BIO-key International (NASDAQ:BKYI) and Echelon (NASDAQ:ELON) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares BIO-key International and Echelon’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BIO-key International -92.72% -40.25% -35.78%
Echelon N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for BIO-key International and Echelon, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BIO-key International 0 0 1 0 3.00
Echelon 0 0 0 0 N/A

BIO-key International currently has a consensus price target of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 236.13%. Given BIO-key International’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe BIO-key International is more favorable than Echelon.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.8% of BIO-key International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.9% of Echelon shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.4% of BIO-key International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.0% of Echelon shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares BIO-key International and Echelon’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BIO-key International $6.30 million 2.64 -$4.27 million N/A N/A
Echelon N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Echelon has lower revenue, but higher earnings than BIO-key International.

Summary

Echelon beats BIO-key International on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About BIO-key International

BIO-key International, Inc. develops and markets fingerprint biometric identification and identity verification technologies, authentication-transaction security technologies, and related identity management and credentialing biometric hardware and software solutions. Its solutions enable application developers, value added resellers, and channel partners to integrate fingerprint biometrics into their applications. The company's products include Vector Segment Technology SDK, a biometric software development kit that provides developers the ability to incorporate its biometric capabilities into their respective product offerings or infrastructure; Intelligent Image Indexing, a biometric identification solution that offers one-to-many and one-to-one user identification; and Biometric Service Provider, which provides support for the BioAPI for a compliant interface to applications using biometrics for verification and identification. Its products also comprise ID Director, a solution for single sign on integration with CA Technologies SiteMinder, Oracle's Fusion Middleware SSO, IBM Tivoli Access Manager, and other solutions; and WEB-key, an authentication-transaction security technology to conduct identification and identity verification transactions in insecure environments, such as the world wide Web or off-site cloud environments. The company also sells third-party hardware components. BIO-key International, Inc. markets its products through its direct sales force, as well as through distributors, resellers, integrators, and partner networks to government and corporate customers primarily in North America. It has strategic partnership with Quantum Business Advisory to bring its software and hardware solutions to enterprises in India. The company was formerly known as SAC Technologies and changed its name to BIO-key International, Inc. in 2002. BIO-key International, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Wall, New Jersey.

About Echelon

Echelon Corporation develops, markets, and sells embedded components, modules, edge servers, and software. The company offers chips, gateways, and design and management software under the LONWORKS and IzoT brands. It also provides a range of control networking solutions under the LumInsight and Lumewave by Echelon brands that consist of wired and wireless control nodes; smart gateways for interconnecting the control nodes; and a software-based Central Management System, which is used for startup, commissioning, management, and monitoring of the lighting network. The company sells its products and services to original equipment manufacturers and systems integrators in the building, industrial, transportation, utility/home, and other automation markets. The company markets its products in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific/Japan through direct sales organization, third-party electronics representatives, value-added resellers, and distributors. Echelon Corporation was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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