Varonis Systems (NASDAQ: VRNS) and Trimble Navigation (NASDAQ:TRMB) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Varonis Systems has a beta of 0.71, meaning that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trimble Navigation has a beta of 2.3, meaning that its stock price is 130% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Varonis Systems and Trimble Navigation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Varonis Systems -9.03% -20.94% -9.75%
Trimble Navigation 7.25% 12.71% 7.92%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.4% of Varonis Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.9% of Trimble Navigation shares are held by institutional investors. 19.5% of Varonis Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Trimble Navigation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Varonis Systems and Trimble Navigation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Varonis Systems 0 2 8 0 2.80
Trimble Navigation 0 4 5 0 2.56

Varonis Systems presently has a consensus price target of $43.33, indicating a potential downside of 0.61%. Trimble Navigation has a consensus price target of $40.88, indicating a potential upside of 0.70%. Given Trimble Navigation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Trimble Navigation is more favorable than Varonis Systems.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Varonis Systems and Trimble Navigation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Varonis Systems $185.90 million 6.45 -$13.29 million ($0.63) -69.21
Trimble Navigation $2.45 billion 4.19 $429.60 million $0.69 58.83

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

Summary

Trimble Navigation beats Varonis Systems on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Varonis Systems

Varonis Systems, Inc. provides a solutions that protect data from insider threats and cyberattacks. The Company’s products include DatAdvantage, DataPrivilege, Interface Data Unit Classification Framework, Data Transport Engine, DatAnywhere and DatAnswers. Its platform allows enterprises to analyze, secure, manage and migrate volumes of unstructured data. It specializes in file and e-mail systems that store valuable spreadsheets, word processing documents, presentations, audio and video files, e-mails and text. Its Metadata Framework is a technology platform that extracts metadata from an enterprise’s information technology (IT) infrastructure. Data often includes an enterprise’s financial information, intellectual property, and confidential employee, customer or patient records. IT and business personnel deploy its software for a range of use cases, including data security, governance and compliance, user behavior analytics, archiving, search, and file synchronization and sharing.

About Trimble Navigation

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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