Itron (NASDAQ: ITRI) is one of 47 public companies in the “Electrical Components & Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Itron to related companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Itron and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Itron 1.60% 15.43% 6.32%
Itron Competitors -3.49% 5.81% 2.20%

Volatility & Risk

Itron has a beta of 1.1, meaning that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Itron’s competitors have a beta of 1.30, meaning that their average stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Itron $1.98 billion $221.70 million 97.63
Itron Competitors $1.86 billion $293.26 million -35.41

Itron has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Itron is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.6% of Itron shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.7% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Itron shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Itron and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Itron 0 3 5 0 2.63
Itron Competitors 188 924 1215 7 2.45

Itron presently has a consensus price target of $81.75, suggesting a potential upside of 4.67%. As a group, “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 2.11%. Given Itron’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Itron is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Itron beats its competitors on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Itron Company Profile

Itron, Inc. (Itron) is a technology and service company. The Company provides solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water use. The Company operates through three segments: Electricity, Gas and Water. It provides a portfolio of products, solutions, software and services to electric, gas and water utility customers across the globe. It offers solutions that enable electric and natural gas utilities to build smart grids to manage assets. It offers a product portfolio, including standard meters and smart metering products, systems and services, for applications in the residential and commercial industrial markets for water and heat. The Company operates under the Itron brand across the world. Its Gas and Water manufacturing facilities are located throughout the world, while its Electricity manufacturing facilities are located in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and North America.

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