Analyzing 5Barz International (BARZ) and ESCO Technologies (ESE)

5Barz International (OTCMKTS:BARZ) and ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares 5Barz International and ESCO Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
5Barz International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
ESCO Technologies $771.58 million 2.21 $92.13 million $2.77 23.74

ESCO Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than 5Barz International.

Profitability

This table compares 5Barz International and ESCO Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
5Barz International N/A N/A N/A
ESCO Technologies 11.94% 10.06% 5.80%

Dividends

ESCO Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. 5Barz International does not pay a dividend. ESCO Technologies pays out 11.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for 5Barz International and ESCO Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
5Barz International 0 0 0 0 N/A
ESCO Technologies 0 1 2 0 2.67

ESCO Technologies has a consensus target price of $73.67, suggesting a potential upside of 12.04%. Given ESCO Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ESCO Technologies is more favorable than 5Barz International.

Volatility and Risk

5Barz International has a beta of 1.49, suggesting that its share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ESCO Technologies has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of 5Barz International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.7% of ESCO Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.7% of 5Barz International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of ESCO Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

ESCO Technologies beats 5Barz International on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About 5Barz International

5BARz International, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells a line of cellular network infrastructure devices for use in the office, home, and mobile market places in India, Latin America, the United States, and Western Europe. The company's 5BARz brand products strengthen weak cellular signals to deliver high quality signals for voice, data, and video reception on cell phones and other cellular equipped devices. It offers 5BARz Road Warrior, a plug and play device designed for users on the go; and 5BARz Network Extender that provides increased voice experience and data throughput covering an area of some 4,000 square feet used in the home or office. The company was formerly known as Bio-Stuff Inc. and changed its name to 5Barz International, Inc. in December 2010. 5BARz International, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

About ESCO Technologies

ESCO Technologies Inc. produces and supplies engineered products and systems for utility, industrial, aerospace, and commercial users worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Filtration/Fluid Flow (Filtration), RF Shielding and Test (Test), Utility Solutions Group (USG), and Technical Packaging. The Filtration segment supplies filter elements, manifolds, assemblies, modules, indicators, custom and standard valves, filters, regulators, actuators, and other related components; elastomeric-based signature reduction solutions; and mission-critical bushings, pins, sleeves, and precision-tolerance machined components, as well as processing services. The Test segment designs and manufactures RF test and secure communication facilities, acoustic test enclosures, RF and magnetically shielded rooms, RF measurement systems, and broadcast and recording studios; and RF absorptive materials and filters, active compensation systems, antennas, antenna masts, turntables, electric and magnetic probes, RF test cells, proprietary measurement software, and other test accessories to perform various tests, as well as calibration for antennas and field probes, chamber certification, field surveys, customer training, and various product tests. The USG segment offers diagnostic testing solutions for electrical equipment. Its solutions include protection diagnostics with the Doble Protection Suite, RTS, Manta MTS-5100, and F6000 series; the M4100 and transformational technology of the M7100 Doble Tester, the dobleARMS asset risk management system, and the Enoserv PowerBase and DUCe compliance tools. The Technical Packaging segment offers thermoformed products and packaging materials for medical, pharmaceutical, retail, food, and electronic applications. The company distributes its products through a network of distributors, sales representatives, direct sales teams, and in-house sales personnel. ESCO Technologies Inc. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

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