Head-To-Head Review: Vuzix (VUZI) & Its Competitors

Vuzix (NASDAQ: VUZI) is one of 42 publicly-traded companies in the “Radio & t.v. communications equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Vuzix to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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8.1% of Vuzix shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 42.5% of shares of all “Radio & t.v. communications equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 18.4% of Vuzix shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.3% of shares of all “Radio & t.v. communications equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vuzix -354.51% -123.93% -99.72%
Vuzix Competitors -215.99% -28.21% -15.01%

Volatility & Risk

Vuzix has a beta of 1.23, indicating that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vuzix’s peers have a beta of 1.05, indicating that their average share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vuzix and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Vuzix $5.54 million -$19.63 million -5.90
Vuzix Competitors $3.90 billion $104.43 million 14.09

Vuzix’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Vuzix. Vuzix 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Vuzix and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vuzix 0 0 3 0 3.00
Vuzix Competitors 282 1292 1809 100 2.50

Vuzix presently has a consensus target price of $10.50, indicating a potential upside of 75.00%. As a group, “Radio & t.v. communications equipment” companies have a potential upside of 14.11%. Given Vuzix’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Vuzix is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Vuzix peers beat Vuzix on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Vuzix

Vuzix Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and sells wearable display devices in the United States and internationally. The company's products are worn like eyeglasses that enable the user to view video and digital content, such as movies, computer data, the Internet, or video games. Its products include binocular wearable displays that contain two micro displays mounted in a frame attached to eyeglass-style temples or stereo headphones; monocular smart glasses products for the enterprise, industrial, and commercial markets, as well as video headphones; augmented reality products, which provide the user a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, and real-world environment; and video viewing glasses as mobile displays for entertainment and gaming for on-the-go users, as well as support for stepping into virtual worlds, simulations, and virtual reality gaming. The company sells its products under the Vuzix brand name. Vuzix Corporation offers its products directly to consumers, as well as through specialty retailers, online retailers, distributors, resellers, and Web stores. The company was formerly known as Icuiti Corporation and changed its name to Vuzix Corporation in 2007. Vuzix Corporation was founded in 1997 and is based in West Henrietta, New York.

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