Electronic Systems Technology (OTCMKTS:ELST) and IntriCon (NASDAQ:IIN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

Electronic Systems Technology has a beta of -0.43, suggesting that its stock price is 143% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IntriCon has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Electronic Systems Technology and IntriCon’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Electronic Systems Technology -26.21% -18.83% -18.29%
IntriCon 4.82% 13.06% 7.09%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Electronic Systems Technology and IntriCon, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Electronic Systems Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
IntriCon 0 1 2 0 2.67

IntriCon has a consensus target price of $51.67, indicating a potential upside of 49.93%. Given IntriCon’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe IntriCon is more favorable than Electronic Systems Technology.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Electronic Systems Technology and IntriCon’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Electronic Systems Technology $1.42 million 1.34 -$440,000.00 N/A N/A
IntriCon $88.31 million 3.37 $1.80 million $0.29 118.83

IntriCon has higher revenue and earnings than Electronic Systems Technology.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

47.7% of IntriCon shares are owned by institutional investors. 45.7% of Electronic Systems Technology shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 21.2% of IntriCon 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.

Summary

IntriCon beats Electronic Systems Technology on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Electronic Systems Technology Company Profile

Electronic Systems Technology, Inc., doing business as ESTeem Wireless Modems, designs, develops, manufactures and markets industrial wireless products and accessories in the United States and internationally. Its ESTeem industrial wireless products provide communication links between computers networks, network enabled devices, and mobile devices without cables. The company also offers data radio products for process automation in commercial, industrial, and government arenas, as well as various accessories to support the ESTeem products, such as antennas, power supplies, and cable assemblies. In addition, it offers repair and upgrade services; and professional, site survey testing, system start-up, and custom engineering services. The company's products are used in various applications, including water/wastewater, oil/gas, mining, and industrial automation. It markets its products through direct sales, sales representatives, and resellers. Electronic Systems Technology, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is based in Kennewick, Washington.

IntriCon Company Profile

IntriCon Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, and distributes body-worn devices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Body Worn Devices and Hearing Health Direct-To-Consumer. It offers micro-miniature products, microelectronics; micro-mechanical assemblies; high-precision injection-molded plastic components; and assemblies and software solutions for medical bio-telemetry devices, hearing healthcare, and professional audio communication devices markets. The company also provides medical and micro coils for pacemaker programming and interventional catheter positioning applications; bubble sensors and flow restrictors that monitor and control the flow of fluid in an intravenous infusion system; and safety needle products for original equipment manufacturing customers. In addition, it offers professional audio headset products used for emergency response needs in the fire, law enforcement, safety, aviation, and military markets; and a line of miniature ear-and head-worn devices used by performers and support staff in the music and stage performance markets. The company sells its hearing device products, and medical and professional audio communications products directly to hearing instrument manufacturers, distributors, and partnerships; and microphone products to the radio communication and professional audio industries, as well as markets and sells hearing aid devices directly to consumers through direct mail advertising, Internet, and call center. IntriCon Corporation was formerly known as Selas Corporation of America. The company was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Arden Hills, Minnesota.

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