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

Profitability

This table compares Ituran Location and Control and its rivals’ 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 -51.69% -168.94% 1.28%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ituran Location and Control and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Ituran Location and Control $199.57 million $32.13 million 18.08
Ituran Location and Control Competitors $1.24 billion $75.94 million 20.74

Ituran Location and Control’s rivals 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 rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Ituran Location and Control and its rivals, as provided 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 631 1866 2619 63 2.41

Ituran Location and Control currently has a consensus price target of $31.00, suggesting a potential downside of 12.06%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 12.69%. Given Ituran Location and Control’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Ituran Location and Control is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

51.6% of Ituran Location and Control shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.4% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies 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.

Volatility and Risk

Ituran Location and Control has a beta of 0.83, meaning that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ituran Location and Control’s rivals have a beta of 1.13, meaning that their average share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Ituran Location and Control pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. 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 1.0% and pay out 26.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Ituran Location and Control rivals beat Ituran Location and Control on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Ituran Location and Control

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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