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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of 5Barz International shares are held by institutional investors. 20.7% of 5Barz International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.9% of Vocera Communications shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for 5Barz International and Vocera Communications, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
5Barz International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Vocera Communications 0 1 7 0 2.88

Vocera Communications has a consensus price target of $40.38, suggesting a potential downside of 0.46%. Given Vocera Communications’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vocera Communications is more favorable than 5Barz International.

Volatility and Risk

5Barz International has a beta of 1.49, suggesting that its stock price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vocera Communications has a beta of 0.24, suggesting that its stock price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares 5Barz International and Vocera Communications’ 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
Vocera Communications $162.55 million 7.53 -$14.21 million ($0.30) -135.20

5Barz International has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Vocera Communications.


This table compares 5Barz International and Vocera Communications’ 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
Vocera Communications -3.36% -0.71% -0.36%


5Barz International beats Vocera Communications on 6 of the 9 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 Vocera Communications

Vocera Communications, Inc. provides secure, integrated, and intelligent communication and workflow solutions that empowers mobile workers in healthcare, hospitality, energy, and other mission-critical mobile work environments in the United States and internationally. The company's communication solution could be integrated with other clinical systems, including electronic health records, nurse call systems, and patient monitoring, as well as to provide critical data, alerts, alarms, and clinical context that enable workflow. It also offers Vocera Communication and Workflow System, a software platform, which connects communication devices, including hands-free, wearable, voice-controlled communication badges, and third-party mobile devices. In addition, the company offers Experience Innovation Network, a membership program, which partners with healthcare provider organizations for the development of innovations and solutions that enhance care team and patient experience, as well as clinical and operational performance. Further, it provides professional and technical support services; and classroom training, distance learning, or customized courseware for systems administrators, IT and industry-specific professionals, and end-user educators. As of December 31, 2017, Vocera Communications, Inc. provided its solutions to approximately 1,500 healthcare facilities, including large hospital systems, small and medium-sized local hospitals, and various clinics, surgery centers, and aged-care facilities. The company sells its products through direct sales force, resellers, and distributors. Vocera Communications, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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