Trimble Navigation (NASDAQ: TRMB) is one of 97 publicly-traded companies in the “Enterprise Software” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Trimble Navigation to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Trimble Navigation and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Trimble Navigation $2.45 billion $429.60 million 57.48
Trimble Navigation Competitors $1.27 billion $344.87 million 33.68

Trimble Navigation has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Trimble Navigation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Trimble Navigation has a beta of 2.28, suggesting that its share price is 128% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trimble Navigation’s rivals have a beta of 1.13, suggesting that their average share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Trimble Navigation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trimble Navigation 0 4 4 0 2.50
Trimble Navigation Competitors 514 2400 4037 134 2.54

Trimble Navigation presently has a consensus target price of $40.43, indicating a potential upside of 1.94%. As a group, “Enterprise Software” companies have a potential upside of 8.41%. Given Trimble Navigation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Trimble Navigation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.1% of Trimble Navigation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.9% of shares of all “Enterprise Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Trimble Navigation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 23.6% of shares of all “Enterprise Software” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Trimble Navigation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trimble Navigation 7.25% 12.71% 7.92%
Trimble Navigation Competitors -24.57% -414.43% -8.13%

Summary

Trimble Navigation beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Trimble Navigation Company Profile

Trimble Inc., formerly Trimble Navigation Limited, is engaged in providing technology solutions that enable professionals and field mobile workers to transform their work processes. The Company‚Äôs solutions are used across a range of industries, including agriculture, architecture, civil engineering, survey and land administration, construction, geospatial, government, natural resources, transportation and utilities. The Company’s business segments include Building and Infrastructure, Geospatial, Resource and utilities and Transportation. The Buildings and Infrastructure segment serves customers working in architecture, engineering, construction and operations and maintenance. The Geospatial segment primarily serves customers working in surveying, engineering, government and land management. The Resources and Utilities segment serves customers working in agriculture, forestry, and utilities. The Transportation segment serves customers working in transportation.

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