Critical Review: Xplore Technologies (XPLR) & Its Peers

Xplore Technologies (NASDAQ: XPLR) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer & office equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Xplore Technologies to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Xplore Technologies and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Xplore Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00
Xplore Technologies Competitors 309 1735 2312 86 2.49

Xplore Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $4.93, suggesting a potential upside of 52.48%. As a group, “Computer & office equipment” companies have a potential upside of 9.70%. Given Xplore Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Xplore Technologies is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Xplore Technologies and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Xplore Technologies 0.54% 3.73% 1.96%
Xplore Technologies Competitors -2.03% -4.49% 3.26%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Xplore Technologies and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Xplore Technologies $77.93 million -$2.55 million -14.04
Xplore Technologies Competitors $12.01 billion $456.58 million 18.46

Xplore Technologies’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Xplore Technologies. Xplore Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

22.5% of Xplore Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.5% of shares of all “Computer & office equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.2% of Xplore Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of shares of all “Computer & office equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Xplore Technologies has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Xplore Technologies’ competitors have a beta of 0.78, suggesting that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Xplore Technologies competitors beat Xplore Technologies on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Xplore Technologies

Xplore Technologies Corp. develops, integrates, and markets rugged mobile personal computer systems in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company's products enable the extension of traditional computing systems to a range of field personnel, including energy pipeline inspectors, public safety personnel, warehouse workers, and pharmaceutical scientists. It offers a line of iX104 tablet PCs that are designed to operate in various work environments, such as extreme temperatures, constant vibrations, rain, and blowing dirt and dusty conditions; and are fitted with a range of performance matched accessories comprising multiple docking station solutions, wireless connectivity alternatives, global positioning system modules, and biometric and smartcard modules, as well as traditional peripherals, such as keyboards, mice, and cases. The company's products also consist of XSlate B10 and XSlate D10 rugged tablets; XSLATE R12 and Motion F5m/C5m tablets; and Bobcat, a rugged tablet that has a Windows operating system. It serves public safety, utility, telecommunications, field service, warehousing logistics, transportation, oil and gas production, manufacturing, route delivery, military, and homeland security markets. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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