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

Profitability

This table compares Perceptron and its rivals’ 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 -5.44% 1.56% -1.26%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Perceptron and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perceptron 0 0 1 0 3.00
Perceptron Competitors 48 389 493 9 2.49

Perceptron currently has a consensus price target of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.92%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 22.12%. Given Perceptron’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Perceptron is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.1% of Perceptron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.0% of Perceptron shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” 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.

Volatility & Risk

Perceptron has a beta of 0.5, suggesting that its stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perceptron’s rivals have a beta of 0.82, suggesting that their average stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Perceptron and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Perceptron $77.95 million $5.79 million -790.00
Perceptron Competitors $499.43 million $99.03 million -3.59

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

Summary

Perceptron beats its rivals on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Perceptron Company Profile

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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