Contrasting Trimble (TRMB) and Know Labs (KNWN)

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.3% of Trimble shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Trimble shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 27.3% of Know Labs shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Trimble and Know Labs, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trimble 0 2 5 0 2.71
Know Labs 0 0 0 0 N/A

Trimble currently has a consensus target price of $44.75, suggesting a potential upside of 21.21%. Given Trimble’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Trimble is more favorable than Know Labs.

Profitability

This table compares Trimble and Know Labs’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trimble 5.32% 16.21% 8.29%
Know Labs -66.64% N/A -228.08%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Trimble and Know Labs’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Trimble $2.65 billion 3.49 $121.10 million $1.28 28.84
Know Labs $4.87 million 11.20 -$3.90 million N/A N/A

Trimble has higher revenue and earnings than Know Labs.

Risk and Volatility

Trimble has a beta of 2.42, meaning that its share price is 142% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Know Labs has a beta of 1.78, meaning that its share price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Trimble beats Know Labs on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Trimble Company Profile

Trimble Inc. provides technology solutions that enable professionals and field mobile workers to enhance or transform their work processes worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Buildings and Infrastructure, Geospatial, Resources and Utilities, and Transportation. The Buildings and Infrastructure segment offers field and office software for route selection and design; systems to guide and control construction equipment; systems to monitor, track, and manage assets, equipment, and workers; software to share and communicate data; 3D conceptual design and modeling software; building information modeling software; integrated site layout and measurement systems; applications for sub-contractors and trades; integrated workplace management services software; capital program and facility management solutions; field based data collection systems; and communication systems and back-office software. This segment serves architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and operators. The Geospatial segment provides surveying and geospatial products and services to the construction, engineering, mining, oil and gas, energy and utilities, government, and land management sectors; and geographic information systems. The Resources and Utilities segment offers precision agriculture products and services that consist of guidance and positioning systems, automated and variable-rate application and technology systems, and information management solutions primarily to customers working in agriculture, forestry, and utilities. The Transportation segment offers solutions under the Trimble, PeopleNet, GEOTrac, TMW, and ALK Technologies brands to customers working in transportation, including transportation and logistics, automotive, rail, and field service management. The company was formerly known as Trimble Navigation Limited and changed its name to Trimble Inc. in October 2016. Trimble Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Know Labs Company Profile

Know Labs, Inc., develops, markets, and sells proprietary technology solution for identification, authentication, and diagnosis. It offers ChromaID Lab Kit, which scans and identifies solid surfaces targeting various markets, including commercial paint manufacturers, pharmaceutical equipment manufacturers, process control companies, currency paper and ink manufacturers, security cards, cosmetic companies, scanner manufactures, and food processing companies. The company, through its subsidiary TransTech Systems, Inc., distributes products for employee and personnel identification. The company was formerly known as Visualant, Incorporated and changed its name to Know Labs, Inc. in May 2018. Know Labs, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

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