Contrasting Trimble (TRMB) and Keynote (KEYN)

Keynote (NASDAQ: KEYN) and Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) are both technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Keynote and Trimble, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Keynote 0 0 0 0 N/A
Trimble 0 5 5 0 2.50

Trimble has a consensus target price of $41.22, suggesting a potential downside of 4.11%.

Profitability

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

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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Keynote and Trimble’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Keynote N/A N/A N/A $0.15 N/A
Trimble $2.36 billion 4.53 $132.40 million $0.76 56.57

Trimble has higher revenue and earnings than Keynote. Keynote is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Trimble, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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

Summary

Trimble beats Keynote on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Keynote

Keynote Systems, Inc. is a United States-based company, which is engaged in cloud-based testing, monitoring and analytics for mobile and Web. Keynote Perspective is engaged in on-demand performance monitoring for enterprise Web and mobile sites, including online portals, e-commerce and business-to-business (B2B) sites. Keynote DeviceAnywhere is a cloud-based software platform for automated QA testing and monitoring of mobile apps and Websites on real smartphones and tablets. Keynote SIGOS offers automated end-to-end active testing of telecommunications networks and services. The Keynote SIGOS SITE and Global Roamer products are used by network operators, content providers, carriers and regulators. Meucci Solutions offers mobile fraud detection services and end-to-end quality of service (QoS) monitoring.

About Trimble

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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