Ituran Location and Control (NASDAQ: ITRN) is one of 99 public companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Ituran Location and Control to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ituran Location and Control $218.77 million $65.10 million 18.59
Ituran Location and Control Competitors $1.10 billion $177.92 million 23.29

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

Risk and Volatility

Ituran Location and Control has a beta of 0.8, indicating that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ituran Location and Control’s competitors have a beta of 1.13, indicating that their average share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Ituran Location and Control and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ituran Location and Control 0 0 1 0 3.00
Ituran Location and Control Competitors 627 1860 2608 62 2.41

Ituran Location and Control currently has a consensus target price of $31.00, indicating a potential downside of 14.48%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 6.99%. Given Ituran Location and Control’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ituran Location and Control has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

51.6% of Ituran Location and Control shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.6% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Ituran Location and Control and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ituran Location and Control 18.67% 36.12% 22.00%
Ituran Location and Control Competitors -53.63% -159.97% 0.58%

Dividends

Ituran Location and Control pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Ituran Location and Control pays out 49.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.1% and pay out 28.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Ituran Location and Control competitors beat Ituran Location and Control on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Ituran Location and Control Company Profile

Ituran Location and Control Ltd. is a provider of location-based services, consisting of stolen vehicle recovery (SVR), fleet management services and other tracking services. The Company also provides wireless communication products used in connection with its location-based services and various other applications. Its operations consist of two segments: location-based services and wireless communications products. Its location-based services segment consists of its SVR and tracking services, fleet management and value-added services consisted of personal locater services and concierge services. Its wireless communications products segment consists of short and medium range two-way machine-to-machine wireless communications products that are used for various applications, including automatic vehicle location (AVL) and automatic vehicle identification. It primarily provides its services, as well as sells and leases its products in Israel, Brazil, Argentina and the United States.

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