Contrasting Black Box (NASDAQ:BBOX) & Xplore Technologies (XPLR)

Xplore Technologies (NASDAQ:XPLR) and Black Box (NASDAQ:BBOX) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.


This table compares Xplore Technologies and Black Box’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Xplore Technologies 0.35% 3.20% 1.57%
Black Box -12.61% -24.71% -4.83%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

23.8% of Xplore Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.6% of Black Box shares are held by institutional investors. 13.2% of Xplore Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Black Box shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Xplore Technologies has a beta of 0.8, indicating that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Black Box has a beta of 0.83, indicating that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Xplore Technologies and Black Box, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Xplore Technologies 0 1 1 0 2.50
Black Box 0 0 0 0 N/A

Xplore Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.17%. Given Xplore Technologies’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Xplore Technologies is more favorable than Black Box.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Xplore Technologies and Black Box’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Xplore Technologies $86.94 million 0.76 $300,000.00 $0.09 66.56
Black Box $774.60 million 0.02 -$100.09 million N/A N/A

Xplore Technologies has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Black Box.


Xplore Technologies beats Black Box on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Xplore Technologies Company Profile

Xplore Technologies Corp. develops, integrates, and markets rugged mobile personal computer systems in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company's products enable the extension of traditional computing systems to a range of field personnel, including energy pipeline inspectors, public safety personnel, warehouse workers, and pharmaceutical scientists. It offers a line of iX104 tablet PCs that are designed to operate in various work environments, such as extreme temperatures, constant vibrations, rain, and blowing dirt and dusty conditions; and are fitted with a range of performance matched accessories comprising multiple docking station solutions, wireless connectivity alternatives, global positioning system modules, and biometric and smartcard modules, as well as traditional peripherals, such as keyboards, mice, and cases. The company's products also consist of XSlate B10 and XSlate D10 rugged tablets; XSLATE R12 and Motion F5m/C5m tablets; and Bobcat, a rugged tablet that has a Windows operating system. It serves public safety, utility, telecommunications, field service, warehousing logistics, transportation, oil and gas production, manufacturing, route delivery, military, and homeland security markets. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Black Box Company Profile

Black Box Corporation provides digital solutions that assist its customers to design, build, manage, and secure their IT infrastructure. It offers IT infrastructure, specialty networking, multimedia, and keyboard/video/mouse switching products. The company also provides communications lifecycle, unified communications, structured cabling, video/AV, in-building wireless, and data center services. It distributes its products and services primarily through value-added resellers, direct marketing manufacturers, mass merchandisers, Web retailers, manufacturers, large system integrators, and other technical services companies. It serves government, healthcare, business services, manufacturing, retail, technology, banking, and other industries worldwide. Black Box Corporation was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Lawrence, Pennsylvania.

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