CTS (NYSE: CTS) and Transcat (NASDAQ:TRNS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.5% of CTS shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.2% of Transcat shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of CTS shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.8% of Transcat shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CTS and Transcat’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CTS $422.99 million 2.12 $14.44 million $0.43 63.37
Transcat $143.90 million 0.74 $4.52 million $0.66 22.58

CTS has higher revenue and earnings than Transcat. Transcat is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CTS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares CTS and Transcat’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CTS 3.42% 12.16% 7.66%
Transcat 3.24% 10.03% 4.94%

Risk & Volatility

CTS has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Transcat has a beta of 0.39, suggesting that its share price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for CTS and Transcat, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CTS 0 0 0 0 N/A
Transcat 0 0 3 0 3.00

Transcat has a consensus target price of $20.00, suggesting a potential upside of 34.23%. Given Transcat’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Transcat is more favorable than CTS.


CTS pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Transcat does not pay a dividend. CTS pays out 37.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


CTS beats Transcat on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

CTS Company Profile

CTS Corporation is a manufacturer of sensors, electronic components and actuators. The Company designs, manufactures and sells a line of sensors, electronic components and actuators primarily to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for the transportation, industrial, medical, information technology, defense and aerospace, and communications markets. It operates manufacturing facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Its products perform specific electronic functions for a given product family and are intended for use in customer assemblies. The Company’s products consist principally of sensors and actuators used in passenger or commercial vehicles; electronic components used in communications infrastructure, information technology and other high-speed applications; switches and potentiometers supplied to multiple markets, and fabricated piezoelectric materials and substrates used primarily in medical, industrial, defense and aerospace, and information technology markets.

Transcat Company Profile

Transcat, Inc. is a provider of calibration and laboratory instrument services and a distributor of professional grade test, measurement and control instrumentation. The Company conducts its business through two segments: service (Service) and distribution (Distribution). Through the Service segment, the Company offers calibration, repair, inspection, analytical qualifications, preventative maintenance and other related services, a majority of which are processed through its asset management system, CalTrak (CalTrak). Through its Distribution segment, the Company markets, sells and rents national brand instruments to customers around the globe. The Company is focused on providing its services and products to the life science industries, which include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device manufacturing and other Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated businesses.

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