Trimble Navigation (NASDAQ: TRMB) is one of 97 public companies in the “Enterprise Software” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Trimble Navigation to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and risk.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trimble Navigation 7.25% 12.71% 7.92%
Trimble Navigation Competitors -24.91% -210.75% -7.83%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Trimble Navigation $2.45 billion $429.60 million 59.60
Trimble Navigation Competitors $1.27 billion $348.15 million 36.11

Trimble Navigation has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Trimble Navigation 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Trimble Navigation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trimble Navigation 0 4 5 0 2.56
Trimble Navigation Competitors 345 2057 3907 107 2.59

Trimble Navigation presently has a consensus target price of $40.88, suggesting a potential downside of 0.60%. As a group, “Enterprise Software” companies have a potential upside of 2.31%. Given Trimble Navigation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Trimble Navigation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility & Risk

Trimble Navigation has a beta of 2.3, indicating that its share price is 130% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trimble Navigation’s competitors have a beta of 1.13, indicating that their average share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.9% of Trimble Navigation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.0% of shares of all “Enterprise Software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Trimble Navigation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 23.0% of shares of all “Enterprise Software” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Trimble Navigation beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Trimble Navigation Company Profile

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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