Head-To-Head Review: Technical Communications (TCCO) versus PC Tel (PCTI)

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Technical Communications (NASDAQ:TCCO) and PC Tel (NASDAQ:PCTI) 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 dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Technical Communications and PC Tel’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Technical Communications 2.00% 3.21% 2.86%
PC Tel -0.59% -1.57% -1.36%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Technical Communications and PC Tel, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Technical Communications 0 0 0 0 N/A
PC Tel 0 1 1 0 2.50

PC Tel has a consensus price target of $5.25, indicating a potential downside of 2.42%. Given PC Tel’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe PC Tel is more favorable than Technical Communications.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Technical Communications and PC Tel’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Technical Communications $5.31 million 0.94 $100,000.00 N/A N/A
PC Tel $91.44 million 1.08 $3.82 million $0.10 53.80

PC Tel has higher revenue and earnings than Technical Communications.

Dividends

PC Tel pays an annual dividend of $0.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Technical Communications does not pay a dividend. PC Tel pays out 220.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. PC Tel has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.1% of Technical Communications shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.1% of PC Tel shares are held by institutional investors. 25.7% of Technical Communications shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of PC Tel shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Technical Communications has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PC Tel has a beta of 0.3, suggesting that its stock price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

PC Tel beats Technical Communications on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Technical Communications Company Profile

Technical Communications Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, distributes, markets, and sells communications security devices, systems, and services worldwide. The company primarily provides voice, data, and fax, and voice networks. Its products include government systems, such as DSD 72A-SP military bulk encryptor, CSD 3324 SE telephone/fax encryptor, and the DSP 9000 radio encryption system, as well as the HSE 6000 squad radio headset and telephone encryptor for public safety special operations land mobile radio applications and for military applications. The company also provides secure office systems, such as CSD 4100 executive secure telephone and CipherTalk 8500 Internet protocol (IP)-based secure wireless phone. In addition, it offers network security systems comprising network encryption systems with KEYNET centralized key and device management for IP, SONET/SDH, and frame relay networks to secure data in transit from local area network to local area network and across wide area networks. The company's products are used to protect confidentiality in communications between radios, telephones, mobile phones, facsimile machines, and data network equipment over wires, fiber optic cables, radio waves, and microwave and satellite links. It serves various markets, including foreign and domestic governmental agencies, law enforcement and military agencies, telecommunications carriers, financial institutions, and multinational companies requiring protection of mission-critical information. The company sells directly to customers, original equipment manufacturers, and value-added resellers using its in-house sales force, as well as domestic and international representatives, consultants, and distributors. Technical Communications Corporation was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Concord, Massachusetts.

PC Tel Company Profile

PCTEL, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, delivers performance critical telecom solutions in the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. The company operates in two segments, Connected Solutions and RF Solutions. The Connected Solutions segment designs and delivers precision antennas, which are used primarily in small cells, enterprise Wi-Fi access points, fleet management and transit systems, and in equipment and devices for the Industrial Internet of Things. The RF Solutions segment provides test tools that enhance the performance of wireless networks. The company serves public and private carriers, wireless infrastructure providers, wireless equipment distributors, and value added resellers, as well as original equipment manufacturer providers. PCTEL, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Bloomingdale, Illinois.

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