Vocera Communications (NYSE: VCRA) is one of 67 publicly-traded companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Vocera Communications to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Vocera Communications and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vocera Communications -17.28% -14.71% -8.54%
Vocera Communications Competitors -1.68% -6.44% 0.52%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Vocera Communications and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vocera Communications 0 0 5 0 3.00
Vocera Communications Competitors 473 2695 4058 194 2.54

Vocera Communications presently has a consensus price target of $30.40, suggesting a potential upside of 1.88%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 27.36%. Given Vocera Communications’ peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Vocera Communications has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.0% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.3% of Vocera Communications shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.4% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Vocera Communications has a beta of -0.29, meaning that its share price is 129% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vocera Communications’ peers have a beta of 1.17, meaning that their average share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vocera Communications and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Vocera Communications $144.51 million -$12.09 million -33.16
Vocera Communications Competitors $2.41 billion $618.15 million 26.41

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

Summary

Vocera Communications peers beat Vocera Communications on 10 of the 12 factors compared.

Vocera Communications Company Profile

Vocera Communications, Inc. is a provider of communication solutions for mobile workers in healthcare, hospitality, energy, education and other industries. The Company’s segments include Product and Service. The Company’s solutions include the Vocera Communication System, Vocera Care Experience, Vocera Engage integration platform, smartphone applications and its Experience Innovation Network. The Company’s Vocera Communication System consists of a software platform that connects communication devices, including its hands-free, wearable, voice-controlled communication badges, and third-party mobile devices that use its software applications to become part of the Vocera system. Its Vocera Collaboration Suite combines calling, texting, alerting and content distribution capabilities of Vocera into a smartphone application. Its Vocera Secure Texting is an alternative to non-secure short message service (SMS) texting.

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