Perceptron (NASDAQ: PRCP) is one of 29 public companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Perceptron to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Perceptron $77.95 million $5.79 million -788.00
Perceptron Competitors $481.50 million $95.49 million -3.35

Perceptron’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Perceptron. Perceptron is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Perceptron and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perceptron 0 0 1 0 3.00
Perceptron Competitors 48 391 496 9 2.49

Perceptron currently has a consensus target price of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.21%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 19.21%. Given Perceptron’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Perceptron is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perceptron -0.22% 1.00% 0.58%
Perceptron Competitors -4.91% 2.03% -0.79%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

63.1% of Perceptron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.0% of Perceptron shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Perceptron has a beta of 0.5, meaning that its stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perceptron’s competitors have a beta of 0.82, meaning that their average stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Perceptron beats its competitors on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Perceptron

Perceptron, Inc. develops, produces and sells a range of automated industrial metrology products and solutions to manufacturing organizations for dimensional gauging, dimensional inspection and three-dimensional (3D) scanning. The Company’s products include 3D machine vision solutions, robot guidance, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), laser scanning and advanced analysis software. The Company’s products are categorized as In-Line, Near-Line and Off-Line Measurement Solutions (Measurement Solutions); 3D Scanning Solutions, and Value Added Services. Its In-Line and Near-Line measurement solutions include AutoGauge, AutoFit, AutoScan, AutoGuide and Helix. Its Off-Line measurement solutions include Coord3 and TouchDMIS. Its 3D Scanning Solutions include ScanWorks, ScanR and WheelWorks. Its Value Added Services include training, field service, calibration, launch support services, maintenance agreements and repairs. The Company operates in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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