ParkerVision (NASDAQ:PRKR) and CalAmp (NASDAQ:CAMP) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

9.5% of ParkerVision shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.2% of CalAmp shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.6% of ParkerVision shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of CalAmp shares are owned 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.


This table compares ParkerVision and CalAmp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ParkerVision N/A N/A -219.02%
CalAmp 7.45% 17.26% 7.21%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for ParkerVision and CalAmp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ParkerVision 0 0 0 0 N/A
CalAmp 0 3 5 0 2.63

CalAmp has a consensus target price of $26.71, suggesting a potential upside of 18.47%. Given CalAmp’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CalAmp is more favorable than ParkerVision.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ParkerVision and CalAmp’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ParkerVision $100,000.00 144.93 -$19.25 million ($1.05) -0.53
CalAmp $365.91 million 2.17 $16.61 million $0.92 24.51

CalAmp has higher revenue and earnings than ParkerVision. ParkerVision is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CalAmp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

ParkerVision has a beta of 1.95, meaning that its stock price is 95% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CalAmp has a beta of 1.86, meaning that its stock price is 86% more volatile than the S&P 500.


CalAmp beats ParkerVision on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ParkerVision

ParkerVision, Inc. designs, develops, and markets radio frequency (RF) technologies for use in wireless communication products in the United States. Its technologies apply to transmit and receive functions of transmitters, receivers, and transceivers, as well as other related RF communications functions. The company also offers WiFi products, including a two-unit system designed for coverage areas of up to 2,000 square feet and a three-unit system designed for coverage areas of up to 4,000 square feet; and integrated circuit products, such as PV5870 IC, a modulator/demodulator component. It sells home and small business networking products under the Milo brand. The company sells its Milo WiFi products through online sales channels and its own online store, as well as directly to Internet service providers. ParkerVision, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

About CalAmp

CalAmp Corp. provides in telematics systems, and software and subscription services worldwide. The company provides mobile resource management telematics devices for the Internet of Things market, which enable customers to optimize their operations by collecting, monitoring, and reporting business-critical information and desired intelligence from remote and mobile assets. It also offers a portfolio of wireless networking products, including asset tracking units, mobile telematics devices, and fixed and mobile wireless gateways and routers; telematics cloud platform applications; and software as a service applications. The company sells its products and services to customers in the transportation, government, construction, and automotive markets through direct sales organization, a network of licensees, and sales representatives, as well as through Websites and digital presence. CalAmp Corp. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.

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