Comparing Sensata Technologies (ST) & Its Rivals

Sensata Technologies (NYSE: ST) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Process control instruments” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Sensata Technologies to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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66.2% of shares of all “Process control instruments” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Sensata Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.3% of shares of all “Process control instruments” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Sensata Technologies and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sensata Technologies 0 5 6 0 2.55
Sensata Technologies Competitors 57 432 833 18 2.61

Sensata Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $56.45, suggesting a potential upside of 10.91%. As a group, “Process control instruments” companies have a potential upside of 9.25%. Given Sensata Technologies’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Sensata Technologies is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sensata Technologies and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sensata Technologies $3.31 billion $408.35 million 15.96
Sensata Technologies Competitors $2.23 billion $306.50 million 24.55

Sensata Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Sensata Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Sensata Technologies and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sensata Technologies 12.35% 25.40% 8.47%
Sensata Technologies Competitors 5.50% -4.20% 4.89%

Volatility & Risk

Sensata Technologies has a beta of 1.51, suggesting that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sensata Technologies’ peers have a beta of 0.32, suggesting that their average stock price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Sensata Technologies beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Sensata Technologies

Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. is an industrial technology company. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacture, and sale of sensors and controls. The Company operates through two segments: Performance Sensing and Sensing Solutions. It produces a range of sensors and controls for applications, such as pressure sensors in automotive systems, thermal circuit breakers in aircraft, and bimetal current and temperature control devices. Its sensors are devices that translate a physical phenomenon, such as pressure or position, into electronic signals that microprocessors can act upon. Its controls are customized devices embedded within systems to protect them from excessive heat or current. Its primary products include low-, medium-, and high-pressure sensors, speed and position sensors, bimetal electromechanical controls, temperature sensors, power conversion and control products, thermal and magnetic-hydraulic circuit breakers, pressure switches and interconnection products.

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