue and earnings than Supercom. Impinj is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Supercom, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Impinj beats Supercom on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Supercom Company Profile

SuperCom Ltd is a provider of traditional and digital identity solutions, providing safety, identification, tracking and security products to governments, and private and public organizations throughout the world. Through its e-government platforms and solutions for traditional and biometrics enrollment, personalization, issuance and border control services, the Company enables governments and national agencies to design and issue multi-identification documents and digital identity solutions to their citizens and visitors. Its Machine to Machine solutions identify, track and monitor people or objects in real time, enabling its customers to detect unauthorized movement of people, vehicles and other monitored objects. Its SFS products and solutions include SuperPay Suite, PureMoney Suite, SuperPOS, SafeMoney for Smartphones and PowaPOS. Its other offerings include RFID and Mobile PureRF suite, domestic violence victim protection system and PureProtect application, among others.

Impinj Company Profile

Impinj, Inc. is a provider of RAIN radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions. The Company sells a platform that includes endpoint integrated circuits (ICs), reader ICs, readers and gateways that enable wireless connectivity to everyday items, and software that delivers Item Intelligence from endpoint reads. The Impinj Platform connects billions of everyday items, such as apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, drivers’ licenses, food and luggage to applications, such as inventory management, patient safety, asset tracking and item authentication, delivering real-time information to businesses about items they create, manage, transport and sell. The Impinj Platform wirelessly delivers information about these items’ identity, location and authenticity, or Item Intelligence, to the digital world.

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