Garmin (NASDAQ: GRMN) and I.D. Systems (NASDAQ:IDSY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Garmin and I.D. Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Garmin 21.78% 15.86% 11.91%
I.D. Systems -22.01% -38.85% -15.40%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Garmin and I.D. Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Garmin 2 5 3 0 2.10
I.D. Systems 0 1 2 0 2.67

Garmin presently has a consensus price target of $50.50, suggesting a potential downside of 2.25%. I.D. Systems has a consensus price target of $7.67, suggesting a potential upside of 9.84%. Given I.D. Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe I.D. Systems is more favorable than Garmin.

Volatility & Risk

Garmin has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, I.D. Systems has a beta of 0.09, suggesting that its share price is 91% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

41.7% of Garmin shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.1% of I.D. Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.3% of Garmin shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of I.D. Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Garmin and I.D. Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Garmin $3.03 billion 3.21 $724.33 million $3.49 14.80
I.D. Systems $34.34 million 2.76 -$6.37 million ($0.58) -12.03

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

Dividends

Garmin pays an annual dividend of $2.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. I.D. Systems does not pay a dividend. Garmin pays out 58.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Garmin beats I.D. Systems on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Garmin Company Profile

Garmin Ltd. (Garmin) and subsidiaries offer global positioning system (GPS) navigation and wireless devices and applications. The Company operates through five segments. It offers a range of auto navigation products, as well as a range of products and applications designed for the mobile GPS market. It offers products to consumers around the world, including Outdoor Handhelds, Wearable Devices, Golf Devices, and Dog Tracking and Training/Pet Obedience Devices. It offers a range of products designed for use in fitness and activity tracking. Garmin offers a range of products designed for use in fitness and activity tracking. Its aviation business segment is a provider of solutions to aircraft manufacturers, existing aircraft owners and operators, as well as military and government customers and serves a range of aircraft, including transport aircraft, business aviation, general aviation, experimental/light sport, helicopters, optionally piloted vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles.

I.D. Systems Company Profile

I.D. Systems, Inc. (I.D. Systems) develops, markets and sells wireless machine-to-machine solutions for managing and securing enterprise assets, which include industrial vehicles, such as forklifts and airport ground support equipment, rental vehicles, and transportation assets, such as dry van trailers, refrigerated trailers, railcars and containers. Its systems utilize radio frequency identification (RFID), wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi), satellite or cellular communications, and sensor technology and software to control, track, monitor and analyze assets. It provides data reporting and analysis software tool platform, I.D. Systems Analytics PowerFleet IQ (for fleets of forklifts and other industrial trucks) and VeriWise IQ (for fleets of containers, trailers and other transportation assets). Its solutions include industrial and rental fleet asset management, industrial fleet asset management, transportation asset management and rental fleet asset management solutions.

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