Perceptron (NASDAQ: PRCP) is one of 29 public companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Perceptron to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Perceptron has a beta of 0.5, indicating that its stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perceptron’s rivals have a beta of 0.82, indicating that their average stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Perceptron and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Perceptron $77.95 million $5.79 million -773.00
Perceptron Competitors $481.50 million $95.49 million 2.90

Perceptron’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Perceptron. Perceptron 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.

Profitability

This table compares Perceptron and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perceptron -0.22% 1.00% 0.58%
Perceptron Competitors -4.92% 2.09% -0.74%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Perceptron and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perceptron 0 0 1 0 3.00
Perceptron Competitors 48 395 500 9 2.49

Perceptron presently has a consensus target price of $9.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.43%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 21.61%. Given Perceptron’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Perceptron is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.8% of Perceptron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.0% of Perceptron shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Perceptron beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Perceptron

Perceptron, Inc. develops, produces and sells a range of automated industrial metrology products and solutions to manufacturing organizations for dimensional gauging, dimensional inspection and three-dimensional (3D) scanning. The Company’s products include 3D machine vision solutions, robot guidance, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), laser scanning and advanced analysis software. The Company’s products are categorized as In-Line, Near-Line and Off-Line Measurement Solutions (Measurement Solutions); 3D Scanning Solutions, and Value Added Services. Its In-Line and Near-Line measurement solutions include AutoGauge, AutoFit, AutoScan, AutoGuide and Helix. Its Off-Line measurement solutions include Coord3 and TouchDMIS. Its 3D Scanning Solutions include ScanWorks, ScanR and WheelWorks. Its Value Added Services include training, field service, calibration, launch support services, maintenance agreements and repairs. The Company operates in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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