Critical Comparison: Teledyne Technologies (TDY) and Telenav (TNAV)

Teledyne Technologies (NYSE: TDY) and Telenav (NASDAQ:TNAV) are both aerospace companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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This table compares Teledyne Technologies and Telenav’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Teledyne Technologies 8.73% 14.07% 6.63%
Telenav -38.56% -56.00% -22.03%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.0% of Teledyne Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.4% of Telenav shares are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of Teledyne Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 24.7% of Telenav shares are held 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Teledyne Technologies and Telenav’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Teledyne Technologies $2.60 billion 2.54 $227.20 million $6.93 26.78
Telenav $169.58 million 1.34 -$47.26 million ($1.09) -4.68

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Teledyne Technologies and Telenav, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Teledyne Technologies 0 1 1 0 2.50
Telenav 0 0 4 0 3.00

Teledyne Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $187.50, suggesting a potential upside of 1.04%. Telenav has a consensus target price of $10.88, suggesting a potential upside of 113.24%. Given Telenav’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Telenav is more favorable than Teledyne Technologies.

Risk & Volatility

Teledyne Technologies has a beta of 0.99, meaning that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Telenav has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Teledyne Technologies beats Telenav on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Teledyne Technologies

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated provides enabling technologies for industrial growth markets. The Company’s segments include Instrumentation, Digital Imaging, Aerospace and Defense Electronics, and Engineered Systems. Instrumentation segment provides monitoring and control instruments for marine, environmental, industrial and other applications, as well as electronic test and measurement equipment. Digital Imaging segment includes sensors, cameras and systems, within the visible, infrared, ultraviolet and X-ray spectra. Aerospace and Defense Electronics segment provides electronic components and subsystems and communications products, including defense electronics. Engineered Systems segment provides systems engineering and integration and technology development, as well as manufacturing solutions.

About Telenav

TeleNav, Inc. (Telenav) is a provider of location-based platform services. The Company’s services consist of its automotive and mobile navigation platform and its advertising delivery platform. The Company operates through three segments: automotive, advertising and mobile navigation. The automotive segment provides its map and navigation platform to auto manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for distribution with their vehicles. The advertising segment provides interactive mobile advertisements on behalf of its advertising clients to consumers based on the location of the user and other targeting capabilities. The mobile navigation segment provides its map and navigation platform to end users through mobile devices. The Company’s auto and mobile navigation platform allows it to deliver location-based services to auto manufacturers, developers and end users through various distribution channels, including wireless carriers.

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