Perceptron (NASDAQ: PRCP) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Perceptron to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Perceptron and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perceptron 0 0 1 0 3.00
Perceptron Competitors 92 489 538 17 2.42

Perceptron currently has a consensus price target of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.57%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 20.51%. Given Perceptron’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Perceptron is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Perceptron and its peers’ 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 -5.69% -0.27% -1.51%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Perceptron and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Perceptron $77.95 million $5.79 million -765.50
Perceptron Competitors $499.36 million $99.00 million -3.83

Perceptron’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Perceptron. Perceptron 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

63.1% of Perceptron shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.3% of Perceptron shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Perceptron has a beta of 0.52, indicating that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perceptron’s peers have a beta of 0.81, indicating that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Perceptron beats its peers on 8 of the 13 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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