Trimble Navigation (NASDAQ: TRMB) and Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ:SPNS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Trimble Navigation and Sapiens International Corporation N.V.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Trimble Navigation $2.45 billion 3.94 $429.60 million $0.69 55.26
Sapiens International Corporation N.V. $239.18 million 2.22 $14.79 million $0.07 154.31

Trimble Navigation has higher revenue and earnings than Sapiens International Corporation N.V.. Trimble Navigation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sapiens International Corporation N.V., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.7% of Trimble Navigation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.2% of Sapiens International Corporation N.V. shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Trimble Navigation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of Sapiens International Corporation N.V. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Trimble Navigation and Sapiens International Corporation N.V., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trimble Navigation 0 4 4 0 2.50
Sapiens International Corporation N.V. 0 0 4 0 3.00

Trimble Navigation currently has a consensus price target of $39.86, suggesting a potential upside of 4.53%. Sapiens International Corporation N.V. has a consensus price target of $16.00, suggesting a potential upside of 48.15%. Given Sapiens International Corporation N.V.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Sapiens International Corporation N.V. is more favorable than Trimble Navigation.

Risk and Volatility

Trimble Navigation has a beta of 2.31, meaning that its stock price is 131% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sapiens International Corporation N.V. has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Trimble Navigation and Sapiens International Corporation N.V.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trimble Navigation 7.25% 12.71% 7.92%
Sapiens International Corporation N.V. 1.39% 6.77% 4.41%

Summary

Trimble Navigation beats Sapiens International Corporation N.V. on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Trimble Navigation

Trimble Inc., formerly Trimble Navigation Limited, is engaged in providing technology solutions that enable professionals and field mobile workers to transform their work processes. The Company‚Äôs solutions are used across a range of industries, including agriculture, architecture, civil engineering, survey and land administration, construction, geospatial, government, natural resources, transportation and utilities. The Company’s business segments include Building and Infrastructure, Geospatial, Resource and utilities and Transportation. The Buildings and Infrastructure segment serves customers working in architecture, engineering, construction and operations and maintenance. The Geospatial segment primarily serves customers working in surveying, engineering, government and land management. The Resources and Utilities segment serves customers working in agriculture, forestry, and utilities. The Transportation segment serves customers working in transportation.

About Sapiens International Corporation N.V.

Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (Sapiens) is a provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, with a focus on the financial services sector. The Company operates in provider of software solutions segment. Its software solutions portfolio consists of Life, Pension, Annuity and Retirement Solutions, including software solutions for the management of a range of products for life, pension, annuity and retirement; Property and Casualty/General Insurance Solutions, including a software suite of solutions, supporting a range of business lines, including personal, commercial and specialty lines, as well as a solution for the management of reinsurance contracts; Sapiens DECISION, which is a business decision management solution, and Technology-Based Solutions, such as Sapiens eMerge. Its services include project delivery and implementation, business and technical consulting related to its products, project and program management, training and user acceptance testing.

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