Critical Contrast: 5Barz International (OTCMKTS:BARZ) & Napco Security Technologies (OTCMKTS:NSSC)

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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares 5Barz International and Napco Security Technologies’ 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 -$4.07 million N/A N/A
Napco Security Technologies $91.75 million 6.21 $7.64 million $0.41 75.22

Napco Security Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than 5Barz International.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of 5Barz International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.2% of Napco Security Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 20.7% of 5Barz International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 38.1% of Napco Security Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for 5Barz International and Napco Security Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
5Barz International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Napco Security Technologies 0 0 3 0 3.00

Napco Security Technologies has a consensus price target of $27.44, suggesting a potential downside of 11.04%. Given Napco Security Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Napco Security Technologies is more favorable than 5Barz International.

Profitability

This table compares 5Barz International and Napco Security 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
Napco Security Technologies 11.12% 17.34% 14.52%

Volatility & Risk

5Barz International has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Napco Security Technologies has a beta of 0.62, indicating that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Napco Security Technologies beats 5Barz International on 9 of the 10 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 and home in India and internationally. It offers 5BARz Network Extender, a plug and play device strengthens weak cellular signals to deliver high quality signals for voice, data, and video reception on cell phones and other cellular equipped devices; and 5BARz ROVR, a smart Wifi device, as well as 5BARz Road Warrior products. 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 Reno, Nevada.

About Napco Security Technologies

Napco Security Technologies, Inc. manufactures and sells security products and software worldwide. The company offers access control systems, door security products, intrusion and fire alarm systems, and video surveillance systems for commercial, residential, institutional, industrial, and governmental applications. Its access control systems include various types of identification readers, control panels, PC-based computers, and electronically activated door-locking devices; and door locking devices comprise microprocessor-based electronic door locks with push button, card readers and bio-metric operation, door alarms, mechanical door locks, and simple dead bolt locks. The company's alarm systems include automatic communicators, cellular communication devices, control panels, combination control panels/digital communicators and digital keypad systems, fire alarm control panels, and area detectors; and video surveillance systems comprise video cameras, control panels, video monitors, or PCs. It also buys and resells various identification readers, video cameras, PC-based computers, and peripheral equipment for access control and video surveillance systems; and markets peripheral and related equipment manufactured by other companies. The company markets and sells its products primarily to independent distributors, dealers, and installers of security equipment. Napco Security Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Amityville, New York.

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