Financial Contrast: ShotSpotter (SSTI) and Trimble Navigation (TRMB)

ShotSpotter (NASDAQ: SSTI) and Trimble Navigation (NASDAQ:TRMB) are both business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

24.4% of ShotSpotter shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.7% of Trimble Navigation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Trimble Navigation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ShotSpotter and Trimble Navigation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ShotSpotter $15.50 million 8.22 -$6.86 million N/A N/A
Trimble Navigation $2.36 billion 4.48 $132.40 million $0.76 55.26

Trimble Navigation has higher revenue and earnings than ShotSpotter.

Profitability

This table compares ShotSpotter and Trimble Navigation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ShotSpotter N/A N/A N/A
Trimble Navigation 7.66% 12.97% 8.05%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for ShotSpotter and Trimble Navigation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ShotSpotter 0 0 3 0 3.00
Trimble Navigation 0 5 5 0 2.50

ShotSpotter presently has a consensus target price of $21.00, suggesting a potential upside of 59.09%. Trimble Navigation has a consensus target price of $41.22, suggesting a potential downside of 1.85%. Given ShotSpotter’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe ShotSpotter is more favorable than Trimble Navigation.

Summary

Trimble Navigation beats ShotSpotter on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

ShotSpotter Company Profile

ShotSpotter, Inc. is engaged in designing and delivering gunfire alert and analysis solutions. The Company offers its software solutions on a SaaS-based subscription model. It has one operating segment with one business activity, providing gunshot detection systems. Its safety solutions include ShotSpotter Flex, ShotSpotter (SST) SecureCampus and ShotSpotter SiteSecure. ShotSpotter Flex is an outdoor public safety solution, serves cities and municipalities seeking to identify, locate and deter persistent a real-time gunshot detection system into their policing systems. SST SecureCampus is integrates its indoor and outdoor solutions in order to help the law enforcement and security personnel serving universities, colleges and other educational institutions. ShotSpotter SiteSecure is integrates its indoor and outdoor solutions for customers such as corporations trying to safeguard their facilities and public agencies focused on protecting critical infrastructure.

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’s 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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