Reviewing Vuzix (VUZI) and Motorola Solutions (MSI)

Vuzix (NASDAQ:VUZI) and Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

22.8% of Vuzix shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.1% of Motorola Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 14.7% of Vuzix shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.0% of Motorola Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.



Dividends

Motorola Solutions pays an annual dividend of $2.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Vuzix does not pay a dividend. Motorola Solutions pays out 33.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Motorola Solutions has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Vuzix and Motorola Solutions, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vuzix 0 0 2 0 3.00
Motorola Solutions 1 3 10 0 2.64

Vuzix presently has a consensus target price of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 295.26%. Motorola Solutions has a consensus target price of $137.81, indicating a potential downside of 4.72%. Given Vuzix’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Vuzix is more favorable than Motorola Solutions.

Profitability

This table compares Vuzix and Motorola Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vuzix -288.62% -63.78% -56.77%
Motorola Solutions 13.29% -91.61% 12.92%

Volatility and Risk

Vuzix has a beta of 0.6, suggesting that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Motorola Solutions has a beta of 0.59, suggesting that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vuzix and Motorola Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vuzix $8.09 million 8.63 -$21.88 million ($0.85) -2.98
Motorola Solutions $7.34 billion 3.25 $966.00 million $6.83 21.18

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

Summary

Motorola Solutions beats Vuzix on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Vuzix

Vuzix Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and sells augmented reality (AR) wearable display devices in North America, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and internationally. The company offers its products in the form of smart glasses and AR glasses. Its products include monocular smart glasses for enterprise, industrial, commercial, and medical markets; and blade smart sunglasses for applications ranging from basic text messaging and answering the phone to overlaying mapping directions, menus, weather, events, stock quotes, video conferencing, sports updates, social feeds, bio-metrics, and others. The company is also developing a binocular AR smart glasses product that provides the user a live, direct, or indirect view of a real-world environment. Its AR wearable display devices are worn like eyeglasses or attach to a head worn mount to view, record, and interact with video and digital content, such as computer data, the Internet, social media, and entertainment applications. In addition, the company offers an app store on its Websites, which enables users to download and purchase applications, including third party applications; VUZIX Basics, an application that provides the benefits of smart glasses to users; and VUZIX Basics Video that offers remote telepresence capabilities. Further, it provides waveguide optics and design reference kits; custom and engineering solutions; and defense and security products. Vuzix Corporation offers its products directly to end customers, as well as through specialty retailers, online retailers, distributors, value-added resellers, and Webstores. 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 headquartered in West Henrietta, New York.

About Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions, Inc. provides mission-critical communication solutions the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Products and Systems Integration, and Services and Software. The Products and Systems Integration segment offers a portfolio of infrastructure, devices, accessories, and video solutions, as well as the implementation, optimization, and integration of networks, devices, software, and applications for government, public safety and first-responder agencies, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers. Its products include two-way portable and vehicle-mounted radios, accessories, software features, and upgrades; video cameras; radio network core and central processing software, base stations, consoles, and repeaters; and video analytics, network video management hardware and software, and access control solutions. The Services segment provides repair, technical support, and hardware maintenance services. This segment also offers monitoring, software updates, and cybersecurity services; and public safety and enterprise command center software suite, unified communications applications, and video software solutions. It serves for government, public safety, and commercial communication networks. The company was formerly known as Motorola, Inc. and changed its name to Motorola Solutions, Inc. in January 2011. Motorola Solutions, Inc. was founded in 1928 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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