Perceptron (NASDAQ: PRCP) is one of 29 public companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Perceptron to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional 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. 12.0% of Perceptron shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Perceptron and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perceptron 0 0 1 0 3.00
Perceptron Competitors 48 390 495 9 2.49

Perceptron presently has a consensus price target of $9.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.28%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 19.27%. Given Perceptron’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Perceptron is more favorable than its rivals.

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 -4.91% 2.03% -0.79%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Perceptron $77.95 million $5.79 million -774.00
Perceptron Competitors $481.50 million $95.49 million -2.71

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.

Volatility and Risk

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

Summary

Perceptron beats its rivals on 7 of the 12 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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