Ituran Location and Control (NASDAQ: ITRN) and Checkpoint Systems (NYSE:CKP) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Ituran Location and Control and Checkpoint Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ituran Location and Control 18.67% 36.12% 22.00%
Checkpoint Systems -27.26% -50.16% -20.24%

Dividends

Ituran Location and Control pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Checkpoint Systems does not pay a dividend. Ituran Location and Control pays out 49.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ituran Location and Control and Checkpoint Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ituran Location and Control $218.77 million 3.46 $65.10 million $1.95 18.49
Checkpoint Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ituran Location and Control has higher revenue and earnings than Checkpoint Systems.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

51.8% of Ituran Location and Control shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Ituran Location and Control and Checkpoint Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ituran Location and Control 0 0 1 0 3.00
Checkpoint Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ituran Location and Control currently has a consensus price target of $31.00, indicating a potential downside of 14.01%. Given Ituran Location and Control’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Ituran Location and Control is more favorable than Checkpoint Systems.

Summary

Ituran Location and Control beats Checkpoint Systems on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ituran Location and Control

Ituran Location and Control Ltd. is a provider of location-based services, consisting of stolen vehicle recovery (SVR), fleet management services and other tracking services. The Company also provides wireless communication products used in connection with its location-based services and various other applications. Its operations consist of two segments: location-based services and wireless communications products. Its location-based services segment consists of its SVR and tracking services, fleet management and value-added services consisted of personal locater services and concierge services. Its wireless communications products segment consists of short and medium range two-way machine-to-machine wireless communications products that are used for various applications, including automatic vehicle location (AVL) and automatic vehicle identification. It primarily provides its services, as well as sells and leases its products in Israel, Brazil, Argentina and the United States.

About Checkpoint Systems

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. is a United States-based supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry. The Company provides end-to-end solutions enabling retailers to achieve real-time inventory, accelerate the replenishment cycle, prevent out-of-stocks and reduce theft. It offers merchandise availability solutions, such as shrink management, including antennas, labels and tags, source tagging, deactivation, remote service and support, and Alpha High Theft Solutions, and merchandise visibility solutions, including inventory management, asset tracking and OneTag Program. OneTag Program allows retailers to obtain the benefits of inventory visibility and loss prevention with a single radio frequency identification tag. It offers apparel labelling solutions, such as Trim, including woven labels, printed fabric labels and specialty trim services, and brand merchandising, including printed items and self-adhesive. It serves markets, such as electronics and grocery.

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