Ituran Location and Control (NASDAQ: ITRN) is one of 103 public companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Ituran Location and Control to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Ituran Location and Control has a beta of 0.83, meaning that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ituran Location and Control’s peers have a beta of 1.12, meaning that their average stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Ituran Location and Control pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Ituran Location and Control pays out 49.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.0% and pay out 27.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Ituran Location and Control and its peers’ 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%
Ituran Location and Control Competitors -51.65% -168.85% 1.30%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ituran Location and Control and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Ituran Location and Control $199.57 million $32.13 million 18.13
Ituran Location and Control Competitors $1.24 billion $75.94 million 864.01

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Ituran Location and Control and its peers, 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
Ituran Location and Control Competitors 631 1875 2649 64 2.41

Ituran Location and Control presently has a consensus target price of $31.00, indicating a potential downside of 12.31%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 8.47%. Given Ituran Location and Control’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ituran Location and Control has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

51.6% of Ituran Location and Control shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.4% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Ituran Location and Control peers beat Ituran Location and Control on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

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.

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