PowerFleet (NASDAQ:PWFL) vs. I.D. Systems (NASDAQ:IDSY) Critical Comparison

PowerFleet (NASDAQ:PWFL) and I.D. Systems (NASDAQ:IDSY) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.1% of PowerFleet shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.2% of I.D. Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 8.6% of PowerFleet shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.6% of I.D. Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares PowerFleet and I.D. Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PowerFleet $53.06 million 3.36 -$5.81 million ($0.22) -27.27
I.D. Systems $53.06 million 2.10 -$5.81 million ($0.22) -27.41

I.D. Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PowerFleet, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

PowerFleet has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, I.D. Systems has a beta of 1.26, suggesting that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for PowerFleet and I.D. Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PowerFleet 0 0 2 0 3.00
I.D. Systems 0 0 3 0 3.00

PowerFleet presently has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 100.00%. I.D. Systems has a consensus price target of $10.67, suggesting a potential upside of 76.89%. Given PowerFleet’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe PowerFleet is more favorable than I.D. Systems.

Profitability

This table compares PowerFleet and I.D. Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PowerFleet -16.63% -11.60% -5.55%
I.D. Systems -15.49% -13.05% -6.64%

Summary

PowerFleet beats I.D. Systems on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About PowerFleet

There is no company description available for PowerFleet Inc.

About I.D. Systems

I.D. Systems, Inc. develops, markets, and sells wireless machine-to-machine solutions primarily in North America. The company provides integrated wireless solutions that utilize radio frequency identification, Wi-Fi, satellite or cellular communications, sensor technologies, and software to control, monitor, track, and analyze industrial and rental vehicles, as well as transportation assets. It offers industrial truck asset management and connected vehicles products, including on-asset hardware with mounting and user-interface options that provide an autonomous means of asset control and monitoring; wireless asset managers that link the mobile assets being monitored with the customer's computer network or to a remotely hosted server; server software, which manages data communications between the system's database and wireless asset managers or on-asset hardware; and client software. It also offers transportation asset management products comprising on-asset hardware configurations to address various remote asset types; VeriWise Intelligence Portal, a hosted Website that provides Internet access to client asset information; and a direct data feed through XML or Web services. In addition, I.D. Systems, Inc. offers hardware and software solutions, as well as hosting, maintenance, and support and consulting services; and Software as a Service covering system monitoring, help desk technical support, escalation procedure development, routine diagnostic data analysis, and software updates services. The company markets and sells its wireless solutions directly to commercial and government sectors in automotive manufacturing, retail, shipping, freight transportation, heavy industry, wholesale distribution, aerospace and defense, homeland security, and vehicle rental markets, as well as through indirect sales channels, such as original equipment manufacturers and industrial equipment dealers. I.D. Systems, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is based in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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