Itron (NASDAQ: ITRI) is one of 46 public companies in the “Electrical Components & Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Itron to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Itron and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Itron $1.98 billion $221.70 million 95.56
Itron Competitors $1.87 billion $295.24 million -36.83

Itron has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Itron is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Itron and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Itron 0 3 5 0 2.63
Itron Competitors 258 1054 1235 13 2.39

Itron currently has a consensus target price of $80.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.64%. As a group, “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 7.41%. Given Itron’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Itron has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Itron and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Itron 1.60% 15.43% 6.32%
Itron Competitors -3.05% 5.37% 2.23%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.7% of Itron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.5% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Itron shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Itron has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Itron’s competitors have a beta of 1.29, indicating that their average share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Itron beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Itron

Itron, Inc. (Itron) is a technology and service company. The Company provides solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water use. The Company operates through three segments: Electricity, Gas and Water. It provides a portfolio of products, solutions, software and services to electric, gas and water utility customers across the globe. It offers solutions that enable electric and natural gas utilities to build smart grids to manage assets. It offers a product portfolio, including standard meters and smart metering products, systems and services, for applications in the residential and commercial industrial markets for water and heat. The Company operates under the Itron brand across the world. Its Gas and Water manufacturing facilities are located throughout the world, while its Electricity manufacturing facilities are located in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and North America.

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