Electro-Sensors (NASDAQ:ELSE) and Danaher (NYSE:DHR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

Electro-Sensors has a beta of 0.45, meaning that its share price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Danaher has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Danaher pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Electro-Sensors does not pay a dividend. Danaher pays out 15.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.2% of Electro-Sensors shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.6% of Danaher shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.4% of Electro-Sensors shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.4% of Danaher shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Electro-Sensors and Danaher, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Electro-Sensors 0 0 0 0 N/A
Danaher 0 1 10 0 2.91

Danaher has a consensus price target of $130.36, indicating a potential upside of 2.02%. Given Danaher’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Danaher is more favorable than Electro-Sensors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Electro-Sensors and Danaher’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Electro-Sensors $7.49 million 1.69 -$10,000.00 N/A N/A
Danaher $19.89 billion 4.60 $2.65 billion $4.52 28.27

Danaher has higher revenue and earnings than Electro-Sensors.


This table compares Electro-Sensors and Danaher’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Electro-Sensors -0.13% -0.08% -0.08%
Danaher 12.04% 11.85% 6.86%


Danaher beats Electro-Sensors on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Electro-Sensors Company Profile

Electro-Sensors, Inc. manufactures and sells industrial production monitoring and process control systems. It manufactures and sells various monitoring systems that measure machine production and operation rates, as well as systems that regulate the speed of related machines in production processes. The company's speed monitoring systems include a line of products that measure production counts or rates, such as parts, gallons, or board feet; and alarm systems, tachometers, and other devices that translate impulses from the sensors. Its temperature application products consist of bearing, gear box, and motor temperature monitoring. The company also offers production monitoring devices that include a belt alignment and slide gate position monitor; vibration monitoring products; and tilt switches. In addition, it provides hazard monitoring systems, which integrate its sensors for monitoring temperature, belt misalignment, and shaft speed; and wireless hazard technology monitoring systems under the HazardPRO product name. It serves customers in various industries, such as grain, feed, milling, bulk material, manufacturing, food product, ethanol, and power generation, and other processing industries. The company sells its products through internal sales team, manufacturer's representatives, and distributors in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore. Electro-Sensors, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Electro-Sensors, Inc. is a subsidiary of Estate Of Nancy Peterson.

Danaher Company Profile

Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services worldwide. The company's Life Sciences segment provides mass spectrometers; cellular analysis, lab automation, and centrifugation instruments; microscopes; and genomics consumables. This segment also offers filtration, separation, and purification technologies to the biopharmaceutical, food and beverage, medical, aerospace, microelectronics, and general industrial sectors. Its Diagnostics segment provides chemistry, immunoassay, microbiology, and automation systems, as well as hematology and molecular diagnostics products. This segment offers analytical instruments, reagents, consumables, software, and services for hospitals, physicians' offices, reference laboratories, and other critical care settings. The company's Dental segment provides consumables, equipment, and services to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease and ailments of the teeth, gums, and supporting bone. This segment offers implant systems, dental prosthetics, and associated treatment planning software; orthodontic bracket systems and lab products; endodontic systems and related consumables; restorative materials and instruments; infection prevention products; digital imaging systems and software; air and electric powered handpieces, and consumables; and treatment units. Its Environmental & Applied Solutions segment offers instrumentation, services, and disinfection systems to analyze, treat, and manage water in residential, commercial, industrial, and natural resource applications. This segment also provides analytical instruments, software, services, and consumables for consumer, pharmaceutical, and industrial products. The company was formerly known as Diversified Mortgage Investors, Inc. and changed its name to Danaher Corporation in 1984. Danaher Corporation was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Washington, the District of Columbia.

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