Head-To-Head Contrast: I.D. Systems (IDSY) & Sierra Wireless (SWIR)

I.D. Systems (NASDAQ: IDSY) and Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and profitabiliy.

Risk & Volatility

I.D. Systems has a beta of 0.09, meaning that its stock price is 91% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sierra Wireless has a beta of 2.96, meaning that its stock price is 196% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

44.1% of I.D. Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.4% of Sierra Wireless shares are held by institutional investors. 13.8% of I.D. Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Sierra Wireless shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares I.D. Systems and Sierra Wireless’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
I.D. Systems $34.34 million 2.44 -$6.37 million ($0.58) -10.67
Sierra Wireless $634.60 million 1.47 $40.36 million $0.44 66.25

Sierra Wireless has higher revenue and earnings than I.D. Systems. I.D. Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sierra Wireless, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for I.D. Systems and Sierra Wireless, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
I.D. Systems 0 1 2 0 2.67
Sierra Wireless 1 7 2 0 2.10

I.D. Systems presently has a consensus price target of $7.42, suggesting a potential upside of 19.82%. Sierra Wireless has a consensus price target of $23.56, suggesting a potential downside of 19.19%. Given I.D. Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe I.D. Systems is more favorable than Sierra Wireless.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
I.D. Systems -22.01% -38.85% -15.40%
Sierra Wireless 2.28% 8.25% 5.26%


Sierra Wireless beats I.D. Systems on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

I.D. Systems Company Profile

I.D. Systems, Inc. (I.D. Systems) develops, markets and sells wireless machine-to-machine solutions for managing and securing enterprise assets, which include industrial vehicles, such as forklifts and airport ground support equipment, rental vehicles, and transportation assets, such as dry van trailers, refrigerated trailers, railcars and containers. Its systems utilize radio frequency identification (RFID), wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi), satellite or cellular communications, and sensor technology and software to control, track, monitor and analyze assets. It provides data reporting and analysis software tool platform, I.D. Systems Analytics PowerFleet IQ (for fleets of forklifts and other industrial trucks) and VeriWise IQ (for fleets of containers, trailers and other transportation assets). Its solutions include industrial and rental fleet asset management, industrial fleet asset management, transportation asset management and rental fleet asset management solutions.

Sierra Wireless Company Profile

Sierra Wireless, Inc. is engaged in building the Internet of Things (IoT) with wireless solutions for organizations. The Company’s OEM Solution segment offers cellular embedded wireless modules for IoT connectivity, including an embedded application framework to support customer applications. The Company’s Enterprise Solution segment offers intelligent routers and gateways, including management tools and applications that enable cellular connectivity. The Company’s Cloud and Connectivity Services segment offers a cloud based platform for deploying and managing IoT applications, Smart SIM supported by mobile core networks, and managed wireless broadband services to enable customer IoT deployments. The Company offers a portfolio of second generation, third generation, and fourth generation cellular embedded wireless modules and gateways, integrated with its secure cloud and connectivity services. The Company offers its products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and enterprises.

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